Your Mom Work matters.
Not just in all that you achieve, but also in the lessons your children glean from your experiences.
According to the US department of labor, almost 70% of mothers work.
Strange, the last time we checked, a 100% of them WORK!
Motherhood can be thoroughly exhausting and relentless, yet profoundly rewarding work, that mostly pays in kind, and often feels priceless!
Like the powerful sun that rises and sets, you awaken the world, unleash your radiance (sometimes, it might get too hot to handle), help them go about their business, spread your protective rays like a shield, provide warmth and nourishment for growth and dim the lights softly at night. Only to start it all over again.
That pretty much sums up what being a mother entails, on any given day.
And if during all that, you feel a twinge of unappreciation, like you just conquered a mountain and nobody was watching, know that someone is always watching.
Kids are always watching the work that moms do. And the way you do it!
From you, they are learning. And they will show it one day.
A friend of mine remarked recently how as a shy kid she could not understand how her mom could be so free & outspoken – someone who was friendly to everyone, never feared a challenge and danced even when there was no music. Later, as a young woman trying to navigate a fast paced professional environment, she realized that what she had actually witnessed and learnt, was how to have her own voice, find inspiration in everything and love life and the opportunities it offered.
Moms have power and motherhood has amazing skill amassing side effects. Efficiency, multi-tasking abilities, networking- for every challenge that a mom overcomes, she learns a new skill!
Mom – you have a unique lens on how to deal with everything you touch and with your children as a 24X7 audience, it’s a terrific idea to acknowledge the potential of how you can lead & shape by example.
Professional mom or stay at home, part-timer or full time, here are some ideas on how moms can use their work ethic to make the most of inspiring this adoring audience that believes in them.
As far as possible approach repetitive chores, unexpected work, late night duties etc. with an element of joy- looking for the good and the peaceful even when life is difficult and chaotic.
Growing up, my mom worked full time as a dietitian, had three kids and a traveling spouse. Yet I have wonderful memories of her happily welcoming and cooking for a continuous stream of unexpected guests. Of the joy in giving more than you receive. In today’s value-first business environment, this lesson comes naturally to me.
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Baked a terrific cake to cheer up a sick friend? Won that big contract, you’d been working on for months? Whatever it is that made you beam with pride, share with your kids and watch them witness the way your eyes light up at a passion project.
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What is your business about? Can you share what kind of work excites you? What career do you aspire towards? Make your work your child’s business. While a few conversations might not propel our children into the dizzy orbit of success, but it can definitely offer them a blueprint, or a primer on basic, functional knowledge.
You may not realize it, but take it from us. A lot of jobs that you already do as a mom, have the fanciest work titles. Happiness Co-ordinator, Chauffer-in-Chief or Drill Sergeant anyone?
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Share the Plan
Teams at organizations often put their plans & to-do lists upon a board for collaboration and clarity. Why not put up your daily to-dos on a kitchen board at home and demonstrate the habit of goal setting and goal tracking.
My business partner recently shared her amusement at seeing the to-do lists on her elementary schoolers desk, complete with green and red check marks and crosses. Talk about the joy of witnessing a mini accountability replica of yourself.
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Did you organize the community ice-cream social or co-chaired the fundraising for the school sports day? Are you coordinating with your remote team in Asia?
Whatever be your experience, highlight the experience of teamwork. Getting along and engaging with others is a big lesson in the fine balance of give and take, of drawing on your strengths while collaborating with others to fill in the gaps.
Make friends with time
Early is on time. When you take the time to be on time, punctuality delivers a life long lesson of respecting your own commitments and someone else’s time. A colleague once shared how she aspires to imbibe mindful time management like her mom. “My mom never rushed us for anything. She simply made sure that we started way earlier. I could stop and smell the flowers or investigate a nest up on a tree and still be on time for my classes.”
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In a world where the average salary for a Life Coach is about $150 an hour, how does one put a price to the biggest life coach of them all? Moms have eyes on the back of their heads, and by extension, the kids have us in their sights.
To illustrate my point even further, I decided to check in with my teenagers, about the impact of my own work ethic. What did they recall from watching me as a stay at home mom in their elementary years? What do they see now, when as a 24×7 entrepreneur, I’m mostly engrossed in furiously tapping away on my laptop while sharing the kitchen table with them?
“I’ve always seen you go over and beyond in whatever you take on Mom, whether it’s the assignments you delivered while studying for a course or when you volunteer,” said my older one. The younger one added- “ I find you constantly thinking, brimming with ideas and connecting the dots from apparently random experiences.”
Now thoughts like that could make every day a Mother’s day!
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A Designer and Entrepreneur, Aditi graduated from a top design school and subsequently started her own design and merchandising business. Co-founder at Maroon Oak, she has over 17 years of business experience with Two Dotts, her design consulting company and an Etsy store which serves as an outlet for her gifts and patented product designs.
A mother to a teen and a tween, she enjoys running, dancing and raising her newest baby, a Bichon named Miltie.
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