As any mom knows, parenting isn't a full-time job. It's a 24/7 calling requiring a mother lode of skills: nursing, chauffeuring, cooking, accounting, investigating and more.
If you put a dollar sign on the typical things Mom does around the house, her market value would be $65,284, according to the 2015 Insure.com Mother's Day Index.
Sure, that's a pittance compared to a mom's true value, but it's up 3.7 percent over last year's figure of $62,985 and 9.1 percent over the 2013 figure of $59,862. The annual index is an informal look at the common things moms do for their families and is based on the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics median wage data. It does not include income moms earn outside the home.
Estimating Mom's salaryRoughly a third of respondents in a recent Insure.com survey think Mom should earn more than this year's index, and 43 percent think she should earn less. Almost a quarter of respondents think the index figure is in the ballpark. When asked how much moms should be paid for the things they do around the house, here's how they answered:
- Nothing: 2 percent
- Up to $10,000: 4 percent
- $10,001 to $25,000: 12 percent
- $25,001 to $50,000: 25 percent
- $50,001 to $75,000: 24 percent
- $75,001 to $100,000: 17 percent
- $100,001 to $200,000: 7 percent
- Over $200,000: 9 percent
Life insurance for MomThe topic isn't just an idle question for debate around the water cooler. The services a parent provides are an important consideration when deciding how much life insurance to buy. Life insurance isn't just about replacing income in the event of a wage earner's death.
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