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The Mother's Day Index 2014: Inequality Edition

Sixty-one percent of moms say they prefer homemade presents from the kids, and 17 percent of moms don't want gifts from their children. Asked to name the favorite gifts they've ever gotten from their kids, cards and artwork top the list, followed by breakfast in bed.

Most moms want to spend time with their families on Mother's Day. Sixty-nine percent said spending the day with the whole family was their favorite way to enjoy the holiday. Only 7 percent each said by themselves or with their husbands sans the kids. Almost 18 percent said with the kids, sans the spouse.

As far as the best possible purchased gifts, a day at the spa and a weekend getaway with the family topped the list. Gift cards, a weekend getaway with her husband, dinner at the best restaurant in town and chocolates followed closely.

Thinking about a vacuum cleaner or electronic gadget? Think again. Household appliances and electronics were the least popular choices.

The Mother's Day Index 2014

Mother's task BLS occupation title Hours per week Weeks per year Mean hourly
wage
Annual Mom earnings
Cooking Cooks 14 52 $9.55 $6,952.40
Driving Taxi drivers and chauffeurs 9 52 $12.12 $5,672.16
Helping with homework Other teachers and instructors 10 40 $18.23 $7,290.00
Taking care of the kids Childcare Worker 40 52 $10.45 $21,736.00
Nursing wounds Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 2 12 $18.30 $439.20
Cleaning up Maids and housekeeping cleaners 10 52 $10.15 $5,278.00
Planning parties Meeting & Convention Planners 8 8 $22.53 $1,441.60
Summer activity planner Miscellaneous community and social service specialists, including
health educators and community health workers.
40 12 $18.50 $8,880.00
Haircuts Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 0.5 52 $12.13 $315.25
Shopping for the family Personal care aides 3 52 $11.13 $1,735.50
Family finances Accountants and auditors 0.5 52 $25.73 $668.85
Yard work Grounds maintenance workers 1 52 $12.95 $673.40
Fixing up the house Designers 5 8 $21.65 $866.00
Finding out what the kids are up to Private detectives and investigators 5 8 $25.91 $1,036.40

Grand total: $62,984.76

Wage source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Methodology

“Mom's value” is based on occupational wages from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and does not include a salary from work outside the home.

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