What Not To Do When You Take Your Child To Work

There was an article circulating recently called Why Women Still Can’t Have It All. It was a great perspective from a professional woman who has experienced different expressions of working motherhood.

I have also read some terrific responses to that article from other women bloggers. If you are looking for some profound analysis of the role of mothers in the workplace, you will probably not find that in this post. Rather, you will read a very specific example about why this woman (me) cannot have it all.

I really enjoy being a working mom, and most of the time, I believe these two roles are mutually beneficial. However, there are times when these two worlds overlap and there’s not much other option.

When my husband had an appointment and couldn’t find a sitter, we decided I would hang out with Ella for a couple of hours in the middle of the work day. He was going to bring her to my office where we’d share lunch and maybe take a stroll around the block before he returned to pick her up.

Things were going swimmingly as we ate with another mom and her daughter hanging out at the office. Also, Ella found great delight in dumping all my pens out of their cup and putting them each back in. This allowed me to work a little more than I had expected.

It was while I was working that Ella was exploring the office and unbeknownst to me turned on the intercom on my office phone. She then proceeded to position herself next to it while she “did her business.”

Yes, my entire office listened to her grunting over the loudspeaker.

They were also tuned to Radio Mommy when I responded, “Seriously, Gabriella? I just changed you!” Within seconds, co-workers were at my door, laughingly informing me that we were being broadcast live.

Nice. The picture of professionalism.

I am so grateful that I work in a laid-back environment, where we can all share a giggle. But I had the thought that in some places of business these shenanigans would not be received with such grace.

I am appreciative for women like Anne-Marie Slaughter and her honesty that shifts are required for parents in the workplace. Because the reality is there are days when I need to combine my parenting and my employment, and my daughter may or may not decide to broadcast her business over the intercom.

It saddens to me to realize this reality makes it impossible for me to pursue certain career paths, but it also makes me very grateful for this one that I am on.

Has your parenting/work juggling act ever created amusing mishaps?


  1. Ha! That is so funny! What a great story!


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