Mother: The Ultimate Job [Infographic]

Matthew Gates 5m 1,282 #mother

The views, opinions, and positions expressed by the author and those providing comments on this website are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or positions of Confessions of the Professions thereof. By reading the following article, you do not hold responsible Confessions of the Professions or any contributing authors for the content of this confession. Viewer Discretion is Advised.

Read This Confession To Me

A Mother Is Always At Work

To Mom

There are two types of mothers in the world: Those who stay at home and take care of their kids, and those who go to work, then come home, and take care of their kids. Being a mother is the ultimate job, which can sometimes seem thankless, undervalued, and certainly never paid.  To everyone else, she is a woman, a wife, a daughter, a lady, a friend, a worker, a businesswoman, an employee, a woman, an aunt, a niece, a cousin, a sister-in-law, and the endless occupations she could be working in, but to you and I: She is mom or mother.

Brandon Lee said it best in The Crow, “Mother is the name for God on the lips and hearts of all children.”

A mother has to deal with little bosses who never seem satisfied with her work, and shortly after she has done her job of cleaning up after them, she usually has to prepare and do it all over again within five minutes. A mother ensures her children are prepared and ready for school, while also making sure she herself is ready to face her own job or just face the day of chores, cooking, cleaning, laundry, and just as she is ready to settle down, the children come home from school, her husband comes home from work, and she has to help the children with their homework, her husband with any stress he has gone through during the day, and make sure that she has prepared a meal for her family.

If she is not a stay-at-home mother, she has actually gone to work, dealt with the everyday stresses of the job, and still come home to put on her mother face. A mother face means that she has to forget about some of the stresses of her job, in order to not be angry or frustrated with her children or her husband.

If this wasn’t enough, she has still yet to take herself into account. This is not to say that mothers do not have their husband or children to help them. For sure, a mother who is trying to teach her children and even her husband will lead by example, delegating some chores to each family member. Whether it gets done or not — is a whole other story.

If she is a single mother, she is not alleviated from any of her duties and her stress levels. Her chores and duties are probably doubled or tripled, as she has to be the sole breadwinner for her family and ensure that her children are taken care of.

The job of a mother is a severely underrated occupation and is not seen as an actual job or occupation. Regardless of her health, a mother must still be a mother.  She does not have the choice of a sick day nor does she have any options to take off from her job as a mother. She also receives no benefits of a week or two-week vacation and while she hopes that the investment in her children will grant her a great return someday of children who will care for her and all that she has done for them when they are older, there is no guarantee nor does she really expect it, but she does have hope that her children will care for her and take care of her when she needs them.

While a mother cannot put that she is a mother on her resume, employers should take into consideration all the actual experience she does possess, including organization skills, cleaning skills, memorization skills, psychotherapy skills, cooking skills, mathematics skills, accounting skills, managerial skills, hunter-gathering (grocery shopping) skills, sewing and knitting skills, janitorial skills, and customer service skills — and through all the stress her children put her through, she still manages to put on a smiling face, and love the very human beings that give her purpose and meaning, yet drive her crazy. She can do all this while at home and then she still goes to work and manages to do her job there.

What is this power a mother possesses? What can we learn from our own mothers? Why do we not appreciate our mothers as much as we should? The very mothers who spent nine months of dealing with pain, sickness, and illness, only to be a chauffeur, servant, cook, cleaner, teacher, psychiatrist, psychologist, and leader to the children she produced?  This is the job of a mother.

If you have not called or hugged your mother today, you may want to consider doing it now. Call your mother, tell her you love her, and that you appreciate all that she has done for you. Without your mother and all her hard work, you certainly would not be the person you are today.

To my own mother: I love you very much and I appreciate all that you did and do. You are the very first woman I saw in my life and you are the most amazing woman alive. Without you and without your hard work, I would not be the man I am today. Thank you, mom, for being you. I love you!

This infographic is about Mothers at Work.

Mother: The Ultimate Job [Infographic]

Click to open / Right-click for save options

PDF Version

Text-Friendly Version


Moms at Work and What They Think About It

51% Feel guilty about not spending enough time with their kids

57% say flexible hours are important

40% are the sole main breadwinner

85% think that “showing my kids that women can succeed professionally is important”

Infographic by

Mother In Different Languages

Language Mother
Afrikaans Moeder, Ma
Albanian Nënë, Mëmë
Amharic Emaye
Arabic Ahm
Aramaic Em, Ima
Aragones Mai
Asturian Ma
Aymara Taica
Azeri (Latin Script) Ana
Basque Ama
Belarusan Matka
Bergamasco Màder
Bolognese Mèder
Bosnian Majka
Brazilian Portuguese Mãe
Bresciano Madèr
Breton Mamm
Bulgarian Majka
Byelorussian Macii
Calabrese Matre, Mamma
Caló Bata, Dai
Catalan Mare
Cebuano Inahan, Nanay
Chechen Nana
Croatian Mati, Majka
Czech Abatyse
Danish Mor
Dutch Moeder, Moer
Dzoratâi Mére
English Mother, Mama, Mom
Esperanto Patrino, Panjo
Estonian Ema
Faeroese Móðir
Finnish Äiti
Flemish Moeder
French Mère, Maman
Frisian Emo, Emä, Kantaäiti, Äiti
Furlan Mari
Galician Nai
German Mutter
Greek Màna
Griko Salentino, Mána
Hawaiian Makuahine
Hebrew Ema (Eema)
Hindi Ma, Maji
Hungarian Anya, Fu
Icelandic Móðir
Ilongo Iloy, Nanay, Nay
Indonesian Induk, Ibu, Biang, Nyokap
Irish Máthair
Italian Madre, Mamma
Japanese Okaasan, Haha
Judeo Spanish Madre
Kannada Amma
Kurdish Kurmanji Daya
Ladino Uma
Latin Mater
Leonese Mai
Ligurian Maire
Limburgian Moder, Mojer, Mam
Lingala Mama
Lithuanian Motina
Lombardo Occidentale Madar
Lunfardo Vieja
Macedonian Majka
Malagasy Reny
Malay Emak
Maltese Omm
Mantuan Madar
Maori Ewe, Haakui
Mapunzugun Ñuke, Ñuque
Marathi Aayi
Mongolian `eh
Mudnés Medra, mama
Neapolitan Mamma
Norwegian Madre
Occitan Maire
Old Greek Mytyr
Parmigiano Mädra
Persian Madr, Maman
Piemontese Mare
Polish Matka, Mama
Portuguese Mãe
Punjabi Mai, Mataji, Pabo
Quechua Mama
Rapanui Matu’a Vahine
Reggiano Mèdra
Romagnolo Mèder
Romanian Mama, Maica
Romansh Mamma
Russian Mat’
Saami Eadni
Samoan Tina
Sardinian (Limba Sarda Unificada) Mama
Sardinian Campidanesu mamai
Sardinian Logudoresu Madre, Mamma
Serbian Majka
Shona Amai
Sicilian Matri
Slovak Mama, Matka
Slovenian Máti
Spanish Madre, Mamá, Mami
Swahili Mama, Mzazi, Mzaa
Swedish Mamma, Mor, Morsa
Swiss German Mueter
Telegu Amma
Triestino Mare
Turkish Anne, Ana, Valide
Turkmen Eje
Ukrainian Mati
Urdu Ammee
Valencian Mare
Venetian Mare
Viestano Mamm’
Vietnamese me
Wallon Mére
Welsh Mam
Yiddish Muter
Zeneize Moæ

Matthew Gates is a freelance web designer and currently runs Confessions of the Professions.