Being a parent isn’t easy. You’re required to work 365 days a year. There’s no salary, no holiday and no sick days. Sometimes you don’t even get a lunch break.Yet, despite the massive amounts of pressure, responsibility and hard work required it is the most rewarding job too.
There’s no training to teach you what to do. There’s no appraisal or reward system to let you know when you’re doing a good job. You’re just expected to get on with it and hope you’re not completely screwing it up.
But, with benefits in the way of hugs, kisses and love, it certainly has its perks.
It’s also the most varied job I’ve ever had. So, this poem is all about the many jobs I have as a mum. Dads you’ll probably recognise most of these too. Do you have any more to add?
The many jobs of mum
Counsellor, mediator and therapist.
Personal shopper, dresser and stylist.
Rule enforcer, judge and jury.
Safety patrol, bodyguard and security.
Storyteller, rhyme singer and entertainer.
Launderette, nappy changer and potty trainer.
Activity organiser, event coordinator and planner of parties.
Medicine giver, kiss supplier and healer of ouchies.
Photographer, detective and the household CEO.
Best friend, monster killer and general superhero.
Budget setter, finance manager and accountant.
Childcare provider, caretaker and personal assistant.
Waitress, food taster and dishwasher.
Cleaner, maid and housekeeper.
Den builder, dog walker and chauffeur.
Food shopper, chef and baker.
Head cheerleader, timekeeper and referee.
But the best job of all is being MUMMY!
So these are the many jobs of mum – in my house at least. Did I miss any? Let me know in the comments below.
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