The other night I was so tired, and our youngest, Peter, was just not going to sleep. It was one in the morning, and I was desperate. I brought out the big gun.
“Peter, that’s it. I’m putting on All the Presidents Men”.
“No mommy. No All the Presidents Men,” came his plea for mercy.
I was too tired for mercy.
Yes, my secret is out. When I can’t get my youngest to sleep, I bring him into my room (if he’s not there already) and put on a movie that’s guaranteed to bore him to sleep. All the Presidents Men is my strongest weapon. If I’m feeling a little more patient, it’s Julie and Julia or Field of Dreams.
But this was a night for a political thriller.
Before Woodward met Bernstein, Peter was asleep.
I’ve developed such a strange skill set in 12 years of motherhood that I started thinking how I could possibly define it if I was ever looking for work in the corporate world again. How could I possibly sum up all the creative problem solving I’ve done as a mom? Is there a position where I could use all these skills?
As I was considering my options, I thought about CEO of a Fortune 500 company or perhaps Secretary of State.
Yes, Secretary Clinton’s impressive resume includes turns as senator, first lady, lawyer, and congressional aide on her way to becoming the nation’s chief diplomat. Admittedly, I’ve been none of these.
But, how much do you want to bet that when it comes down to the nitty-gritty negotiations she has to do with world leaders, she relies on her time as a mom as much as any other position she’s held?
Who does more day-to-day negotiations than a mother? Every day we have to get our little darlings to do things that they just don’t want to do. Eat with a fork, use the potty, not put their fingers in their noses, and that’s just for starters.
When my oldest, Tom, was four, he refused to go into a Friendly’s restaurant because he feared they might play music that he found painful to his ears. I spent almost an hour, slowly and carefully getting him from the car to the restaurant, determined that he not let fear rule his life. Now it may not be the same as getting Middle Eastern heads of state to the negotiating table, but, it’s pretty close.
Thankfully I had my own dad to encourage me and stay with a then one-year-old Lizzy while she slept in the car. But, every good executive has assistants to help her out with difficult assignments.
I have made burping noises while cutting fingernails so little people don’t get freaked out but don’t have cat claws either. I have sung, ate and swallowed every animal in “I Know an Old Lady Who Swalled a Fly” to entertain children while we wait for what seemed like hours in doctors’ offices. I even came up with a story of a princess who learned to get out of the pool without screaming, so I could avoid a meltdown and get everybody out of said pool in one piece.
I am no pushover either. I have slashed TV, iPod, and movie privileges when the situation called for it, and I did not back down. If I could withstand the furror of a teenager, I’m pretty sure I could handle a board room of executives.
We haven’t even spoken about the multi-tasking required to diaper a baby, contain a toddler, and make an appointment with the pediatrician all at the same time as you look over a picture book with your eldest child lest they feel left out. It’s perfect preperation for a board meeting.
Motherhood may be the best training ground we have to develop strong leaders and heads of industries.
If there are any future leaders who don’t have time right now to start their own families, yet would like a crash course in a) negotiating, b) improving productivity, and c) operating on time and within budget, I will gladly let them spend time with my family. Come spend a few days being in the trenches of motherhood with me. It’s a sacrifice I would make for the good of my country.
Larri @ Seams Inspired says
LOL! Don’t mess with Momma…EVER. ☺
The easiest part of being a Mom is childbirth. You go, Mom. I’ve got your back. There’s nothing more intimidating than my Momma ‘glare.’ I could scare even the biggest of bullies just by looking at them.
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V. Furnas says
I feel your pain. I have resorted to Sense and Sensibility. The kids didn’t make it through the opening credits. They were sleeping so hard picked them up and they were gone for a solid 8 hours. Bliss.
Ha! They’d be lucky to have your training course 🙂 It is a very interesting and impressive skill set we develop, isn’t it? LOL
So true – mothers really do have so many skills:)
Very funny story about the movie! I wish that worked for my youngest – if he wakes at night (which is not often), he insists on watching “The Jungle Book” (and only this one!) from start to finish, then he taps his very sleepy mummy on the shoulder and says it’s time for night-night… Whatever works:)
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Tired Mom says
I’m cracking up!!! LOL!!! And, my husband also suggests adding the first Star Trek: The Original Motion Picture to the collection of boring movies. And I know it works ’cause I ALWAYS fall asleep whenever he puts it on! =)
Well now I will have to add Sense and Senseabilty and Star Trek to my repatoire!!! Thanks!!!
