I have a friend who is a long distance truck driver. He has three boys aged between 14 and I think 7. Once or twice a summer each kid gets to go on a long run alone with Daddy. That's between seven and ten days. They all like it. I have another friend who travels around the country to different college campuses working with their campus ministries. He has two daughters, ages sixteen and thirteen. The girls are homeschooled and every once in awhile he will take one of the girls around a few states with him for two weeks or so.
I'll bring one of the kids in once in awhile for a few hours, usually during the summer or between semesters when the students aren't around. They play around on the computers (we don't have internet at home), skateboard in the quad, bowl in the student union, and come back every hour or two and try to cache more money out of me.
I feel like I have to jump in here and share my story. I am Native American and I work for our tribe's culture department creating resources and learning/teaching our native language. I have a degree and consider myself a professional. However, I work part time and didn't have maternity time, so I saved up to prepare to be out of work for a little while to take care of my newborn. Then, SO gets laid off from his high paying job on the due date. Well, ten days after I gave birth I came into work to "show off" my DD and my boss invited me to stay for a meeting they were having. My DD is 14 months old and I have been bringing her to work ever since. I have found myself to be more productive and able to balance a great deal of things. My DD is also extremely developed for her age and I credit this to me being able to raise her very hands on and not sending her to child care everyday, and she interacts with my co workers daily. There are some days she stays with relatives but she is a regular presence at my office and everyone loves it. I know this may not work for everyone, but I have had a GREAT experience and just wanted to share :) It can be done and we are proof.
Maulian Proud mom to Carmella
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Boy did this question hit home!!
I know that every job is different... I once worked for a company that allowed me to bring my daughter in after she was born. I loved doing this when she was young. The office where I worked was very small. Just me and two other people and I had my own office there. Once I became too busy or realized that either my daughter or my job was not getting the attention they deserved I stopped. So it was only for a matter of 2-3 months that I did this.
That being said... I have 4 children of my own ages 6-15. I love to work. It really helps me clear my head from my household and get some grown up time.
True Liza benefits from coming to the theater with me when she has to but the "office part" of the theater is pretty nonglamorous so she usuall brings a dvd or something else to do.
Yes. We. Did.
My mother owned a "dress shop" for many years.