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How Being A PA Prepared Me For Motherhood!

I realised yesterday that my former life as a PA was the universe’s way of trying to prepare me for my current life of motherhood.  Believe it or not, I used to be a Personal Assistant to Directors and Heads of Department in various financial institutions in London and York in the UK.

Being a PA requires certain skills as any Job Advertisement will tell you: Diary management; Travel coordination; Planning; Organising refreshments; Flexibility.

Here’s why my former life as a PA prepared me for my current life of motherhood.

Diary Management

As a mother, you are required to coordinate your children’s school activities, sporting activities, play-dates and social schedules, and this requires vast experience, patience and organisational excellence. This experience was only gained during my time as a PA, and thank goodness I have been able to dust the cobwebs of my mom brain off and call on my previous skills and successfully transfer them into my new life of servitude / motherhood!

Travel Coordination

Motherhood requires you to be on top of complicated travel itineraries. Whilst the landscape may have changed, and I no longer need to consider flight schedules and train timetables, I do need to plan ahead so that I know how I am going to get them from school, then to this one’s dance lesson, and back in time to take that one to swimming lessons, whilst also remembering to pick this up and drop that off. Motherhood it turns out, is extremely hectic and far more complicated than life as a PA and having to organising the travel requirements for four adults with different schedules that require I take into consideration network rail delays and changes to flight schedules!

Refreshments

Children expect you to ‘jump’ whenever they need refreshments, and in fact, “Mom, I need juice!” is actually far less respectful than “Would you mind getting us some coffees for the meeting at 10.00 please?” One of the duties I hated the most as a PA was getting coffees. Thank goodness the Directors I supported were really lovely, and they understood this, and on the rare occasion when they were extremely desperate for a coffee, they would all but beg me to get them a coffee. (I never said I was a ‘good’ PA!) Little did I know that motherhood would require me to ‘jump’ every two minutes to provide some kind of refreshment or sustenance to the two Directors I actually gave birth to!

Flexibility

Being a PA requires you to be flexible, not just in the hours you work but in being able to make changes to schedules and provide ad hoc support when required. Being a mother, requires that you are so flexible that you may as well be an olympic gymnast. In this one instance, I don’t think being a PA adequately prepared me for motherhood quite as well as the other examples I have given, but it did give me some basic training. Cancelling a train ticket and processing a refund is far easier than having to cancel your entire meticulously planned schedule at a moment’s notice because one of your Directors threw up all over the kitchen floor and you actually attempted to catch it with your bare hands.

What are the benefits I miss about being a PA?

  • Having a reason to get dressed in uncomfortable clothes that look nice.
  • Going to work, working, and then going home and not working!
  • Money – I had some.
  • Respect – I had some.
  • Talking to adults who you can actually reason with.
  • Annual Leave
  • Flexi-time
  • Hot Coffee
  • Did I mention talking to adults?
  • Sleeping at night

Given the choice, what would I change about being a mother?

  • Nothing – except the vomit catching! I could do without that.

Thanks for reading. If anyone has any other examples you think I should add to this list, please let me know in the comments below.


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I Am More Than "Just A Mommy Blogger" ft. Tonic & Tiaras!

Well we have reached the final episode in my ‘I Am More Than “Just A Mommy Blogger”‘ series. I have to say I have really enjoyed finding out more about the ladies I have featured up till now, but it’s not over yet! If you want to catch up on last week’s feature of the series where I featured Spirited Mama  please do.

The final episode features a lady who I have definitely grown to consider as one of my blogging besties! She is an awesome human being so I really hope you enjoy learning more about her!

Welcome MsChanaynay, please tell us a bit more about you?

Continue reading “I Am More Than "Just A Mommy Blogger" ft. Tonic & Tiaras!”

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Why I Laugh At My Kids!

One of the best reasons to have children is so that you always have someone to laugh at! Yes, I really said that! At the moment, the funniest of my two little girls is the Fournado!

She had me crying with laughter the other day … there were even real tears! You are going to have to stick with me with this story about why I laugh at my kids, and you will see the way it ties in at the end!

