Is The Workplace The New Babies R Us?

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Registered: 12-07-2003
Is The Workplace The New Babies R Us?
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Mon, 04-06-2009 - 9:34am

What do you think? Should parents be able to bring their young babies to work with them?

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Tue, 04-14-2009 - 1:04am
Oh yeah, there's lots of middle ground. My main point is that it's not typically possible to fully concentrate on work and sufficiently care for/entertain/supervise an infant or toddler at the same time. In my experience (with other kids as well as my own), children want to be paid attention to.
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Registered: 04-22-2005
Tue, 04-14-2009 - 1:15am

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But they can take me seriously if I need to stop every few hours to pump instead? Because that's what I'd be doing if the baby was not on site (in an office setting).

I envy women who are able to maintain a milk supply sufficient to exclusively feed breast milk for 6 months by only pumping once during their workday. Actually I don't because they are either reverse cycling or don't plan to breastfeed for long.

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Tue, 04-14-2009 - 1:17am

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My campus has it, but only for ages 3-9 years old. There is nothing for infants or toddlers.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 04-14-2009 - 7:36am
Preschoolers? I didn't know anybody had it go on past the immobile infant stage. That's just dangerous as well as annoying. Ordinary office supplies are a danger.
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Registered: 02-06-2009
Tue, 04-14-2009 - 7:36am

Law firms *generally* are too stuffy for allowing babies in on a regular basis.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 04-14-2009 - 7:38am
I think that's really the ideal. Daycare that's close to but not actually in the work area is the very best.
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Registered: 02-07-2009
Tue, 04-14-2009 - 7:48am

As I posted in my OP where I work we have employees that bring children to work. Th two that come routinely (almost every day) are toddlers.

As I also posted in my OP it is not an ideal situation and safety is one of the issues. I have to be on alert when they are in my area because there are things that can be a safety issues for a toddler.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 04-14-2009 - 7:51am

My highschool had this. It was win-win as far as I could see and with adult reflection it still looks win-win.


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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 04-14-2009 - 8:02am
I think what would put me off the most as a potential client is that law firms/lawyers charge by the hour. And they charge a LOT! If I were forking over hundreds per hour, I'd want to feel secure that my money was paying for a total focus on my case. I'd be peeved to even think that some of the time I was paying through the mouth for was actually going to somebody being distracted by a baby. Even if there were safeguards in place to keep billable time from turning into baby time, I'd still think twice, and then three times, before paying by the hour to a place that looked like it couldn't gaurentee total focus on my case during my billable time.
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Registered: 02-06-2009
Tue, 04-14-2009 - 8:20am
Good point.

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