Mother’s Day has just passed us by. This day allows us to reflect on the type of work that mothers have to do for at least 18 years. Everything from changing diapers to one-on-one counseling, mothers are the CEO, CFO, COO, Co-Founder and many other business titles.
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It has long been debated if parents can insert much of their at-home skills into their resume. There has been a mixed reaction to this discussion over the years, but a recent CareerBuilder survey found that a majority (70 percent) of respondents say it’s fine to incorporate your parenting skills into your resume. However, only 10 percent of the survey participants conceded to actually including them in their CVs.
Why not? Parents have to delegate, manage, punish, train and so on. These are perfect skills and expertise in the workplace. The only difference is that the office employees are adults (or are they?). Since parents are required to do so much at home, what would be some of the skills you could easily allocate to the workforce?
Here are five parenting skills you can apply to your resume today:
1. Time Management
Morning feeds, diaper changes, lunchtime, playtime, after school activities and the list goes on. There’s so much to do with so little time. Time management is an imperative skill to have both as a parent and in the working world. You have to ensure that everything is running smoothly and that the child is ready, clean and fed, all in a timely manner.
Mentoring is an automatic skill that a parent has to have. This is one of the reasons why couples have children: to share their wisdom with another person that will (hopefully) grow up to be a responsible, kind, polite and respectful individual. Parents mentor their children for everything: school, friendships, relationships and so on. More importantly, the children take the advice of their parents.
3. Budgeting & Managing Finances
Once you have a child, you have to perform an extensive examination of your household budget. As soon as the baby comes home, your personal finances have been dramatically changed. This means you have to have a great understanding of how to budget and manage finances to guarantee everything is paid on time, there is a monthly surplus and the child has everything he needs.
What mother or father doesn’t have patience? Whether they’ve a baby crying incessantly 10 hours a day or they’ve a teenager attempting to rebel against authority, it takes a lot of patience being a parent, particularly when the children misbehave. This skill is easily translatable to the workforce because you have to be patient with managers, subordinates, clients, IT and other elements of the business world.
5. Conflict Management
There will always be a conflict at home, both small and large. How the conflict is handled is determined by you. Conflict management is a must-have skill in the workplace and in the home. Managing a child’s conflict with a parent, school teacher, friend or you is needed to provide a place of calm and educate the child on how to deal with the matter while also maintaining a respectful demeanor. Likewise, managing a staff conflict will ensure the steady operation of the business.
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Being a mother or a father is the most important job title that anyone can have. You are responsible for another life by providing the basics of life and giving him or her the tools to succeed. If these aren’t skills that can be used in the workforce then what else can be utilized?