If they wrote a help-wanted ad for the job of parenting,
who would have the nerve to apply?
Long term team players needed
for challenging permanent work in an often chaotic environment.
Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24-hour shifts on call.
Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in faraway cities.
Travel expenses not reimbursed. Extensive courier duties also required.
Must provide on-the-site training in basic life skills, such as nose-blowing. Ability to suture flesh wounds is a plus.
Must have strong skills in negotiating, in conflict resolution and in crisis management.
Must reconcile petty cash disbursements and be proficient in managing budgets and resources fairly, unless you want to hear, "He got more than me!" for the rest of your life.
Must be able to drive motor vehicles safely under loud and adverse conditions while simultaneously practicing above-mentioned skills in conflict resolution.
Must be able to choose your battles and stick to your guns. Must be able to withstand criticism, such as "You don't know anything." Must be willing to be hated at least temporarily, until someone needs $5 to go skating. Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly.
Must possess the physical stamina of a pack-mule and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat in case, maybe this time, the screams from the backyard are not someone just crying wolf.
Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets and stuck zippers.
Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and coordinate production of multiple homework projects. Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages and mental outlooks.
Must be willing to be indispensable one minute, an embarrassment the next.
Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a half-million cheap, plastic toys and battery-operated devices.
Also, must have a highly energetic entrepreneurial spirit, because fund-raiser will be your middle name.
Must have a diverse knowledge base, so as to answer questions such as "What makes the wind move?"
Must always hope for the best, but be prepared for the worst. Must assume final, complete, personal accountability for the quality of the end-product.
Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and janitorial work throughout the facility.
Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you.
Non required, unfortunately. On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.
You pay them, while offering frequent raises and bonuses.
A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because of the assumption that college will help them become financially independent. When you die, you give them whatever is left. The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.
While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and no stock-options are offered, your job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth and free hugs for life if you play your cards right.
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