Wendy Pietri of Collierville gave up nursing 6-years ago to take on another full-time job. Wendy is a stay-at-home mom, with three kids, ages 2, 4, and 6.
According to a recent study by Salary.com, if Wendy were to be paid for staying at home with the kids, she would make more than $134,000 per year. The study calculated that number by taking the earnings of 10 jobs a mother would do, such as housekeeping, cooking, driving, and teaching. The study concluded that stay-at-home mothers work an average of 92 hours a week. If that were an hourly position, it would mean 52 hours of overtime per week.
"It's time consuming; exhausting," Pietri said, But when it's all said and done, it's the most gratifying job I've ever had."
There have actually been a handful of proposals presented by politicians over the years to give stay-at-home moms and dads a tax credit, but no such law is in place.
If you're wondering about working moms, the Salary.com study found they also work around 90-hours a week: 40 at their "work job," and 50 at their "mom job".
Both sleep an average of six hours per night.