As at-home mama’s, we no longer have the luxury of
receiving feedback from our employers. Are we doing a good job? Where can we
improve? Imagine, though, if our babies were to conduct an annual performance
review for us.
Hi, Mommy. Thanks so much for taking time to meet with me.
On the whole, you’ve been a vital member of the team and have really stepped
up. Let’s dive into specifics and see how you’ve done this year.
I have to say, I had my doubts being your first child and
all, but you’ve been incredibly skillful in executing your job as mother. You
clearly understand your responsibilities and have gone the extra step in
learning new on-the-job skills, as well as keeping up-to-date on developments
related to parenting and, more specifically, knowing exactly how I like to be
rocked to sleep.
As your primary customer, I appreciate how you’ve gone the
extra mile to ensure my consistent satisfaction. You continue to seek out new ways
to improve service, most notably the time I kept leaking through my diaper at
nap time; you researched, crowd-sourced on Facebook, and purchased four
different options before finding the perfect one. Such dedication to my demands
makes me feel super special. Kudos, Mommy.
You work exceptionally well with your main coworker here at
home, but your teamwork and camaraderie with other mommies is to be lauded, as
well. You share knowledge and information freely in the dozens of Facebook
groups in which you are a member. The trust and respect you hold for your
teammates was incredibly evident the time you engaged in a lengthy respectful
political discussion with your fellow at-home mommies following the nursery
rhyme library program last week. You recognized their intelligence and life
experience, and even admitted to learning from them. Definitely text that one
mommy with the nice hair – she seemed cool and you can use a new friend.
Your flexibility has been off the charts this year. You’ve
been able to shift focus and maintain composure under truly stressful and
challenging situations. The time we both had that stomach virus? You shone
brightly, even though, as I heard you recall later, it was the “longest and
worst night” of your life.
You clearly take great pride in your work and demonstrate
appropriate professional behavior (except when you make silly faces or tickle
my tummy, but I’ll let that slide). You’ve maintained exemplary attendance – in
fact, you’ve never missed a single day taking care of me – and that has
certainly not gone unnoticed. Punctuality has been an issue, but I’m aware I
make it very difficult for you to get anywhere on time. Management will work on
this, but expect this to get worse as we progress to toddlerhood.
Mommy, your performance has been truly exceptional this year. You’re
the only one who knows exactly how I like my food cut, precisely where my
tickle spots are, and the little parts of my personality that even I don’t yet
recognize. You know me better than anyone because you’re here for me. Always.
Even though I may not remember this first year when I get
older, there will be a part of my heart that will always know what you’ve done
for me, how you’ve changed your life to help me start mine. No one else can do
this job like you can and we’re so lucky to have you in the organization.