This dad calculated that stay-at-home mums should earn $98,000 a year

Glory, Ezra and Steven Nelms.

Glory, Ezra and Steven Nelms.

Stay-at-home parenting has always been notoriously underappreciated work, but how much? Well, an American dude has put it in terms everyone - even lazy dads - can understand: cold, hard cash.

Steven Nelms of Houston - noticing the ridiculous amounts of work his wife Glory undertook in the service of looking after their son Ezra, as well as the general upkeep of their home - crunched the numbers, did the maths, and wrote up the results in a blog post titled Fathers, You Can't Afford A Stay-At-Home Mum, which has since gone viral.

Helms used the real-life industry rates (in US dollars) of the jobs Glory completed to work out what the real-world salary for stay-at-home mums should be. For example: 

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Full-time nanny: $705 per week

Cleaning service: $50-$100 per week, for up to two visits

Personal shopper: $65 per hour, for up to four hours per week

Chef: $240 per week

Laundry: $25 per week

Financial assistant: $15 per hour

Personal assistant (for all your work-related crap she kindly tags along to): $75 per hour

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Taken with conservative estimates on other costs, Steven found that his wife should technically be earning US$73,960 (NZ$98,538) per year for all the work she does.

Yes, that's $73,960. So, she sent him a bill. Well no, but that would be a great development in this story.

"The fact of the matter is that our income doesn't even come close to covering what she does for our family," Steven wrote in his blog post. "I would have to make over 100K to even begin to be able to cover my living expenses as well as employ my wife as a Stay-At-Home Mum!"

According to similar experiments conducted over the years, Steve's figure's even a bit of a lowball - a survey by a few years ago found that stay-at-home mums should be earning as much as $115,000 (NZ$153,000) per year for their work.

"I think the big lesson to be had is to be mutually appreciative of what the other contributes to the provision for the family," Steven told Buzzfeed.

"Be specific with what you're appreciative of and remind them of that frequently."

Hat tip: Buzzfeed

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