My girls are obsessed with snakes! One of their favourite things to do is to lie on top of their daddy on the sofa and watch various snake catching programmes available on the nature channels on TV. It’s their thing, the three of them, sitting there, watching snakes. In fact their career aspirations have changed recently from being an astronaut, to a pizza maker, and now they want to be snake catchers – all in the space of a week. Continue reading “Why I Laugh At My Kids!”

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Anything But A Fight With My Four Year Old!

I have been a mother now for six years and four months and I am now a mom of a six year old and a four year old. In that time I have learnt many, many hard lessons. One of those lessons is to pick your battles and to just give in sometimes. We are at the stage of ‘whatever you want sweetheart’, because really … anything but a fight with the four year old.

This approach of appearing to give in and back down drives my husband, an authoritarian, absolutely insane, It also physically hurts the control freak in me.

So Why Do It?

Quite simply, it is the last weapon I have left in my fight to retain some semblance of sanity, and I make no excuses for that. In fact, I’m waiting for my medal!

This is especially true on days like today, when my four year old decides she wants to challenge me, all day! She has clearly decided this from the moment she opens her eyes in the morning and this will continue until the moment they close tonight. Continue reading “Anything But A Fight With My Four Year Old!”

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How To Tell If You Are Winning At Parenting!

Let’s be honest, most of parenting is an uphill struggle.

Yes, we love them. Yes, they are cute. Yes, eventually they sleep through (that or you almost die for a few hours each night – whatever, at least your eyes close!).

But mostly it is hard, it is exhausting, it is heartbreaking, it can be humiliating and it is definitely expensive! Continue reading “How To Tell If You Are Winning At Parenting!”

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We Survived A Week Without TV!

Last week we had to claim for a new TV from our Insurance Company. The process included them coming to take away the old TV for a damage assessment. That was on Thursday. We got the go-ahead for a new TV yesterday as they deemed the old one irreparable. So basically we had a week without TV. Here’s what happened …  Continue reading “We Survived A Week Without TV!”

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Am I Even A Woman Anymore?

Lately I’ve been contemplating my life. You only need to read a few of my more recent posts to understand what I’m talking about …

Last month I had to go and get my fingerprints taken at the traffic department. No big deal, it was for my SA Drivers License. Unfortunately the machine was struggling to read my prints. Apparently this is quite common and in cases like this the machine finds it easier to scan your prints if you put on hand-cream or something similar. I don’t know why.

The lady operating the fingerprint machine suggested that I put some hand-cream on, gesturing to my oversized handbag, expecting me to whip some out! Continue reading “Am I Even A Woman Anymore?”

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My #InstaRoundUp: September 2

Hi all. Well, I have been a bit quiet this past week, in fact I took a bit of time out from the blog. My parents from Zim and my sister from the U.K. all came to visit, and my husband was home as well (Yay!!) so instead of spending my time blogging, I got to spend it with my loved ones. It felt like being on holiday, but isn’t that always the way when granny comes to stay. Not only does she look after the girls (because basically they barely acknowledge my existence when she is around) but also because she gets to look after us as well. Moms really are the best!

I was still on Instagram a bit so here’s the top 5 pictures on my Instagram since the last one of these … Continue reading “My #InstaRoundUp: September 2”

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My InstaRoundUp – September

It’s time for another Round-up of my top Instagram Pictures since the beginning of September. I feel like I’ve been really busy, but I also feel like I have very little to show for it. I guess it’s more mentally productive than anything else, isn’t that the life of a freelancer.

Anyway, let’s get this show on the road. On with my top 5 pictures from Instagram over the last 10 days. Continue reading “My InstaRoundUp – September”

Why Do We Label Ourselves?
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Why Do We Label Ourselves?

Why does everyone need a label?

I read a hilarious post on the You Have To Laugh website (of which I have personally contributed a few posts – Note: Sense of Humour Required). It was a post by dad blogger Paul who blogs over at Babysitting the Kids. The post was aptly entitled ‘Apocalypse Now’.

He humorously writes about the inevitable pitfalls of parent blogging should you actually be brave (or insane) enough to have an opinion on anything! Literally anything parent related. Whatever it is, you will most likely be ‘taken out’ for whatever opinion you have because inevitably it differs from that of others. *Madness* Continue reading “Why Do We Label Ourselves?”