08 Jul Is parenting fun?
Isn’t that a fantastic question.?!
Well I’m just speaking for myself here. For me, I’ve felt it is something like working at an office without a CEO, sometimes with colleagues sometimes with no one.
In the beginning it was really overwhelming. I didn’t know what I had to do, what I didn’t.. I was stressing a lot, because there was no CEO so my role was not well defined. I had to define it myself. It was so difficult because I had never been to an office full time before, but just seen other offices function. My office had only one co-worker and he was new to all this too.. We didn’t have other colleagues so we couldn’t even ask for inputs.
Anyway I learnt my own way of doing things thanks to some online support groups where apparently some people were really good at running offices or they did shit & learnt from mistakes.. Always grateful to them.️
And like how you’d get better at work attending training programs & going for conferences, I read books, attended workshops, built on my knowledge & skills and got promoted to better roles & things were getting clearer as I moved up the ladder.
Now I’m at a stage where I know what I have to do. It is funny but eventually I realised me & my co worker are the CEO too & we need to take decisions & also run the show.
Now, I’m feeling really secure about this job, & No one, literally no one can snatch it away from me. It is running on autopilot on most days.
Well, There are days when I’m not at all in control & things get messy.. Though there is no CEO to question me, I just want to get better & better so I’ve realised it is nonstop learning. I do attend training programmes now & then. But on other days it is totally fun. It feels like that corporate outing where I make sure I smile & laugh & make merry. Those days are really important to cherish on bad days. If there’s no fun and all work, it is not a great workplace right?
My co-worker is doing great too. Whatever work I don’t want to do, he takes it up & vice versa. Because it has become our own family company we’ve learnt that it is very important we look out for each other.
And what about the reward.? Hm, personal growth! We think differently than what we used to think & function before getting hired. We have learnt to regulate our emotions, learn coping strategies for tough days & understood the importance of team work.
Because for all this work, no one really pays us anything but we have definitely become better people in the process. We also learnt we don’t want to do what previous bosses did till date & we now have our own plans for success.
That’s parenting to me. Definitely a job. A job that you can’t quit. A job where you are not paid to do things.
But keeps you going because of the millions of perks & incentives in the form of unconditional love, warm hugs & wet sloppy kisses.