#MyFiveThings by Life, Love & Dirty Dishes: 5 Things That Transfer From Office Work To Parenting


Hello my little chickadees and welcome to the first edition of #MyFiveThings of 2016 on this blog – hopefully you will have caught last week’s which kicked off the new year of this series over on Mama Mim’s Blog here.

And now on to this week’s. How many times have you heard that work and family life are so different? But wait a minute! Is that really so true? There are some hallmarks of office life which to the all-knowing parent, are scarily transferable as they now take on a new and not-so-improved kiddie version. And so with that sentiment in mind, here’s Claire from Life, Love & Dirty Dishes with 5 Things That Transfer From Office Work to Parenting. 

I always knew that becoming a parent would require a whole load of skills that I wasn’t very practiced in.  Doing things with one hand for starters.  I was entering a brand new world with a new job title, new jargon, new colleagues and a new office space.  What I hadn’t realised was that some things I had learnt from my many hours working in an office environment were actually transferable to being a parent…

1. Overtime

Working late and going in early are pretty much par for the course in the parenthood role.  Overtime is frequent although can be argued about negotiated with your job share partner.  Like most office based jobs, your extra hours will neither be appreciated or rewarded.  You once had an inbox that was never empty, now it’s a laundry basket.

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2. The Christmas Party

Babies cry, babble incoherently, demand drinks, and are unable to walk unaided.  They are your standard office drunk.  Only cuter.

3. Equipment Issues

The IT helpdesk is no longer available to you in your new role.  However their standard advice of “turn it off, then turn it back on again” seems to work for your new office equipment such as battery operated toys, the washing machine and the constant re-runs of Peppa Pig on the ipad.

4. Office Politics

Did you think you were leaving behind all of the office politics?  The moaning about the boss, the backstabbing about co-workers, the injustice of pay rises.  Your decisions being scrutinised by people that quite frankly don’t have a clue.  Welcome to parenthood, a new playground of politics.  Breast verses bottle, working verses staying at home, dummy verses non dummy.  It’s a minefield out there people!

5. Boardroom Negotiations

You used to spend weeks preparing pitches and psyching yourself up for boardroom negotiations.  Predicting every question and planning your response.  Celebrating your victories with your colleagues.  All essential skills for dealing with a toddler.  The demands are far more unreasonable, you are given little time to prepare, and their outbursts are not of a professional conduct.  They can however be bribed with chocolate and cuddles.  And you can have a well earned a celebratory drink after negotiating a toddler out of soft play.

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  1. Brilliant! When colleagues used to tell me how lucky I was to be going on maternity leave, I’d laugh and tell them I’d still be working, just for a new boss who wouldn’t give me weekends off. I can’t wait till we reach the negotiation stage, there’s no negotiating with a one year old!

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