No, I am a SAHM and don’t think I should be paid a wage (by whom?). However, if the SAHP (there are stay at home dads, too) is a SAHP by agreement, then the spouses super should be split between the two for as long as they deem the SAHP role necessary. I think the working partner needs to remember how relentless the SAHP role is, and consciously try and give the SAHP a bit of a break, just as they get a break from time to time. I used to work several white collar jobs at once, and it still wasn’t as intense as my current SAHP role, partly because I am 100% invested in how my two projects turn out! But it is the no sick days, no holidays, few breaks, that really wear upon one.
Published 22nd October 2019