Thursday, June 23, 2011

what i signed up for

Title: Mother 

0-5 years experience: Zip 
5-10 years experience:  Zilch
10+ years experience: Nada

Shift:  Sunday - Saturday 12am-11:59pm

Health insurance-no
Time off/holidays-no
Hugs and kisses-yes
Love and laughter-yes

Job duties:
1. change diapers repeatedly throughout the day (may be in excess of 15 diapers per day during high demand; must provide diapers)
2. soothe crying infant and toddler at a moment's notice
3. nurse infant repeatedly throughout the day at a moment's notice
4. prepare healthy, balanced, and tasty meals and snacks for fickle 15 month old with constantly changing food preferences (this will occur simultaneously with duties 2 and 3 frequently)
5. clean food off of floor after every meal
6. spend countless hours holding infant just because he said so
7. spend countless hours wishing 15 month old would let you hold him 
8. demonstrate patience throughout multiple tantrums
9. feign excitement over reading the same book to toddler for the fortieth time each day
10. never take a break, only occasionally eat lunch, and forget about alone time with your husband
11. have superior record of removing poop, vomit, blood, and food stains from tiny clothing and be able to demonstrate said skills throughout the day (often in conjunction with duties 1-10) 

Desirable attributes:
Upper body strength for successfully holding/carrying 1-2 children at all times
Ability to thrive on 4 hours of sleep (or less in times of high demand)
Organizational skills that lend to flexibility when needed

Minimum Requirements:
Although a college degree might make candidate feel smart, it is not necessary, required, or useful in this position.  Applicant will be improvising and "flying by the seat of your pants" 99% of the time.  Candidate must be familiar with parenting websites and have quick access to the internet via mobile phone or other portable device in order to consult forums regarding various issues that may arise.  Candidate must also have unconditional love for the clients and understand that despite all of the frustrations and lack of monetary compensation, this is the best job in the whole wide world.  Testimonials from current and previous position holders available upon request.


  1. So very happy for you!!! It's wonderful and I miss it tons!! I'll hopefully resume my position in a year or two :)Congrats!!!

  2. So I just noticed from fb that I was confused, haha! All still very wonderful though :)

  3. Apparently it was confusing, as you weren't the only one! I'm definitely still working a paying job...just wanted to hit the highlights of my volunteer position as well. Anyone who says start at home moms don't work have clearly never done it for even a day!

  4. I often wonder if there really would be a salary big enough to cover the never ending hours of being a parent. A job I would never give up but one that is by far the most difficult and exhausting yet rewarding job I've ever held.