The Value of Dad

“Ann Romney never worked a day in her life.” This negative quote about a stay at home mom of five boys really got some people fired up. After I heard this quote, I was reminded of a website that put a dollar value on what a stay at home parents are “worth” for the jobs they do at home. The website said the annual salary was $138,000!

I looked at the categories and started to understand where this amount came from. I completely understood that there were categories for laundry, cooking and preschool teacher. The categories that I thought were a little bit strange were CEO, facilities manager and computer operator. Huh? I’m supposed to draw a “salary” for poking around on my computer? And what is a facilities manager anyway?

I would change this list significantly. My “salary” would be based on the following jobs:

Line Cook (not even going to pretend I’m a chef)

Professional laundry washer, and folder (amateur laundry put away-er)

Crowd control police officer

Rodeo clown

Goat wrangler

Taxi driver


Peace negotiator

Ice pack administrator



TV Censor


Stroller mechanic

Lawn boy

Weekend bartender

Co-Lego architect

Cloth diaper swirling extraordinaire (if you’ve used them, you know what I’m talking about)


Children’s music DJ (Raffi anyone?)

I considered totaling all this up and giving you an inflated grand total of my value as a stay at home dad, a total that would make you think wow this guy must be doing something really important!

I’m not going to do that.

Doing so would take away the exact reason I became a stay at home dad to begin with…and you can take that to the bank.


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