Take out your calculators everyone.
They do not come cheap. And, rightly so.
When my maid was on her month-long leave sometime ago, I had to take leave from work as well. But, of course, not for a month.
Besides my normal domestic duties such as going to the market, cooking, cleaning the "upstairs" of the house, cleaning all the bathrooms and sending and fetching my two kids to and from school as well as their tuition classes, I had to take over my maid's chores - peeling onions, cleaning fish (generally preparing ingredients for cooking), storing fresh food in the fridge, laundry and cleaning the ground floor of the house.
Now if I were a stay-at-home mom, I certainly would not need a maid.
When would my days off be? Would I get any in the first place.
My maid does not have to do the things I have to do. She gets her days off. She has specific chores, and I send her off to bed by 9.30pm because she has to wake up early for her dawn (Subuh) prayers. But I am usually up before her, anyway, to get the kids ready for school.
So, how much is a homemaker worth?
More than you, brothers!
So, before you start demanding that cup of coffee after your hard day's work, think about her hard day's work.
Here is a Reuters story. We can help "localise" the calculations. But, you get the drift. And the picture.
NEW YORK - If the typical stay-at-home mother in the United States were paid for her work as a housekeeper, cook and psychologist among other roles, she would earn $138,095 a year, according to research released on Wednesday.
This reflected a 3 percent raise from last year's $134,121, according to Salary.com Inc, Waltham, Massachusetts-based compensation experts.
The 10 jobs listed as comprising a mother's work were housekeeper, cook, day care center teacher, laundry machine operator, van driver, facilities manager, janitor, computer operator, chief executive officer and psychologist, it said.
The typical mother puts in a 92-hour work week, it said, working 40 hours at base pay and 52 hours overtime.
A mother who holds full-time job outside the home would earn an additional $85,939 for the work she does at home, Salary.com.
Last year she would have earned $85,876 for her at-home work, it said.
Salary.com compiled the online responses of 26,000 stay-at-home mothers and 14,000 mothers who also work outside the home.