Last night at a meeting of IABC independent communicators (AIP), a colleague mentioned the Reuters news item that said:

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.

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.

The researchers clearly separated the stay-at-home mother and the mother-with-full-time- job-outside-the-home. We wondered what the results would be for the stay-at-home mother who is also a working-from-home mother, as many of us are — handling the full-time job (from home) but doing all the cooking, cleaning and so on. I suppose it’s similar to the job-outside-the-home mom but we don’t have to wear pantyhose as much. You just can’t put a price on that!