Dad Does the Math, Figures Stay-at-Home Moms Should Make $74k a Year

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PLANO, Texas — A Texas dad decided to do the math and determine how much a stay-at-home mom should make a year. He quickly realized he “can’t afford” for his wife to stay at home.

“Now, I don’t at all mean to offend anyone with this post. I just have to say that for me personally, I can’t afford it,” Steven Nelms wrote on his blog.

Before you think Nelms is devaluing moms who stay at home, keep reading.

Nelms listed every job his wife performs, from cleaning, cooking and caring for their 2-year-old child.

After adding an expense to financial assistant, laundry services, cleaning services, personal shopper, chef and several other responsibilities, he figured the salary for a stay-at-home mom is $73,690 a year.

Nelms writes on his blog:

“In short, I can’t afford for my wife to stay at home. And I’ve tragically failed to show my wife the appreciation that she deserves. 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 is nearly double 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.”

Nelms said he hoped his blog post would get people talking about better appreciating moms who stay home.

“It was never intended to say one way of doing it was right or wrong. It was simply a reflection of how our family dynamic works,” he told ABC News. “It was meant to show my wife appreciation.”


  • Payback

    Let’s figure in sex with the man she loves “priceless” but after a hard day at work and preforming. I think we’re even

  • Dave

    I think the phrasing in this article is bad. This is an article about an anecdote some dude posted about his wife. 74k a year? I’m not going to say that it isn’t tiring, hard work. I’m not going to say that I’m sure there are plenty of stay at home wives that deserve more appreciation, but 74k a year is a joke and insulting. They’re not sitting in a dark office, they’re not doing laundry out of some dumpy laundromat. They’re doing all these chores in the comfort of their own home with no deadlines and no dope boss.
    What about the parents that work AND do all this stuff? Do they get an extra 74k added on to whatever they might be making?
    Lets try not to break our arms patting on our backs, eh?

  • christine

    well im a stay at home mom and i dont get nothing from my husband yes he pays the bills and so on but he dont care and no he does not make a whole lot either but im also older and it seems harder for me to find one at my age yes if your younger np now these days jobs r harder to find

  • Steve

    Dad obviously doesn’t know the value of a dollar. Housewife? $25,000 a year that job is worth. $74,000 is just laughable.

      • Payback

        None? Doesn’t the government call it prostituting to pay for sex. Most husbands are just trying to stay within the laws the government provided for us

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