Mother’s Job Description

With Leadership clear in our heads, let’s define the other key term in “Mother like a Leader”:


Actually, I think we all have a pretty good understanding of this one already! One definition of motherhood that I like is, “to become instantly interruptible, responsive and responsible” (ie. life-changing!). And in my spare moments when I contemplate life, I conclude that evolution cannot possibly be true because mothers still only have two hands!! 🙂

Anyway, to keep it fun, here’s the Job Description for  your position as Mother (even if you don’t recall applying for the position, much less having any awareness of the true realities associated with the position!!)

Mother, Mom, Mum, Mama, Mommy, Mummy

Candidates must possess excellent leadership and management skills.

Long term, team players needed, for challenging permanent work in an often-chaotic environment. Willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24 hour shifts on call. Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities. Travel expenses not reimbursed. Extensive courier duties also required.

The rest of your life.

Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily, until someone needs $5. Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly. Also, must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule and be able to move from kitchen to outside in three seconds flat in case, this time, the screams from the backyard are not someone just crying wolf. Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets and stuck zippers. Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and coordinate production of multiple homework projects. Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages and mental outlooks. Must be willing to be indispensable one minute, an embarrassment the next. Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a half million cheap, plastic toys, and battery operated devices. Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst. Must assume final, complete accountability for the quality of the end product. Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and janitorial work throughout the facility.

Virtually none.

Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you. One possibility for advancement, which depends on the involvement of those in your charge, is to later become known as the GRANDmother.

None required unfortunately. On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.

Get this: you pay them!

AND, you will be required to offer frequent raises and bonuses. A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because of the assumption that college will help them become financially independent. When you die, you give them whatever is left. The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.

Limited, but priceless.

While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and no stock options are offered; this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth and development. Guaranteed to increase your selflessness and capacity to love generously. And, if you train them right, you’ll have free hugs for (most of!) life.

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Motherhood is definitely a demanding, all-consuming role. BUT I’m also convinced that it’s the most rewarding role I’ll ever be privileged to devote myself to. How ’bout you? Tell us what season of motherhood you’re in and is it a stage where you feel more rewarded or more consumed?

Jenni xx

PS. Tomorrow we start into the challenge of “self-leadership”. Are you ready?!

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