The Parent Project: Month 2

Eight weeks in and The Parent Project has sparked a lot of discussion in our house. Thank you for your kind comments and emails about Jack. Also, thank you for your suggestions about how to use my project management skills in parenting.
Here are some other things I learned this month.
It’s more difficult than you think
How many times have we said yes to a project and then realized how difficult it would be? It is hard to understand the nuances of the work once you sign up. Only when you are in panic mode can you see how difficult it has been. Mmmmm, it’s like parenting.
You will need to have a lot of resources
We are going through a lot of resources, including nappies and kitchen rolls. That was what I expected. Sometimes you don’t realize how many resources you will need until you’re right in the middle. It’s water for me on The Parent Project. I didn’t realize how much I would need. It’s used for washing clothes, washing the baby and ourselves, sterilizing stuff and making endless cups of tea.
It is impossible to know what our environmental impact over the past 8 week.
You must manage your stakeholders
You must balance the needs of all stakeholders while keeping your primary stakeholder (your Sponsor) happy.
Parenting is not the same. All family members, friends, and colleagues want to be informed. Although we don’t have a communications strategy, it would be difficult to implement. It’s hard to find the time to send text messages, organize coherent emails, and attach photos. All stakeholders, except Jack, seem to be getting a rough deal at the moment.
I have been involved in a few projects over the past year. The priority is to keep the project managers sane. A friend of mine tweeted me that I should be focusing on taking care of myself first. It’s like when you fly in an airplane and have to put on your oxygen mask before you can help others. If you’re not capable of functioning properly, you are no help to anyone.
So, I’m going to bed now.