Kristina, I love that your son wakes you up to say good night!! My son does that sometimes too!!
We do all develop some strange, yet useful skills don’t we!! Thank you all for your great comments!! Much love to you all!!
We didn’t have DVDs when my kids were young .. such a great idea. I can think of other movies that would do the same thing. It would probably work now when i want to be alone .. maybe Gone With the Wind ..
Gone with the Wind is a good one!! I can never get through that one without falling asleep! Thanks!! My mom has said the same thing about not having DVD’s or Videos. When I was sick I do remember watching the Late Show, and the Late Late Show (Not David Letterman, it was a movie for all you younger people! lol!) Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Rachel Joy says
Hahah this is great. For some reason I say one thing to my children that always encourages them to sleep thus avoiding the miserable struggle: “Hurry and go to sleep so you can wake up and do this all over again!” Works every time (except with my 1 year old, he hasn’t quite learned the concept yet)
Anne U says
That is a great idea about the movies…moms definitely have to know how to multitask.
Becky Jane says
You’ve summed up my world perfectly…I would hesitate to ever vote for someone that was not already a parent…lessons are to valuable!
S. Greiner says
WHATEVER IT TAKES! This is my mantra most days!!! Whatever it takes!
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Spilled Milkshake says
Another awesome post!
I also have a couple of movies I will put on in my room to bore my child to sleep (it’s only my 6 year old still requiring this particular skill) lol.
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Mom Daughter Style says
Thanks for sharing this and for visiting my blog. My daughter is only two years old so I have yet to experience a lot of what you already did.
I agree, mommyhood is so challenging.
I like the way you put your son to sleep. I have an 8 year old boy, I can use that trick. Thanks for sharing.
Beck Gambill says
You have my vote! There is no experience like motherhood, many men couldn’t do it. Actually nothing is more gratifying than hearing my husband say “I could never do what you do.” Which of course is true!
I hope this trick can work for my daughter. Nothing ever bores her.
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You had me laughing from the moment I read the title of your blog! (If I EVER get a dishwasher that actually works, it will be a miracle.) It’s so true the things we have to do as mamas are often so bizarre! I will be looking forward to your next post. 🙂
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Hot Air 1 says
I sell advertising and there are days when business owners closely resemble my crew when they were young. Stay at home! Best training on the planet 🙂
Army of Moms says
Hysterical and so true. My hubby says I could run a battalion. Visiting from voice boks
Lisa Ladrido says
All the more reason that a mother should be President! Men have screwed up this country long enough! Love your post!
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An Irish Italian Blessing says
Ok this is such a perfect post for me. I swear, I’m the queen of negotiations and probably with one of the hardest type of client…a toddler!!! Getting them to “agree” to anything should definitely win me some type of award.
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goodness gracious you are hilarious! http://homesandbabies.blogspot.com Becky from VB
THAT was AWESOME! the only fear I’d have is that my 3 year old has inherited my inability to fall asleep during a movie no matter how boring. I just might have to try that though.
Maybe we should start a coup and overthrow the Govt. with SAHM’s!
I will have to keep this in mind when my kids are a little older :).
I like your thought on Secretary Clinton…many of the skills she has were either learned as a mother, or likely from her mother!
This post is so funny and yet inspiring for all moms:) I’m still trying to get some of these mommy skills right (ahem, after 4 yrs), if that’s a possibility. Of course, multitasking is definitely a must for any mommy job among other skills. Love to come by and visit.
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Mel~ @ Lifestwistedstitches.com says
Amen and amen Momma! I am submitting resumes and interviewing, at this point in my life, after being a SAHM /WAHM of two wpecial needs kiddos for a decade. Finding the means to succinctly articulate what my skill sets are now and to market myself toward todays employment pool (what there is of it) is the most daunting thing! I do know, however; that I have a tremendous amount of worth, strength, and value for whoever would be willing to let me work with them….
