Friday, May 9, 2008

Moms are priceless

A recent study by Salary.com showed that if a stay-at-home mom could be compensated in dollars for all her labor, her salary would be $117,000 year. I'm not surprised. After all, every mom is a teacher, a dietitian, a cook, a house cleaner, an accountant, a dish washer, a landscaper, a nurse, a grocery shopper, a laundry cleaner, a manager, a babysitter, a counselor, and a chauffeur. (I'm sure we could add many more duties to this list.)

The book of Proverbs says, "An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels" (Prov. 31:10). The same applies to mothers as well. Moms might be worth $117,000 from a strictly economic perspective, but spiritually, they are priceless.

Moms are incredible. I'm thankful first of all for my own mom, who helped raise me in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Eph. 4:4). And more recently, I've been thankful for my wonderful wife, who is an awesome mommy to our children. It's a job I don't envy, but one I appreciate and benefit from every day.

Happy Mothers Day!

Update: My dad pointed out that, using Ric Edelman's calculation method, the job-market value of a mom is now $803,000. You can read the article here.

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