How valuable is being a stay-at-home parent?
According to this study by salary.com, if you paid a stay-at-home mom (or dad, although the story doesn't say so) the way an employer would pay someone, calculating overtime, it would be approximately $113,586. I try to remind myself of that as Allicia starts work tomorrow while I stay at home to take care of Lucy.
It would be nice to use some of those "earnings" on paying off debt, but I'll settle for being able to get food on the table at a normal time each day.
That's what I'm feeling so nervous about lately. Allicia and I had a conversation this afternoon, where she asked me if I'd rather stay at home with Lucy or work. My answer was complicated: I'd rather stay home if she could pay all the bills with her job and have some extra spending money. But I'd rather be working right now so that we can make ends meet and have a nice date night every 2-3 weeks.
Alas, it's good to know that I'll be contributing somewhat, even if it doesn't feel like it.
So here's to the start of my new job. I started today off in style! While Lucy was playing by herself, I found the time to make some caramel popcorn. The recipe came out perfect and made for a great treat today. I think if I can find the time to do something constructive like that each day without neglecting our child, that will make the days a lot more fun.
Vanilla Honey Salted Caramel Popcorn.