6 parenting skills that can make you more productive at work

by | Parenting with Courage

Often parents come to me for support when things go pear-shaped in the home. If you mention parenting and work in the same sentence, then rolling of eyeballs and big sighs often take place.

But did you know that the skills you learn in parenting can help you in the marketplace? And, if you strengthen your parenting ability, it will help you become more confident and productive at work?

The skills at work and in the home can actually be transferable. You don’t have to have a family crisis to decide to join a parenting course or read a parenting book. 

As I wrote this post, I reflected on our day. I had to find a quiet space for a Zoom meeting (and the only one ended up being at my daughter’s desk). My husband also had his fair share of Zoom meetings today with me hearing dog’s barking in the background of one of them. In many homes, finding meeting places away from energetic toddlers, homeschooling children and normal home activities is sometimes a challenge.

What are these 6 skills that can help you be more productive at work?

Time management

Managing the schedules of busy children is no small feat. In my parenting course, I have a session on self-care. Most moms almost burst into tears at the mention of that word. But by the end of the lesson, we’ve discussed how to manage time to take care of your family and yourself too. It is possible. Not easy, but possible.

Covid came out of the blue, and working from home was (and still is for now) a reality. Time management skills highly apply now more than ever. With so many dynamics at play, this coupled with project management is vital.

Staying positive when chaos reigns

Many times when I chat with parents, they speak about the chaos in their homes. Kid’s toys all over the place, sibling rivalry that wears them down, and children that backchat. 

Phoebe from friends with tripletsRecently, we watched an episode of Friends. The one where Phoebe ends up taking care of the triplets. When Monica & Chandler return home, curtains have been ripped, and the place is trashed. But Phoebe repeats several times, “I took care of the triplets all by myself, and now they are sleeping.” I laughed because, honestly, that’s what it felt like when my children were toddlers. It was chaotic.

But learning to adapt when things feel as if they are falling apart is so important at work. Sometimes results are slow in coming, but they are worth it in the end.

Adapting to remain agile

Parenting is the most adventurous challenge in the world. We have to keep on adapting while remaining agile. This skill is super important in the marketplace. The keyword in both environments is ‘adapt’. In volatile markets (and sometimes homes) and an ever-changing environment, agility keeps you grounded and moving forward. Learning to adapt at home and at work builds resilience.

Learning new skills boosts dopamine levels

When you learn new skills and adapt your parenting styles as your children grow, it boosts the reward centre in your brain and positivity increases. These new skills help with the development of a growth mindset. I think we should always keep on learning. What new skills did you learn over the past year?

Communication techniques evolve as your kids grow

Think about how you communicate with your children as they grow from toddlers to young adults. We sent videos, text messages, obviously loads of face time but also written notes and more. Learning to communicate well is vital to success at work. When your children become teens, your skill at drawing unwilling information out is crucial. The ability to ask questions that open up what’s going on builds your relationship at home. Transfer this to the marketplace and you will find your influence grows.

EQ and other softer skills

Learning fresh parenting skills is certainly not about the bottom line. But applying emotional intelligence at work, and other life skills that you use at home is a good thing.

In a Forbes article, Josh Turner, wrote, “EQ allows people to tap into their audiences and deliver consistent branding and content. In most cases, marketers think using emotional intelligence means eliciting an emotional response or tackling a critical pain point. The truth is, EQ is much more than that.” He concludes with, “Finally, emotional intelligence can play a significant role in how you identify and learn from your mistakes.”

Isn’t that amazing?

And here, we all thought that parenting was just parenting. In other words, if you boost your parenting skills at home, they can translate into productivity at work.

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