What’s the job description for motherhood?

Being a mum. Have you ever thought about the job description for motherhood? How multi-faceted the role is, how multi-talented you need to be to fulfil it?

And if you knew in advance what the job description was going to be, would you still sign up?

There are so many elements to what we do every day as mums, and when you write it all down, you get a real sense of the incredibly valuable role you play in the life of your children and family.

Have a think about it: get out a piece of paper and while you have a quiet moment (Ha! If you ever get a quiet moment!), start writing down the many tasks you perform as a mum.

How did that go? Are you surprised? Overwhelmed? Proud of how awesome you are?


So often, we might feel like parts of our day are ‘wasted time’, but when we look at all of our roles we see that some of these tasks do fall under our job description.

For example, when I took time to brainstorm my job description for motherhood, I realised that part of my role was to read junk mail so that I could look at specials for groceries, medications, clothes and toys. Reading junk mail helps me with the bigger roles of managing the household grocery and gift budgets.

Another key task in our motherhood job description is caring for people: and while sitting on the couch holding a baby or cuddling a child maybe doesn’t feel like work, it’s some of the most valuable time we can give.

Sometimes the task of caring for others needs to extend into self-care… and you need to think about what it is that you need, what your options are for getting it, and when you’ll make the time to do that.

Motherhood is a job where you need to find a way to manage your priority tasks. It’s a job with unpredictable, unreasonable customers that you are trying to turn into loving, thoughtful customers. And there’s no pay except for cuddles and the sense of wonder at the little person who has stolen your heart.

But is it worth it? Some days we might wonder about that. Some days are really tough and challenging. But I think you’ll agree with me that motherhood also has its daily rewards that come in the shape of smiles, giggles and a fascinating opportunity to slow down and enjoy the world around you.

Go for it, mum. You can fulfil that job description you just wrote.

Keep going, you’re doing great.

Tanya x

I’d love to hear what some of the things were that you wrote on your job description: please share in the comments below!

About The Author


Tanya lives in Canberra with her husband and two sons. She is passionate about helping women to live fulfilled, purposeful lives. She enjoys reading, cooking, craft and creating memorable moments for her family.

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