What is Mom Worth?

stay-at-home-mom_page_2014What is mom worth?  According to a survey done by Salary.com which studied the activities of over 15,000 moms in the USA, recording how much time they spend on various jobs within the house, on average, a stay-at-home mom works 96.5 hours per week. If you break that down into job titles such as housekeeper, CEO, taxi cab driver, etc. and apply the appropriate salary to each position, a stay at home mom’s salary would be $118,905 USD per year. A working mom averages 59.4 hours per week and using the same rating system, would earn a total salary of $70,107 USD. Of course, salary averages can vary, based on the number and ages of children within the home.




Moms everywhere are underpaid and under appreciated.


You may not have the $70-100 thousand dollars to pay mom what she is worth.  However studies of employees shows that job satisfaction and feeling appreciated are more important to many people than the salary they make.

Many moms would say they that feel under appreciated within the home.  A little appreciation can go a long way when it come to showing her how much she is worth. Consid0er the following to show your own appreciation:

Say thanks.

It may seem like I am stating the obvious, but how many times have you as a husband, son or daughter taken the time to say a simple thank you? Have there been occasions when you came home to see that she had cleaned the house, after driving you to activities or taking the time to listen to you complain about your day? Did it occur to you to say thank you? Although she likely doesn’t expect you to say thank you, your doing so can bring about a little twinge of happiness in mom.

Know that gratitude encourages repeat performance.

If mom makes a wonderful dinner that you truly enjoy, be sure to tell her how much you love it. The likelihood of her preparing the same dish again is greatly increased when she knows how much her family loves it. Even if the dish takes her a significant amount of time to prepare, she will consider it a labour of love knowing that it will bring joy to her family when they get to taste it. (In fact, she most likely already does consider her work for you to be labours of love. Your acknowledgement just makes it all seem even more worthwhile.)

Remember it is the thought that counts.

Sometimes things don’t always work out the way mom planned them. Let’s say mom scheduled a family camping trip. She worked in advance to find the best camp ground, organized everyone’s schedule, went shopping, got camping supplies ready and packed everything. Imaging that on the morning of the scheduled camping trip, you wake up to a massive rain storm. Knowing that it would be no fun for anyone to set up the tent in the pouring rain and spend the day and night trying to stay dry, mom decides to cancel the trip. Your initial reaction may be to complain, groan and sulk that you didn’t get to go. Mom could be left feeling guilty and discouraged. The fallout from this reaction is that mom might think twice about planning these types of events in the future, for fear that things may not always turn out as planned. Rather than complaining and leaving mom feeling guilty, perhaps you could consider this reaction: “What a shame that it didn’t work out. I know how much work you put into planning this trip, and I really appreciate it. Maybe we could go on that trip another weekend. Just so that all your hard work does not go to waste, why don’t we pitch the tent in the living room and we can play board games and pretend that we are camping right here at home?” Your mom would gladly play along, knowing that her family appreciates her and still wants to have fun together, no matter what the situation.

Be prepared with kind words.

Mom’s get stressed out too and sometimes need to just vent. If she complains or even lays into a lecture that you never seem to help out around the house, your first reaction might be to become defensive and react with something like “Whatever,” or “Well, you don’t need to get all bent out of shape over it!” Consider using some kind words that add to increased communication like “I didn’t know you were feeling that way; I will go do that now.” or “I will try and do that better next time.” These simple kind words when mom is feeling stressed can help to quickly defuse the situation and leave mom feeling more understood and that her feelings have been validated.

A token of your appreciation goes a long way.

Yes, she may not say it, but waking up on Mother’s Day and not being recognized for all she does all year long is a lot like going through your birthday with no one wishing you a happy birthday, no birthday cake and no gifts. It is the one day of the year she is hoping you will show her how much you love her. Following are some ways that mom’s everywhere would appreciate on Mother’s Day.

  • Not having to cook. Consider taking mom out for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.
  • A day of pampering. Moms don’t always get the time to relax, take time for themselves and pamper themselves. Consider giving mom the day off or a day away. Whether spending a relaxing day at home reading a book, watching TV, taking a bath without being disturbed or asked to do something can be a welcome break. Or take it one step further … consider giving mom a night away where she doesn’t have to take care of anyone else, or a spa treatment where she will be pampered.
  • Cards, flowers, chocolates or gifts. Yes, these simple items will bring a smile to mom’s face and make her feel loved.

Whether you are a mom, know a mom or ever had a mom, we want to wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day and extend our sincere thanks for all that mom’s do!

What is Mom Worth?

The Benmiller Inn & Spa is Honoured to Receive Two CAA/AAA Four-Diamond Awards

11050_10152553751890566_3805628183124248875_nWhen choosing a destination tor relaxation, to get away for a long-weekend break, or a mini-vacation, how do you choose? It would make sense to go with the advice of people who have been there before; people for whom standards of quality are as important as for yourself. You want to enjoy yourself in comfort in a clean and friendly environment that holds high service levels for taking care of its guests.

