Bring Your Baby to Work -- Good or Bad?

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Registered: 11-21-2010
Bring Your Baby to Work -- Good or Bad?
Sun, 11-21-2010 - 8:06pm

Bring your baby to work programs were recently listed on Huffington Post as one of the top "10 ways companies are making workplaces more flexible."

One commenter writes: Bring baby to work for parents or grandparents is a BAD idea. There is work to do and it is disruptive for the workers to say nothing of the neglect for the baby. No. Babies and children need more attention than a
worker can provide. This is not a good idea.

What do moms think?


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Registered: 10-01-2010
Mon, 11-22-2010 - 8:40pm

I think it all depends on the job. With my own, I could not bring my children to work with me. My company did help out moms and dads starting right before my 1st child was born by contributing 25% to daycare though. The original daycare was local to the job so you could be close to your child. Over the years you had the option of going to any daycare and they would provide the same 25% discount.

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Registered: 02-04-2009
Mon, 11-22-2010 - 8:31pm

In general, I would tend to agree that beyond the first six months of a baby's life, most workplaces aren't a great place for a baby all day(and in some cases, not even during the first six months).



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Registered: 05-02-2006
Mon, 11-22-2010 - 1:47pm

I think there are too many variables to say whether it's good or bad across the board.

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Mon, 11-22-2010 - 12:30pm

IME, it all depends on the child and the job.

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Registered: 06-04-2003
Mon, 11-22-2010 - 11:45am

I think there are too many variables to say - yes it is good or no it is bad. Age of child, type of job and temperment of the child are just a few.

I am a manager and I allow my staff to bring their children in if they need to. It might happen twice a year at most for each person. I would rather get 6 hours of work out of somebody than none that day. It is apprciated and staff usually gives back in some way by being more flexible when I need them to be.

Mostly the kids are school age and they will read a book, play on the computer, bring something to draw with or watch a movie on a laptop.

I don't think it is detrimental to the child to not have constant attention. SAHM's do lots of things when they are caring for children - clean the house, run errands, cook, etc.

Many of my workers have the option to work at home so sometimes if a sitter is sick I will allow them to work at home instead. They can work early in the am before the child is awake, take a break when the child

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Registered: 03-29-2010
Mon, 11-22-2010 - 11:13am

I think

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Mon, 11-22-2010 - 11:11am
I can see that working for children, but not infants and toddlers. Do you ever see infants or toddlers come crawling/toddling around the corner? Either they are alone back there (which is dangerous) or an adult is watching them (which means that person isn't giving pedicures to anyone).
I agree that you do what you have to do to put food on the table, but if the question is whether I think bringing infants to work is a great idea in general, my answer is no.

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Mon, 11-22-2010 - 10:15am
I think my children were born with some sort of philosophical opposition to the idea of sleep, lol.

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Registered: 03-29-1999
Mon, 11-22-2010 - 9:08am
I think it depends on the type of work and the kids. When I get pedicures, usually at Vietnamese run places around here, there always seems to be a room in the back with a TV and toys and a kid peeking around th corner. Same with some Chinese take-out places. When I was growing up, a friend of mine's mother owned a school for kids with special needs. My friend always event there after school and I would go to on occasion. We hung out in the gym or watched TV. There were weekends where I had to go into the office (before I was a nurse) and I took my kids. They'd bring some toys and maybe get on an unused computer to play on or something.

Work is important. Life isn't always about the child. Sometimes it is about putting food on the table and you have to do what you have to do.
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Registered: 12-07-2003
Mon, 11-22-2010 - 7:23am
I was thinking about my babies when they were really small. They were generally content to sleep or sit quietly on my lap or in a swing for the first couple of months. After that, it would be impossible though.