Parenting Information


Who Are You When the Professional In You Meets Baby?


Are you a professional?

Notice how the questions differs from, "Do you have a profession?"

To enter a profession, you invested an enormous amount of time, energy and money. Then you put great effort into earning the respect of clients and colleagues. Now you continually sharpen and update your professional skills.

Your profession has become a major part of your identity. Your profession is a key source -- maybe even the main source -- of meaning and purpose in your life. You feel good when others affirm your professional status and skills.

Your professional role is so woven into the fiber of your being that your don't merely HAVE a profession. You ARE a professional.

All well and good.

Your professional identity can bolster your integrity when you're facing difficult clients or temptations to cut corners. You can take pride in the high standards you set for yourself.

At the same time, your professional identity is only one part of you.

Overwork can unduly inflate the "professional" part of your ID equation. In Work to Live (The Berkley Publishing Group, 2003), author Joe Robinson notes that a job can become "the tail that wags the dog."

When that happens, "you're conditioned to feel as good, or as bad, as your latest performance, your worth always hanging in the balance," Robinson writes. "You have to prove yourself all over again with every task."

Much better if YOU call the tune.

A more resilient identity rests on the full range of who you are: devoted spouse, enthusiastic cook, avid reader, attentive mother, fearsome karate student, passionate gardener, loyal friend, seeker of spiritual truth.

Children are another reason to keep your professional identity from ballooning out of proportion. For one thing, you kids probably couldn't care less about it (though they enjoy the material perks that come with it). For another, attachment to the "strokes" your profession gets you can keep you stuck in work that doesn't work.

Learning to wear your professional identity more lightly is a shift that takes time, patience and a clear intention. You might want to set aside a few moments to reaquaint yourself with your non-professional values, goals and passions. Family members and friends can help you add to your list.

Robinson suggests creating a business card for your non-job identity, with a title related to your personality or a hobby, e.g., "Soulful Gourmet." Robinson recommends pulling out the card often "as a reminder of your real business: to partake in as much of this planet as you can while you can."

The reward is a world of fresh possibilities.

You are much, much bigger than the professional in you.

(c) 2004 Norma Schmidt, Coach, LLC

P.S. If you like the non-professional business card idea, you can choose from a variety of templates for free cards at www.vistaprint.com.

Norma Schmidt, Coach, LLC, specializes in helping working mothers create balance. She offers workshops, teleclasses and individual and group coaching. She also publishes "The Balance Point," a free e-mail newsletter. Visit http://www.NormaSchmidt.com to learn more.


MORE RESOURCES:
This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news


HuffPost

Mom's Illustrations Perfectly Capture The 'Crazy Parenting Rollercoaster'
HuffPost
“I just hope my illustrations make them realize that they're not alone on this crazy parenting rollercoaster, that parenting is bloody hard and that it's OK to admit it,” the mom added. “And also if your kids drive you batshit crazy and you hate Play ...

and more »


WTOP

'Lawnmower' parenting on the rise
WTOP
In that same blog, the professor notes how helicopter parenting is widely known for parents who hover or swoop in to “rescue” their kids whenever they're in trouble. Lawnmower parents, however, are geared more towards parents of older children where ...
'Lawn mower parents' are the new 'helicopter moms'Fox News

all 2 news articles »


Reno Gazette Journal

Obvious flaws in the child-centered approach to parenting: Rosemond
Reno Gazette Journal
A few thoughts over morning coffee… From the Feedback Department: Certain recent columns of mine have drawn a spike in reader responses, both pro and con. My comments on the fact that young teachers are and have been for quite some time ...



TooFab

Vivica A. Fox Calls Out Farrah Abraham's Parenting: 'Are You Allowing Sophia to Be a Kid?'
TooFab
Farrah Abraham's drug test meltdown wasn't the only explosive moment from Monday's episode of "Face the Truth," which also saw the "Teen Mom OG" star squaring off against the show's panel about her parenting skills. Right at the top of the show, the ...

and more »


Billings Gazette

Parenting a big responsibility for something just anyone can do
Billings Gazette
Canada is my favorite foreign country. Canada has nice people, they speak English and their plumbing seems to work. On foreign medical missions, flushing a toilet is often like pulling a lever on a slot machine. Who knows what will happen. I applied ...



OK Magazine

'Married At First Sight' Clip: Danielle Clashes With Her In-Laws' Views On Parenting
OK Magazine
In this sneak peek clip from Married at First Sight, Danielle faces the first real challenge in her marriage to Bobby: how will they raise their kids? While out to lunch with Bobby's mom and sister, the ladies explain why they're in favor of being stay ...



Psychology Today (blog)

The Parenting Today Video Series Begins
Psychology Today (blog)
This post introduces a series of thirty video interviews with leading experts from around the world called Parenting Today: Raising Strong, Resilient Kids. This series is designed to help parents better understand how to raise strong, resilient kids ...

and more »


Raise Vegan, Inc.

The Math Of Parenting According To Parents On Twitter
Raise Vegan, Inc.
Parents on Twitter have been posting the funniest tweets, comparing parenting to math. For some, parenting might be “80% trying to convince your kids to put their shoes on and 20% trying to find those same shoes they just had on.” For others, it's more ...



Lifehacker

I'm Michelle Woo, Lifehacker Parenting Editor, and This Is How I Work
Lifehacker
Now I'm the parenting editor here at Lifehacker, a position that merges perfectly with this stage of my life because since I became a mom to my 5-year-old daughter Maggie, the perpetual question in my brain has been: “Parenthood is hard. How can I make ...



Parenting the second time around
The Laconia Daily Sun
TILTON — A new support group has formed at the Greater Tilton Area Family Resource Center, providing peer support to grandparents who are parenting a second time around. The group is not limited to grandparents; it is open to any family member raising ...


Google News

home | site map
© 2007