Stay-at-home mothers are not always appreciated for what they do, but one husband calculated his wife’s worth to show how much he values her and her hard work as a mother, according to ABC News.
Through a calculated research of every job his wife performs, Steve Nelms discovered he cannot afford his wife, Glory, who is a stay-at-home mom.Nelms calculated from child care ($36,660) to cleaning ($5,200) to cooking ($12,480). The total comes out to $73,690 per year, according to Nelms’ calculations.
“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 in his March 20 blog post. “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.”
Nelms’ post has stirred up a lot of controversy as his intent was to show appreciation for Glory and to show how his family dynamic works. Glory has held a job since she was 14-years-old, according to ABC News.
“It was hard to stay at home for a reason. It wasn’t necessarily the workload,” Glory told ABC News. “It was everything that came with losing that paycheck, losing that job, losing the connection with other people in the world.”