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Is the average stay at home mom's work really worth $138,095 a year?
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Posted 5/3/07
Oh and just a reminder to all you guys out there: Women also has to deal with the hardest job of all.........pregnancy and birth!

Imagine yourselves carrying the extra weight of a developing baby for 9 months.....and then imagine it coming out of a tiny hole in your body.....how do you think would that feel???
Posted 5/3/07
lets give a big hand for seraph and his opinion on extreme feminists!!!i like your views,i think its hypocritical for women to say they are better.
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queenbee wrote:

Oh and just a reminder to all you guys out there: Women also has to deal with the hardest job of all.........pregnancy and birth!

Imagine yourselves carrying the extra weight of a developing baby for 9 months.....and then imagine it coming out of a tiny hole in your body.....how do you think would that feel???


It would burn like hell but then again, that baby's tasty flesh would be worth all those hardships.
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damn right it will hurt!!! females in general go through a lot more than guys.. i know guys can go through stuff as wel.. but... you can never compare to like pregnancy!! bahhh i know it will hurt like crazy!!! @_@
Posted 5/3/07
ya well it cant be all that bad now can it?
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skygod333 wrote:

ya well it cant be all that bad now can it?


That's funny...When a woman gives birth to her first child it is very hard, and dangerous if she is too young, or too old. Personally, I was in labor for a long time, and required the assistance of modern medicine to help me along. I won't go into specifics, but what happened to me when I went into labor put my baby, and myself at risk for death.

Really though, it is hard to put a price on something that should not be viewed as a job. And to be fair, does this article put a price on the fathers participation in the household?

I have been a stay at home mother, and a single parent since my child was eight months old. I don't consider it work though. My son is almost four now, and the amount of care and attention that he requires is not as intensive as it was when he was a newborn it is still difficult in it's own way.

It is interesting how others form opinions about the subject of how much a stay at home parent is "worth". All the aspects and variables of the subject are being brought up separately.
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I'm adopting... definetly. Pain is cool and all, but there is nothing exciting as a head poppin out of there!!!!
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Posted 5/3/07
damn lucky ass!.. if u a lady, you're lucky to be athome mom lol..
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kr1ms0n13 wrote:

I'm adopting... definetly. Pain is cool and all, but there is nothing exciting as a head poppin out of there!!!!


I lol'd. Thanks.
Posted 5/3/07

queenbee wrote:

Oh and just a reminder to all you guys out there: Women also has to deal with the hardest job of all.........pregnancy and birth!

Imagine yourselves carrying the extra weight of a developing baby for 9 months.....and then imagine it coming out of a tiny hole in your body.....how do you think would that feel???


Add on 50k for each baby given birth to.

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im a career woman, id make my husband take care of my babies.. xD, after all ive done my part...xD
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queenbee wrote:

Oh and just a reminder to all you guys out there: Women also has to deal with the hardest job of all.........pregnancy and birth!

Imagine yourselves carrying the extra weight of a developing baby for 9 months.....and then imagine it coming out of a tiny hole in your body.....how do you think would that feel???



