Feel Good Friday – The World’s Toughest Job

by admin on May 12, 2017

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FinallyFriday May 12, 2017 at 8:43 am

Well that’s four minutes of my life I’ll never get back. “Moms” sign up for the job – no sympathy here.
No one HAS to have a child. If you go that route it’s all on you.

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Jessica May 12, 2017 at 12:12 pm

My thoughts exactly. It’s difficult and exhausting, but not THE hardest job. Pretty sure that goes to brain surgeons, manual laborers, etc. It’s a life choice, and like with any major life choice it comes with responsibilities. And I don’t know a single mother that stays awake 24/7 (though I’m sure it may feel like it). Putting together PB&J lunches and administering Tylenol does not translate to having a degree in medicine or culinary arts, I’m sorry. As for having strong negotiation skills… I don’t negotiate with terrorists, not even my own tiny ones!

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Dee May 13, 2017 at 4:51 pm

I’ve had to become more knowledgable about health issues for my children (and also for myself) than the professionals I am forced to visit for tests, referrals and prescriptions. I’ve had to become more knowledgable about rights in terms of education and schools than most teachers and principals are. And so on. A degree is not required but, for some, you will definitely need to become fairly “expert” in multiple fields when you become a parent. After that, you will also have to shell out a fair bit to pay for the expertise you haven’t managed to acquire yet but that your children may desperately need.

This video exaggerates so much that it does a great disservice to those who are on-call 24/7 and must develop a high proficiency in so many areas. When our kids were small my husband took on extra work and skipped out the door in the morning because it was a relief to go to work and escape the unmanagable demands at home. Minute to minute it’s not that difficult a job but trying to meet the most basic needs of some children on a 24 hour basis will quickly decimate you, so, yes, in our experience it is the most difficult job. But really worth it, if you can survive it.

“Putting together PB&J lunches and administering Tylenol” is so like saying brain surgery is just a bit of “slicing and dicing”. Such a jaw-dropping summary of something so incredibly complicated. What I do and have done can’t be measured. It’s too complicated and endless.

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Lanes May 12, 2017 at 3:19 pm

That’s extremely cynical.
Nobody HAS to be a good Samaritan either, but it still behooves one to say thank you…

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JJ May 12, 2017 at 7:21 pm

Yeah sorry but no. Every single time this “mom’s have the toughest job in the world!” thing comes up I gotta laugh and also feel like it’s a bit condescending towards all the rest in the world who suffer, work long hours and dedicated themselves to just as worthy causes. You choose to have kids and it comes with good and bads depending upon the day. It’s tiring and you run around a lot when they are young but thats called being a parent and if moms or dads don’t like it then they can just choose to not have kids. No shame in admitting it’s not a lifetstyle meant for everyone. I can’t or wouldn’t want to do it but I respect all my friends and family who did choose that life. But I can’t with this attitude of being a mom (and notice it’s never or rarely ever dad? Mom’s are the only who suffer this apparently) is the toughest thing ever on the whole planet. Sorry but their is doctors, nurses, fiirefighters, military soldiers etc who work round the clock sometimes responsible for people’s lives who get little to not breaks and are dead tired most days but they keep on doing it. Yes they get paid because it’s a career that they chose and studied for. Having kids is not a career it’s a lifestyle you choose because raising kids who one day become good adults is something you did out of love for said kids not because you are owed anything. Also having to get up in the comfort of your own home in the middle of the night to deal with a sick child that is yours is not the same as having to save others lives while risking your own in a risky environment. Sorry but it’s not. No matter how much people spread those viral facebook posts about “a mothers job” followed by a list and a fake salary you will never get paid to be a mother or father. Ever. Can we please stop pandering to that and trying to guilt your kids that you chose to have for all the work you chose to put into them by having them in the first place. If you choose to have kids that is fantastic but know that it comes with ups and downs all the time and no pay. If you want to get paid to deal with kids round the clock become an au pair or a nanny who works all the time. At leat you get board and benefits out of it plus a pay check.

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Dawn May 14, 2017 at 8:21 am

I think this is lovely. All that a mother does is driven by a deep love that defies explanation. I wanted to have kids, but that wasn’t to be my lot in life. However, my friends and my sister “share” their children with me, and in addition to the mundane and endless tasks these women perform, I see the deep, deep concern they have for the welfare and happiness of their children. As much as I love those kids, I know it can’t even compare to how much these mothers love them.

-Dawn

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Charlotte May 15, 2017 at 5:31 pm

As the mother of ten children, ages 33-14, I got a kick out of this video.
Sure, it’s a bit exaggerated and hokey. But I appreciate the effort to show how wonderful yet draining my life is.

My ten children are hard working, compassionate, generous, and full of humor. They’re best friends with each other, and I can’t imagine a better job to have devoted my life to.

Thanks for sharing this, Admin! 🙂

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