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Yes, Mothers Work! Here's Our Job Description

Updated on October 30, 2013

A lot of people don't realize the work that goes into being a mother. Only a mother knows what a mother really does, and only a mother can tell the story. I've wrote this little tidbit that will hopefully give the rest of the world just a tiny bit of insight on just how hard us mothers actually work!


The phone rings...

MOTHER: Hello?

INTERVIEWER: Hello, Ma'am. I'm a reporter and we're choosing women at random to give brief accounts of their job descriptions to run in next week's issue of our career paper. Do you have a minute?

MOTHER: Not now, I'm busy!

INTERVIEWER: OK Ma'am, I won't take anymore of your time.

MOTHER: Oh, I'm sorry, I was talking to my two-year old. She's trying to get me to pour her some milk.

INTERVIEWER: Oh, I see. So you're a mother?

MOTHER: I can't just yet, I'll do it in a minute!

INTERVIEWER: Excuse me, what was that?

MOTHER: Oh, my apologies. I was talking to my 4 year old, he needs help wiping his bottom.

INTERVIEWER: Oh, well I'll be brief. First of all, do you work?

MOTHER: Of course I do!!

INTERVIEWER: Great! What is your occupation?

MOTHER: I'm a mother.

INTERVIEWER: Oh. But you don't work for pay, right?

MOTHER: I have the highest paying job I know!

INTERVIEWER: But I thought you were a mother. Do you have another occupation?

MOTHER: Isn't that enough?

INTERVIEWER: I suppose. (pause) Well, I'll let you get back to your children, Ma'am. I have some interviews to collect.

MOTHER: Wait! Don't you want to hear my job description?

INTERVIEWER: Uhhh.... (Thinking about a potential lawsuit if he should say no) ..... OK, go for it.

MOTHER: Could you hold on just a minute? Let me take care of my son in the bathroom. This should just take a second.

INTERVIEWER: (sighs) OK. I'll wait.

About 5 minutes pass...

MOTHER: I'm back. Whew, that one was above and beyond the call of duty!

INTERVIEWER: I think I'll leave that out of my article.

MOTHER: Good idea.

INTERVIEWER: Well let's hear the job description. (He mutters under his breath), This shouldn't take too long.

MOTHER: I hope you have lots of paper...hmmm. Well, here it goes...

I have the world's most important job. I'm a Manager of Miracles (or MOM for short). I train people for life. I teach them morals and right from wrong. I make sure that they get the proper education that will help them to one day have the ability to rule the world if necessary. I also teach them the small things that go along with good civilization such as good hygiene and manners.

The training process takes a lot of patience and requires me to hold a number of different job titles. I'll share just a few with you for time's sake.

For one thing, I'm a nurse. There are times when my little "trainees" (hereafter referred to as my children or kids), will get scraped knees and little tears will stream down little faces. It is my place to put a colorful bandage on it and kiss it. This has an amazing healing effect. Usually, the child will then wipe their eyes, smile and run back and do the same thing that made them get the scraped knee in the first place. However, there are more difficult times like when my kids have the flu. It is then my place to be on call at any given moment to come and check temperatures, administer medicine, or even hold a barf bag. If I don't get there quickly enough, it may require cleaning messes out of the carpet. I often give up my own sleep to make sure that my child is comfortable.

Also, I'm a referee. Believe it or not, there are times when my little "angels" grow horns. Fights break out between siblings and it's my place to break up the fights and restore the peace.

Sometimes as a MOM, I must be a psychologist. I have to delve into the problems of my children and find the root causes for their behavior and help them change it.

I'm a teacher 24/7. My children are constantly learning from me whether I'm trying to teach them or not. This requires me to be very careful about everything that I do and say, for they learn the bad as well as the good.

Another one of my jobs (and one that I'm really good at) is that of an attorney. There are times when the judge, (Dad), lays down the law. Although I most definitely agree with Judge Dad that punishment must be received for wrongdoings, I look into what caused the child to behave the way they did. I've been known to get "sentences" reduced if the child can present good reasons for why they did what they did. (Judge Dad don't seem to think that this is an attorney role, he thinks it's a soft Mommy's heart).

I'm a chauffeur, a maid, a cook, and....did you say something sir?


MOTHER: Well, I guess he got tired just listening to all I have to do. 'click'

Let's go get your milk now sweetie.



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      Angie 3 years ago

      I vented about this on my blog just the other day. How do we accurately describe what we do while not sounding like we're trying too hard to sound important? it's a hard job and no job description says it all really.

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      Abba Elijah aka elijagod 3 years ago from Abuja - Nigeria

      Wonderful poem about mother.

