Undervalued and underrated

Being a Mum and a working parent, is one of those jobs which is just so underrated and undervalued.

What you contribute to the family

  • You are a taxi driver
  • A mediator
  • A negotiator
  • A part time teacher and school liaison officer
  • The tuck shop lunch lady
  • The project manager of any small issues around the house
  • The cleaner
  • The washer and chef (although I can’t claim chef);
  • and all those other things which make a household run smoothly. 
Photo: antpkr

Photo: antpkr

 

Now just to complicate our lives somewhat we now introduce the fact that you are working. 

Some say this is total madness, which when you actually think about it in an isolated sense, it is! But for some of us, working keeps us sane and makes a better mother, some have no choice and have to do it.

So what can we do to make it all that much easier?  My first port of call for this is the sisterhood.  By this I mean that if you are having a little hiccup in the system, for some reason I find solace in talking to friends to see if they are experiencing the same.  When you find that their household is really no different to yours, you feel a great sense of relief that you are not the only one out there who is struggling to make sense of it all.  We do tend to suffer in silence and isolation – putting up that perfect wife, mother and family front.   As Mother Teresa said, ….”life is a struggle, accept it”.

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.”
Mother Teresa

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  1. Rachelle Harris
    4 years ago

    What I really struggle with is the judgement of others who understand nothing about my life, what exactly I do at home, how I have supported my husband over the years in his career, how it all falls on me if it is anything to do with the home This judgement usually comes from the women whose husbands don’t have a career and they have had to be the main breadwinner. They understand nothing about what it takes over the years. Grabbing some time to get myself working again only to have it dashed when my husband comes up with something else. Be very diplomatic and careful when critiquing women who have played a support role in their family. It is rude and insensitive.

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