Texas Husband Realizes He Can’t Afford To Pay His Stay-At-Home Wife What She’s Worth

April 8, 2015  |  

How much is a stay-at-home mom’s services worth? Too much for one Texas man, who recently wrote that he would not be able to pay his wife for all of her stay-at-home duties.

When Steve Nelms calculated his wife’s worth down to the dollar, he realized he “quite literally” cannot afford for his wife, Glory, to stay home with their two-year-old son, Ezra.

“Now, I don’t at all mean to offend anyone with this post. I just have to say that for me personally, I can’t afford it,” he wrote in a March 20 post on his blog, “We Are Glory.”

“I’d like to explain exactly what I mean by that so that no one thinks I’m in any way devaluing Stay-At-Home Moms.”

Nelms itemized every job his wife does, including child care ($36,660), cleaning ($5,200), cooking ($12,480). The total annually is $73,690.

“In short, I can’t afford for my wife to stay at home. And I’ve tragically failed to show my wife the appreciation that she deserves. She loves me, loves our son, and loves our family, so obviously she isn’t doing any of those things for a paycheck or even for recognition,” Nelms wrote. “But it certainly doesn’t hurt to know that as a Stay-At-Home Mom her appraised salary is nearly double my actual income. So in a very weird way, this is my way of saying how much I value my wife as the mother of my child and the one who always has my back no matter what. You are more precious than rubies. And I can’t afford you.”

But it seems Nelms might have undercharged for some of the services. According to Salary.com in 2014, the average non-working mom spends 94 hours a week handling tasks that would earn a total salary of $113,568.

According to Nelms, his original intent with the post was to “show appreciation” for Glory.

“It was never intended to say one way of doing it was right or wrong. It was simply a reflection of how our family dynamic works,” he told ABC News. “It was meant to show my wife appreciation.”  But it hit a nerve with many people. The post had more than 1,000 comments, some supportive and others not so supportive, reports Yahoo.

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