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A mom's work is never done

May 28, 2009 - Erin O'Neill
There is a company in Marietta that is breaking boundaries by allowing parents, mostly moms of new babies, to bring their children to work with them.

In theory, it sounds like a great idea: very generous of the employer, mom and baby have a chance to bond, money isn't doled out every week for daycare.

But I have a difficult time believing that all of the parent's coworkers are OK with it all the time. There have to be some people who believe a crying baby (or a curious toddler, or a grumpy teen) are not good for productivity and are, in fact, a distraction.

Being a working mom myself, and having had to bring my child with me on occasion, I know that I have not felt comfortable with having her in the office. Not because she isn't well behaved - because she is - but because I felt myself being more concerned with what she was doing than with the work I was supposed to be doing.

I'm sure no one else paid much attention but it was a distraction to me.

There is also the worry that a child might get hurt and that can be a liability for the company and a nightmare for the parent.

However, taking your kids to work with you is an excellent idea if you are fortunate enough to work in a facility with a daycare on site, complete with licensed workers, adequate meals, time to play etc. In reality, though, not many companies can afford to do this so working parents are usually left paying for someone to watch their child in a facility or home away from work.

There are no easy answers to the conundrum for working parents. If you are lucky enough to be able to stay home with your children or have a friend or family member who will watch them free of charge, count your blessings.


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