By: Shannon Ralph
As a working mom, I often find myself torn between two very different cultures—the corporate culture and the mommy culture. I am a participant in both, but I don’t really seem to entirely fit in with either.
When I am at work, I find myself feeling out of touch with my childless coworkers who breeze in at 7:30AM, impeccably dressed, hair perfectly coiffed, nursing a $5 latte. Most days, I slither in at five after eight in mismatched socks, bagel crumbs on my chin, nursing a bottle of Robitussin® for the wet cough my germ-infested children shared. Try as I might, I am not one of those shiny people with their high heels and bright eyes and phlegm-free lungs.
But I am not a full participant in the mommy culture either. I rush home from the office at 5:00PM. After a full day away from my children, I have dinner to cook, baths to give, and homework to agonize over. I must impart a full day of parenting in a matter of a couple short hours. There is no time for Mommy & Me yoga. There is no time for Story Hour at the public library. There is no time for Toddler Tuesdays at the mall. There is no time for science museums or art museums or those petri dishes otherwise known as children’s museums. There is no time for coffee with my mommy friends.
There is no time.
Much of my scarce mental capacity these days is spent trying to find ways to reconcile the two different worlds in which I live. I have learned that language is often key in bringing worlds together.
These days, I consider myself bilingual. At home, I speak in grunts—simple, barely intelligible English. (Turn it down. Feed dog. Brush teeth. Stop hitting brother.) In my job as a Business Analyst for a global Fortune 500 company, I speak in corporate jargon—complex sentences that are only barely recognizable as English. (I would love to assist you with bucketizing your deliverables, but as the point person and SME in charge of training core competencies, I simply do not have the bandwidth at this time.)
I’ve noticed, however, that there are certain terms which can be successfully utilized in both worlds. Perhaps merging the language of parenting with the language of the workplace will result in easing the struggles of working parents. Maybe we will feel more in tune with both worlds if we speak the same language?
I have outlined and defined 20 corporate terms I believe can be easily assimilated into parenting. Feel free to use them as needed.
Take a step back:
I hear what you’re saying:
It is what it is:
Subject Matter Expert (SME):
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Originally published on The Seattle Lesbian
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