Being a stay-at-home mom is often a role that brings controversy to society, with some thinking it's not a "real job" while others think it's one of the most difficult jobs in the world.
Salary.com released an estimated salary for stay-at-home parents based on their hours, determining that stay-at-home parents should be making about $178,000 annually, calculated based on the average mom's ninety-six-hour work week.
A mom has to cook, clean, constantly watch the little kids, and often have little to no breaks.
The website even included a number of careers that are similar to a stay-at-home parent including teachers, judges, nurses, psychologists, and coaches. We won't lie, that definitely sounds like the life of a parent.
In 2018, their estimated salary was calculated to be just over $162,000. So, we've seen a rise in what stay-at-home moms should really be earning over the past few years.
"Parents hold the ultimate hybrid job at home. They're CEOs, judges, academic advisors, and so much more," said Sarah Reynolds, Vice President of Marketing at Salary.com.
"The role of mom requires a diverse skill set that commands serious market value in the talent market, and with new demands on Mom's time arising every day, we only expect their market value to increase in the future. The immense dedication and work ethic of modern moms does not go unnoticed or unappreciated, and we were not at all surprised at the increased salary we calculated this year, nor do we expect this pace of growth to slow over the next five years," she continued.
One woman writing for TIME expressed why she doesn't regret "quitting" her job and "becoming a stay-at-home mom."
Angela Hamilton wrote about her hectic stay-at-home life: "It's not even noon and I'm ready for nap time. I won't get to take that nap, however, because my breasts are so painfully engorged that I have to pump. I also have to wash the bottles, fold the laundry again and pick up the toys. Oh, wait! Stop everything! The newborn is up again. I have to feed him, burp him, change his diaper, and lay him down to sleep in his swing."
She continued on to talk about the breaks she doesn't get a chance to take as a mom but embraces her role with pride as her boys grew older.
"Being able to stay at home with my children is a privilege that I don't take for granted. And though it's exhausting, it's even more rewarding to watch my sons grow into intelligent and compassionate little people," she said.
So, moms definitely deserve more credit than they're given, and especially those moms who stay at home ALL day, every day with their children.
Keep going all of you stay-at-home moms and dads!