A study by Salary.com pegs the value of work performed by stay at home moms (and dads, I would presume, though dads weren’t included in the study) at around US $ 117,000 annually. Of course, Canadian laws (tax and labour and employment law, for instance) do not treat this sort of labour as “work”, so this contribution to the economy and society is not recognized in our economic statistics and legal processes, despite its obvious necessity to the functioning of the economy and society. Do you think that this should be changed? If you were a policy-maker, how might you go about formally recognizing the value of work at home? There is a wealth of literature exploring these issues. If you are interested, start reading!