Mr. Mom Week

So, this is the beginning of my “Mr. Mom Week”.  My wife is on a business trip to Africa, Burkina Faso (100 points if you know where that is), and Dad is taking over the thousands of domestic and child rearing duties.  And I say thousands since it is astonishing what my wife can get done in one day, and here I have to try to hold things together for a full week.

But, alas, I have a list and “instructions from the Master” on what, when and, most importantly, how to get through the upcoming week.  Besides school and daughter items (up at a certain time to practice piano before school, parents meeting at school one evening, track down missing contact lenses from supplier, drive to violin lesson, make certain evening homework is done and with enough time for 2 hours of violin practice), there are evening obligations (English National Opera to see the production of Julietta, evening piano trio concert and dinner, take the Underground to Wembly Stadium to see the Elton John concert) and then Dad stuff (doctor appointment, conference calls, manuscript review, book cover to review, prepare for next business trip).  I am exhausted already.

However, I am approaching this week with a detailed calendar of events, a shopping list, and a stalwart attitude (and a case of beer) to try to come even close to the level of organisation, leadership and support given to the family by Mom.

Understand that this is not the Brad Pitt “Mr. Mom” photo shoot stuff then give the kid back to the nanny and bodyguards.  This is the real McCoy; me alone for a week with my teenage daughter.  I’m certain if Stephanie were to write a blog it would be titled “Surviving Mr. Mom”.

I know I am not the only Dad to have a Mr. Mom experience, so I am calling on all my male readers to chime in and help us all understand that superhuman machine of flesh, blood, compassion, wisdom and grit called “Mom”.

PS: If there are no more blog entries for the week you can understand why.

Tight Lines . . .

John R Childress

About johnrchildress

John Childress is a pioneer in the field of strategy execution, culture change, executive leadership and organization effectiveness, author of several books and numerous articles on leadership, an effective public speaker and workshop facilitator for Boards and senior executive teams. In 1978 John co-founded The Senn-Delaney Leadership Consulting Group, the first international consulting firm to focus exclusively on culture change, leadership development and senior team alignment. Between 1978 and 2000 he served as its President and CEO and guided the international expansion of the company. His work with senior leadership teams has included companies in crisis (GPU Nuclear – owner of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Plants following the accident), deregulated industries (natural gas pipelines, telecommunications and the breakup of The Bell Telephone Companies), mergers and acquisitions and classic business turnaround scenarios with global organizations from the Fortune 500 and FTSE 250 ranks. He has designed and conducted consulting engagements in the US, UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, China and Asia. Currently John is an independent advisor to CEO’s, Boards, management teams and organisations on strategy execution, corporate culture, leadership team effectiveness, business performance and executive development. John was born in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and eventually moved to Carmel Highlands, California during most of his business career. John is a Phi Beta Kappa scholar with a BA degree (Magna cum Laude) from the University of California, a Masters Degree from Harvard University and was a PhD candidate at the University of Hawaii before deciding on a career as a business entrepreneur in the mid-70s. In 1968-69 he attended the American University of Beirut and it was there that his interest in cultures, leadership and group dynamics began to take shape. John Childress resides in London and the south of France with his family and is an avid flyfisherman, with recent trips to Alaska, the Amazon River, Tierra del Fuego, and Kamchatka in the far east of Russia. He is a trustee for Young Virtuosi, a foundation to support talented young musicians. You can reach John at or
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10 Responses to Mr. Mom Week

  1. mimijk says:

    My hunch is that you’ll do well, and that your daughter will be a big help…if only for the amusement value! 🙂


  2. Steve Borek says:

    My kids are grown though I enjoyed spending long periods of time with them when Mom wasn’t around. The kids enjoyed it as well. Why? I through out the “routine” book. Oh sure, if there were places they needed to be at a certain time I’d honor those events. For everything else, I through out the “Mom” play book of order and routine. Instead, my play book was fun and randomness. In the end, we all had fun.

    John, I hope it rains smiles on you the rest of the week!


  3. Frank Tempesta says:

    Reprint this blog next Mothers’ Day.


  4. Mick brody says:

    I wish you a handful of luck (and expect that case of beer to come in handy). Though my two girls are younger and not nearly as talented as your daughter, I am sure you will come through this much more connected with her. In today’s age of electronic connections (my 7 year old is begging for an iPod touch for Christmas!), you should cherish this time between the two of you amongst all the hustle and bustle.


  5. Good luck to you Pal.


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