We all know that parenthood is one of the hardest jobs of all so I have taken some inspiration from my previous life in the corporate world and applied the advice given to new managers to the daily grind of parenting tiny terrors. My only caveat is please remember you cannot get fired from this job, and do enjoy if you get pulled in for a disciplinary with your co-Boss! Wink wink, nudge nudge!
Have an open door policy – no seriously have your doors open, especially the toilet one. These kids just want to see into every private aspect of your life. They will waltz in, unannounced and scrutinise your most personal moments with a cold intensity like you can’t even imagine.
Value your employees – you have this team for the long haul folks, embrace the quirks that they bring to the table and show them the recognition they crave. Otherwise they will not stop asking you to look at their super awesome Lego monster over and over and over until your ears bleed!
Motivate your team – I usually find mini gingerbread men, yoghurts or those fruity bear paw things work a treat at getting these slackers to pick up the pace.
Think like an employee not a manager – sometimes you just have to get down and dirty and think how they do! This isn’t always easy but it really pays to understand why the blue sippy cup is the worst thing in the world and the green one is ok.
Delegate – the best way to boss being a boss is to share out tasks based on skill sets. Better yet, be a true boss and allow your older kids and other half to do the jobs while you supervise!
It is absolutely acceptable to reward yourself with a large glass of vino for all that hard work bossing it!