The time that a married couple decided to raise a child, normally, the wife usually gives up her work and dedicate herself as a full-time mom. Aside from taking care of their child, she is also responsible in housekeeping, cooking and even managing the bills and budget at home.
This is what Steven Nelms and his wife Glory did. They have been together for three years and when their son, Esra, was born, Glory gave up almost everything, including her job.
But there is one thing that most of us are not aware of: being a housewife is much more if we are going to compare it with other jobs we usually know. This role is considered one of the toughest, considering his wife ‘more precious than rubies’, according to Steven, in his blog that made the readers touched.
Their story goes like this… Take a look:
‘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,’
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.’
’Of course, it is a natural result of being a parent to love and care for your own child, [but] there is also a very quantifiable dollar amount that can be attributed to the services rendered.’
Steven calculated how much his wife’s work was worth for a year:
-The national average weekly salary for a full-time nanny is $705, or $36,660 a year.
-The costs of cleaning the house: from $50 to $100 a week, or $5,200 a year.
-Personal shoppers on average run around $65 an hour for four hours a week, or $13,520 a year.
-A personal chef can cost $240 a week, or $12,480 a year.
-A financial assistant who manages the bills and the budget on average earn $15 an hour, for five hours a week, or $3,900 a year.
-Professional interactions (such as business dinners) involving a personal assistant will cost $75 an hour, for four hours, three times a year, in total $900 a year.
-Laundry services on average equal $25 a week, or $1,300 a year.
In total, 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.’
’And let’s remember, there’s no sick leave with childcare, there’s no paid time off. All of the incentives that someone who makes over 70K a year would normally enjoy are not part of this deal.’
’The truth is, I’m ashamed of any time I’ve ever made her feel guilty when she’s purchased something for herself. I’m ashamed that she has ever felt like she doesn’t have just as much right to our income as I do.’
’She loves me, loves our son, and loves our family, so obviously she isn’t doing any of those things for a paycheck or even for recognition. But it certainly doesn’t hurt to know that as a Stay-At-Home Mom her appraised salary has nearly doubled my actual income.’
’So in a very weird way, this is my way of saying how much I value my wife as the mother of my child and the one who always has my back no matter what. You are more precious than rubies. And I can’t afford you.’
Let us conclude that being a housewife is, indeed, incomparable as to another. This is not just a choice but merely a sacrifice because mothers think that this is the best way to do for their family.
This Husband Says He Can’t Afford His Wife… Why? The Reason is Truly Touching!