Mothers Day Brings Special Awareness To Mothers Once A Year.
Yet, mothers deserve much more.
Why? Because they practice the most amazing profession in the world that has very unique and demanding requirements that are difficult to learn and master and are too often overlooked. Hopefully by exposing the true characteristics and demands of motherhood, readers will gain more appreciation and more respect for mothers.
Motherhood Is The Most Important Profession In The World.
Mothers control the development and growth of almost all children in the world, who eventually mature into adults.
Mothers are entrusted, and are almost totally responsible for the health, care, training, morals, security, emotional strengths, attitudes, social understanding discipline, and learning success of their children. The relationships children and even adults have with their mothers shape who they become as adults. The results of the efforts of mothers are universal, extremely powerful, everlasting, and extremely important to every person on the globe.
Motherhood Is A Difficult And Diverse Profession.
Mothers must be masters of many roles.
Mothers are required to possess the knowledge, practice the skills, and perform the duties of so many different life functions. It would be impossible to list them all. Here are but a few. Mothers must successfully perform as nurses, cooks, nutritionists, teachers, trainers, educators, coaches, therapists, disciplinarians, financial advisors, protectors, cleaning specialists, transportation specialists, sports enthusiasts, clothing and appearance specialists, peacemakers, mediators, and spiritual advisors. Wow!
Mothers are given little, if any, prior formal training.
Mothers must learn ON THE JOB a vast majority of the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to perform the important functions of motherhood. I know of no colleges or schools that trains or teaches mothers. Other professions like attorneys, medical doctors, and dentists, must attend anywhere from six-to-ten years of additional education after high school to be qualified to begin their profession. Yet, mothers are required to be fully knowledgeable of all motherhood requirements and operate at almost full speed from the first day of motherhood, with very little, if any, training.
Motherhood is a non-income producing profession.
Mothers rarely, if ever, receive monetary income from their motherhood efforts. Mothers are rarely paid to change diapers, prepare meals, train their children, etc. In the past, their husbands, who were expected to generate enough income to pay for their needs, most often supported mothers. Unfortunately today, there appears to be an increasing trend of expecting mothers to continue performing their full time motherhood professional duties and also work at income-producing jobs to generate money.
Motherhood Also Has Some Unusual Characteristics
The time and energy demands on mothers diminish with time.
As the youngest child grows up, the time demands, energy demands, mental involvement, and personal contact demands by mothers with their children will shrink. Being a mother to young babies is almost a 24 hours, seven days a week profession. Think of the relief mothers feel when their youngest baby finally sleeps through the night for the first time, without awakening for feeding or to have a diaper changed. The job requirements of motherhood are even further reduced, as their youngest child goes off to school. Time and energy demands on mothers diminish even more as their youngest child continues to grow and attend even more out of the house activities. Eventually, mothers will be faced with an empty nest as the purposes of their motherhood depart.
Mothers frequently feel stymied when they seek new careers.
They feel inadequate because they have been out of the work force for so long, or because they feel they have less education than they think is necessary, or because they are older than other potential entry level workers, or because finding and applying for jobs and can be a daunting and confusing process. Unfortunately, the normal Human Resources culture of the corporate world and the owners of small business don’t always treat empty nest mothers as a valuable source of productive workers.
Mothers bring exceptional skills and experience to the workplace.
Mothers are far more qualified and far more valuable producers than they, or the business world realizes. The skills, experience, knowledge, sense of responsibility, wisdom, patience, leadership, organizational capabilities, resourcefulness, human relationship capabilities, and other real life skills that mothers developed over the years of motherhood are extremely valuable to people who recognize their true worth. Mothers, and especially empty nest mothers have proven to be excellent employees, excellent business owners (After all, they have in essence been running a business as a mother) and excellent independent contractors, because of the incredible experiences and responsibilities they bring to the work force. Motherhood-The Most Amazing Profession