Amen to that Mel! Judy I love the point you made about Secretary Clinton, that she learned things from her mom as well.
All the kidding aside, we as moms have learned and developed so many skills that really are marketable, we have to come up with a way to make that point to future employers, if and when any of us choose/need to go back to the paid workforce. Okay, I will get off my soapbox and stop preaching to the choir!!! Thanks to all for such great comments! Much love to you all!
Samantha Sotto-Yambao says
MOMS – The original multi-hyphenates 🙂
I love your little tricks of the trade! I have my own “you-better-get-to-bed-now-unless-you-want-to-watch-Supernatural-with-me” card and I’m not afraid to use it. 😉
Samantha, I may have to use that trick!! But, then again, I might not be able to sleep!!! Lol!
Grumpy Grateful Mom says
Awesome post! I think you should just use this as your resume for all future job applications. Getting Tom to go to Friendly’s made me laugh. I’m not sure my negotiating skills are that strong. I would have given in with a bribe. 🙂
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Small Kucing says
Thanks for dropping by my blog.
LOL…that’s a neat trick. Just too bad won’t work with my son. Looks like I have to let him play till he is worn out then only he would go to sleep :p
Jenn @ Coolest Family on the Block says
hahahaha, I love this! And I love how he begged, “No Mama!” because you’ve used this before.
I’ll have to remember this tactic, although I’m not really sure which movie I’d use considering most of mine are Disney movies and musicals (purchased pre-children, mind you)…maybe Lord of the Rings would work.
mom in rome says
AWESOME !! LOL !!
Mommy LaDy Club says
You’re such a good writer! It’s all so true and yet, we end up having no work resume after raising kids, huh. Mine are all raised, and I’m back in the work force, but as an entrepreneur and owner of my businesses. I do use my Step-Mom skills all of the time, especially in Real Estate deals!;)
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Kathy, you’ve got this “mom” thing down, girl! Your post made me smile and it brought back a lot of memories…all 6 of mine are grown & gone but one!
I love your blog!
I really enjoyed reading this, and even though my child is only 14 months old. I have already started those negotiations with him! “eat that bite of green beans and you get a cookie” crazy thing us, he already understands that too! But I am with you on the no pushover thing! I already have to stay firm with him on some things and he completely understands no now without any further actions. I think all us mother’s have the best training. Need something done, ask a mom! 🙂
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Quay Po Cooks says
Haha, movie can never bore my son when he was little, instead of he falling asleep watching movie, I will be the one! Multi tasking for all mommies is a”must have skill”. Oh for sure they have to be good negotiators for sure!
lol– so glad I found you! This is very well spoken! I’m a mother of 4 and I was blessed with little old men that like to sleep and will fall asleep anywhere but burping while you clip nails– I defiantly need that skill— they hate it! love it!
You’re so right! After 15 years of motherhood, I totally feel I could go into Afghanistan and sort those people out!
Boring movie is a superb idea for putting the kids to sleep! you’re brilliant yet with a side of evil. I love it!
Middle Aged Plague says
Forget secretary of state — go for president and get this country fixed up. That’s what mothers do.
Kim Bee says
I’ve been home for almost 23 years and I know when I go to apply for jobs they are going to ask what experience I have. I am going to have to bite my lip to keep from laughing.
Amen to that! Cute post, and so true!
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Hey Kathy! I see you checking out my site lots … and showing lots of comment love … so I wanted to pop in and return the love!
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Columba Lisa says
Yes, moms are highly over-qualified to run not just the country but the entire planet! If only the rest of the world had the sense to recognize this, lol! Visiting today from VoiceBoks!
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Hi Kathy – First let me say thank you for coming by to my blog .. It’s a pleasure to know people are actually visiting and reading it!
Now on to your blog …My lord girly! You have put so much effort into this post.. I love it !!!! Motherhood is not easy whats so ever… so I say damn it we should stick that on our resume!!
All The President’s Men would put me to sleep! But I quite enjoyed Julie and Julia.
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