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Job Qualifications for a Stay-at-Home Mom, Funny Titles
Staying Home and Raising Your Children
I know for a lot of mom's and also dad's the decision to leave the workforce is sometimes not an easy decision to make. A lot of us do make the decision to stay home with the kids because the benefits of being at home with them outweigh the benefits of working full-time. Also staying at home does save you some money on childcare. Another reason some choose not to work is because kids do get sick and with sick kids means time away from work. We all know that businesses, no matter how family oriented they claim to be, do not like their employees missing work. As parents, especially of more than one child, we know that an illness can spread through a home like a wildfire, meaning time away from work to care for the children.
Once your child or last child is old enough to start school the stay-at-home-parent may decide to return to the workforce. I think the phrase "I took a few years off of work to raise my children", should not be looked at as "I took a few years off to relax and just slack off", because those few years were anything but relaxing. I do however feel that staying home and raising my kids gave me on the job training in a variety of different job titles that no school or textbook would have taught me, as I am sure a lot of others would agree. So maybe possible employers should rethink what goes into raising children and running a household before deciding on a lack of qualifications for years of not working a 9-5 job.
A Mom's Resume
Upon returning to the workforce you should sit down and think of what you have accomplished over the years while raising your kids. Although you need not share in detail with your possible employer your responsibilities and chores, but just for the fact of added confidence while in the interview. Here is a list of what I feel my qualifications would be for a variety of different positions.
Daycare Staff - Having 4 kids of my own I feel I need no on the job training for this one. If I can handle my crazy kids and sometime babysit other kids then bring it on!! I may need a refresher course in CPR to be certified, but I am sure I already know first hand all the tricks any kid can come up with. I also developed a good set of patience, something I did not have 9 years ago!!!
Housekeeper - 7 days a week cleaning up after myself, my fiancé, 4 kids, and 3 pets has taught me how to get the job done right, quick, and with no hesitation. From floors to walls to toilets and beyond. I have seen it all!!
Laundry - Four loads of wash every few days from start to finish. Hunting for the dirty cloths, sorting them out, putting in the washer, some in the dryer, some on the cloths line, folding, putting away. I consider myself to be an expert!!! No missing socks, and no shrunken shirts!
Chef- I can classify for both Head Chef and Short Order Cook because that is generally my everyday life. 5 of us eat the same meal everyday, while just my 1 picky eater needs something else. Everyone eats, everyone is happy.
Personal Assistant- I figure with this one I may be able to handle one or two clients being that right now I am a personal assistant to 5 other people. I remember everyone's appointments, make sure nobody is late, and also make sure they have everything they need before leaving the house.
Business Manger - After successfully running a household I feel I am very capable of running a business. I know for myself, the true meaning a multi-tasking, and no textbook can teach you this skill, you either got it or you don't. If I can manage every aspect to my household I am sure I would make an excellent candidate to manage an office or different type of business. I know in my house if I am sick and down for the count this whole operation falls apart, but when I am well it is very quickly but back together!!
Court Room Employee- This one I say jokingly because I know I do not know all of the laws and rules of the court. But I added it on for the sense that everyday at least once I feel like the judge, the prosecutor, or the defense attorney. The kids are always tattling on one another, stories are sometime fabricated, other people outside the home report bad behavior they may have caught my children doing, and it is my job to find the truth, find what may have started it, defend something that may have been taken wrong, and judging the punishment that is fit for the crime. l think I may even make a pretty good lie detector machine. lol
Tutor- Homework is a grueling task but someone has to do it. Even if it takes me reading the book and relearning the correct way to complete a problem I will do it. This is a duty me and my fiancé both take on every night. I check homework and corrections, he studies for the tests with them. At least for us it isn't to bad being both our oldest children are in 4th grade, so they are always doing and learning the same assignments. I will not allow them to hand in incorrect homework because I feel it reflects poorly on us as parents.
Personal Stylist - This was a not so easy job to learn. Styles change all the time, kids want to be unique, etc. But I have gotten a lot better. I place all their cloths for school out in the evening, make sure everything matches, and make sure everything is clean. On weekends they can choose their own style to wear, per approval, girls sometimes need to be put in check even at 9. Styling hair is even something I learned to an extent. I am now capable of cutting all of my kids hair at home, and my fiancé can do the boys if needed. It did take me a long time to learn to cut girls hair other than just trimming bangs. But with practice and patience I can now layer my daughter's hair and also cut and color my own!!! (Advice for others with daughters--if you decide you are going to cut your daughter's hair start practicing at a young age, when they are little they don't always notice mistakes, but when they are older they will)
Personal Shopper - I am a professional shopper. I make my list, cut my coupons, and head to the store. I will rarely forget something we need or something someone else may need. I know what they like as well as what they don't like. We rarely run out of important items, unless someone doesn't remove an empty box from the cabinet. I do not have X-ray vision so if the box is there I will assume there is something inside.
Why are Mom's Good Candidates?
I have only listed a handful of everyday things a stay-a-home parent does but we all know the list is never ending. So with that being said the answer to my question would be:
A mom can not only multi-task but she can sort the given tasks out in order of importance in a drop of a dime. She can listen to more than one person at any given time while thinking of what has to be done next. The level of work would be close to perfect, because the effort going in to the work is nothing less. Not everyone is born with patience but having kids will help you acquire this important necessity. A mom can handle a variety of different personality types, because lets face it, no two children are alike, and from my experience one kid can have multiple different personalities.
So from patience to money management and everything in between can be learned from and taught to you just by having children and making the decision to stay home to raise them. So when you walk into the interview with a possible new employer have the confidence in yourself and what you have accomplished. If your kids didn't chase you out of the house you can relax in the fact that you can handle anything an employer may throw at you. Confidence is everything and always think Positive!!!!!