I've had jobs where work and colleagues have been great with me bringing children in when poorly but not too poorly to go out. I've also been in a couple of jobs where I've been made to feel like I've taken complete liberties - I have to say, by women who didn't have children. I've been given all sorts of random reasons why I couldn't bring children in. Yet staying at home brought on even more sarcastic comments. I guess it just depends on your workplace and colleagues. Having no one else to help means you have to put your child first.
This is the only one so far I feel slightly better about! When I was teaching and I had no childcare it is far more acceptable for me to take my children with me. It was a welcome advantage and I used it on many occasions.
Ummm sounds like a wonderful work environmemt where this, when no other options, would be available. In the working context of my experiences this has not been an option and indeed would be frowned upon. Very difficult to balance full time work with the commitments of childcare and situations that arise in the image presented today. I would tell my daughters to think very carefully about working full-time and balancing childcare ... unless the strong support mechanisms are in place, it is a difficult balancing act.
I did it and do it .... but that doesn't mean I would recommend it. I am glad I ploughed the work in and research when kids were younger, but saying yes to one thing also means saying no to another. Ummm difficult road to naviagate being a mother and worker ... emotionally and physically ... but hugely rewarding too ...
In my current job that wouldn't be an option at all. Even on a snow day it was not an option. In my previous school, I'd take my children regularly and it was very acceptable there. So it definitely depends on the workplace. However, I'd much prefer not to take my children to work with me, they use to receive such a lecture about being polite, well behaved etc the pressure for them was immense.
This takes me back to my first day...which I have mentioned previously - I took my son into school and fortunately they had a pre-school that he had been to and one of the helpers (a teacher on a break from teaching) offered to look after him - and hence the start of a great friendship! But the panic, the embarrassment, the sole responsibility (even though I was married) was very stressful. But child care has always been my worry, my concern it has never occurred to my husband that he should provide or consider child care!
I've had to do this once when my sons school had a inset day and so he came to my school, on a school trip with my class. This all worked out ok thankfully.
mixed feelings here- children who are ill need to be at home- I think I managed to avoid it as my mum could follow up with childcare if I needed it. But hard choices here
I have had child care fail on two occasions and I couldn't rearrange work at the last minute and so I had to bring my child to work. It was such fun for my child. They had lots of attention and enjoyed seeing and experiencing how mummy works and interacts with many people. It was such fun, that my child keeps asking to come back.
For me, it was a stressful situation! I prayed my child would behave and be polite and luckily all things turned out ok. Managers didn't say anything so I think I got away with it!! But I felt so guilty that for those two days I was not on my best performance and was VERY distracted.
Yes I can relate to this. In the past I have taken Lucy into work to catch up one vital piece of work and cancelled meetings. However everyone was really supportive and caring it helped me feel less guilty about taking Lucy into work and not being able to work. Once I'd completed the work we went home and I tucked Lucy up and had a cuddle.
Occasionally I took a child to work but this was in the days when I had my own office and could contain the child, whilst also letting the child curl up on a comfy armchair. This would not have been possible without my own work space. This was EHU many, many years ago! Each child who experienced this recalls the time fondly! I was just riddled with guilt.