How Much Do You Value Your Mother?

Cheryl Lock

stay at home momMother’s Day is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start remembering everything mom does for her family.

Chauffeuring the kids around.

This year, however, amongst all the happy thoughts we’ll be sending mom’s way, there’s a bit of disheartening news out there as well. This year, according to the 2013 Mother’s Day Index, the market value of common mom tasks in the home was valued at $59,862.

That’s down from $60,182 in 2012 and $61,436 in 2011.

The index is determined by calculations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics from a pre-set list of tasks including things like shopping, planning, yard work, etc.

Perhaps not as surprising is the disconnect between the differing values men and women put on household work. When it comes to tasks around the house, 62% of men set the value for those efforts at under $40,000 a year (compared with 56% of women who said the same).

Additionally, 7% of women valued mom’s household work at more than $100,000 a year, while only 3% of men did.

When it comes to life insurance, figuring out how much mom’s “value” is worth is essential, whether she works outside of the home or not. “Just because someone doesn’t earn a salary doesn’t meant that they don’t make significant contributions to the family that could be costly to replace,” Marvin Feldman, president and CEO of the LIFE Foundation, told “Things like child care, cooking, cleaning, transportation and other household activities are all important parts of a family’s everyday lifestyle.”

  • Nyamah

    i’m sorry, but the disheartening part of this piece is that a Mother’s value is linked solely to chores (household, at that rate). I understand (and certainly appreciate, to a degree) the highlighting and appreciation of a mother’s duties in the home (note duty vs value). However, when I think of the value of my mother and all of the women who have nurtured and inspired me, their value supercedes quantification in dollars. I expected this article to highlight the immeasurability of what the maternal figure means to her offspring: to speak to the fact that this bond, unseen and untraceable (ok, unless you clearly inherited her forehead like I did with my Mom), remains the most fascinating phenomenon that helps to define us as human beings. So happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers!!! To value her at $50/$60/$100,000 really is a disservice; because in all honesty, the true value of a mother is priceless. This is love given in its purest (even if not always perfect) form. But it is love that once authentically given and truely experienced, ignites something within us to believe in a force of love or a God (whether you are a believer or not) greater than ourselves. I hope that you, I, and everyone realize that a true Mother is greater than the dollars/rubies/diamonds she owns or receives. She is the ultimate priceless luxury we could ever own! HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!