Here’s one of those stories that tells you what the work you’re doing at home would be paid if you had to hire someone else to do it. … Of course a big part of the job of mothering is about what someone else couldn’t or wouldn’t do. And specifically about evading the paid economy. If it were paid at these rates, a lot of this work wouldn’t get done, because few people could afford it. Family is another word for venture capital, of both monetary and non-monetary kinds.