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Aarush is almost 5 months old now. The last five months of being a ‘MOM’, while they were very sweet, has been a major transformation. One minute I was pregnant and the next I was feeding, swaddling, diapering and what not.
As I child I could never imagine how hard my mother had to work with me. I thought I was the one who had to learn everything from eating on my own, reading, tying shoe laces, doing home work & so much more! Not even in my wildest dreams did it ever occur to me that I was having a blast while it was my poor mother who was struggling very hard.
Being a Mom means you need to wear many different hats. Here are some of the ‘job titles’ a Mom holds on any given day -
CEO of the Household, Teacher, Personal Chef, Housekeeper, PHD in Anger Management
Errand Runner, PTA Mom, Mrs. Fix it, Toy Repair Expert, Potty Trainer....
In a make believe world, can you imagine what it would be like if kids had to recruit a ‘MOTHER’? The job profile in a newspaper clipping would probably look like this:-
Ma , Amma , Mom, Mommy, Mama
Desired Qualities & skills:
· Seeking a loving, nurturing and compassionate individual.
· Must be able to tolerate sounds up to 500 decibels for prolonged periods of time.
· Applicants should be high-energy and should possess immense amount of patience.( a very important quality)
· Must possess excellent communication and organizational skills.
· Strong negotiating, conflict resolving & crisis management skills are required.
· Must also be able to withstand criticism such as ‘You don’t know anything’. Must be willing to be hated at least temporarily
Educational background and Training
Teaching, Cooking, Laundry Services (especially stain removal), driving, counselling services Juggling/ Balancing acts, Rocket science
· This is for the rest of your life. (in India you have to take care of grandchildren also)
· Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst.
· Must assume final, complete accountability for the quality of the end product.
· Frequent travelling is a part of the job including overnight stay .(Travel expenses are not reimbursed)
Possibility for advancement & promotion
· Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills,
Wages and compensation
· It is reverse-salary scheme i.e. You actually pay them (Irony is that you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.)
· No health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and no sick leave.
· But this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth, unconditional love, and free hugs and kisses
Now, it doesn’t look that lucrative, does it? But still you will find people excited to take this challenging position and doing their best. If you thought being a ‘MOM’ was a cake walk and took your mother for granted it’s time to wake up and face the reality. It’s a full time job that demands time, devotion and great management skills. Nevertheless, it’s a job that makes one feel most satisfied and happy at the end of the day.
So all my fellow mommies reading this article enjoy being a ‘MOM’ .It is indeed the most challenging and rewarding job on the planet.