Thursday, May 03, 2007

The Role of a Mother

Do you know why it takes a village to raise a child?

The obvious answer is because raising a child involves lots of efforts, and that the village/society has great impacts on children.

But, there is another reason that parents tend to ignore. It takes a village to raise a child, because often parents outsource parenting to the village, from school, street, TV, ...

The better model of parenting is as the poet Hafiz Ibrahim said:
The mother is a school. All you have to do is to well-prepare a mother, then you will have a well-prepared noble nation.

What do you think? Is it better for a mother to work as anything but a mother, or to fullfill her role as a mother first?

See below, an estimated dollar value for motherhood. Obvioiusly, it's a rough estimation. Otherwise, it's hard to quantify any hidden emotional benefits, and the quality of service (e.g. a day care compared to a mother).

Salary.com Caculator

NEW YORK (Reuters) - If the typical stay-at-home mother in the United States were paid for her work as a housekeeper, cook and psychologist among other roles, she would earn $138,095 a year, according to research released on Wednesday.

This reflected a 3 percent raise from last year's $134,121, according to Salary.com Inc, Waltham, Massachusetts-based compensation experts.

The 10 jobs listed as comprising a mother's work were housekeeper, cook, day care center teacher, laundry machine operator, van driver, facilities manager, janitor, computer operator, chief executive officer and psychologist, it said.

The typical mother puts in a 92-hour work week, it said, working 40 hours at base pay and 52 hours overtime.

A mother who holds full-time job outside the home would earn an additional $85,939 for the work she does at home, Salary.com.

Last year she would have earned $85,876 for her at-home work, it said.

Salary.com compiled the online responses of 26,000 stay-at-home mothers and 14,000 mothers who also work outside the home.


Source: Yahoo! News


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