Being a homeschooling parent is a full-time job.
For many parents, homeschooling is their full-time job. They are educating, reading curriculum, wiping butts, cleaning the home, taking kids to events, planning for those events, paying bills, keeping food in the house and everyone fed and more. Despite this, society often fails to recognize the value of this labor. Despite this, many in society state that being a homemaker or homeschooling parent "Isn't a real job" at all. Childcare, cooking, cleaning, and managing a household are all essential tasks that require time, effort, and skill. These tasks are often unpaid, undervalued, and invisible. However, it's time to recognize that homemaking and homeschooling are vital jobs and jobs that are worth their weight in gold.
Childcare, in particular, is one of the most time-consuming and labor-intensive aspects of homemaking. According to a report by the National Women's Law Center, women in the United States spend an average of four hours per day on unpaid childcare. This includes tasks such as feeding, bathing, dressing, playing with, and caring for children. If this labor were paid at a minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, it would amount to over $26,000 per year. This follows the classic traditional history of undervaluing women's unpaid labor, day in and day out.
In addition to childcare, homemakers also perform a range of other tasks that are essential to running a household. These tasks include cooking meals, grocery shopping, cleaning the house, doing laundry, and managing finances. If we were to hire someone to perform all of these tasks, it would cost a significant amount of money. For example, a weekly cleaning service can cost anywhere from $100 to $300 per week. A personal chef can charge anywhere from $20 to $60 per hour. And a personal assistant can charge anywhere from $20 to $50 per hour.
According to a report by Salary.com, the average homeschooling parent works over 50 hours per week. This includes time spent researching and creating lesson plans, teaching and tutoring, grading assignments, and managing administrative tasks. If we were to calculate the hourly wage for a homeschooling parent based on a 40-hour workweek and a median salary of $45,000 per year, the hourly rate would be $21.63 per hour. However, this does not account for the additional 10+ hours per week that homeschooling parents typically work outside of the home to cover bills of the family.
It's clear that homemakers/homeschoolers perform a significant amount of valuable work that is often invisible and undervalued. However, we must recognize that homemaking is a full-time job and one that requires skill, dedication, and hard work.
In conclusion, being a homemaker is a full-time job, and there's no way to prove that it is not a job. The 'it's not a real job' argument crumbles easily because it simply has no basis to stand upon outside of the idea that a parent staying home is somehow a burden on the family. Childcare is a vital aspect of homeschooling and homemaking that requires a significant amount of time and labor. Additionally, homemakers perform a range of other essential tasks that are necessary for running a household. If we were to hire someone to perform all of these tasks, it would cost a significant amount of money. It's time to recognize the value of homemaking and the essential work that homemakers perform every day.