Current Event Assignment "Study: Stay-at-home moms deserve high pay."

Essay by rackelHigh School, 12th grade October 2005

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In family's with two children or more there is typically a working father and a stay at home mom. Who would you say has the harder job, the one staying at home or the one who goes out and supplies the income for the family? According to a recent article, Stay at home moms deserve high pay, the ones staying home would earn $131,471 annually if they were working some where else. Not only do they work the standard forty hours a week, but they also put in an extra sixty hours on nights and weekends being on call 24/7. When over five million mothers were asked to come up with job titles they fall under the list included teacher, driver, housekeeper, cook, chief executive officer, nurse and general maintenance worker. The motive behind this article is to disprove the theory that stay at home moms are a "cop-out" and it's the "women's way out of the work force". It also brings attention to how difficult raising a child is as well as taking care of the house.

Personally, I was very interested in learning how much a stay-at-home mom would make if they received a paycheck. Along with the majority I assumed that staying home would be easier than going into the work field and made the decision earlier on that I wouldn't do it. I would still not choose to stay at home if given the opportunity, but nonetheless I can now give more credit to those who do.


Hypothetical- Of, relating to, or based on a hypothesis

Compensation- Something, such as money, given or received as payment or reparation, as for a service or loss

Adage- A saying that sets forth a general truth and that has gained credit through long use.

Validation- To declare or make legally valid.

Predecessor- One who precedes another in time, especially in holding an office or position.

Discussion Questions

If presented with the situation would you rather you, your spouse, or neither stay at home?

Do you think sex plays a role in who stays at home?