Being a parent is the best job in the world. Of course it’s not really a job, it’s just something we do. For the love of a half asleep bleary-eyed cuddle at the crack of dawn, hearing those first precious few words, for the love of feeling immensely proud after seeing their teachers at their Parents Evening or for the first time they sat on the potty and did something, for me, being a parent is pretty much priceless.
But what if you did the sums and totted up all those hours that you have spent cooking meals, cleaning up, doing the washing, all those shopping trips, the hours offering advice and playing with them on the floor making up stories about cars, planes, dolls and Little Teds? What if you totted up the hours and compared it to those in the respected industries; the chefs, the taxi drivers, the laundry assistants?
SunLife have put together a nifty little calculator which adds up all those hours for you to give you your Mum salary (it can apply to Dads too!). It’s great fun and really does make you think about all those hours that you put in just because and for the love of your offspring.
If you’re interested, my Mum salary was £78,000. I’d be delighted to work as ‘Mum’ for that. I’m well qualified and have three years recent experience. I can tick all the boxes for the ‘essential’ skills; can cook pasta well, can change a dirty nappy within a minute, can predict my child won’t eat the cheesy bread roll he’s spent the last ten minutes crying over and can get up in the dead of night to put said child back in their own room for the ninth time since 7pm. If there was an interview to get through, I think I’d get the job and with such a salary to take home, I’d be laughing all the way to the bank!
I wonder if you have more than one child, would it increase? What’s your Mum salary?
*Post in collaboration with SunLife