Once in awhile on "Wife Swap" I see a husband who acts like a parent doling out an allowance to a kid when he gives his stay at home wife some cash. She, of course, has to beg for this money. He never seems to get that his wife is saving the family a lot of money by making the sacrifice of staying home and raising the kids, running the house, and doing a thousand other thankless and unpaid tasks. If that wife were suddenly to disappear he would have to hire a nanny and a housekeeper at the very least. One could imagine 30-40K being spent on that.
So I was interested to see that Salon's blog "Broadsheet" had a post directing our attention to a debate about the actual value of what the stay at home moms do.
At least people are talking about it, whether or not they agree on the numbers.