How Your Mom Skills Translate Into Job Skills

Moms. They’re basically our version of modern-day superheroes. They truly do it all—they’re teachers, chefs, chauffeurs, doctors, and therapists all in one neat package. And, as if that wasn’t enough, they make it all look easy!

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Yes, those stellar mom-related duties of bandaging knees, scaring the monsters out from under the bed, and whipping together the most amazing mac and cheese ever undoubtedly make for one awesome mom. But, beyond that, they also make for one awesome employee.

That’s right—those many, many mom skills can be easily translated into real job skills. So moms, this is for you. We’d hire you in a heartbeat!

1. Leadership

As a mom, you’re used to leading the charge day in and day out—it’s essentially your full-time job. Whether you have one child or eight, corralling those kiddos to get them where they need to be is no easy task. But, you pull it off with grace, poise, and strategy.

Aside from just making sure everyone gets out the door on time, you’re also responsible for shaping your child’s manners and attitude through leading by example. You always demonstrate how to be an honest, ethical, and respectful human being. And, well, that’s a positive trait that any employer would look for.

2. Time Management

Susie has dance lessons at 4PM, but Bobby needs to be to baseball practice by 4:15PM. Oh, and you also dropped the dog off at the groomer and need to ensure he’s picked up by 4:20PM. For anybody else, that schedule seems completely impossible. But, for a mom? It’s just another average day.

Moms spin far too many plates at once. And, while it’s surely enough to inspire a healthy dose of insanity, it also means you’ve become a total master at managing your time and a crazy schedule. Nobody can be in two places at once—except for moms, apparently. And, that command of your time will always be beneficial to your employer. Let’s be honest, your full-time job likely feels like a tropical vacation compared to your schedule outside of the office!

3. Conflict Resolution

Scratching, biting, hair-pulling, and all out brawls over who gets to sit in the front seat. When you’re a mom, every single day is a test of your patience. But, on the bright side, you’ve learned how to resolve conflicts like a pro wrestling referee.

Tiffs arise in office environments all the time. And, while they likely won’t be as down and dirty as the tussles between your children, you’re sure to bring a certain sense of calm and sanity to those tense situations. Yet another example of how your mom skills benefit you in your 9 to 5!

4. Organization

Moms really have no choice but to be organized. With permission slips, lessons, appointments, and constantly conflicting schedules, moms have completely perfected that desirable skill called “organization”.

Regardless of what industry you work in, effective organization capabilities are something that every company looks for. After all, they want to rest assured that their employees can keep themselves (and others!) on track. Moms, there’s no denying that you’ve got that skill on lock.

5. Multi-Tasking

You cook spaghetti, while leaving a voicemail, while supervising the kids, while folding the laundry. Multi-tasking is literally your middle name. In fact, just doing one thing at a time now seems impossible to you.

Someone who can juggle numerous responsibilities all at the same time without batting an eye? Well, you don’t need me to tell you that makes for an awesome (and amazingly productive!) employee.

There you have it—just five of the many, many, many mom skills that can easily be translated into the office environment. So, all of you mothers out there should rest assured that you make for a pretty stellar employee. But, to us, your most important and impressive job title will always be “mom”.

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Kat is a Wisconsin-based freelance writer covering topics related to careers, self-development, and entrepreneurship. Her byline has appeared in numerous outlets and publications, including Forbes, Fast Company, The Muse, QuickBooks, Business Insider, and more. Find out more about her on her website, or connect with her on Twitter.

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