It has been said repeatedly that parenting is the hardest job that you will ever have. In reality, an office job is easy compared to how tough parenting is! Kids don’t come with an instruction manual, and there will be many days where you will wonder what on earth you are supposed to be doing.

From the minute they are born, children are a joy, but they are also a constant challenge. You will always be wondering what to do every step of the way. When you have a newborn and he is crying for no apparent reason, you will probably be wondering how to help him. As soon as you think that you have that figured out, his needs will change and you will have to go back to the drawing board.

Despite all of the work and the worry, all of the concern and frustration, parenting will be the most satisfying job you will ever have in your life. It may be hard work, and the paycheck might be lousy, but the reward of children is immeasurable.

When it comes to work at the office however, you will sometimes have an easier time figuring out what to do, how to solve problems, and how to keep clients happy. Yes, I said “sometimes.”

Do you ever feel like you are parenting your team members or clients? Do you ever feel like you are back in Junior High School when dealing with other adults? Sometimes we have conflicts that make us feel like we’re adolescents again: no idea what to do, how to react in a constructive manner, how to move beyond the conflict. When that happens, what do you do? Do you ignore the situation, or do you try to solve it with the other person and come to a resolution?

Sometimes it helps to think about how you react with your children to reconsider how you plan on acting in conflict with team members or clients. Also, taking a look at how our children react to things is a good way of examining how much we can affect others by our behavior. Not only do we have to think of how other people act with us, but we also have to understand our own personality weaknesses and strengths to know how we communicate to others. Having the power to control ourselves and our conflicts is the true sign of a successful real estate agent and mother.

Learning how to coach your children will undoubtedly help you coach your coworkers and clients. Parent As Coach: Helping Your Teen Build a Life of Confidence, Courage and Compassion by Diana Haskins is the indispensable guide for Parents, Teenagers, and Adults who care. Haskins’ insights as a parent and personal coach reveal what young people want from adults and how adults can mentor the next generation. Her Seven Ways to Coach Your Teen speak directly to teens’ most pressing needs and parents’ greatest challenges. This book will teach you not only how to coach your children, but how to coach yourself and make you a better mother, real estate agent, and partner.

Real Estate, Business and Life Coach Cheri Alguire has partnered with hundreds of Real Estate Professionals and Small Business Owners to help them become more successful in business and in life. Coach Cheri specializes in Group Coaching for Small Business Owners, Working Mothers, Real Estate Agents and Managers. Learn more at www.NextLevelServices.net andwww.RealEstateMoms.com