Bee of JugalBandi had sent me this link to share with you all. Many of you must have read it already. The CNN dhamaka every year around this time as how much a "Stay at home Mom" should get paid and how much a "Staying partly at home Mom" (yeah a new term should be coined I thought because both the moms are working and both stay at home and not in a hotel I guess) should get paid and blah, blah, blah...
Why ? Does this make the Mom happy ? Does CNN pay Moms (who are not CNN employees) the hefty salary ? Do people appreciate Moms more because CNN has come up with this ? --- NO
So why this ? Who cares ? Why the need to prove to the society the worth of a "stay at home Mom" or "Staying partly at home Mom"? If the society does not understand to the hell with it.
It's my choice. When I decided to take a break from work many wondered aloud that maybe it wasn't right. People don't seem convinced that I am not particulary worried about my career right now and am happy with my reduced stress job and my daughter is more important. If I tell them I am perfectly capable and am professionally qualified with an Engg. degree followed by a Masters in the US they think there is something wrong with me. They tell me its important that 2 people earn to live a luxurious lifestyle. I tell this is fine with me, I need not take my daughter on a Disney Cruise or buy her expensive gifts. Thats not what a little 3 year old wants
When my colleague left her job after her 6 month old became sick at the daycare some thought she was the kind who always "worried" and so this was best for her not because the baby needed the Mother, no, but because the Mother was the "worrying" kind !!!
If a Mother decides to go back to work and handle work and home it's her choice again. CNN coming up with some arbit number will neither help her manage better nor will it soothe her separation anxiety.
So why prove to people who don't understand. But if CNN wants to pay I would gladly oblige and would hire a full time nanny. Oh but wait...if my nanny is a Mom, CNN pays her too !!!
Quantifying a Mother's worth ... I say it's absurd !!!