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May 7, 2009 - Erin O'Neill
Well, Mother's Day is around the corner and this will be my fourth year to celebrate from the perspective of a mommy.
All the attention the special day has been getting recently has prompted me to think long and hard about the jobs moms do and it is true, a mother's work is never done. Here's just a short list:
Chauffeur, nurse, referee, cook, accountant, laundry machine operator, housekeeper, computer operator, daycare center teacher, facilities manager, psychologist, and chief executive officer.
According to Salary.com's 9th annual Mother's Day survey, a stay-at-home mom performing the 10 most popular "mom-job functions" does the work equivalent of a $122,732 salary, up 5 percent over last year's calculations. A mom who works outside the home 40 hours a week does work that equates to an annual cash compensation of $76,184, an 11 percent increase.
But moms rarely get paid what they deserve. So that, in essence, is why we get a special day.
However, don't think that all moms want jewelry or flowers or dinner out with the kids. Yes, these are all nice gestures. But in this economy, why not give mom something that costs little to nothing? Peace and quiet.
Offer to take the kids away and let mom do whatever it is she wants to do for herself, by herself. No offense to the hubby or kids, of course. Mom can shoo them out the door with a reassuring pat and welcome them back with open arms.
Or if you know a single mom, offer to take the kids for a few hours or overnight. You have no idea how much the gesture will mean to a woman who literally does everything and doesn't always have a supportive partner to back her up.
So when you're standing at the grocery store, trying to pick out a card that says 'just the right thing,' remember, it might just be the little things that make mom smile the biggest.
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