If you’re a mother, a future mother, or have a motherly figure, you are probably aware that parenting is a full-time job. Many maternal characteristics can be applied in the workplace. Here are four transferable parenting skills that can help with your job interview, resume, and daily workflow.
Multitasking and Flexibility
Parenting necessitates a great deal of patience and organization. Moms are experts at multitasking. When it comes to eating, school and extracurricular activities, playtime, and sleep schedules, a strategy has to be implemented to juggle the busy and sometimes chaotic day. Being organized at work can also go a long way. When you have project deadlines, meetings, and multiple emails in your inbox, time management will be your best friend. Remember that our schedule does not always go as planned, so be flexible and give yourself some grace.
As a mother, you must teach your children life and social skills so that they will be capable adults in the world one day. You may not realize it, but you are setting an example for your children. They will carry the values you instill in them on a daily basis into adulthood. Apply your mentoring abilities on the job. If you’re a stay-at-home mother looking for work, include this skill set on your resume. To advance your current position, look into the available mentorship opportunities to showcase your leadership and interpersonal skills.
Children will definitely keep you on your toes. Moms are good at coming up with creative solutions to keep active children educated and entertained. You must be creative in everything you do, from reading bedtime stories to scheduling time for arts and crafts to finding a suitable extracurricular activity for your child. Bring your creative skills to team meetings or your manager for a new way to implement a project.
Moms must assist their children in overcoming many challenges. Moms are always there to provide a shoulder to lean on and personal experience to help them navigate potty training, learning to walk, and being a teenager. One of the most valuable job skills is the ability to solve problems effectively. Asking for assistance and clarification on projects, as well as being the go-to person for coworkers to solve project issues. Moms are also skilled at resolving sibling disputes. Being able to reach a work resolution with your manager or coworkers demonstrates that you are a good team player.
Moms go above and beyond for their children, making parenting look easy. Be sure to celebrate all the motherly figures out there this weekend and every day!
What career lessons have you learned from your mom or mother figure? Let us know in the comments section below!