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7 Skills Dads Use at Work That They Should Use at Home

Be a dad. Don’t be ‘Mom’s assistant.’ That’s depressing, just waiting for her to write you a list, walk around a store staring at it, calling her from the cereal aisle to make sure you got the right thing. Be a man. Make your own list. Fathers have skills that they never use at home. You run a landscaping business and you can’t dress and feed a 4-year-old? Take it on. Spend time with your kids and have your own ideas about what they need. It won’t take away your manhood; it will give it to you. I did that. I spent more time with my kids. And I found out that I’m a pretty bad father. I make a lot of mistakes and I don’t know what I’m doing. But my kids love me. Go figure.” – Louis C.K.

The quote above doesn’t hold any punches, does it? If you felt offended or upset at the quote in any way, then maybe you have been functioning like a mom’s assistant instead of the great family leader you can be. Whether you are married or a single dad, we want you to assume that role wholeheartedly. When it comes to parenting you bring a lot to the table. Think about the many work skills you could be employing to raise your kids. Here are 7 skills you are using at work that you should use more at home.

1. Organization.

Every professional role is going to require some form of organization to be successful. Your skills here could be beneficial. Developing a system and structure will give your kids the stability they desire.

2. Creativity.

This is me here. I always say this is my weak point when it is time to be creative at home. Yet, I make my living from creating, with writing. I’m sure I’m not the only one.

3. Communication.

When you are successful at work, your communication is usually the foundation. Use these skills with your kids, your child’s mother—to lead conversations among them.

4. Operations.

Maybe you are responsible for how your department operates at work. Yet perhaps when you are home, you are perfectly content being passive with operations. Focus and take initiative to make sure things at home are running smoothly.

5. Finance.

If this is your thing at work, use the skills at home. Take the same care and concern for your family’s plan as you do for your company’s checkbook and financial plan.

6. Training.

Are you responsible for employee training? Use the same skills to help train your kids. Train them in doing the dishes, mowing the lawn, doing laundry, managing finances, and anything else age-appropriate.

7. Problem resolution.

I’m certain you are one of your company’s best problem solvers. When problems arise, you jump into problem-solving mode. You get the necessary feedback and then move forward with suggestions followed by actions. Do the same at home. Make sure you listen first though.

Sound Off

What are some other skills from work you could bring into the home?

  • George

    The reality usually is, while the husband is the “leader of the family – CEO”, the wife is the COO. Most women are far better at organizing and running a household (with or without kids) than most men are. There are the different but equal roles that men and women have. Not saying that you should never do things your wife does, but just to understand both of your strengths and weaknesses.

    I think the better approach is to see how you can support your wife. Not “let me take the lead” and starting doing things your own way. Besides, most men (and women) are told what to do at work by their boss. So, using work as an example probably doesn’t really work for many people. And the whole article is a real stretch in general.

    But let’s take finances for example. If you are an expert at finances because you do it at work, and then you do it at home, how will your wife ever know the particulars of families finances if you do it all?

    There’s probably great value in cross-training when it comes to important household and family stuff. One person may be the primary person doing a particular task, but the other should at least have some general knowledge about it. And in other situations, both take turns doing a task, just depends what it is.

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