This morning after dropping my youngest two off at elementary school, running by the store for a forgotten last minute item for band, walking my oldest two to the bus stop and logging on to my computer for work, I got a call from a friend who is prepping for her third interview at a business that she’s been eagerly pursuing for the past couple of weeks.
This friend is a go getter if ever I’ve met one, and so as soon as she started talking about her doubts about being qualified enough for the position, I perked up, ready to recite the long list of reasons she’d be perfect for it.
In addition to being a full time mom, she is a room mom at school, volunteer for Girl Scouts, on the HOA board of her neighborhood, a real estate investor of 20 years and a kick ass problem solver to and for most of the people that are lucky enough to call her friend.
I’ve seen this woman put out more fires and rescue more people from their emergencies than items for sale listed on a CVS receipt, and that’s saying a lot. She’s the kind of person you want in your corner, because you know that solid advice and a real life kick in the hind end is there every time you need it.
So imagine my surprise when her biggest concern with being marketable to this company is the fact that she doesn’t have enough real life, hands on working experience over the past ten years.
I’m sorry. What?
She’s being penalized because she hasn’t been tucked away in a cubicle for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week? Stop.
Here’s the thing. Moms know how to use computers. The morning often begins emailing teachers and signing up for fundraisers. They can Sign-up genius like a boss and you better believe they are loading money on that lunch account at school at least once a week. When their child tells them they may have had a test earlier in the day, what mom isn’t jumping on Parentvue to immediately check said grade?
It’s not just mad computer skills (and printing and copying skills, am I right?) that rock a mom’s resume. She also makes a great…
Ever unpack a lunchbox after a weekend and try and identify what the contents were at one point? Turkey and cheese roll up? Cottage cheese? Flamos mixed with red grapes? That stay-at-home mom not only know these things, but could tell you exactly how long they’ve been sitting in their Bento lunch boxes just by taking a sniff. Toothpaste or laughy taffy blown dry during a science experiment on the bathroom counter? We know. We always know.
Can’t get your kid to eat their fruits and veggies? Let the full time mama try. She’s got those kids so educated on how to nourish their bodies that the cafeteria crew could take classes from her. My friend above’s child was over one afternoon and when I suggested tylenol for her headache she asked me for aci-freaking-dophilus. What 8 year old knows what acidophilus is? “It boosts your immune system,” she told me. Clearly that parenting job is WELL DONE.
My oldest daughter has struggled with anxiety for years and when it was recommended to me to put her in counseling, I refrained because knowing her as well as I do, I knew that seeing a therapist would likely increase her stress instead of decreasing it. So, putting my Psychology minor to good use I sat down with her and made a plan about how we would work through some of her issues. We started the new plan by taking a trip to the beach for some Vitamin D and healing salty air BECAUSE WHY NOT? The plan has been working well and said child is now a thriving middle schooler who swims year round, runs cross country and is already planning her future career. Moms are trained from day one to listen to our intuition and we can read people and communicate with them better than any seminar could ever train us to.
The FBI hostage situation unit has nothing on the mom trying to convince her ADHD child that completing the ten reading comprehension questions sitting in front of her are more important than running full force out into the afternoon’s waning sunshine and climbing the big tree waving to her from the front yard. If a person can work voodoo like that, she can solve any problem a company has come rolling in their front door.
Whether literally the child’s teacher via homeschool, or their teacher when they are not in school, a mom reveals the world and life to her children like no one else can. She can hone in on lessons that play off of her child’s deepest desires and curiosities that drive them forward. Once you’ve learned how to teach a child the most important things that life has to learn, the possibilities to teach, lead and grow an entire clientele are pretty incredible.
Gluten free chicken parmesan. Whole30 thai beef casserole. Paleo chicken wings. Dairy free bake ziti. Clean eating almond butter chocolate chip cookies. Hand us a spoon and a spatula and we can work magic for any crowd.
Flu. Norovirus. Strep. Skinned knees. Ain’t no one whipping up chicken broth and applying bandaids like a mama is.
Some of the most successful people in the workforce are phenomenal communicators. Well, welcome to parenthood. Is there anyone that can walk into a classroom and immediately take command of how the conversation with a teacher is going to go like a mom advocating for her kid? Smile on her face, teacher’s favorite coffee in hand, a compliment in tow just waiting to be unleashed at the right time? Moms know how to make the type of eye contact that can get contracts signed without being reviewed first. You want us in your corner, trust me.
We get the job done.
So this workforce that requires tremendous amounts of effort and follow thru … perhaps they should look to the stay- at-home mom for guidance. When you are helping little humans navigate decisions that will shape them for the rest of their life here on earth, you don’t half ass it. You put your all into every aspect of your job and there has never been, and never will be any clocking out.
If that’s not real life work experience and a work ethic to go out on a limb for, I don’t know what is.