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Mothers often need to be able to think on their feet, AND plan for any eventualities. The many alternatives they can think of can give any good manager a run for their money.
I was always inclined to study management. I was always inclined to dig out the creative prospect in the underlying principals of management. I definitely studied some aspects of management and did apply most of it in my corporate career. Eventually, motherhood glided into life and I realized being a mother was no less that pursuing a masters degree in management.
Companies seek scientific approach and management while looking for someone with a management degree. As a mother, our researches are no less than a scientific research. Right from trying to gauge the colour of the baby’s poop to the amount of milk they throw up while they burp, we are set to examine everything.
As a mother our concerns are always leavened when it comes to our kids diet. It is these concerns that lead us to mixing different ingredients into our kids diets’ just the way you would build up a scientific concoction.
These scientific and management programs ensure to give a working knowledge to their applicants, along with testing their analytical ability. Motherhood definitely tests our analytical abilities to a different level all together. We are adroit at not just analyzing situation before hand, we are experts at prepping up for any contingencies that are bound to occur.
We plan for any occasion or situation to the best of our abilities. We not only have PLAN A in place but also have PLAN B and C in place.
We are able to organize everything with swiftness and in a manner that is applaud worthy. As mothers we can organize with perfection with as little resources we have available. Organizing wardrobes, kids toys and book, organizing work spaces, we do everything with an ease, of having a magic wand.
We delegate with ease and always make sure that age and skill appropriate task are delegated. As a working professional of a stay home mother, we delegate with perfect instructions and also go back to check if the task is being completed efficiently.
Our kids learn from what they see and hence being leaders at any front is never a challenge for a mother. Leading and giving our kids an example to follow is what we are naturally trained in.
When it comes to employee engagement programs, which ideally means keeping our kids and family entertained. Mothers can come up with the most entertaining activities for their kids with the least of resources. The quarantine lockdown is the best example of how as mothers we can fit everything into one schedule.
Following up when in a managerial set up is the best way to ensure whether set goals are met or not. As mothers we couldn’t follow up with our kids any less. Be it their meals, their school work or any activity assigned or their health check ups. we mothers are on top of everything.
I now sit here and wonder, what would happen if they came up with a degree in motherhood? Motherhood is after all no less than an ambitious management degree. Each of us mothers is however ingenious in the roles we play and no degree can match up to the assemblage of roles, we mothers are ought to play with our own demeanour.
First published here.
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My house-help asked excitedly, “I am going for wedding. Can you let me wear your red & black saree? To be honest I was stumped for a moment; I didn’t know what to say but I still said yes.
I lent a gorgeous saree to my house-help for a wedding in her family. Soon I stated getting questions if I would wear that saree again or if I was okay to be seen wearing the same saree my house-help was wearing?
We are all so conditioned to give our used clothes to our house-helps but are we okay to wear the clothes they were wearing?
A few days ago she came excitedly to me, “I am going for a family wedding. I want to wear your red & black saree, Ill wash and give it to you after the function. Please can you let me wear it?”
Sivaranjiniyum Innum Sila Pengalum (SISP) is an ode to all of the lost women, who could have been sports stars, singers, bankers, lawyers, doctors, just... happy, if they hadn't been enslaved in matrimony, and then forgotten all about.
One of the cool things about my mother was that she was an ace athlete and a champion sculler as a young woman in the 1950s and 60s. I only found out about this side of her a few years ago. I imagine her in a paavaadai dhaavani, taking on the mighty Kaveri river so many decades ago.
I recently watched a Tamil film anthology on SonyLiv that she would have liked to watch – Sivaranjiniyum Innum Sila Pengalum, (SISP) that has 3 stories of 3 different women – Saraswathi, Devaki, and Shivaranjini.
Like all the heroines in the anthology, my mother’s talents were sacrificed at the altar of matrimony. She pawned her gold medals and silver cups one by one to pay for expensive textbooks for us or a gift for a niece on her wedding, money for which she didn’t dare ask my father, because it was her niece… I remember how she caressed the cups and how her face hardened as she shoved them into her bag to take to the jewellers.
A mother isn’t automatically bestowed with answers to every question, or 'motherly' abilities, the moment they become one. Mothers with disability are just as valid.
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I wonder how many pieces of literature or art have been dedicated to someone’s mother. So many of us laugh about becoming like our mothers – how we end up getting worked up about ‘nothing’ the way they used to when we were children. But I also wonder, have we ever defined who a mother is?
We know what is expected out of a ‘good’ mother’.
Mother's Day is just around the corner, a time to think of what our mothers mean to us, and plan our Mother's Day gifts too!
Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and it made us think of what our mothers mean to us, and what we as mothers mean to our children.
Though nothing can really be good enough when we want to show our mothers our heartfelt appreciation, it does help to buy them a gift to mark an occasion like Mother’s Day. A great choice can be Mother’s Day Gifts from Ferns N Petals.
So – about my experience as a mother. Here goes.