Being a parent is the hardest job I’ve ever loved

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.

If you liked this you might also enjoy The Hidden Perks of Returning to Work After Maternity Leave. 

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20 thoughts on “Being a parent is the hardest job I’ve ever loved

  1. Beautifully written and there are so many jobs you do as a parent. One of the most hardest things is to work out what is right thing to do for you and your family especially when there’s no manual. X #thesatsesh

  2. It still boggles my mind that there’s no interview or job training for this whole parenting thing – you would never be able to take on this much responsibility with no training in the real world! #dreamteam

  3. #thesatsesh oh my, i totally love the cheerleader position. Its my fav. The others are obviously not as exciting, i am also the detective of the household and can find small bits of plastic within a 10mile radius 🙂 #mumskills

  4. Gosh I think you covered them all in there LOL! We do so much and so little is recognised but the reward of our beautiful children is enough so we continue to do… Xx #BloggerClubUK

  5. Love this so much. I actually wrote a very similar post a while back. You’d love it. So true. I don’t care about people that argue it’s not a job. I gave up my job and career to be a Mum so right now it’s all I have but means of a job.

    Loving the poem too. So so much.

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