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No occupation list would be elaborate enough to encompass all skills, tasks, and duties that a mom gets to perform throughout the day. From being a professional hairdresser, family accountant, commercial cleaner, high-end chef, stylist, counselor, nutritionist and much, much more. Overall, this is a hard, stressful and demanding job, made even more difficult due to the fact that every move and decision you make affects the future of your offspring. With that in mind and without further ado, here are five things that every mom absolutely must master.

Knowing how to say no

The first thing you need to understand is that while moms are, beyond doubt, the most beloved people in the world, being popular should never be your objective. When it comes to allowing or disallowing something to your child, you need to stay true to your principles no matter what. You shouldn’t care that all the other parents allowed their kid something you know is wrong deep inside. Having your kid see you as a best friend is one of the best feelings in the world but, at the end of the day, you’re not their best friend. You’re their parent, so act like it.

Knowing how to actively listen

In a conversation with a random individual, active listening sometimes serves the purpose of making friends and making the other party more pleasant in your company. When it comes to your child, it’s all about the information. As a parent, you simply need to know what troubles your kid even when they’re not comfortable sharing this. This means that you’re as interested in sub-text and context as you are in the very content of their words. This can be made even more difficult by the fact that. Try to see if they’re acting stranger or different than usual and you just might stumble upon a situation that needs your immediate attention.

Personal finance

Another skill that every mom needs to possess is the ability to handle personal finance. You see, modern education insists on including tons of irrelevant information in the curriculum. This is why an average high school kid is more likely to know the names of the all six wives of King Henry VIII than the first thing about paying taxes or applying for deductibles. These are skills that you as a parent will have to transfer to your child. Moreover, being knowledgeable of options like debt consolidation is a handy thing for a person running a household budget. Either way, personal finance needs to get high on your list of priority skills.

Proper nutrition

Early on, we talked about an average mom being a nutritionist. Well, proper eating habits are one of the most important things for your child’s health in the long run. In fact, these habits they bring from home are bound to follow them for the rest of their lives. The importance of meals consisting of all macro- and micronutrients, as well as foods made out of whole grain and fiber are vital to one’s health. As a mom, you have the power to make these superfoods appealing and important for your kids.

Finding a reliable sitter

Chances are that even with all the attention and focus, you’ll probably have to find a reliable sitter to jump in, from time to time. When this moment arrives, you’ll also have to add the skill of interviewing and hiring to your already impressive informal resume. This consists of doing an interview, doing a background check, networking and narrowing down between candidates. Keep in mind that this is not a place where you can invest too much effort or do too much research.


While the above-listed may be merely the tip of the iceberg, they are still at the very top of your priority list. Not just because they’re great for your child and household but also due to the fact that these skills are something that your kid will passively acquire, by observing you, thus, benefiting future generations, as well.

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