The true value of a Mom
When Hilary Rosen accused Presidential first-wife hopeful Ann Romney of having “actually never worked a day in her life”, she set off a spark that erupted into a white-hot debate in the “Working Mommy Wars”. As a passive 3rd party (I’ve got a ‘y’ chromosome, ladies), father of 3 young children, and husband of a stay-at-home Mom, I can confidently say that full-time motherhood is hard work.
Two weeks ago, my wife abandoned me for 61 hours and 24 minutes to attend a conference with her sister and mom. In an effort to distract myself from the anxiety leading up to the weekend, I fantasized of calling her up at night and reporting how the kids were slumbering peacefully, the dishes loaded, and laundry folded. How naive I was. After a 3 hour bout of crisis management—administering aid to whichever child needed it most urgently at the moment—I successfully placed all 3 kids in their designated sleeping areas. This left me a short window to pick up toys, unload the dishes, and eat a grape before the 4-month-old demanded sustenance. When she called to check in that night, I tried my best to conceal my exhaustion and boast of my effortless victory. She humored me with a suspicious commendation, but I knew she knew.
If there was any trace of doubt in my mind that full-time motherhood was anything less than miraculous, it was utterly eradicated in the short time I spent as a full-time dad that weekend. So to my own wife, mother, and all Moms everywhere, thank you. If we could pay you the $112k+ you deserve, we would. You certainly earned it.
What about working Moms?
We haven’t forgotten you! Take a look at our other infographic to calculate
What a Working Mom is Worth!
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