What is a 4 Diamond Hotel & Restaurant Award?

As it happens, there is a company that is known for their exacting standards when it comes to the needs of travelers like you. This is the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA).

CAA awards The Benmiller Inn & Spa with a Four-Diamond Lodging Award

This year, the CAA has awarded The Benmiller Inn and Spa the coveted Four-Diamond Award for the 19th time. This is also the 10th year that the Ivey Dining Room at The Benmiller Inn & Spa has been named a Four-Diamond Restaurant by the CAA.

The CAA is very particular in awarding these titles. The qualifying establishment must achieve exacting levels of service in all areas of hospitality and guest services. CAA inspectors are North America’s travel experts and define an establishment that receives a 4-Diamond Award as “upscale in all areas. Accommodations are progressively more refined and stylish. The physical attributes reflect an obvious enhanced level of quality throughout. The fundamental hallmarks at this level include an extensive array of amenities combined with a high degree of hospitality, service, and attention to detail.”

A Four-Diamond Restaurant is described as “establishments geared to individuals in search of a distinctive fine-dining experience. Often orchestrated by an executive chef and an accomplished staff, menus reflect a high degree of creativity and complexity, using imaginative presentations to enhance high quality, market-fresh ingredients. The equally proficient service staff demonstrates a strong desire to meet or exceed guest expectations. A wine steward is typically available to provide menu-specific knowledge on wine selection. The ambiance is highly refined, comfortable and well-coordinated, incorporating quality materials and a variety of upscale design enhancements to give a first-class impression.”

Our Guests Agree

For The Benmiller Inn & Spa, meeting and surpassing these levels of hospitality is an every-day occurrence. The staff at The Inn aims to consistently offer the best in accommodations and dining experiences to every guest.

Guests of the Inn have referred to their stays as “memorable” and “second to none,” the dining experience as “the best” and the staff “friendly and helpful.”

You Have Found an Ideal Destination

Whether you are looking to enjoy a weekend away, or an evening out, The Benmiller Inn & Spa is the ideal destination to fulfill your wishes for a truly enjoyable experience.

To enjoy Ontario’s finest accommodations and dining at The Benmiller Inn & Spa, please call our reservations team at 1-800-265-1711

You can learn more about the CAA/AAA rating system by visiting their website at https://newsroom.aaa.com/diamond-ratings/.

19th time Honoured to Receive CAA Four-Diamond Award

Benmiller Inn Awarded 2014 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 

Recognized as a Top Performing Restaurant as Reviewed by Travellers on the

World’s Largest Travel Site


Goderich, Ontario, Canada – June 20, 2014 –  Celebrating its 40th year, Benmiller Inn and Spa is now also celebrating an award from the world’s largest travel website.

25358_343591065565_7801000_nOn June 19, the Benmiller Inn restaurant received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide.  This award continues to establish Benmiller Inn & Spa as one of the best restaurants in Ontario.

To determine Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm that takes into account customer review ratings (businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five,) as well as volume and recency of reviews.  Length of time in business and popularity ranking on the TripAdvisor site are also taken into account.

“There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one’s customers,” said Dawn Beach, General Manager at Benmiller Inn & Spa.  “With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.”

trip-advisor-2014“TripAdvisor is pleased to honour exceptional hospitality businesses for consistent excellence,” said Marc Charron, President of TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award gives top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers. From Australia to Zimbabwe, we want to applaud exceptional hospitality businesses for offering TripAdvisor travellers a great customer experience.”

Committed to celebrating Huron County as well, Benmiller Inn and Spa has teamed up with the Blyth Festival to offer special travel packages for the month of July. The Blyth Festival celebrates its 40th season this year.

About TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site*, enabling travellers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travellers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching nearly 260 million unique monthly visitors**, and more than 150 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 39 countries worldwide, including China under daodao.com. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.

TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) manages and operates websites under 22 other travel media brands: www.airfarewatchdog.com, www.bookingbuddy.com, www.cruisecritic.com, www.everytrail.com, www.familyvacationcritic.com, www.flipkey.com, www.gateguru.com, www.holidaylettings.co.uk, www.holidaywatchdog.com, www.independenttraveler.com, www.jetsetter.com, www.niumba.com,  www.onetime.com, www.oyster.com, www.seatguru.com, www.smartertravel.com, www.tingo.comwww.travelpod.com, www.tripbod.com, www.vacationhomerentals.com, www.virtualtourist.com, and www.kuxun.cn.

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, Q1 2014

**Source: Google Analytics, average monthly unique users, Q1 2014; does not include traffic to daodao.com