Got this from
http://bostonworks.boston.com/salary/ar ... alary.html
Keep in mind the figures quoted here are US dollars. Aussie $ is $171398. Alot of company CEOs wish they earnt that much! Also this is just one of may sites that breakdown exactly what a SAHM really is.
"A new research analysis completed by Salary.com reveals that today's 5.4 million stay-at-home moms would earn $131,471 in annual salary, including overtime pay, if paid in cash in addition to the steady flow of rewarding hugs and kisses from their children.
The Needham-based firm consulted with a representative sampling of stay-at-home moms before finalizing a list of the top seven job titles that fit the average mom's job description. Ranked in order from most time-consuming to least time-consuming, the list included the titles of Daycare Center Teacher, Van Driver, Housekeeper, Cook, CEO, Nurse and General Maintenance Worker.
The estimated average salary calculated by Salary.com's team of compensation experts for a stay-at-home mom is based on a 100-hour work week, consisting of six 15-hour days and one 10-hour day. Job titles, responsibilities, and qualifications were considered and weighed on a scale of importance, frequency, and average time spent on tasks per day. Stay-at-home mom median salary assumes that the mother has at least two children of school age.
"Stay-at-home moms and working moms have a tremendous responsibility in raising their children and in the spirit of the upcoming Mother's Day holiday we recognize all moms and grandmothers for a job well done," said Tim Driver, Salary.com's senior vice president and general manager for consumer products. "We found it extremely difficult to put a true price on an annual salary for stay-at-home moms because they are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week with only a few, if any, chances to relax."
"While I may have given up my salary, benefits and 401(k) to accept the position of stay-at-home mom - a position I can't put on my resume - the rewards of viewing life through my children's eyes has been priceless," said Wendy Schulze, a CPA and stay-at-home mother of two, from suburban Massachusetts. "Besides, after being a stay-at-home mom and honing skills like self-confidence, multi-tasking and attention to detail, I feel confident I could take on any other challenging, but rewarding, job in the future, if I wanted to."
How Much Should a Stay-at-Home Mom Earn?
Job Title National Average Annual Salary
Teacher-Daycare Center $26,891
Van Driver $30,762
General Maintenance Worker $29,656
Base Pay (40 Hours) $43, 461
Overtime Pay (60 Hours) $88,009
Mom's Annual Salary $131,471
Source: Salary.com "
Although your ex-friend may be engaged, living with her boyfriend, pregnant with her next baby, and has a qualification from tafe, I'm wondering just what your mutual friend ISNT telling you. Things may not be as rosy as they seem. Also what was your mutual friend's motivation for passing on this info? To make you jealous? Some people find that the only way they can feel better about themselves is to bring down those they see as doing better than them. Kinda like the Tall Poppy Syndrome - you may be your ex-friend's Tall Poppy.
Amongst the many things I'm learning about myself during this weight journey, is that I need to focus on me and identify what it is that's great about myself ie what sort of person am I; what are my really good points; what can I feel really proud of? Why the self focus - you can't honestly expect someone to really love you if you don't honestly
If you like, ask yourself the above questions and don't hold back with the answers. Even something that you might find insignificant (eg you may make an awesome scrambled egg breaky that people beg for) is noteworthy.
May a list of all your responses and put it somewhere you will see it every day. Feel free to add to it at any time. When you're feeling blue, revisit the list to remind yourself of how truly wonderful you are.