Motherhood is the hardest job in the world, with night shifts, no days off, and a salary of LOVE. There are no prep books, and no right way of doing things. Motherhood is often not respected and admired the way it should be. The journey of motherhood brings about strength, courage, and a new set of fears that one would never think existed.
The 20 or more jobs you undertake as a mother are things I wish I could put on my resume. Afterall I was self-employed, running a 24/7 hour non-profit company, where I took over 20 different positions all by myself. So, here are some skills and jobs you have taken on as a mother.
- Diaper Expert-this mean you can change a diaper anywhere, at any time, and in any position. You can now train your friends on how to put on a diaper successfully.
- Lactation Consultant– breastfeeding one or more children, consider yourself a lactation expert. You can advise your friends on the best feeding positions. You can give tips on how to wean your child and breastfeeding in public.
- Waste Collector A.K.A garbage woman- you will be collecting lots of trash around the house.
- Driver-putting your child back on and off the car seat can be great cardio exercise. You’ll be constantly on the road to your child’s Dr. appointment, drop off and pick up from school, lesson classes, friend’s birthday party, etc. You run an “Uber” company!
- Personal Assistant-This job is when you make Dr. appointments for your children. Make errands such as buying diapers, wipes, and kids’ stuff.
- Hair Dresser- If you have a girl then you most likely have a house equipped with hair products such as brushes, oils, hair ties, and bows, you name it. Boys also have their fair share of hair products such as gels, brushes, and scissors for a quick trim.
- DIYer- If you are a stay home mom, you can relate to this. You want to take over a project in the house but you don’t have enough money to buy new furniture. What do you do? Mothers never settle, we go to a thrift store or pick up a piece you’ve been wanting forever from someone’s trash and you make the biggest DIY makeover. What was once an old thing is now one of a kind piece of art.
- Advocate- When people are always judging your child for his behavior, for example, “your child should be talking now” or “your child is too skinny”. Often you find yourself being your child’s advocate.
- Chef- It doesn’t matter if you hate cooking like me, you’ll be cooking day in and day out. Sometimes you’ll be surprised how delicious your food will turn out.
- Entertainer- Don’t want your child to watch t.v all day then you have to entertain them, there is no escape. Children don’t want to just play with toys, they want the parents to take part in the fun.
- Personal Stylist- Your child will look much better than you well that’s because we put more time and effort into their outfits.
- Administrative Specialist- Multitasking becomes our middle name. It’s impossible to do just one thing at a time. After a while, our brains can’t function without multitasking.
- Nurse- This is the time when our children are sick and we have to cater to them. Whether we are nurturing them or keeping track of the time of their medication, we switch off to a nurse’s mode.
- Nutritionist- we have to make sure our children are eating a proper diet. Are they getting enough calcium and protein? Are they eating their fruits and veggies and so forth?
- Researcher-when kids go to sleep we tend to browse on the internet for homemade products, cooking recipes, and DIY projects.
- Thrift shop Expert- We know all the thrift stores around us when those stores restock their items and the best deals in town.
- Diplomat-This will test your negotiation skills; how do you make your child do something that you want him/her to do? How do you settle a fight between siblings, etc?
- Housekeeper- You’ll be constantly cleaning, yet our houses will never look clean. It’s like having a full-time housekeeping service in our house where you will be both the boss and the customer.
- Educator- First people to educate children are the parents. Whether it’s teaching kids how to respect others, tie their shoes, ABC and 123’s. We take a huge contribution to our child’s education.
- Laundry Keeper- This deserves an extra job position apart from housekeeper because it can be a full-time job. Ask those who run a laundry mat business. Your child will change her outfit and pajamas every single day leaving a pile of clothing to do all the time. Don’t even think about taking a day off, it will take a toll on you later.
I would love to hear what you think are other jobs worthy to put on this list and if you could, what skills would you add to your resume that you learned from being a mother?
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