Mutterings of a Fool

Man, Dad, Runner, Chief dog walker

What do you do for work daddy?

Today was my day to take Matilda to preschool, I try to do it once a week to give the lady of the manor a break from getting out the house early and also simply because I quite like being part of what the children do each day. On Tuesday’s it’s just Matilda, Henry has a day at home, which is great because we get a little one on one time to bond. However it also means Matilda has 10 minutes in the car with me alone to interrogate me. The subjects vary wildly and normally start with a seemingly innocuous question before BAM she hits you with the killer punch.

This morning it started all very light with a chat about why there weren’t animals in the fields (grain was growing) and whether she would be making her Easter basket today (she is). But then the real interrogation started:

Matilda: Mummy works at a hospital doesn’t she?

Me: She sure does

Matilda: She looks after people and makes them better if they bang their heads or break their legs.

Me: Exactly, she looks after children just like you.

Matilda: what do you do at work?

Me: well, I, err, use a computer. And help people manager their money. And make sure they spend it on the right things.

Matilda: *puzzled face*

How exactly do you explain to a 3 year old that you’re a management accountant? As I tell her what I do even I realise it sounds a bit bonkers. When you compare it to the lady of the manor who has a ‘real’ job mine sounds a bit pointless. Maybe that should be a new rule? If you can’t convince a 3 year old that your job is worthwhile then it shouldn’t exist?

Precisely the reason also why the lady of the manor and I now have a 3 year plan to make some big changes to our lives and the work we do. I’m not quite ready to share them yet but soon maybe. In the mean time I’m going to enjoy watching Matilda become the strong, intelligent and fiercely independent girl she’s shaping up to be.

Matilda on rope bridge


  1. I was sitting in the dentist waiting room with Olivia the other day and she leaned over and said “daddy, that man is wearing a tie like the ones you have in a drawer at home”. I said “yes, but I don’t wear mine any more do I?” And she came back with “yes, because you don’t have a job daddy” 🙂

    She doesn’t quite get what Im trying to do at home.

    But yes, if you can’t make your job sound interesting or purposeful to a child, it isn’t a cool job 🙂

  2. Interesting post and I look forward to finding out what your secret plans are! My two have never asked what I do for work and I’d struggle to explain my role too – but that’s because I fail to see the point in it! I’m looking for a new one at the moment – hopefully I’ll find something that will be both worthwhile and easy to convince a child of the merits of soon, eh?!

  3. I have the same issue! Being self-employed all the kids know is that I sit at home all day. I’m pretty sure the teachers at pre-school think I’m a lazy mother sending my kids to nursery full time and just sitting on my backside all week.

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