Yes, my husband shows me and tells me that he respects what I do. He thanks me for cleaning up the house, for cooking meals and he always tells me that he thinks I am doing great with Columbia. He also envies me because he would LOVE to be the one at home with our son. But that will have to wait a few years, if ever, I am too possessive right now. Lol. My husband did stay home with his first son while his ex held a job so he realizes what I go through and also how rewarding it is. I think we both have a lot of appreciation for each other and respect for what the other one does for us on a daily basis.
Points princess, I could absolutely list my skills on a resume. I have three friends who have nannied and did HALF what I do and got paid between $600-$800 a week. That's $38,400 a year. Add in being available 24/7 cooking every meal, doing all the family laundry and you easily add a couple hundred a week which makes it $48,000 and that's just for a nanny. The skills needed to be a personal assistant are comparable to what moms do once their reach school. Schedule playdates for the little ones, get the older ones to all after school activities, make it to PTA meetings, budget their time to cook food, clean house, help with homework. Budget household money and handle finances. Deal with teachers, parents, other children which is pretty much just public relations on a small scale. A personal assistant makes about $53,000 a year. While neither of these are the same as the number mentioned I don't think anyone would say that it's a small amount to be pulling down in a year. And if you paid for people to come into your home daily and cook, clean, watch the children and handle finances I guarantee you'd pay collectively at least that much. If you think SAHMs are lazy you are a fool. If you think our skills couldn't get us nice salaries in the real world then it's good we are staying home and not taking over the world cuz you'd get crushed.