      Mother are trully great very important to every nation and people.

      Thanks for sharing............

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      zartashia 5 years ago

      oh true

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      Glenda Grosjean 5 years ago from Wayne, MI

      Loved it! Mothers are often under noticed, and under appreciated. Thank you for emphasizing what an important role we have!

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      Dana 5 years ago

      I loved this!! Very neat and so very true! (mommy of two awesome girls)

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      Stephanie 5 years ago from New York

      Cool hub! No other job is more difficult than being a mother.

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      crochetfancy 5 years ago from New York

      AWesome hub! Thank you very much! And the scenarios are so true! Thumbs up!

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 6 years ago from USA

      Awesome hub!

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      Serena Zehlius 6 years ago from Hanover, PA

      Love this! Found it when I was finished publishing my hub about motherhood being the toughest job. Came up as a suggestion and I'm glad it did. :)

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      Coffee Cup 2010 7 years ago from Co Durham

      I have had endless things spilled over my work things as I forget I have little people who come into my office (my kitchen table)!

      I have an 8 month old a 19 month old - 6 year old - 7 year old and 11 year old and baby number 6 has seven weeks left before being here.

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      Carisa Gourley 7 years ago from Oklahoma City Metro, Oklahoma

      Ha Haa!! A chocolate bar melted on the laptop! That sounds like something that would happen to me! Thanks for sharing that. I have four children right now and would like to eventually have six as well...but I have to convince my husband first! LOL

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      Coffee Cup 2010 7 years ago from Co Durham

      Very true - I have 6 children and work full time from home.It is sometimes easier to work and have the other half taking care of the kids !!! We balance out time with kids so they all get attention but it can be fun and games at times! Especially when uploading files to my website and I come back to find a chocolate bar melted on my laptop!

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      bargainmom-mom 7 years ago

      very good job! I'm a stay-at-home mom and I LOVE your article!

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      joleeluna 8 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      great hub

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      Carisa Gourley 8 years ago from Oklahoma City Metro, Oklahoma

      Innovator820: Thanks for stopping by to comment! Yes, "Moms rule!" There's more truth in that statement than we realize.

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      Innovator820 8 years ago from Back After Being Lost For A Year!

      I enjoyed reading your hub and could relate to it, even though I work 8-5. I especially liked the part where you say about teaching true! Moms rule!

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      MotherHubber 8 years ago from Southern California

      As I was reading this, it felt very familiar. . .almost like I have heard it somewhere before. Maybe because I live it? Not sure. . . :-)

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      Jesus_saves_us_7 8 years ago from Seeking Salvation

      great hub, you described all mothers! right on.

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      Amber Arendsen 9 years ago from Solana Beach, Ca

      love it, thank you or lifting up SAHM's. It was an easy choice to make for hubby and I. Five years and two kids later, I have struggled a little with validation for the job I do.

      thanks for a great hub

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      Julie A. Johnson 9 years ago from Duluth, MN

      How very true. It's good you're there to keep "the judge" in line.

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      Carolyn Augustine 9 years ago from The Land of Tractors

      Lovin' it! Mothers do so much. Last night I sat on the floor with 7 8-11 year-old girls to play a board game called Cogno (not Congo). I'm 4 weeks from having my baby. Very creative and entertaining read with a good message!

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      Carisa Gourley 9 years ago from Oklahoma City Metro, Oklahoma

      LOL Acorn Valley! I hope that your hubby begins to see you in a different light!

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      Acorn Valley 9 years ago from WV

      Amen, I printed it for my husband who, when the house is a disaster, has a stupid moment and asks "What did you do today? Anything?" It's a wonder he's still sucking air.

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      Candace Green 9 years ago from OKLAHOMA

      Oh my goodness you wrote about me.....I feel so honored , I'm sure every mother that reads this feels the same. A+ Hub :.)

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      Aman deep Garg 9 years ago

      i have experienced all this.gr8 hub

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      soyelude 9 years ago from Lagos - Nigeria

      This is the greatest job in the wife leaves me alone with the kids once in a while, and trust me its no small feat. You mothers are simply a blessing to mankind! This hub is another first.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      HEAR! HEAR! Great discription!

      great HUB

      regards Zsuzsy

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      MrMarmalade 9 years ago from Sydney

      I am disturbed

      Val to me this 45 years ago, I did not believe her as it sounded far to hard for one human being to do so much, with so many.

      Guess I am going to have to aplogise for believeing she was have me on.

      I printed and gave it to Val to read.

      She said I told you so!

      Great Hub

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      gabriella05 9 years ago from Oldham

      I can associate very well with this story Great hub and thumb up