We are Glory
Steven Nelms, a married man and father of a two-year-old boy, decided to do an experiment. Because of the high cost of hiring a nanny to take care of his son, he and his wife, Glory, decided that she should stay home to care for their child. That's why he decided to calculate the salary his wife should earn for this – full-time! – position.
Like many “things” in our homes, it was possible to assess the value of Glory's work. Steven made the calculation, supplemented by expert research. He published the result on his blog titled "We are Glory," which received a lot of feedback from Internet users.
"My wife stays home and takes care of our son every single day. She changes his diapers, feeds him, plays with him, puts him down for his nap, and comforts him when he’s upset. And that’s just the bare minimum" Nelms wrote on his blog.
Little children are cared for at daycare, but, in the case of Glory and Steven, their son benefits from the full attention of his mother. He gets all of her love, all of her time, and all of her energy. She is always there, always near, always listening. Of course, this simply is the life of a parent. You take care of your child and raise him well. But, according to Steven, we should acknowledge that, nowadays, all services are marketable.
A Detailed Analysis of the Salary of a Stay-At-Home-Mom
In a detailed analysis, where all the variables are considered, Steven listed the different positions held by his wife, and the salary she should receive:Nettoyage : 50 $ à 100 $ par visite au moins une fois par semaine.
- Cleaning: $50 to $100 per visit at least once a week.
- Personal Shopper: $65 an hour, for a total of 4 hours a week.
- Cook: $240 a week.
- Laundry: $25 a week (minimum).
- Personal Assistant: $75 an hour.
Using these figures and other estimates, Nelms calculates that Glory should earn a salary of $73,960 per year
Une déclaration touchante à sa femme
"My wife sometimes feels patronized when I ask her permission to buy something for myself. She feels like it’s my money and my name on the paycheck so I shouldn’t have to ask permission to get myself something every once in a while. The truth is, I’m ashamed of any time I’ve ever made her feel guilty or humored when she’s purchased something for herself. I’m ashamed that she has ever felt like she doesn’t have just as much right to our income as I do. The fact of the matter is that our income doesn’t even come close to covering what she does for our family.”
“In short, I can’t afford for my wife to stay at home. And I’ve tragically failed to show my wife the appreciation that she deserves. She loves me, loves our son, and loves our family, so obviously she isn’t doing any of those things for a paycheck or even for recognition. But it certainly doesn’t hurt to know that as a Stay-At-Home Mom her appraised salary is nearly double my actual income. So in a very weird way, this is my way of saying how much I value my wife as the mother of my child and the one who always has my back no matter what. You are more precious than rubies. And I can’t afford you. "