Of course, that is true too... Man, the very concept of child birth is makes me cringe in agony. Women who have children, I commemorate you… Although, my mom said that childbirth isn’t painful with modern drugs. She said the part that gets you is labor, and pregnancy, and you know what… It’s like being sick for eight months… So, I believe her… *Flinch*
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Point taken that a stay at home's mom's work is worth $138,095... Why the hell are these folks bothering to quantify the work a stay at home mom's work gets? Is there some kind of satisfaction they're getting that oh...I don't know; when an average stay at home Mom accounts money for everything she does at home? "Oh gee, I'm an underappreciated stay at home mother. I wonder, if I get paid for the work I do, will I earn as much as $138,095 per year?" Who the hell cares? If someone does, I sure don't.
Thing is, the more you try to quantify every little thing with money, the more pointless it becomes. It's like trying to explain what occurs in sexual intercourse while actually doing it.
"As we commence the process of human copulation, the cyclic guanosine monophosphate levels in my body have started to increase due to my ingestion of Sildenafil citrate and has increased the blood flow in my penis therefore allowing me to keep it erect for additional hours. My glans penis has started to tingle and signal me that I should start penetrating your vaginal opening, pass through the able to contact the spot of your erogenous zone with my..."
"Oh Hon, you know what? Forget it... I'm getting dressed. Good night."
You see where I'm getting at? Try equating every other hour you do something that you normally do out of love or whatever bond that keeps you together with money then you have the perfect recipe for what we call apathy. Not that apathy is a bad thing of course.
In the end maybe it is a good thing. Look at a lot of kids from dysfunctional families and how ridiculously rich (or the other way around), and begrudging they are of their families. Perfect! Let us all breed apathy into our houses.
Posted 5/4/07
$138k per year? Ooooh! Why don't both parents stay home, they'd be SO RICH!

I think that giving such a specific number is silly. And "paying" someone the same amount to raise one 14 year old as you would to wrangle 6 two year olds is obscene. My frustration with this article is the same kind I get from quizzes designed by pre-teens on the internet, and I give this number just as much credibility.

For children under three, this number is way too low. Parents under three are lucky to get 10 child-free hours a week. And any household with a teenager can, and probably will divert many of those responsibilities on to the child, so I'd even scale it down to at most a quarter of the cost by year 14.

My concern with this number is when would you stop paying? Would you pay your wife hooker wages in the bedroom? Would you charge her rent? Could you replace your mother by filling all those jobs she might do? Putting a financial number on what it takes to cultivate a human life seeps numbers into all things where numbers are not allowed, in my eyes.

And to be even more honest, if it were just a job, mothers wouldn't make it two years. Parents make mistakes, and kids love getting into trouble, and many parents have that story about the one time they almost had one less kid. Life is a job, and a 24/7/365 one at that; no overtime, breaks, or vacation. And mothers that would actually work their whole shift probably never stop being a mother, even when they are "off the clock".

Unfortunately, mothers like my mom are going to read that article, cheer, and go hit the casino to spend her annual paycheck. And the mothers that deserve that amount are probably slightly disturbed by the notion.
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gopherthegold wrote:

$138k per year? Ooooh! Why don't both parents stay home, they'd be SO RICH!

I think that giving such a specific number is silly. And "paying" someone the same amount to raise one 14 year old as you would to wrangle 6 two year olds is obscene. My frustration with this article is the same kind I get from quizzes designed by pre-teens on the internet, and I give this number just as much credibility.

For children under three, this number is way too low. Parents under three are lucky to get 10 child-free hours a week. And any household with a teenager can, and probably will divert many of those responsibilities on to the child, so I'd even scale it down to at most a quarter of the cost by year 14.

My concern with this number is when would you stop paying? Would you pay your wife hooker wages in the bedroom? Would you charge her rent? Could you replace your mother by filling all those jobs she might do? Putting a financial number on what it takes to cultivate a human life seeps numbers into all things where numbers are not allowed, in my eyes.

And to be even more honest, if it were just a job, mothers wouldn't make it two years. Parents make mistakes, and kids love getting into trouble, and many parents have that story about the one time they almost had one less kid. Life is a job, and a 24/7/365 one at that; no overtime, breaks, or vacation. And mothers that would actually work their whole shift probably never stop being a mother, even when they are "off the clock".

Unfortunately, mothers like my mom are going to read that article, cheer, and go hit the casino to spend her annual paycheck. And the mothers that deserve that amount are probably slightly disturbed by the notion.


Lol, hooker wages! Well, yeah, that's true too. I think its dumb... Should a father be paid as a porathlete for playing catch with his child? No, and a mother should not be treated like the head of a computer company because she pressed Ctr-alt-delte when little Jr. locks the screen....

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