A husband wrote a moving essay about his wife, expressing how much he loves her and how much he appreciates all that she does as a stay-at-home mom.

Stephen Nelms wrote, "The fact of the matter is that our income doesn’t even come close to covering what she does for our family ... She loves me, loves our son, and loves our family, so obviously she isn’t doing any of those things for a paycheck or even for recognition."

Nelms determined that a conservative estimate for how much a stay-at-home mom should make is $73,960 annually, taking into account child care, cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc.

He concluded that on his salary he can't afford his stay-at-home wife and all she does.

"In short, I can’t afford for my wife to stay at home," Nelms wrote. "And I’ve tragically failed to show my wife the appreciation that she deserves."

Maria Bartiromo said on "Fox and Friends" that stay-at-home moms deserve recognition because they're often juggling so many responsibilities.

"But what he did not calculate into those numbers, I think, is the confidence and security that he has walking out of his house every day," Bartiromo said. "You cannot put a price on that. He knows that his family and his home [are] going to be safe while he's at work. That is priceless."

Bartiromo added that she thinks Nelms' $74,000 figure might even be low-balling his wife!

Watch the "Fox and Friends" clip above. Get more info on how you can watch Bartiromo on the Fox Business Network and be sure to follow her on Twitter.


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