mom skills

At one time, the role of motherhood and raising children was held in high regard. It was a valiant and valuable offering to the community. That started to change as the idea of work evolved – now that we could contribute to our families by earning an income parenting diminished in value.

It didn’t earn a paycheck, so how could it possibly contribute to a family?

At one time, the role of motherhood and raising children was held in high regard. It was a valiant and valuable offering to the community. That started to change as the idea of work evolved – now that we could contribute to our families by earning an income parenting diminished in value.

It didn’t earn a paycheck, so how could it possibly contribute to a family?

Today, we devalue care. We also demerit the skills needed to parent. It’s led too many to think that the work we do as parents sits in opposition to the work we do in our jobs.

That may have been so at one time. But no longer.

The world of work is evolving and it requires human-touch skills that will enable you to collaborate with a diverse pool of people and succeed as leaders of virtual teams. The very skills you’re building as a parent.

Here are 10 skills mom skills you’re building today that will make you a great leader tomorrow.

You manage time like a pro

To keep pace, companies need employees who can get a lot done in a little bit of time. Parents are forced to work in short windows of time. It demands you prioritize activities and find the most efficient way to complete tasks. Plus, as much of your day is at the whim of a child, you’ve become a wizard at reconfiguring schedules to fit in last-minute doctor’s appointments.

You can negotiate with powerful people

Even within companies, there are competing priorities that require two different parties to come to some sort of agreement. You know how to negotiate. Just think of the last time you very much wanted your kid to do something – perhaps eat the dinner you’ve made. I know your empty threat didn’t get them eat, but perhaps you made a trade that if they ate everything up they could get a cup of ice cream (just me?).

Your influencing skills are bar none

As any parent knows, you can’t force a child to do anything they don’t want to do. So, when negotiating isn’t an option, you’ll have to depend on your natural talents of persuasion. No matter the scenario, you can creatively reframe it so it appeals to your child and changes their way of thinking. Those are just the skills you need to win a sale or convince a manager to try out your idea.

You can simply explain the most complex things

If there’s one quality every employer looks for and every job needs is someone with the ability to communicate clearly and simply. Although they seem intimidating at first flush, people who use fancy words don’t always get their messages across. You, on the other hand, have developed the knack to explain the most complex of things in the most simplest of ways. When speaking with children, we have to consider our audience. We use words they understand and examples they can relate to. We also speak empathetically and take the time to patiently listen for any questions.

Yes, you are a seasoned project manager

If you’ve ever planned to do anything with a child – a craft project, taking a vacation, planning a birthday party, scheduling doctor appointments or very much anything else – it’s likely you’ve developed some sweet project management skills. No matter the scenario, you’ve considered all the ways things can go right and wrong, you’ve developed contingency plans and you’ve made sure you have the equipment and supplies you’ll most likely need.

You can deal with difficult people

We all have worked with difficult people. Yet, at least in my experience, none have been as difficult, uncompromising or frustrating than my own daughters during their toddler years. If you and your little one can come out of the terrible twos or the wicked threenager years relatively unscathed, you can make it work with even the toughest adults.

There’s no problem you can’t solve

Here’s a truth: when you’re dealing with babies, toddlers and kids of all ages, things go wrong. Accidents are frequent as are otherwise well-intentioned surprises and unfortunate mishaps. Planes don’t take off when they’re supposed to, traffic delays us and so much more. No matter what goes wrong, you quickly think up a way to fix the problem or de-escalate the situation.

You’re cool as a cucumber in times of crisis

There always seems to be a crisis at work – real or imagined – which is why companies are looking for people who are good under fire. That’s you. Sure, you can solve just about any problem, but you bring the perspective needed to keep things in check. Plus, with a clear head you can zero in on the very things that need to get done.   

You’re innovative and creative

The “it” quality many employers are looking for today is your ability to think outside the box. Good thing because that’s exactly what you do as a parent. Your little people are constantly testing you with new problems and you have to respond with new solutions. Many times you have to come up with solutions to things that aren’t really problems at all they just appear to be to your kid. For all of it, you have to push your thinking beyond its usual limits and try new things – sometimes, many all at the same time.

You’ve got strong leadership and management skills

Parents are born leaders. We take charge and figure out what needs to be done. We also roll up our sleeves and get it done or we recruit others to help out. And, like some of the best leaders, we mentor those under our charge when they’ve made a mistake, we guide them through to their next milestone, we cheer them when they’ve accomplished feats big and small, and we model qualities like honesty, integrity and loyalty. And, we do most things – even those we dislike – with a positive attitude.

Once you can identify these in your very own life, use them to pump up your LinkedIn profile or weave them into your conversations with your boss or at your next job interview.

Are there any other skills that can be added to this list? Share in the comments below.

SaveSave

1 Comment on 10 mom skills that will boost your career

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *