So without further ado here is a great summary to use next time someone says "So what do you do with all your time?"
Thanks Melissa for letting me use it.
Real Life Support for Moms
Help Wanted: Mother
Classified ads for all you do
By Melissa Stanton
Here’s a sampling of the job postings that would be needed to cover all you do for the children—and significant other adult—in your household.
NANNY: Patient, loving woman who requires limited sleep and adult interaction needed to care for child(ren) up to 24/7/365. Other duties include all those listed following this ad, as well as many not described herewith.
HOUSEKEEPER: Responsibilities include cleaning and tidying a family home several times daily. Must be available nights, weekends and overtime, and be willing to clean and tidy the same areas over and over and over again.
CHAUFFEUR: Driver needed to transport child(ren) to all activities beyond the domicile, including but not limited to school, sports, medical appointments, therapies, entertainment venues. Applicant must be skilled in defensive driving tactics and able to operate a vehicle safely regardless of the behavior of her passengers. Having extra-long arms is useful in this position, but not essential.
CHEF: Passable cooking and meal preparation skills needed for short-order establishment serving three full meals and filling dozens of beverage and snack orders per day, for both sit-down and To Go diners. The chef is also responsible for procuring and restocking meal supplies, serving the meals, all dishwashing as well as the full cleaning of both the kitchen and multiple dining areas.
DOCTOR/NURSE: Health and first aid provider needed for pediatric and adult patients in a home-based environment. Responsibilities include making diagnosis, providing medical transportation, emergency care, administering treatments, medications and overall patient assistance, particularly as relates to bodily functions.
DENTAL HYGIENIST: Assistance needed in daily pediatric dental cleaning, teething-related pain management and occasional teeth-pulling.
TEACHER/COACH: Instructor wanted for child(ren) age newborn to adult for lessons related to academics, athletics and overall life skills. Position involves both one-on-one instruction and classes of mixed-age pupils.
PSYCHOLOGIST: Compassionate, wise and tolerant person needed to listen to the problems and concerns of young and aged household members.
WARDROBE MANAGER: Fashion- and bargain-savvy individual needed to acquire, alter, organize and maintain clothing and footwear for all members of a household, for all seasons.
DRESSER: Individual wanted to ensure that appropriate clothing is worn by all household members. Wrestling skills are useful, but can be developed.
LAUNDRESS: Help needed to clean and maintain various wardrobe collections.
CONCIERGE: Resourceful, problem-solving, people-person needed to fulfill the various desires of household members, including but not limited to arranging entertainment activities, making dining and traveling reservations, procuring gifts and meeting other needs as expressed.
EXECUTIVE SECRETARY: Organized person sought to handle all correspondence and interaction between the household and the outside world. Position involves extensive filing and record-keeping.
MONEY MANAGER/ACCOUNTANT: Financially competent person needed to record account receivables, supervise cash flow, track and pay invoices, and manage savings and investments.
TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST: Computer- and electronics-savvy person needed to address home theatre, computer and Internet related problems encountered by household members.
BUILDING SUPERINTENDENT/GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Manager sought to keep domicile in working order by arranging for trade technicians (plumbers, electricians, etc.) to both fix and maintain household systems and appliances.
HANDYMAN: Skilled person needed to perform small household repairs on an as-needed basis.
INSURANCE SPECIALIST: Expert, dogged representative needed to manage insurance policies, file and track insurance claims, and challenge insurance denials when they occur.
ADVOCATE: Protector and supporter required to represent and/or speak for household members either unable or unwilling to do so for themselves.
ENTERTAINER: Positive, upbeat person sought to keep household members happy. Applicant must possess diverse talents and be able to work with a variety of audiences and in a variety of situations.
“ESCORT”: Attractive, enthusiastic, service-oriented woman needed, immediately, for intimate adult encounters. Creativity and experience required. (Though not too much experience.)
When you’re a mother, you’re a multi-talented person. Maybe you should update your résumé.
About the Author:
Melissa Stanton is the author of The Stay-at-Home Survival Guide: Field-tested strategies for staying smart, sane, and connected while caring for your kids, published by Seal Press/Perseus Books (www.stayathomesurvivalguide.com). Prior to becoming an at-home mother of three, Stanton was a senior editor at LIFE and People magazines. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, Glamour, Parenting, MotherVerse and Brain,Child, among other publications. Stanton is the founder of “Real Life Support for Moms” (www.lifesupportformoms.com). She lives with her family outside of Washington, D.C.
Copyright 2009 Melissa Stanton. A version of this article appeared in The Stay-at-Home Survival Guide: Field-tested strategies for staying smart, sane, and connected while caring for your kids (Seal Press/Perseus Books, 2008). To be reprinted only with the written permission of Melissa Stanton or her authorized agent.
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