How Much Is A Mother Worth Anyway?

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How Much Is A Mother Worth Anyway?

To those who struggle with infertility or must work outside of the home, I realize this is a sensitive topic. This is in no way meant to heap more guilt or pain upon you, friend. During these times, we must trust that the Lord has a plan and knows exactly what He’s doing. My heart goes out to you, dear one, and I’m specifically praying for you right now.

Recently, I found this quote on Facebook:

“Just a Mom?…..I don’t understand it when people say, “Your just a mom.”  Yes, I am a Mom!  That makes me an alarm clock, cook, maid, waitress, teacher, nurse, referee, handyman, security officer, photographer, counselor, chauffeur, event planner, hairdresser, personal assistant, ATM, & I scare away the boogie man.  I don’t get paid holidays, sick pay, or days off.  I am on call 24/7 for the rest of my life.  And that’s just BEING A MOM!!  I may not be anything to you, but I am everything to someone!”

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After not being able to conceive until I was 39, it really hurt to have to explain to my co-workers why I wanted to be ‘just a Mom’!

“Why are you quitting nursing and throwing away all that education? You’re dumping such a wonderful job! Certainly you will want to come back to work…”

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the only photo I know of the OR years (taken in the 70s)

My whole body ached for children, and my biological clock was ticking away. Our home was so quiet, and though we would have been ‘OK’ if it was truly not the Lord’s will for us to have children, I couldn’t deny the deep desire to use the gifts of nurturing and teaching that He had placed in my heart.

I’d already been working 20 years in the medical field before I left to try to carry our first child to term – we’d just lost this babe’s twin half way through the pregnancy, and I needed to get off my feet. Somehow, I knew I wouldn’t go back.

Compared to what I earned as a well-paid surgical, and later, private nurse, I believe being a mother is worth infinitely more than any money I could have earned in my ‘professional’ working years.  I am 60 something now, my earning days are over, but the worth of being a Mother just doesn’t stop!

The annual job-market value of the role of a mother has increased to nearly $803,000, according to financial advisor Ric Edelman’s Annual Mother’s Day Index. Edelman has been compiling the annual study for ten years. The basis of the index is that the typical mom actually does many jobs: 17 of them.

The average multi-tasking mom routinely is expected to:

- provide transportation, help with and direct yard work, assist with homework (include lesson planning and teaching if you home-educate), and develop relationships with individual children

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- do laundry, facilitate ministry, support the family economy, be there in big and little ways

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- train in personal habits, order and clean the house, provide outside enrichment and socialization

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- cook meals, facilitate time with grandparents, maintain order and discipline, keep family on schedule

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…not to mention dispensing homemade remedies and nursing care, attend meetings and functions, listening to and resolving family problems, helping manage family finances, and caring for pets!

The occupations which compose the Annual Mother’s Day Index and their corresponding median annual salaries are:

a. Animal Caretaker $29,920
b. Chef $37,880
c. Computer Systems Analyst $72,230
d. Financial Manager $101,450
e. Food/Beverage Service Worker $19,360
f. General Office Clerk $25,200
g. Registered Nurse $59,730
h. Management Analyst $77,270
i. Child Care Worker $18,820
j. Housekeeper $18,700
k. Psychologist $66,110
l. Bus Driver $33,050
m. Elementary School Principal $79,200
n. Dietitian/Nutritionist $47,890
o. Property Manager $52,290
p. Social Worker $40,640
q. Recreation Worker $22,950
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TOTAL $802,690

So don’t call your husband over to the computer screen to see how much you’re really worth financially. A good employee doesn’t tout their worth to the company executives. Allow the Lord to show your husband your true worth, both financially and spiritually.

Now, let’s see what the mother’s spiritual worth is. If you are striving to live these out with the help of the Lord, you are even more valuable – priceless beyond telling and worth more than any amount of money or things. Here are a noteworthy few from Proverbs 31 :

She brings her husband confidence and good, not harm (vs. 11, 12)  

She endures labor and weariness. She is a sturdy woman (vs. 13, 15, 17)

She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy (vs. 20)

She ‘wears’ strength and dignity – she smiles (joyful?) at the future (vs. 25)

She has wisdom and faithful instruction – spoken and unspoken (vs. 26, 27)

She inspires her children, her husband to praise her (vs. 28)

She fears the Lord (vs. 30)

So instead of believing that you are ‘just a Mom’, I pray that you, dear Mother, would see the priceless treasure you are and the opportunity that you hold in your hands before it is too late.  You may not believe it or see it now, but trusting God through the struggle will ultimately bless your family more than any other single thing you could ever do!  Stand firm and do not fear!

