Become the COO of YOUR Company

When you grow into adulthood, you are, in essence, the CEO of yourself. This doesn’t mean much when there is a company of one, but it can be enlightening once you expand. Initially, you make financial decisions that affect only you. You decide where you will live, when and how often you will clean your house, and if you will exercise or not. When you add a family, all of a sudden the concept of you being the CEO of the family begins to take shape. Now you have more people to consider, more space and time to manage, and more at stake if things don’t go well.

The COO of a family is a more than full time job

Traditionally, perhaps the dad would be considered the CEO but typically the Chief Operating Officer role falls to moms. Regardless of how these roles play out in your home the reality is that the COO role takes more time than people want to believe. Below is a conservative estimate of time spent for a family with 3 children.

Homeschool parent of 3 kids

  • 25 hours school (5 hrs x 5 days)

  • 6 hours house cleaning (1 hr x 6 days)

  • 6 hours laundry, folding, changing sheets (1 hr x 6 days)

  • 15 hours meal planning, shopping, prep and clean up (2 hours x 7 days + 1 hour shopping per week)

  • 5 hours per week in extra curriculars: meetings, practice, games, driving, etc.

  • 2 hour per week medical, dental appointments

If your kids are in school then you can substitute the 25 hours for the below:

  • 10 hours -drop off and pick up, 2 hrs x 5 day, getting ready to leave, driving, sitting in the carline

  • 5 hours - volunteer roles: making brownies, class mom, field trips

  • 5 hours - homework helper

The first example shows almost a 60 hour week! Makes a typical 40 hour work week look really great until you realize that even if your kids are in school you still have about 55 hours of things to do just to maintain things at home on top of your 40 hour work week.

As parents we have to recognize that we are running a business and it is more than a full time job.

Parents are in the franchise business of raising little humans into adults that are capable of running their own businesses someday. That means they need lots of training. So many of those hours listed above can be expanded as you begin to train your new employees. As you teach your child how to do the laundry, it will take you longer to teach than to just do it yourself. Eventually you will reap the rewards of them being able to do the task, but those fruits don’t come right away.

The sooner you realize that serving, educating, and parenting your kids, as well as maintaining your home with a family living there, is more than a full time job, the sooner you will learn to prioritize everything you do.

I found that I would seek out things I enjoyed that also somehow involved my children or benefited my children. That paradigm led me to start several businesses, volunteer in leadership positions, and use my skills to support them in their interests. So in essence, my outlets were things that benefited my family.

I am not saying you shouldn’t agree to do other things. But, you should know what your responsibilities are at home, how long they take you each week, and what you are willing to give up to do things outside the house.

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