Did you watch the video where some people think they are in an interview for a unique opportunity? The candidates all thought that they were in the running for a ‘director of operations’ job, which sounds like a really cool job to have. They were told the position that was 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
There were no vacations. Long periods of standing up, and continuous bending over. Strangely when the job was posted, people still applied. They were then told that ideally, they would have a degree in finance, medicine and the culinary arts.
In fact, it goes on from there.
‘If you had a life, we’d ask you to sort of give that life up,’
If you haven’t seen the video, then you should check it out, although it starts off reasonably funny it started a great conversation. While Motherhood is often taken up as ‘the hardest job in the world’, is it actually? The counter-argument is that is a lifestyle choice, rather than a career choice. Interestingly, there has been some research done following that by AVADO which talks about what some of the hardest jobs are in terms of training vs rewards. Oddly enough being a parent isn’t actually on there.
Perhaps unsurprisingly if a ‘housewife’ were actually a paid position, it would be one of the highest paid positions in the world. Good to know eh? Let’s take a look at the breakdown of what experts believe is the rough list of jobs that a stay at home mom might take on (not included is the mothers that head out to work and then fit all of this in).
- Private chef worth around £30,000 a year
- Personal Assistant, all of that organisation and taking care of everyone’s schedules worth £22,500 a year
- Laundry and Ironing £3,500
- Tutor – Homework anyone? Depending on how many kids you have in school will depend on how much you’d be raking in here. Let’s say around £20,700
- Therapist – how often does everyone come home and start telling you everything, from the drama to the taste of gravy at lunch? Loads. Cute but totally chargeable. £26,500
- Personal Chauffeur – to friends’ houses, to shopping, to school shall we say around £24,700?
We aren’t even adding on the actual childcare element here, or the cleaning, or all of the other tiny tasks that don’t even have names. Overall the Telegraph reported that a mother is ‘worth’ around £159,136 and that is for one child. Everyone knows the more children you have, the more of everything there is to do! Obviously deep down we all know that actually being a parent is worth more than a fiscal figure and while it might be a lifestyle choice, sometimes it can feel a little underappreciated by society. So, when videos like the one mentioned above highlight all the work that goes into it – it’s nice to know that it gets people thinking of everything that goes into it from all the mothers everywhere.