What a circus! Why moms are performers
I belong to the “IT” generation. The hairs on the back of our necks stand up at the mere sight of greasepaint. So it's all the more astonishing that I myself became a performer. A juggler, to be precise.
I now have three children, who have made my life richer than ever before - but I still need to go to work to earn money – and I have sometimes felt as if I've had a stick in each hand with a plate spinning at the top of each one. That's not all: I’m also standing on one leg, with a raw egg on the ball of my other foot.
The (impossible) skill of keeping all the kids happy at once and protecting them from life-threatening situations isn’t an easy one to master: when Child No. 2 has finally gone to sleep, I can safely assume that Child No. 1 will immediately jump off the sofa, despite being told not to, and – as they were warned – get a boo-boo in a silly place. No. 1 will then promptly burst into tears of shock (!), waking up No. 2 - and so on and so forth. In other words: both plates have hit the floor. The balancing act is over, and no one is clapping.
The balancing act between work and family life is not always a success. Sometimes, I am bent over like a contortionist trying to satisfy the needs of my kids, career, friends, family and partner. Never mind myself.
Yet, training also has its rewards: you learn from it. And so I’ve become convinced that moms make the best workers. Why?
- They don't have any trouble saying “no”. Up to 1,045 times a day, in fact.
- They are efficient: world domination is quickly achieved while the kids are busy or asleep.
- They know how to delegate. Just ask dads.