So regardless of whether you're a camera operator, cargo agent, carpenter, cartographer, chemical engineer, chiropractor, construction worker, copy editor or a college professor, you're using some combination of the skills we discussed on the previous page. As a parent, you can bring the same skills into play.
The practical skills -- reading, writing, math -- even computer proficiency, are things you can pass along to your child. They're as simple as reading a bedtime story and practicing the alphabet or arithmetic.
Working with others, whether you want to or not, is a familiar lesson to anyone who's been through grade school. Sharing the paints with the kid who eats paste isn't all that different from working on a project over lunch with your co-worker who chews with his mouth open. You just have to get through it.
Parenthood sometimes seems like a never-ending series of emergencies -- from chipped teeth to skinned knees. Keeping a cool head is where the thinking skills will come into play. Whether convincing your child to stop kicking the airplane seat in front of him, or explaining to the doctor how your daughter managed to lodge that marble in her nose, it's the same oral communication skills you honed while going over construction site issues with the architect and builder or giving boardroom presentations in front of the CEO.
For a parent, continuous learning is the still the most important skill, as you hone the essential skills and start to pick up new ones. That curiosity will keep you open to new experiences, and for your child, everything is a new experience. Best wishes in your new career.
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