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Do you think being a mothers is the hardest job in the world?

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brasty Wed 17-May-17 10:48:42

Do you think being a mother is the hardest job in the world?

maddening Wed 17-May-17 10:49:13


Nowthereistwo Wed 17-May-17 10:50:06


ProudBadMum Wed 17-May-17 10:50:29

it's not a job imo. I also think there are jobs out there that are harder than being a parent.

MilkTwoSugarsThanks Wed 17-May-17 10:50:41

Nope. It's piss-easy in comparison to probably 99.9% of jobs out there.

(Usual disclaimer about children with SN)

Maroonie Wed 17-May-17 10:51:16

Wouldn't call it a job.
You can always quit a job...

Wineandrosesagain Wed 17-May-17 10:51:31

No. At times it can be hard, but that's true of all relationships. I think it is the most rewarding, satisfying and delightful job in the world, mostly. I believe that having a child was the best thing I have ever done.

PigletWasPoohsFriend Wed 17-May-17 10:51:34


bittorrent123 Wed 17-May-17 10:51:48

Depends on child, age, number of them etc.

It is harder than my job imo.

HateSummer Wed 17-May-17 10:51:53

No because it's not a job smile

MrSlant Wed 17-May-17 10:52:36

It's not a job it's a privilege.

<disclaimer, yes it can be hard and tiring and frustrating but the reward is immense in comparison>

CrazyExIngenue Wed 17-May-17 10:52:52

No. Right now I think the guy trying to keep Donald Trump's smart phone from him has the hardest job in the world.

Lightship Wed 17-May-17 10:53:00

No. My actual job -- and those of a lot of other people -- are considerably harder. (And yes, as a pp has said, this is based on my having one child with no additional needs. Someone with six children, some or all of whom need additional care, may have a very different response.)

Lightship Wed 17-May-17 10:53:59

Right now I think the guy trying to keep Donald Trump's smart phone from him has the hardest job in the world.

He needs serious backup.

Pinkheart5917 Wed 17-May-17 10:54:02

It's not a job, it is absolutely a privilege

It's not the hardest job in the world ( some days it's hard but never the hardest job in the world)

Savingfavour120 Wed 17-May-17 10:56:14

I came to say the same as MrSlant
No it's a privilege.
It is a hard job but not the hardest.
The hardest would be picking heads of lettuce or tomatoes, the ones we so easily buy at tesco.
Or a surgeon performing critical operations with life and death in their hands.

StripySocks1 Wed 17-May-17 10:57:27

No, but it's not really a job, if it was I'd be asking for a pay rise grin

SugarMiceInTheRain Wed 17-May-17 10:57:48

Not the hardest job in the world, but in terms of the impact on my MH, I'd say it's far harder than other 'stressful' jobs I've had and if this were my actual job I'd have quit, but as it's my own children and they mean the world to me, the little happy moments make up for it. The reason I'm still a SAHM (well, PT self employed but still) is because the logistics of 3 different school runs with no family support would mean virtually all my earnings being sucked away on childcare costs, not to mention the additional stress from trying to juggle everything and squeeze all the chores into the evening/ weekend.

BitchQueen90 Wed 17-May-17 10:58:05

It's not a job. It's a life choice.

kateclarke Wed 17-May-17 10:59:12

I agree it's not a job.

However, for me, it's one of the hardest lifestyles I could have chosen.

alltouchedout Wed 17-May-17 10:59:52

No. It's demanding and challenging, but it's not the hardest job in the world.

KnittedBlanketHoles Wed 17-May-17 11:00:57

Yes, it's the most important endeavour I've ever and will ever undertake.

Orlantina Wed 17-May-17 11:02:19

Being a parent is a massive responsibility. Being responsible for a child you brought into the world and ensuring it is fed, clothed, kept warm etc - and knowing that it's all up to you.

There are harder jobs.

CuppaSarah Wed 17-May-17 11:04:22

I reckon, if Designated Surviver is anything to go by. I reckon being a world leader is a tidge tougher than being a Mother.

But personally, though the work load is easy and simple. It's the most mentally draining and exhausting thing I've done.

Maroonie Wed 17-May-17 11:04:25

Also the difficulty of a job depends on your skill set.
I'd probably say that being an artist is hardest because I can't draw
Or something working at height
Or a police person because of what you might see.
Different strokes for different folks

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