Every Mom Can be a Mom-in-Chief

Sat, February 28, 2009

Moms & Politics


Michelle Obama has proudly proclaimed that during her husband’s tenure as President, she is going to be “Mom-in-Chief.” Now, with a little help from author Jamie Woolf, we can all figure out how to be the Mom-in-Chief of our own family units!

Woolf was my guest on the most recent PunditMom Radio show at BlogTalk Radio and is the author of the new book, Mom-in-Chief: How Wisdom from the Workplace Can Save Your Family from Chaos.

Woolf has been a workplace consultant for many years and realized that many of the lessons we learn as working professionals can be translated into positive parenting techniques to keep things running a little more smoothly at home!

No, we’re not going to be asking our kids to write us a 20-page memo on cleaning their room, but thinking about how we try to motivate our co-workers can definitely provide some insight into how we can try a new spin on getting our children to cooperate and connect with us without quite so much anxiety!

Want my review copy? Leave a comment explaining how you’ve taken a lesson learned from your office experiences that have helped you to become a Mom — or Dad — in-Chief!

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6 Responses to “Every Mom Can be a Mom-in-Chief”

  1. anniegirl1138 Says:

    My “office” was a middle school classroom for a decade plus before I became a mother. And the most important thing I learned about children is that they desperately want you to be the adult. There will be time enough when children are actual adults to be “friends” but when they are children, they need guidance and someone they can use as an excuse when their friends want them to do things you’ve taught them not to.

  2. Amy@UWM Says:

    Delegate, delegate, delegate. Like alot of high-functioning women, I have a tendency to do everything myself. But the more I delegate — whether its to coworkers, kids or husbands — the more manageable life becomes.

  3. Andrea Says:

    I guess one of the most important lessons I’ve learned is that you don’t have to be everyone’s friend and not everyone is going to like what you do, but sometimes it is what is best for the group or the organization. It’s all too true…life imitates business…or the other way around…

  4. Smiling Mama Says:

    When I started managing interns and employees, I quickly learned to say something positive about their work/writing, etc. first then I can go on to correct or critique. This works well for kids (and husbands, too)!

  5. Caroline Says:

    I used to work in college admissions back in my "before" life. I supervised college tour guides and a group of recent college grad admissions counselors. I had to be very careful with how I managed them since they were sensitive and nervous about their first jobs. So I tapped into my inner "Skinner" from psych 101 – it was allllll about positive reinforcement. Tell them they were doing a great job with something you were happy they were doing and -sure enough- they did it again and again and again. Now, I supervise *much* younger kids (5 & 2) but use the very same techniques. You put your toys away? You get hugs upon hugs from me. You pee peed in the potty? Well, I'll make my own one woman ticker tape parade for you. And you know what? The old tricks still work. (Skinner was clearly a brilliant dude.)

  6. WMW Says:

    One of the nicest things a boss ever said about me was that I work hard, play hard–because a workplace, like a home, is not just about getting things done or keeping things running. When you’re working, work hard; but remember to take a break and when it’s time to focus on people, really focus on people. Working at home with a two-year-old can seem like an endless to-do list, but I’m learning that I can’t be all about the tasks all the time–if I take some time to focus on her and play–really play!–we’re all more refreshed, she’s more willing to accept when I do need to do something else, and I’m able to work better.


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