Recently, salary.com calculated that the 10.6 million stay-at-home moms in America are each worth an average of $134,000 a year. And yet–do they get overtime? No. Do they get year-end bonuses? No. Do they get to call in sick after a night of Jager shots and dirty dancing at the office Christmas party? If only.
And certainly, they don’t get vacation time. Which is why mom and author Jen Singer devised the ingenious Please Take My Children To Work Day.
What started as wishful thinking is now a bona fide holiday, as the governors of six states have officially proclaimed June 26 the fourth annual Please Take My Children to Work Day. (Gracias, Jen!)
So if you’re a stay-at-home mom living in New Jersey, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Kentucky or Hawaii, congratulations. You’ve got a state-sanctioned personal day coming your way. If you live in one of the other 44, get on the horn with your governor and tell him or her to get with the program.
Jen’s website, mommasaid.net–a great resource for stay-at-home moms in its own right–has all the info you need about the holiday including what to do with your well-deserved kid-free day. As if you haven’t been stockpiling ideas for months now. –Liz

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