Post # 46
I work from home and make my own hours and have a very happy, relaxed (easy) 5 month old baby. Still wouldn’t work. I have family coming over every weekday to watch her so I can get stuff done. Without help, I’d be half-assing both work and parenting and that’s not fair for anyone. My compromise has been that I get to nurse her when she’s hungry, but after that I hand her back to whoever is watching her (my mom, my Mother-In-Law, or my sister depending on the day) and she is stimulated, sung to, talked to, and entertained/taught all day. My hours are shorter (I only need childcare 9-3 M-Th and 9-1 Fri) because I can focus all my attention on work when I need to work. (I went back to work at 6 weeks because I had unpaid leave and it wouldn’t have worked then either.)
Post # 47
No, too noisy and distracting for others. Your colleagues are very unlikely to be honest with you about the extent to which it bothers or distracts them. Maybe ask if you can work a couple of days a week from home as a compromise.
Post # 48
MrsBeck : I work for a non-profit where all we do is child advocacy. If you work here, you knew what our mission and our culture was before you took the job. If you couldn’t stand to work around children we would have told you in the interview that this isn’t the job for you.
Post # 49
GreenGarnet : That’s helpful to know! I work in a community non-profit as well and our culture is completely different from everyone I know.
Post # 50
Nope, people would probably start to dislike me! I would if I absoutly had to and couldn’t find a sitter… I think once and awhile people wouldn’t mind and its okay.
Post # 51
Thanks for all your comments…What I think I may try out at first is Mon – Thurs paid for childcare (which we can easily afford) and on Fridays bring baby to work with me and then have Darling Husband pick baby up at 12PM. Darling Husband works half days every Friday. So really that’s only 4 hours a week where the baby would be with me and Fridays are usually very slow with very few (if any) meetings.
Post # 52
I don’t think I would get anything done if I brought my baby to work with me all the time. It’s a great idea in theory, but I think my work would definitely suffer.
Maybe if you have a suuuuuuuuuper chill baby, okay. But good luck otherwise!
I could make 4 hours a week doable though, for sure.
Post # 53
My sons almost ten and have taken him to work with me when need. I say taking baby’s to work is great idea.