The Parent Project: Month 3
Jack the Very Hungry Petrilda Parents are as embarrassing as 18-year olds, without having to show embarrassing photos.
It turns out that I am exactly this type of parent. I dressed my baby in a Very hungry caterpillar costume this month. It was a crocheted project that I made myself, and it was a lot of fun.
This is a reminder that you can’t know what you’re going to do until it’s done. How many times have there been times when you thought you knew how a project would go, only to discover that a stakeholder or a member on your team behaved differently?
These are some additional cross-over parenting/project managing lessons that we have learned this month.
Reduce what you don’t need
I brought lots of stuff to the support groups I attended. I also brought my blanket, handbag, fully loaded nappy bag, cardigan, and coat. After unloading my kit, I set up two chairs so no one could be seated beside me.
I carried my phone and keys in a zip-up pouch, my keys and phone were in a pocket, the baby was in a sling and I had a slimmed-down nappy bag on me.
The more experience you have, the easier it is to make changes in your routine.
When I started managing projects, I kept the PRINCE2(r) manual handy. It was a resource I used often. I used all the templates. I followed each step. Today, I don’t bother. It makes me a better manager. It’s possible to reduce the number of things you don’t need and focus more on the important.
Another picture of a caterpillar. He slept the entire time, which was a blessing.
One person cannot manage a project. There are teams. It’s possible to raise children successfully by yourself, but it’s easier to have helpers.
We have had many visitors and made new friends through NCT, with other babies our own age. I am open to any assistance that you can offer.
Do the same with your projects. If someone offers to take a few minutes, say yes. Do everything possible. Find a mentor or coach. Talk to your manager or project sponsor if you’re stuck. We don’t have all the answers and we are not experts. Don’t be a hero. Share the load.
Communication is essential
If it isn’t, don’t ask “Is that a maternity shirt?” Mothers don’t have to be reminded that normal clothes may fit, but may look tighter than they really are. Think about how you want to convey your message before you speak.
Keep your suggestions for project-management-in-parenting coming – I still have a lot to learn!