Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Mom, Incorporated

Sometimes I look at my little household and imagine it to be a small business. My product is a fully-grown and functioning Christ-follower, ready to open his or her own small business, although the production takes several years. J

What if we moms were incorporated?

How would our business structure look? With our husbands as CEO, we moms would be the vice-presidents in charge of several different departments.

Accounts Payable – Depending on the involvement of our CEOs, this could include everything from the mortgage payment to a half-gallon of ice cream. In our corporation, I am responsible for all accounts payable because the CEO has delegated that to me. J

Accounts Receivable – We might check on the CEO’s direct deposit or dig the paystub out of the hamper. Sometimes funds are transferred between accounts. Perhaps we deposit whatever money we make with home or online business like Lilla Rose.

Information Technology – We moms monitor and maintain our family’s presence on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, perhaps even a blog.

Continuing Education/Training – If our products conduct their training outside the home, we make sure they have homework done, oversee special projects, and chauffeur to activities. If we conduct the education in-house, we oversee curriculum choices and the day-to-day implementation. We also conduct training exercises of all sorts, including cooking, cleaning, manners, basic courtesy, and emergency preparedness, just to name a few.

Efficiency Expert – This includes the physical organization of the corporation as well as the daily, weekly, and monthly schedules.

Manufacturing – Our involvement in this department varies. To date, I have rotated through this department for six nine-month intervals. If you have acquired your initial product elsewhere, your time in this department could be considerably longer, perhaps even involving an extensive overseas business trip.

Marketing/Public Relations – Are our products presentable when exiting the facility? Do smiles and behavior encourage others to think well of our corporation? This department can be fraught with trials, and perseverance is key to the Vice President’s success.

Materials Acquisition – Our corporations have various and ongoing needs, from cotton swabs to pancake syrup to dress socks. Of course, cost effectiveness is crucial in our acquisition, and comparison bids may be necessary to secure the best deal.

Research & Development – Is new furniture needed? Is a different training plan necessary for a more productive output or more efficiency? Which foods and activities at the holiday get-together will be best received by the attendees?

Transportation – The CEO is heavily involved in this department including purchases and repairs of the fleet, but the vice-president often spends considerable amounts of time ferrying the products between the different departments.

Take heart and be of good cheer, moms! The corporation couldn’t function without you.

In which of these departments do you spend the most time? Can you add any?

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  1. I totally love this!! Man, I never realized what an important role a mom really has. Thank you for linking up this super-creative post with R & R Wednesdays.

    1. Without a paycheck, it's easy to think that what we do doesn't matter. It started out as a conversation with my husband as we evaluated what I do, just because I needed some encouragement. Thought others might benefit from it too. Thanks, Rosilind, and I'm glad to see you back to blogging and hosting a link-up!

  2. I would say in my house "Refree" and Teacher. Wonderful post and thanks for sharing it. Have a wonderful day and if you have time stop over and visit me at

    1. Definitely referee, Glenda. Good point! Thanks for visiting!

  3. I love the way you looked at this! Stopping in from Fellowship Fridays!

  4. This is great!! Thanks for linking up at WholeHearted Home.

    1. Thanks, Judith. And I know I say it a lot, but I love your blog and thanks for hosting the link-up! :-)

  5. Wonderful post! :-) Love this. :-) I will need to read this to my husband lol Thanks for sharing!

  6. This was really fun and I love your cute picture! Yes, we moms do a lot. Nurse, teacher, seamstress, cook, office manager, fundraiser, counselor, it just goes on and on.

    But it's the best job in the world with no pay (at least, not monetary) and I would not give it up for the world! ;)

    Thanks so much for linking up to the "Making Your Home Sing Monday" linky party today! ;)

    1. There's another one I left out, Nan -- office manager. And I definitely agree, best job in the world!


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