My husband and I are in constant disagreement about the role of a Mom and that her worth is far more than most people equate. After all, we hold our family together, from cooking to providing support for our children. We nurse them when they’re ill, put out fires and help with homework. The very tasksngs that no one ever puts a price on.
I ran across an article on Insure.com’s website, “The Mother’s Day Index: How Much is Mom Worth This Year?” It has been highlighted by Fox, MSN Money and Forbes. I share it here with you to tell you how much your family would have to spend to do all these various Mom tasks that we take for granted.
From patching up skinned knees to chauffeuring kids around town to investigating what teenagers are up to after school, moms do a little bit of everything.
And those little bits add up fast.
We took an informal look at the various tasks a typical mom does and how much a family would have to spend to pay professionals to do the same things. (See tasks and compensation below, based on Bureau of Labor Statistics data.)
The total: $61,436 a year — which doesn’t include the salary mom might make at her job. It’s an important reminder that all moms need life insurance
Life insurance for Mom’s value
Unfortunately, too many women remain uninsured or under-insured, according to LIMRA, a global life insurance
research and consulting firm.
Last year almost six out of 10 women-owned some sort of life insurance, which is about equal to men’s life insurance ownership, LIMRA says. But the amount of life insurance coverage purchased for women is only about 69 percent of men’s coverage, and married households
are less likely to buy individual life insurance for wives than for husbands.
“Both parents should be insured,” says Marvin Feldman, president, and CEO of the Life and Health Insurance
Foundation for Education.
Too often, couples assume that a stay-at-home parent doesn’t need to buy life insurance because he or she isn’t a breadwinner. However, the loss of income isn’t the only financial
hit a family would suffer if a parent died. Someone would have to take over all the tasks that they performed.
“All those services have a price and could be a significant expense for a family to replace,” says Steven Brostoff, a American Council of Life Insurers spokesperson.
Feldman says the cost of child care
could run $30,000 a year. A family would need about $1 million in capital to produce that much income from investment returns.
“Who has that?” he asks. “That’s why having life insurance is so important.”
Another common mistake couples make is assuming that in-laws will step in to help with the children, Feldman adds. “But sometimes in-laws aren’t capable of doing it physically or financially, and their out-of-pocket costs would still need to be taken care of.”
How much life insurance does Mom need?
Although both parents should be insured, they don’t have to be insured; equally, Feldman says. The amount depends on the cost of replacing the parent’s income and the critical services they provide. Couples should also consider future earning potential, such as a stay-at-home parent’s plan to return to the workforce
“There’s no single rule of thumb for the question of how much life insurance you need,” Brostoff says. “We recommend talking to a professional life insurance agent.”
But one thing is certain: “Something is better than nothing,” Feldman says.
The Mother’s Day Index 2011
||BLS occupation used
||Hours per week/weeks per year
||Weeks per year
||Annual Mom cost
||14 hrs./52 weeks
||Taxi drivers and chauffeurs
||9 hrs./52 weeks
|Helping with homework
||Other teachers and instructors
||10 hrs./40 weeks
|Taking care of the kids
||Child Care Worker
||40 hrs./52 weeks
||Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses
||2 hrs./12 weeks
||Maids and housekeeping cleaners
||10 hrs./52 weeks
||Meeting & Convention Planners
||64 hours a year
|Summer activity planner
||Miscellaneous community and social service specialists
||40 hrs./12 weeks
||Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists
||0.5 hrs./52 weeks
|Shopping for the family
||Personal and home care aides
||3 hrs./52 weeks
||Accountants and auditors
||0.5 hrs./52 weeks
||Grounds maintenance workers
||1 hr./52 weeks
|Fixing up the house
||40 hours a year
|Finding out what the kids are up to
||Private detectives and investigators
||40 hours a year
Total annual Mom cost: $61,436
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics