Being a stay-at-home mother certainly brings with it its own unique challenges

Being a stay-at-home mother certainly brings with it its own unique challenges. It is a job in and of itself, yet is often not recognized as such in the market place. Perhaps mothers don’t get enough credit for raising children in today’s society.

A recent study determined what the average salary a stay-at-home mother is worth. After determining the top ten jobs that stay-at-home mothers perform, they divided them into «mother jobs» and «work jobs,» concluding that their worth approaches $140,000 per year in total; $87,000 for «mother jobs» and the rest falling into work-related tasks. The jobs listed as the top ten roles of a stay-at-home mother included, among others, housekeeper, cook, day care center teacher, van driver, and psychologist. Depending on the age of the child, the mother may also take on the task of school teacher if the family decides to home school their children.

Of course, most mothers who stay at home raising their children would tell you that their job is priceless, as they get the rare opportunity of watching their young children become individuals. They sacrifice the extra salary, achievement, title, and recognition for more time with their children. Others do it in order to keep their children out of the public school system, preferring to educate them at home the way they see fit.

Being a stay-at-home mother has just gotten a little easier with all the packages and deals available with satellite TV. While no one in their right mind would suggest that a television show can raise a child as well as a mother or teacher, satellite TV programming has been found to increase the education and mental stimulation of young children during their most influential years.

Television has been unfairly maligned recently. It is often blamed for violent behaviors in adolescents, lack of direction and motivation, and unhealthy lifestyles. The fact remains that many things, if left unchecked by caring parents, can lead to the same behaviors. Friends, celebrity role models, and even parents themselves are likely more influential in today’s youth. Yet, with satellite TV, parents can feel confident that the increased variety of programming will leave their children with scores of healthy options for educational TV viewing. The television can become a source of positive stimulation and education once again. Today, the plethora of television shows is nearly innumerable. There are geography, science, and history channels available. They make learning interesting and visually stimulating for young children.

Being a stay-at-home mother is difficult enough. As the recent study showed, a mother’s duties go beyond just caring for the child. Mothers need time for other tasks as well as for personal time. They may even work from home. If a family decides to make the small investment in satellite TV, it could afford the mother more time to do other important tasks around the home.

While no one would suggest that the television can independently raise a child or cure all society’s ills, with advanced programming now available to you, it can be a source of assistance and entertainment in raising an educated young individual. Gone are the days of stigmatizing television as a societal harm.

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