“Her children rise up and bless her; her husband also, and he praises her…” ~Proverbs 31: 28

Oh, Mothers of young children, I bow before you in reverence. Your work is most holy. You are fashioning the destinies of immortal souls. The powers folded up in the little ones that you hushed to sleep in your bosoms last night, are powers that shall exist forever. You are preparing them for their immortal destiny and influence. Be faithful. Take up your sacred burden reverently. Be sure that your  life is sweet and clean.  ~  JR Miller

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20 Responses to How Much Is A Mother Worth Anyway?

  1. Erica Ricky Kennedy says:

    Lovely!

  2. Elena says:

    Thank you for this! Motherhood definitely isn’t for the faint of heart yet it’s absolutely worth it.

  3. JES says:

    Just beautiful Jacqueline… We are worth far above rubies :)

  4. Charlotte Moore says:

    If only some people were truly real mothers. It just amazes me at the women that don’t have motherly instincts. So sad!! A real mother is a treasure for sure. I worked in the school system for over 24 years. You see all kinds when dealing with children.

    Blessings!!!

  5. Bethany Smith says:

    Thank you! Very encouraging thoughts this morning.

  6. Toni says:

    Great post, Jacqueline. There are so many in our society that are mothers only in the biological realm that have no idea how to connect with their role. It’s so sad. I pray someone will be helped by this well and thoughtfully written post. Have a wonderful day!

  7. As always, very encouraging! It is good to remember this when the day to day seems overwhelming. There are not a lot of Titus 2 women around because the previous generation bought into the lie that they should be more than “just a mother.” Even though from a distance, you are helping fill a role for many young women that are longing to find. Blessings!

    • Jacqueline says:

      Heather,
      I miss you and pray for you so often. Keep up the strong stand for Jesus, dear one.. You will never be disappointed in being ‘just a mother’ though that term is so warped…in the job description of Mother is wrapped up the very essence of love and nurture and selfless sacrifice…very precious in the sight of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

  8. Jessie says:

    That was wonderful! It made my mom and I both cry and laugh. Also, now we’re calling Ethan and Evan the “associates”. :-)

  9. Roxy says:

    Thank YOU I knew deep down inside I was worth a ton of money :o)
    It is nice to see it in print…
    Really, I feel like I have been on the blessing side of being able to impart so much to so many! What a great retirement plan God must have for me…
    Love, Roxy

  10. Judith says:

    Your testimony is incredible. This blessed me so much as I needed to hear that being a mother (and wife) is worth it. I just cried as I read your post and cried even more as I watched the video. Thank you so much for sharing your story again.

    • Jacqueline says:

      Hi, Judith! I tried to link-up yesterday with you but could not. I got confused in even finding your link-up, so I may try again now. I am sad I failed to add a little disclaimer for those who struggle with infertility or need to work outside of the home…so I just did. Blessings!

  11. Very interesting! It’s tempting to discount all a mother does, but it truly is remarkable when you see it all laid out like that! #wakeupwednesday

  12. I am struggling today with money and I miss home and I feel like I am an inadequate mother. This is an uplifting post. Thank you. #ww

  13. This is a perfect post for those new mothers who may face the naysayers about choosing to stay home and care for children. I value my mother position and thank God everyday he made me a Woman of God and for allowing me to care for his children.

  14. Francie says:

    I’m so glad you posted this. I have a six year old school age child, and I always get people asking me when I plan on going “back to work since my child is in school full time.” I actually did get a job working part time but I found it a struggle to work outside the home and manage the home and have enough energy to be with my daughter. I wound up quitting that job and I have not looked back. I get all kinds of people including friends and family who think I just sit around all day with nothing to do while my daughter is at school. But the truth is that it is a full time job to make a home if you want to do it properly. As our society heads further down the road towards socialism, encouraging voices are rare. Thank you for the encouragement.

    Francie

    • Jacqueline says:

      Francie,
      You may feel alone, but there are so many women who feel these same feelings and find great peace making the decision to be at home for their family. Well said, friend. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and insights with us! May the Lord bless you richly :)

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