Parenting and Job Satisfaction

Most people I know, at some point in their career, will moan about their job. Or complain about the hectic week they are having or have a right ol’ rant about their boss. Most people, except mums that is. When it comes to being a mum, it’s almost like we’re not allowed to complain about our “jobs”. And being a mum is a full time job! in fact it’s more than full time because you never really switch off.

When we rant about our office job, we don’t feel guilt, we don’t ever think that maybe work is tough because we are not good enough. We rant because it’s tough, because we’re having a bad week and we need to let off steam. But somehow when it comes to parenting, that’s where our inner most insecurities come out. Like if we admit that we’re having a bad week or that our toddler is driving us slowly insane, it’s like admitting we’re not doing a good job. That we’re not good enough. And actually, that couldn’t be further from the truth.


The fact is, like any job, even with parenting, there are good days and there are bad days. It doesn’t mean you want to give up your job or that you don’t actually love it. When you’re having a bad day, its just that, one bad day. The good thing about parenting is, having a good day truly makes you forget the bad ones. Like they didn’t even happen.

Today was a good day. A very hectic, but good day. I don’t know what the rest of the week will be like. No doubt we’ll have some tantrums and tears. I’ll probably have to deal with S kicking up a fuss about going somewhere and refusing to put a jacket on. But I’ll also get cuddles, kisses, funny stories and laugh out loud comments. To me, that’s job satisfaction right there!

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9 thoughts on “Parenting and Job Satisfaction

  1. Huh, I never compared my day at my desk to my day at home…I guess because I try to keep them so far apart, but you’re right when you say I don’t feel like I don’t work hard enough at my office job…it’s just a bad day. I think a bad day on the mom job is so hard because it’s in our personal life, and we’re much more attached to it; we have personal, emotional, even spiritual investment in it, making the guilt factor much larger and the complaint department much smaller. Loved the post😀 #fartglitter.

    • Thanks 🙂 I totally agree, we do have far more invested in our jobs as parents than our “day time jobs” and I think that’s why it’s even more important for us to go easy on ourselves and trust that we’re doing a great job!

  2. Oh, what a lovely post! You are so right, of course. As mums, we do feel guilty moaning about our job because it feels like we are moaning about our children. Or we are saying that we don’t appreciate what we have. But some days being a mum is tough and it is helpful to have a good moan and to let out your feelings. Yesterday was a tough day. But today is lovely. Kisses and cuddles and precious, precious moments. Hugs Mrs H xxxx #ShareTheJoy

  3. Absolutely! Parenting is the toughest job in the world but you’re right about the little things making you forget the bad days. Last weekend the boys drove me mad with their constant bickering but then this morning I marvelled at LP’s ability to read. They never cease to amaze me, and that makes it all worth it. xx Thank you for sharing. #sharethejoylinky

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