What is the toughest job in the world? In this nation?
Many people might say that running a country – as President (or other title) – would rank high on the list (if not at the top).
There are others (especially those who are sleep-deprived, being held onto like a jungle-gym all day, and covered-in-spit-up and possibly some #1 and #2) who would beg to differ. Being a mom is definitely a tough job!
This week, my 9-year-old son and I got into a conversation about knowing famous people. I told him that one day I would like to go to the White House to meet the President (whoever is President at that time). I then said – “Hey Jake – why don’t you become President one day – and then I can come visit you!”
“No. It looks too tiring . . . too hard.” he replied.
I went on to tell him that it is a very tough job – very demanding. You have to manage the country, make decisions that some people will love and some will hate,and you will even have people saying they hate you.
And then it hit me . . . . “Hmmm . . . kind of sounds like being a mom, doesn’t it Jake?”
“Well, maybe a mom should be President then . . . since she already knows what it feels like!” he said innocently. 🙂
I had to laugh!
“Maybe a mom should . . .” I replied as I started thinking of the laundry list of things that a mom does:
- Works hard 24/7 at managing a household (group of people – aka “country”)
- Has to balance a budget and not get into too much debt
- Has to make sure everyone is taken care of medically
- Is often hated for “tough” decisions (don’t you just love having to be the “mean mom” sometimes)
- Tries to make sure all her “constituents” feel heard, appreciated, cared about and cared for
- Has veto power when her “congress” decides on something that she doesn’t agree is best for her “country”
- Tries to avoid any sort of “war” within the “country” and with other “countries” (ie – neighbor kids, bullies, etc)
- Has the ability to declare war if her “country” is under attack! 🙂 (Watch out when Mama Bear is on the loose!)
- Meets with other authority figures/leaders (teachers, doctors, etc – hopefully not the police!)
- When there is a crisis – Mom is expected to be there – to give care, condolences, declare an area a “disaster zone”, offer help in cleanup, etc.
- Need I go on?
What do you think?
Do you think a Mom would make a good President? I know my list above is far from complete in regards to the similarities between running a country and running a household . . . . but it does make for some good discussion. 🙂
So . . . what DO you think? Should (or will) a mom be President one day and would she do a good job?
I’ve been unofficially voted in here in this West “nation” and I think I’m doing a pretty good job . . . most days. I haven’t heard any rumors of impeachment yet . . . but . . . just one question . . . When does my term end? 🙂