Stay-at-homes Mom dedicate part of their lives to the most demanding yet most rewarding job ever- being a full time Mom. Have you ever worried about the gap on your resume during your stay-at-home Mom years? Have you ever wondered what opportunities would be available to you if you decided to reenter the work force outside of home?
Whether you’re hoping to pump up your resume and return to your former career or you’re wondering what new positions your new experience may have prepared you for, below is just a limited list of the new skills you no doubt have and new professional opportunities you may now be well qualified for.
Toddlers enjoy the naked “dance and run” after a bath so much that getting a shirt over a clean child’s head requires the timing and dexterity of a lassoing rodeo professional.
Cleaning a toddler’s high chair, hands and face after a spaghetti dinner all in one fluid swipe to avoid “recontagion” requires hands with the swiftness of a sushi chef.
Teaching toddlers that eating dead ladybugs is not a good thing to do and then making creamed spinach sound irresistibly yummy requires the marketing skills of a top advertising executive.
Reading a toddler’s favorite children’s book four times a day for one hundred and twenty six days straight and still smiling and acting surprised at the ending requires the forced enthusiasm of an aerobics video instructor.
In the name of playtime for your young child, you’ve sat through play dates in the middle of strict vegetarians and Mom’s handing out beef jerky for snack, time out advocates and Mom’s that file time out under terrorism. You may now be well qualified to work as a highly paid conflict negotiator.
You may have previously thought that you could NEVER be a stand up comedian but that was before the nurse left you in the exam room with your toddler for 50 minutes and you learned make strange noises while wearing a latex glove necklace and a diaper on your head.
You’ve learned to perform on very little sleep, plan blow your mind birthday parties on a tight budget and remain calm when your child has chalk up their nose or ants down their pants. So don’t let anyone tell you that you’re losing job skills while enjoying being a stay at home Mom. While you’re nurturing your young child’s development you’re also acquiring a variety of new skills that will fill up your resume faster than a diaper pail fills up with diapers.