Take Your Child to Work Day, Every Day?

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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  • What I would like to see is a discussion about the burdon put on people who have no kids, when the little darling is bouncing from desk to desk and distrupting the workplace.

    This is a double whammy after all -- because we pay property taxes for them to be in school and then have them at the workplace every chance a parent can manage?

    Then, there is the workload that parents dump on singles when there is a pickup for the hockey game or when parental leave is taken and the postion is absorbed by the lesser single people.

    I know, we are second class citizens and do not deserve consideration because we either couldn't have kids or didn't choose too.

    The kids are societies future so we have to bite the bullet and just shut up and really get no benefit from all the children coddled from toddler to teen-ager.

  • In reply to Chef Boy RD:

    It sounds like the burden of your co-workers' work load has been placed on you on more than one occasion due to what is considered trivial parental reasons. I've been fortunate enough to have experience in my career as a non-parent for about ten years and now as a new dad. In either case I have never had worked dumped on me for the the reasons you mentioned nor would I expect someone to pick up my slack. It seems like you've run into gross mismanagement from bosses and also lack of putting your foot down.

  • In reply to PaulieC:

    It was not a matter of mismanagement, but of small business reality. In a small business there are no temps to cover something or other departments to help. When somebody takes off repeatedly to coach or travel with a team or to shuttle kids here or there then somebody has to fulfill the person's responsibility.

    When I first started working parents had kids yes, but did not take off from work unless is was an emergency, and shuttling a kid to a hockey game is not an emergency. Somehow those parents managed and took the responsibilty of their job and their committment to co-workers just as seriously as "being there" for the puck drop.

  • Thank you for your comments, Gentlemen. Nice to get male perspectives.

  • In reply to Gail G.:

    Not really a male perspective. I have had single and childess female workers compain very bitterly about the apparent disregard of their time and extra burden put on them. It's really a single, childless perspective.

  • In reply to Chef Boy RD:

    Surely you're not equating shuttling a kid to a hockey game as taking them to the doctor. Even if you are childless, remember family leave also extends to elder parents who need medical care as well. Have to agree with PaulieC on this one. Unless co-workers are using vacation days or portions of them for non-emergency time-off, sounds like a management problem.

  • Life is completely changed after having a baby. The level of responsibility and sincerity increases; we can more responsible with our acts and behavior and playing a role model for our kids. In case of working parents; we should be more confident and able to make a balance in between our work and family. From here we learn some crucial tips on how to take care of our baby.
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  • In reply to ianperkins:

    Yep! Sometimes hard to find that balance. Thanks for your comment.

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