Are you a Working Parent?

Mother & daughter

I have been working all my life and logically so, when I become a parent, everyone around me said that now I am a ‘working – parent’. But very early into parenthood, I realised that the phrase was a lie! It was a put together in the reverse!

As soon as I decided to bring a new life into this world, I became a parent (who also happened to be working) – so actually I was now a ‘parent – working’ and not a working – parent. Within the same thought process, I figured that from hereon my primary identity would be that of a parent first. Ever since, without any regrets, I have been a parent – shopping, parent – napping, parent – teaching, parent – fighting, parent – banking, parent – driving, parent – sleeping, parent – negotiating, parent – cooking, parent – organizing, parent – travelling, parent – this … and parent – that! Come to think of it, parenting is the single most important role that determines the quality of our future citizens, how can we make it a part-time job!

And considering that it is indeed a full-time occupation, wonder how come our mere ability to procreate, makes us eligible for the job! Radhika Vaz’s article, Rotten Apples says it well – “I think that prospective parents should be subject to a written exam followed with an interview to assess their abilities to raise a responsible next generation…” Till such time, ask yourself if you are still a working – parent?

Published by Charushilla

Charushilla is an evolving educator who founded her unique mentoring initiative, University Connection from her living room! Over the years, having mentored thousands of students, she's grown into an authority in edupreneurship, college planning, communication consulting, scholarships and into a high performance coach for young minds! She believes that career decisions are life decisions and works with students, parents, young professionals to aim for more.

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