Value of stay-at-home mom

Value of the stay-at-home mom

I have been a full-time mom for over three years. I have chosen to be home for my children and do so with love and joy. I am regularly asked if I am not bored being a stay-at-home mom.

I always find this a bit of a derogatory comment. Like being a stay-at-home mom sitting on the couch with a cup of tea all day watching teleshopping. It would be nice if there would be a little more appreciation for stay-at-home moms among us.

Value of the stay-at-home mom

It strikes me these days that the emphasis in the media and around us is on having a career, being fit and successful. The hashtag ‘power woman’ is flying around your ears. I myself am terribly allergic to them. What on earth is the definition of a power woman?

Are you not a powerwoman if you‘re only’a stay-at-home mom? Sometimes it almost seems like you should be ashamed for not working. Personally, I always get very defensive when I say I’m a full-time mom. To tell you all what I do, that I really have no time to be bored, that I have a college education, that I am really very busy etc etc etc.

This really shouldn’t be necessary?

I received a press release about a study on the market value of a stay-at-home parent. This survey gives a piece of appreciation to the stay-at-home parents among us. Viking conducted a survey among 700 Dutch and Flemish stay-at-home parents. €72.297.78 per year the stay-at-home parent would earn if paid an adjusted salary for all the day-to-day duties . Stay-at-home parents reported working an average of 91 hours a week.

That’s more than double a 40-hour week! Of course, a parent who does work formally also works very hard and probably puts in so many hours. The point here, however, is that the stay-at-home mom should also get a little appreciation.

Of course we really don’t need to be paid because we do it with love but it would be nice if the stay-at-home mom was taken as seriously as the mom who does have a paid job.

By the way, I don’t want to offend anyone with this piece but it is a subject I see come back often. We stay-at-home moms are indeed hard-working women, just like those with paid jobs. Where can I leave my bank account number? 😉

Do you sometimes miss the appreciation as a stay-at-home mom? Or am I really the only one who can care about this?

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