It’s often said that women who leave the workforce to be full-time mothers to their children are leaving a gap in their resume, which may make it more difficult to re-enter.
One common question from others who have never done the full-time parenthood thing might be, What do you do all day? (grrr!) or maybe, Hasn’t your brain turned to mush yet?
Little do these people know that all the while we are Staying At Home, raising children has helped us build up our own kind of arsenal, one that could be applied to the workplace, helping us survive and thrive.
WE CAN, WELL, MULTI-TASK LIKE A MOTHER (PUN INTENDED)
Mommy Brain may be alive and well, but only if we become suddenly overwhelmed by something on top of what we’re already doing. Otherwise, when I’m taking care of my kids, I’m typically doing at least three things at the same time.
LITTLE DO THESE PEOPLE KNOW THAT ALL THE WHILE WE ARE STAYING AT HOME, RAISING CHILDREN HAS HELPED US BUILD UP OUR OWN KIND OF ARSENAL, ONE THAT COULD BE APPLIED TO THE WORKPLACE, HELPING US SURVIVE AND THRIVE.
It could be any combination of tasks at any given moment. There’s always one more thing to replace what I just finished. I just keep the balls in the air as I go—I’ve got it down to an art form.
WE VALUE OUR TIME, AND TAKE EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO ACCOMPLISH OUR GOALS
My eyes are constantly on the prowl for scraps of time. If I can scrape together enough of these scraps, I can trade them for actual tasks I need to accomplish or for things I would like to do for myself.
I KNOW IF DON’T LITERALLY JUMP ON OPPORTUNITIES TO GET THINGS DONE, I MAY NEVER HAVE THAT CHANCE AGAIN THAT DAY.
For example, if I get up 20 minutes earlier, I can finish yoga before the kids are awake, and then prep for lunch while they are eating breakfast. Or I can do laundry while they are playing outside, so that I can have some extra time during their nap to read, write, or catch up on The Bachelorette (don’t judge). I know if don’t literally jump on opportunities to get things done, I may never have that chance again that day. Or perhaps the next, depending on the task.
WE ARE FAZED BY NOTHING. NOTHING.
Poop on the carpet? Been there.
Pee on my comforter? Done that. (Well, not me, specifically.)
Stepping on a Lego with my bare foot? Lived to tell about it.
Chatty preschooler talking nonstop? Background, my friend.
I tolerate things now that I never had before or thought I ever could. For the most part, dealing with adults doesn’t seem to be half as difficult. Heck, the most immature ones are a lot like kids anyway.
WE KNOW WHEN TO PICK OUR BATTLES
We win some, we lose some. We know when to step in and when to ignore.
We know just how to cajole, coax, negotiate like a boss, or just plain lay down the law. Some days go more smoothly than others, and we’ve learned to accept this.
WE HAVE LEARNED TO SHUT OUT WHINING, DRAMA, AND BULLSHIT
Kids will be kids, and this means they will whine, scream, shout, and misbehave to get what they want. A mom can’t give in to it all the time or chaos will reign. As a result, we learn how to tune out unwanted or unnecessary background noise, stepping in only when needed, and being firm about how to behave. We simply don’t have time to deal with those who suck time and energy away from us or our work.
WE ARE WILLING TO WORK HARD, WAKE UP EARLY, STAY UP LATE, AND PUT OURSELVES LAST
Sounds like the model employee, yes? But it’s just another day in the life of mommyhood.
What life skills do you implement in your home life that boost your productivity in the workplace?