I’m over at Scary Mommy today and here is a sneak peek;


If you have been on the internet lately, you may have seen an article in The New York post called, “I Get A Wife Bonus And I Deserve It, So STFU.”

Written by an upperclass woman explaining that, because she stays at home with the couple’s child, that her and her husband have decided to give her a percentage of his yearly bonus so that she can buy high-end designer stuff. Outrageous, yes, but it’s their money, they can do whatever they want with it.

I’m too far away from the reality of spending $1500 on a single pair of shoes to understand the compulsion to do such a thing, but who am I to judge? If you have that kind of money and those shoes give you the will to face school drop-off for another day? Go for it.

I am currently a stay-at-home mom too. And I think I get A LOT of bonuses. My bonuses don’t look like Manolo Blahniks but I try to shop like I eat and I never buy anything that I can’t pronounce.

Here are some of things that I am happy to call my Wife Bonuses:

1. Fresh water. It comes right out of my tap! Like magic! My children are never thirsty unless it’s midnight and they are trying to ruin my life.

2. A roof. Roofs are awesome. Especially during rain storms and the 9- month-long season we Coloradans call “Winter.” My husband (the genius that he is) works outside of the home and provides one of these for us. It’s the best thing ever.

3. Shit I don’t need from Target. You haven’t lived until you experience the all-consuming rush of buying a 15 dollar shirt that you don’t need and which looks like a desperate attempt to salvage your youth. Whee!!!

And you can see the rest HERE!


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6 thoughts on “I Get A Wife Bonus Too! I’ts Called A Roof.

  1. mirna dahdal says:

    Just brilliant, and so very true! I am a stay at home mom of 3 boys, and count it as a privilege. It involves all things good, bad, and ugly ( by ugly I mean my youngest having a number 2 accident while we are at the science center–he’s turning 3 soon, and we are still working on potty training)

    thank you!!!

    1. joellewisler says:

      Thanks Mirna! We have to count our “bonuses” wherever we can find them, right?!

  2. moppermama says:

    I love it. It also teaches me to be grateful. Because sometimes I forget 😦

  3. Aussa Lorens says:

    Read the post over on SM earlier– cracked me the hell up/filled me with gratitude for all the wife bonuses I see around me 😉 See you soon at Blog U!

    1. joellewisler says:

      Thanks Aussa! I can’t wait to meet you!!

  4. Great post! I, too, enjoy a wife bonus of tap water, roof, and clothing from Target.

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