Mother [muhth-er] - noun
- One person who does the work of twenty. For free.
(see also: 'saint')
Can you place a dollar amount on motherhood? Absolutely not. You are priceless.
Should you take steps to protect yourself financially with life insurance, even if you are a stay-at-home mom? Absolutely.
Still, each year salary.com calculates a stay-at-home mom's "worth". In their most recent release (2014), it was estimated that an average mom works 96.5 hours weekly and has the earning potential of $118,905 annually.
Insurance Happens recommends, in general, a person have at least 10 times the amount of their annual salary in life insurance. SAHM moms - in your case, according to salary.com, a term policy of approximately $1,000,000 to $1,250,000 makes sense.
Most importantly, you should decide on an amount you feel comfortable with. Courtesy of Life Happens, a nonprofit life insurance resource, we provide a useful calculator to assist you in determining an appropriate amount of insurance.
While the dollar amount tied to what you do everyday, 24/7, is impressive, I want to acknowledge that what you do is so much more than that. You represent love to your family. Love is priceless.
You can never be replaced. Yet, protecting yourself financially is the right thing to do.