What do you say to an employer when you want to
Reenter the workforce, the paid workforce?
What do you put down for those years in your CV?
Here’s an idea:
Skills developed: management, organization, problem solving skills
Research, conflict resolution, and thinking on your feet!
Interpersonal qualities honed: listening skills, perseverance, assertiveness
being open to learning, patience, and compassion to name a few
Skills that will make you a wonderful team player at work
Which employer would not like this?
Which employer would think that you have ‘lost’ those years
Or put your personal development on hold?
Which employer would not want someone who has
Learned how to prioritize, analyze and sympathize?
And at the same time, you have nurtured and trained
the next generation to the best of your ability
So, next time someone asks you what happened during
Those years and that time
Tell them you were mothering and in the meantime
Doing continuing education in the fields above!
The stay at home mom?
Who is that?
One who never leaves the house?
I can’t do that!
It does not seem appealing
Not at all!
Why should I stay home
All day long?
Those days, my dear
They are gone
Mothers are out and about!
I see them at coffee shops
At the mall
I see them at the library
At volunteer organizations
And at the Y
They bring their children with them there
They meet their neighbours and their friends
They don’t have nine to five jobs
Their job needs them around the clock
Their office may be at home
But they are on the road a lot
Their job involves
Late night sessions
Projects that stress them
Problems that need to be solved
Though training is mostly on the job
Research is required often
And good problem solving skills a must!
I’m glad I could be there
When my children were small
But I was the stay at home mom
Who never stayed home
Who was always gone!
Natasha, could you please clean your room
Its been messy for a while
But mom, I dont need to
I like my room messy right now!
Tidiness is over rated
I can still find all the things I want
My clothes may be on the floor
But I can still find them and put them on
How was school today, Natasha?
I didnt see any hippos in the hall!
What was your favorite class today?
Gym, then recess and then lunch!
Mommy, please dont talk to me
I am thinking right now
Not, I dont want to tell you what Im thinking about
Can you leave me alone for a while?
What a rough morning this is
You need to do your homework at night
Now, you are asking me to help you
But I have other things on my mind
Mommy, you cant complain
For this, you yourself signed up
No one made you have kids
Dont ask for sympathy, right now
Mommy, can you make me lunch
And make me a good sandwich this time
Im tired of bagel and cheese and ham
Could you find something else this time?
My friends bring these amazing things for lunch
And I get the same thing all the time
Could I please have some variety
Why dont you make your own lunch!?
And so it goes
Each day something new
Children will always surprise you!
But Im happy I signed up for this adventure
I wouldnt have it any other way!