Celebrate the superhero in you

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we-need-youHard-working superstar needed for world’s most important role.

Are you up to the challenge?

Applications open now.

Salary and conditions to be determined.


Person or persons required, who can hit the road running, meet deadlines and keep a cool head even under the toughest conditions.

Skills required

  • role model and advocate for the team
  • general accountancy and administration skills
  • calm positive attitude under pressure
  • able to keep to deadlines
  • a good communicator on all levels
  • a high degree of resilience
  • highly organised, and effective leader
  • can give 100% commitment to your team

Ability to

  • get the best out of your team and operate on variable amounts of sleep
  • make difficult and challenging decisions on the fly
  • trouble shoot and come up with answers
  • negotiate when things get tough
  • answer intricate and often repetitive questions
  • ensure the team is regularly and adequately nourished
  • ensue the team’s hygiene and its environment is kept to a high standard
  • perform random inspections of the team’s actions and appearance
  • guide the team in meeting high standards in all they do
  • make sure the team understands instructions and carries them out safely and on time
  • check instructions received by your team from other institutions are followed.

Conditions

Variable hours seven days a week, three hundred and sixty-five days per year. On-call day and night to meet the team’s out-of-hours requirements.

Pay

Undeterminable and immeasurable.

Celebrate the superhero in you

Like the DC comic heroes we have come to enjoy, parents are also superheroes. Not of book or screen, but of our families lives.

And, like the average DC comic book hero, parents largely do their job free because they feel a sense of responsibility to their community.  However, unlike the average DC comic hero, who the whole community reveres, parents are often not celebrated and this important role is often taken for granted and unnecessarily judged.

I occasionally look at my neighbour with envy.

She’s a single professional who is foot-loose and fancy-free and happily childless. I am reminded as I sit in my tracksuit pants and eat another one of my oaty slice creations, I miss my single days of frivolity and irresponsibility.

Let’s face it parenting is not all it’s cracked up to be, but it doesn’t mean it is any greener on the other side of the fence. I have two snuggly beautiful boys, which I am very grateful for and wouldn’t be without. I didn’t, however, anticipate the daily grind and pure slog that is hidden in the fine print of parenting. The slog never seems to go away either, and much of the time can be monotonously repetitious.

It’s a hard thing being a parent

We question ourselves, our judgments, we beat ourselves up for wrong decisions, inadequate decisions, for shouting that little bit too much or too loudly. I don’t celebrate enough the hard yards I’ve overcome to get my children to be the wonderful little people they are today.

[In my superhero voice]: It’s time to celebrate the parent in you! Stand up parent and celebrate yourself!

In my own very small un-superhero way I live the celebration of being a parent every day. I may not have saved the world but I do get to celebrate the little things that form the basis of the big things in life.

I like to think that if it wasn’t for the parent in me celebrating the small things, the DC comic superheroes would have no footing on which to base their greatness!

So I’m grateful for the little things that make me human and a parent and I celebrate these – deep sighing, smiling, laughing, being hugged and kissed, getting five minutes to myself, performing bathroom activities alone and uninterrupted, talking to a fellow adult, having a sneaky snack without being caught out, feeling like I have been listened to, being thanked for and appreciated, being told my cooking is much better than McD’s (et al) without prompting, helping my small person achieve something, having sports clothes ready for their game.

In essence, knowing (often with that deep sigh) that I did the best I could on the day, even though I’m not the perfect parent – they don’t exist.

As a parent you do need all the skills featured in the tongue-in-cheek job ad above, and then some. As a parent you wear so many different hats it would make the average corporate worker’s head spin.

Celebrating being a parent on a daily basis helps keep me sane, grounded and on track to do it all again tomorrow. So, stop and pat yourself on the back – you are doing one of the world’s most important jobs!

And if you’re struggling with the ups and downs of parenting and find it difficult to celebrate being a parent (we all do at times), sometimes it’s useful to off-load to a non-judgmental listening ear. Here’s a few suggestions to call:

Healthline: 0800 611 116

Plunketline: 0800 933 922

Lifeline: 0800 543 354

Samaritans: 0800 726 666

Parent to Parent: 0508 236 236

Parent Help: 0800 568 856

Parents.education.govt.nz has a great list of support groups that are all parenting related, and mentalhealth.org.nz has a number of helplines depending on your needs.

Rachel Binning

Rachel Binning is a full-time jack-of-all-trades who has an extensive background within the health sector. She now wholeheartedly agrees with ex US President, Bill Clinton that “the toughest job in the world isn’t being a president. It’s being a parent”. Rachel juggles being a mum of two active boys with her business, Bella Photography, volunteer work for many and varied organisations that support families, and contributes weekly to community newspapers throughout Wellington.

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