19 June 2019


Mum, Mommy, Ma
Dad, Daddy, Pa,


Long term, team players needed, for challenging, permanent work in an often chaotic environment.
Candidates must possess excellent communication and organisational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24 hour shifts on call.
Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities!
Travel expenses not reimbursed.
Extensive taxi duties also required.


The rest of your life.
Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily, until someone needs £100.00 or more.
Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly.
Also, must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat in case, this time, the screams from the backyard are not someone just crying wolf.
Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets and stuck zippers.
Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and coordinate production of multiple homework projects.
Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages and mental outlooks.
Must be a willing to be indispensable one minute, an embarrassment the next.
Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a half million cheap, plastic toys, and battery operated devices.
Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst.
Must assume final, complete accountability for the quality of the end product.


Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you.


None required unfortunately.
On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.


Get this! You pay them!
Offering frequent raises and bonuses.
A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because of the assumption that passing exams will help them become financially independent.
When you die, you give them whatever is left.
The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.


While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement and no paid holidays, this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth, unconditional love and free hugs and kisses for life if you play your cards right.

This is for all the PARENTS I know (and anyone thinking of applying for the job) in appreciation for everything they do on a daily basis, letting them know they are appreciated for the fabulous job they do.


  1. Hahaha, very true. Do you have kids Valerie, I'm not sure.

    1. one son and two stepkids, none of whom live with me

  2. That is why the real application for this job is a trick, and almost everyone falls for it!

  3. Unconditional love is another vital parent requirement.

  4. This was a humorous, but all so true, description of the life job of parents, Valerie

    1. When I saw this I decided it was a 'must post'. So pleased you enjoyed it.

  5. Oh Valerie, this was so delightful to read! Both funny and sweet!

    Loved this..."WAGES AND COMPENSATION : Get this! You pay them!"

    OMG...that is so funny!

    The Benefits were so sweet. And so true!

    Thanks for sharing this, dear friend. Enjoyed!

  6. Good morning, Ron. I wanted to dd a few of my own thoughts but decided it was better not

  7. Truer words were never spoken! I've been very blessed in my job :)

  8. Sounds about right, Val. With all of its ups and downs, I am so glad that I became a dad. It has definitely made me a better human. Take care.

    1. Matt, you get your rewards by the smiles children aim at you. I remember I used to get sorta choked when my lad smiled at me.... Oooh memories!

  9. Denise, I saw and lost your comment, but thank you anyway. Glad you enjoyed the read.

  10. Funny and true! And even after two children and three grandchild, and working in the child care field... I'm still open to on the job training because there's always something new you scratch your head about. haha


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