I was thinking the other day how overwhelmed I’ve been lately and I suddenly realized that I may be just a little overworked. Here’s what it would look like if I tried to hire someone to be me.
Needed:Someone of diverse talents and interests to fill full-time position of household management. Needs to be emotionally balanced, patient, self-motivated, and cheerful. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
-will be required to tend to the daily needs of three children, ages 6, 2, and 1.
-will be in charge of discipline for disobedience, and training towards better behavior.
-time spent in prayer for the children is strongly encouraged.
-Washing, drying, folding, and putting away laundry for all household members.
-Overseeing and helping the children clean up the family room at least once a day.
-Picking up around the house to present a tidy appearance.
-Sweeping and cleaning the dining room, preferably after each meal.
-Cleaning dishes as needed. Dishwasher provided.
-Planning meals for each day
-Grocery shopping for the ingredients for these meals
-Preparing and serving three meals a day
-Making sure there are healthy snacks available for the children
-Leading one half hour of preschool with a 2 year old, concentrating mainly on verbal development.
-Leading 1 1/2 to 2 hours a day of organized schooling for a 1st grader, teaching science, reading, math, literature, geography, history, and art.
-Using moments throughout the day to teach children important values and facts.
Secretarial and Financial Work
-You will be in charge of household finances, making sure the budget is updated and balanced, bills are paid on time, and records are kept.
-Along with that you will also be required to manage finances for our small business.
-You are also being hired as the manager of our retail store, which will require dealing with customer service issues, managing employee time and duties, working several hours a month at the store, and doing research as needed to improve the store.
-Developing new products for the retail store
-Overseeing sewers of the products
-Strongly encouraged to develop talents in this area as well.
-In order to be a well-balanced individual who can handle this high stress position, we strongly encourage daily exercise and Bible study.
-Participation in weekly or monthly groups or Bible studies is optional, but will be highly benificial to your continued growth in these areas.
Hours will be at least 7am – 8pm each day. Breaks can be taken as responsibilities permit. Sleeping here will be required as there are times outside of those hours that you will be needed. Overtime (work outside of that time) is very likely if responsibilities are not completed during that time. No financial compensation is offered at this time.
Anyway, after looking that over, I don’t think I would accept a job like that, except that it is my passion. But even if you are passionate about what you do, too much of it will still wear you out. I am working at re-organizing some responsibilities so that my store employees can take care of much of what I have been doing. But looking at it like this helps me realize that I shouldn’t feel bad about being exhausted by the end of the day. And yes, overtime, normally does occur. I am starting to take steps to reduce my workload right now, to reorganize responsibilities so that they get done in the most efficient use of time, and to relax when I just need an afternoon off from the schedule. Pray for us as we continue to learn how to run a business without harming our family life.