I’m a fair-weather White Sox Fan, so I won’t profess to be an expert on baseball or LaRoche. I am, however, a mother that was employed from home as my children grew up, so I can speak to having to work fulltime while my children were at my side and under my feet.
I felt “privileged” to have had the opportunity to work from home and get paid well. Not $13 million well, but I made a good living. I’ll be the first to admit it wasn’t easy on me, my kids or my employer. There were plenty of times I felt overwhelmed, pulled in too many directions, and couldn’t give anyone 100%.
I find it hard to believe that LaRoche was never interrupted or distracted by his kid when he was supposed to be giving his attention to baseball or his employer. Was I giving 100% when I was stuck on never-ending conference calls and my mind wondered, wondering what my kids were getting into? There were many temper tantrums and frustrations (on my part and my kids) while I was trying to meet a deadline.
As a hockey mom to my daughter and son throughout high school, the locker room situation is one I was exposed to more times than I wish to recall. I saw, heard and smelled things that would make a grown woman blush. I can’t imagine a 9-14 year old not being affected or even shocked by observing a group of professional athletes, especially if they were having a bad game day.
My wish is that this controversy brings discussions about substandard childcare in this country and its exorbitant costs, or fathers that aren’t doing their share when it comes to raising their children, or family and paternity leave employers and legislators need to address.
LaRoche got his wish; he gets to spends 24/7 with his son now that he’s a stay-at-home dad.
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