Husband Says He Can’t Afford His Wife As A Stay-At-Home-Mom, And His Calculations Are On The Money

Husband Says He Can’t Afford His Wife As A Stay-At-Home-Mom, And His Calculations Are On The Money

Steven Nelms’ wife, Glory, is a stay-at-home mom to their son, two-year-old Ezra. She worked while he was finishing up college, but after the birth of their son she didn’t return to work due to the cost of childcare, which would eat up most of what she would have earned. Nelms added up the value of what she contributes to the family in her position now, and was blown away.

nelms

I’ve had this thought in my head for a while now. I’ve been thinking that I can’t afford for my wife to be a Stay-At-Home Mom. Now, I don’t at all mean to offend anyone with this post. I just have to say that for me personally, I can’t afford it… I mean that I quite literally cannot afford my wife to be staying at home. Here’s why…

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. A child can typically get that attention at a day-care. But on top of that, he is her only focus… Obviously, this is part of being a parent. You take care of your child and you raise your child. But let’s face it. In our day and age… there is a company ready and willing to do just about anything. So while, yes, my wife is my son’s mother and it is a natural result of being a parent to love and care for your own child, there is also a very quantifiable dollar amount that can be attributed to the services rendered. I am in no way trying to simplify, objectify, or devalue the priceless love of a mother for her child. But let’s be real. Pay day feels good for a reason. Because you’re seeing your hard work appreciated in a tangible way that lets you “treat yo self”. And this is exactly why I can’t afford my wife being a Stay-At-Home Mom. The national average weekly salary for a full-time nanny is $705. That’s $36,660 a year.

We make ends meet comfortably and are by no means scraping the bottom of the barrel… [but] the services rendered of caring for our child every single day of the year would absorb the majority of our income. Flat out, no question, game over, I cannot afford my wife to be a Stay-At-Home Mom. And that’s just the beginning of it.

So far we’re looking at a grand total of $67,860! Remember, we’re working with extremely conservative averages here.

Let’s average 5 hours a week on financial services, 4 hours per business dinner (about 3 a year), and a weekly laundry service. Add that onto our very conservative estimates for childcare, house cleaning, and shopping, and that’s an annual salary of $73,960. Looking objectively at an almost insultingly conservative average of the services rendered, I cannot afford my wife.”

So there you have it, moms. The most important work you do can’t be measured with dollar signs, but your financial contribution to the family sure adds up!

Leave a Comment

Share this!

Enjoy reading? Share it with your friends!

Send this to a friend