Every once in a while you’ll read an article about some genius invention that some parent came up with and wonder why you didn’t think of that. I think the answer, many times, because of that key word: parent.
Parents have to figure out more ways to improvise in any given day than almost anyone else. Kids are unpredictable. Parents still have to be productive. There are only 24 hours in a day. It’s a tough deck with a tough hand dealt time after time after time. It’s really no wonder WHY parents are constantly inventing the coolest things. It’s no wonder they become the best project managers. And it’s no wonder they’re always tired.
I remember when I was a kid and I’d watch those old game shows where the contestants were introduced as “Stay at Home Mom”, “Housewife”, “Mother of X-Number of Kids”, etc. It always sounded so dull and unimpressive. They should have been introduced as “Inventor”, “Project Manager”, “Teacher”, “Maid”, “Personal Assistants”, the list goes on. And they manage to do it ALL at the same time.
Today I was reminded of this as Jessica, who normally takes care of ‘A2’ during the day had some things to do, and I had to work. While it’s a simple thing, I decided to move the baby’s bassinet into my office where I could not only feed, interact, change, and calm him, but I could also get my work done. The score? One newsletter done, some accounting taken care of, travel plans done and a happy baby. And, compared to so many veterans out there, I’m a total lightweight.
So, here’s to all of you parents out there that have done it and done it well! You guys rock!