Pragmatic Mom

May 9, 2010

POSITION: Mother, Mom, Mama

Filed under: Humor for Moms — Pragmatic Mom @ 9:52 am

JOB DESCRIPTION: Long term, team players needed, for challenging permanent work in an often chaotic environment.

Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24 hour shifts on call.

Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities. Travel expenses not reimbursed. Extensive courier duties also required.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The rest of your life. Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily, until someone needs $5.
Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly. Also, must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three sec onds flat in case, this time, the screams from the backyard are not someone just crying wolf.
Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets and stuck zippers.
Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and coordinate production of multiple homework projects.
Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages and mental outlooks.
Must be willing to be indispensable one minute, an embarrassment the next.
Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a half million cheap, plastic toys, and battery operated devices.
Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst.
Must assume final, complete accountability for the quality of the end product.

Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and janitorial work throughout the facility.

POSSIBILITY FOR ADVANCEMENT & PROMOTION: Virtually none. Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: None required unfortunately. On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.

WAGES AND COMPENSATION: Get this! You pay them! Offering frequent raises and bonuses. A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because of the assumption that college will help them become financially independent.

When you die, you give them whatever is left. The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.

BENEFITS: While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and no stock options are offered; this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth and free hugs for life if you play your cards right.

Forward this on to all the moms you know, in appreciation for everything they do on a daily basis, and let them know they are appreciated.


  1. In a previous job, I wrote many resumes for mom’s returning to the work force. Many were surprised when they saw their life re-written as applicable job skills. I wish I had seen this then.

    Comment by L. Palmer — December 5, 2012 @ 1:07 pm | Reply

  2. hahaha!!!! I am going to cut/paste parts of this brilliant and true document into my “professional mom” duty description gap between salaried posiotions in my resume!!!

    Comment by critters and crayons (@critterscrayons) — December 23, 2012 @ 4:39 pm | Reply

  3. Did you change your blog layout, Mia? I thought you’d posted since this post ran….hmmmm…… I’ve totally shared this post with lots of SAHMs who are trying to get back into the workforce! I hear a lament about lacking skills and I shoot your post over to them! 🙂

    Comment by critters and crayons (@critterscrayons) — July 20, 2013 @ 10:26 pm | Reply

  4. LOVE this and so true…on the job training for sure.

    Comment by Karen — December 8, 2014 @ 1:42 pm | Reply

  5. LOL Luckily lots of us grow into our positions.

    Comment by Brenda Davis Harsham — November 15, 2017 @ 2:45 pm | Reply

  6. Are you still around? Still maintaining about Famous People Who Lived In Newton? I tried to comment, said “can’t connect”.

    Comment by Todd Tyler — July 13, 2018 @ 4:42 am | Reply

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