A recent Ann Landers column "Parenthood is not a job for weak at heart" caught my interest.
Job Description for a Parent
Job Description: Long-term player needed for challenging, permanent work in chaotic environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work evenings and weekends and frequent 24 hour shifts. There is some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in faraway cities. Travel expenses not reimbursed.
Responsibilities: Must keep this job for rest of your life. Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily. Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly. Must possess physical stamina of a pack mule. Must be willing to tackle stimulating technical challenges such as small gadget repair, sluggish toilets and stuck zippers. Must handle assembly and product safety testing , as well as floor maintenance and janitorial work. Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and coordinate production of multiple homework projects. Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages and levels of mentality. Must be willing to be indispensable one minute and an embarrassment next. Must assume final, complete accountability for quality of end project.
Advancement and Promotion: There is no possibility of either. Your job is to remain in same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you.
Previous Experience: None required, but on-the-job training is offered on a continually exhausting basis.
Wages: None. In fact, you must pay those in charge, offering frequent raises and bonuses. A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 and attend college. When you die, you give them whatever income you have left.
Benefits: There is no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and no stock options. However, job offers limitless opportunities for personal growth and free hugs for life.
This article is of special interest to those of us who work out of home. Seeing this Ann Landers column made my think about why so many of us wanted to work out of our homes. One of big reasons being to spend more time with our families. Balancing a family life and a home-based business can be a delicate one, especially when you look at all of duties we have as a parent. Truthfully, it is amazing we get anything done at all.
If both partners or spouses are running business there are some very different and other important factors to consider. Since we have already addressed and written articles on these issues, I will direct you to our website to articles, Business / Marriage Partners: Will Marriage Survive (Parts I & II) http://www.homebusinesssolutions.com/homebusiness