While my kids think I know everything (or else why would they ask me every question under the sun?!), I am fully aware that I do not.
And why would anyone want to anyway?
Unfortunately, a mommy career handbook with all the answers does not exist (if it did, there would be no use for mommy blogs), but for other careers, they do. The best thing we can do as moms (to help minimize the pressure we put on ourselves) is to learn when it’s best to consult the opinion of an expert. Let’s face it, there are some matters related to caring for your kids that will require an experts opinion.
Yup, I said it. Mom’s cannot be experts in everything.
Here’s my must-have list of the top three professionals you should call (and have on speed-dial) to step in and help save the day for you.
1) Your child’s pediatrician
Firstly, you better like your child’s pediatrician. If you don’t, find another one. Doctors are so important for the health and well being of your child and it’s extremely important that you not only like them, but trust them.
Fortunately for me, the pediatrician I use for my kids is the same one that cared for me when I was a teen, so I have a very long history of building trust with this doctor. However, because I’ve moved around, I’ve also had to use other pediatricians for my kids and I understand that not all pediatricians are equal when it comes to the quality of care they give their little patients. I’ve always been blessed with great pediatricians for my children wherever I’ve lived so I believe that every mom can find a great pediatrician for their children, too.
Don’t be afraid to call your child’s pediatrician! One of the most important reasons why I use the pediatrician I use is because of the call back system he has for non-office hours. He checks his messages very frequently because whenever I’ve called him, he’s always returned my call within 1-3 hours (sometimes sooner). His nurse doesn’t call me. He calls me. While I mostly reserve such calls for true panic situations, such as if my infant is running a high fever, I’ve always appreciated his care and compassion towards my kids.
In other practices, I’ve had pediatricians that use automated call systems that transfer the calls to a live third-party person and, based on what I tell them, they will decide if it’s important enough to give the message to my child’s pediatrician or give the message to a nurse. While I understand that pediatricians have a life outside of being a doctor, the best pediatricians are the ones that truly love their work and genuinely want to talk to the parents themselves. (They aren’t just in it for the money.)
I cannot emphasis enough the important of finding a great pediatrician that you can personally speak to during non-office hours. We all know fevers always happen on the weekend or the middle of the night, right?
2) Your auto mechanic
Unless you live in a metropolis, your car (err, mini van) is your lifeblood. It gets you and your kids from point A to point B. It’s your dinner table when you grab fast-food from the drive-thru after work on your way home. It’s your get-a-way car for date nights with the Mr. (and perhaps a quiet make-out room after). But the point is this: you cannot live without your car. Repeat: You. Cannot. Live. Without. Your. Car.
A trusted auto mechanic that you can call up anytime you have a question or concern is as stress relieving as doing yoga.
My SUV is over 200,000 miles (that’s a lot of zeros) and it’s 10 years old (another zero!). Recently, when my check engine light kept turning on and off randomly (without acting up physically), I knew I had to get it checked out. Thankfully, I have a trusted mechanic (my friends father, actually) who doesn’t rip me off or nickle and dime me every time I show up with a problem.
Driving around with a check engine light on isn’t safe for God knows how many reasons, but the main one should be because you use your vehicle to transport your kids from …. A to B, remember? Have you ever been stuck in a car with all your kids on the side of the road? Trust me, you don’t want to. (Flat tire. 2 years ago. Middle of winter. On the way to school. True story.)
Don’t wait for problems to get your vehicle checked out. Keep up with the maintenance. When you go in for an oil change and they tell you need brakes, buy brakes! Last summer, I ended up paying a s*** load more at a franchise repair shop while on vacation because I didn’t realize how bad I needed brakes and I suddenly felt the brakes skipping while pressing them. Scary! That trip wore down the rest of the pads and scratched the rotors, so we had to replace those, too. Brakes are cheap. Rotors aren’t. SMH.
There’s nothing greater than trusting your mechanic when he tells you everything looks good and you’re good to go.
3) Your HVAC technician
Don’t laugh. I’m a Florida mom and when I tell you it’s important to have your AC guy on speed dial, I’m dead serious.
But seriously, have you ever had your AC quit in the middle of summer? Or have you had the power cut out during a hurricane or winter snow storm? No matter what part of the country you live in, you more than likely rely a whole lot on your central heating and AC unit to run smoothly, keeping the temperature in your home at your optimum comfort level.
While there are probably worse things in life than not having cool air, when it comes to taking care of your kids, especially babies, you need to make sure that you aren’t exposing them to the extremes. Obviously, if your AC stops working and it warms up the inside to 85 or hotter, it can get a bit difficult to breathe.
It was about 2 weeks ago actually when my AC stopped working. Thankfully, my dad used to be a licensed HVAC technician for several years and he came over and diagnosed the problem quickly and replaced the failing part the next day, and – voila! Cold air again!
Since my issue happened at the end of the day (around 4 pm), I knew I wouldn’t get serviced immediately. After my dad found the problem, he said I could either call the HVAC guy and tell him what part to bring or wait until he got off work the next day and he’ll install it for me. Since it was an easy fix, I didn’t see the point in called the HVAC guy – especially since he might not even be able to come right way anyway. (I live in a very small town and if something happens off normal hours, you’re pretty much out of luck getting service until the following day.)
Understandably, not everyone has a dad who can do what mine did, but the point remains: HVAC stuff requires a professional and keeping the air in your home cool or warm for our kids is very important. And, just like with your car, always do the required maintenance on your unit.
Wait – Did you know that AC units require annual maintenance?
Yup, they do, and regular maintenance helps to keep everything clean and running efficiently and it helps the technicians spot potential problems before they get worse. I don’t know about you, but anytime I can get a warning before a problem is going to occur is great (because I can plan for the cost ahead of time).
HVAC technician. Check. Check.
Now, if only there were a professional I can put on speed dial that can help me answer all my kids questions ….
Is there a professional that you feel should be included in this speed-dial list? Please share!