Interesting & Useful Skills to Learn as a Stay-at-Home Mom
Moms are amazing! They juggle so much on their plate (especially when the little ones are, you know, little) that they can easily become a role model for managers and CEOs everywhere. Sadly, while you will become a master of multitasking, there aren’t that many skills you can add to your CV from your mom experience. This way, when it comes the time to consider taking a job, you may find yourself a bit frustrated.
But there is a way to avoid this! Due to changes in brain chemistry, new moms are more receptive to learning new things. So why not put your super brain to work and add a few skills to your CV?
It doesn’t have to be anything complicated. In fact, you may even enjoy having a “side job” to take you away from all things baby (only for a little while). Therefore, here are a few skills that may be helpful in your CV but also in your everyday life.
#1: Time Management & Organization
Well, you don’t need a diploma to attest your new-found time management and organization skills. Any new mom knows how to keep things under control after a few months with a newborn. In addition, as the baby grows, you learn how to manage your time in order to get everything done.
So, if you were a bit of an airhead before giving birth, this won’t be the case anymore. In fact, most new parents must re-define their life routines, and they discover the usefulness of proper time management and organization.
Therefore, whenever you decide to go back to work, make sure to highlight your new-found lifestyle. I don’t think there’s a company out there that won’t look for efficient and productive people.
#2: Craft & DIY Skills
From inventing new ways of convincing your baby to eat their veggies to learning how to build a house doll, your skills at crafts and handiwork will skyrocket. But you should put this creativity to good use and learn some skills that may prove extremely useful in life.
For instance, if you decide to learn aromatherapy, you’ll know how to use essential oils for relaxation purposes (extremely useful for young parents!) but also for various health applications. Moreover, if you find yourself attracted to the field, you may want to become a specialist and take on a new career path.
On the same note, you can find a wide range of online courses tailored to your needs. Therefore, you have the tools to learn new skills and improve the ones you acquire while caring for your family.
It may not seem too important, especially after it’s become second nature, but problem-solving is a huge point in your favor. The skill of managing a toddler (and maybe another child) and taking care of the home is something that takes time and patience to master. Moreover, you’re probably a master negotiator by now – anyone who had to convince a toddler to give up on having a tantrum in the middle of the cereal aisle probably is.
However, many moms take these skills for granted and completely set them aside when it’s time to re-enter the world of business. It’s also something companies can easily overlook since it’s not a honed skill.
So, to make sure your job application won’t be ignored, you should learn how to use various office tools to make your job as a mom even easier. For instance, it may help to organize your shopping lists in Excel or other office software tools. Also, if you use Project Management software to organize doctor’s appointments, feeding schedules, and more, it will be easier to keep track of things. As a bonus, you’ll be proficient in using this type of software, which is a fantastic job skill!
As you can see, your skills as a new mom can be easily honed to fit a professional CV. Moreover, staying positive towards learning will also help you become a more positive mom and will improve your relationship with the little ones. In addition, they will have you as a role model when they grow up and start wondering about their own role in the world.
About the Author
Oli Kang is a working mum who has a passion for teaching and all things educational. With a background in marketing, Oli manages the digital channels and content at Courses AU..