do you bring your kid(s) in the office?

@cefaz_21 (2597)
Philippines
October 9, 2007 5:12am CST
Because right now, we have a super hyper kid here at the office, his mom brought him here, he's 5 years old, he's cute yes but he's super hyper. The mom is a close friend of mine and I don't mind her boy hanging around at my cubicle and computer...good thing the boss left so early..but then, I wish he'll just play with pen and papers..:) Do you find your self often in the same situation? Do you also bring your kid in your work?
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
9 Oct 07
I use to when I worked in Samoa. I was allowed to take my son in right up to 5-6 months as all that was required was for me to feed him, put him back to sleep and change his diaper. I had a small portable cot for him. On occasion I would take him in when he was a little older ONLY if the boss was going to be out for the day. He didn't mind me bringing my son in when he was out. As long as I had his favorite toys and things to do, it kept him occupied for a little while but your right it can be disruptive bringing kids to the office.
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@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
9 Oct 07
I work at home. But, I know what it is like to deal with a hyper child when you are in your office. My step-nephew who was about 16 at the time, came to visit his dad's house. I was staying there, helping my sister with her six other children. My step-nephew was diagnosed with ADHD, which he takes medication for. He is very intelligent and loves to get on my computer. Now, I do not mind this at all, except that his hyper-activity makes me extremely nervous. It's like, he can't be still. This one particular time, he kept pressuring me so much, that I had to tell him the truth. He was quick to whisper in my ear that he takes medicine for that. I felt so bad, that I let him use the computer. But, I watched him very closely. I know how you feel. Sometimes it is hard to show compassion toward people who annoy use sometimes. What I have leaned to do though, is try to put myself in the other persons shoes. What if I was hyper or what if this was my child. When you think about it like that, something loving will come to you to say to the mother or you will be able to tolerate it better.
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@cefaz_21 (2597)
• Philippines
10 Oct 07
Hi Rozie! know what? the kid cut the wire of his mom's computer mouse..:) and she's really mad. She can't do anything so they just left early. I let him use my computer also but for a few minutes only,her mom understand that I have loads of work to do.
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@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
10 Oct 07
I hope that she does not get in trouble for that. Emloyers can be pretty mean when they need to replace such things. He will probably deduct it from her pay. The perfect reason not to bring your little ones to work.
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@secretbear (19472)
• Philippines
9 Oct 07
im not a mother yet but when i was kid, 2 or 3, my mother used to bring me in her office. ^__^;; when i was growing up and i seldom visit her office anymore, whenever one of my mother's officemates see me, they'll ask my mother, "is she the baby you always bring in our office? the one who always crawl under your table and play hide-and-seek??" LOL and i was an active kid according to them. and i was always present during their christmas parties and her officemates would always give me something. actually its a common practice in her office. all the employees bring their kids during their christmas party, like namamasko. ^__^
@cefaz_21 (2597)
• Philippines
10 Oct 07
look's like your mom has been with her company for such a long time..:) here in our office too,during parties specially christmas,employees bring thier kids..and it's fun..sometimes we do prepare contest and games for them too.
@secretbear (19472)
• Philippines
10 Oct 07
yup. she's been there even before i was born! and im already 25! and she's 62. she's been there for more than my age! i think she's been there before my sister was even born, and she's like 40 something. ^__^;; im not sure. LOL now im also working in an office and if i have my own kid, i'll bring him/her too during our christmas party. ^__^
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
11 Oct 07
Well, I work from home now, have the past year so it's normal for my kids and grandkids to be 'in the office' but then I am the only one here so they are not bothering other people. When I did work outside the house though I can't remember a time taking my kids to work with me unless it was school arranged - many of the local schools have a day of the year where kids are encouraged to go to work for a day with a parent this is older kids though not 5 years old.
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@cefaz_21 (2597)
• Philippines
16 Oct 07
I still dream of working at home someday, I dream of waking up and being right there in the office without having some hrad time of dressing up and commuting..:)and specially having your kids there with you all the time.
@mamasan34 (6522)
• United States
9 Oct 07
I used to bring my child to work during the summer and if she was not feeling well. I had my own office and could do this without disturbing others. I would make her a place on her blanket and bring her art supplies and books. She would get bored and I would give her things to do such as take paperwork to my boss or to other colleagues. They all loved her and found her unobtrusive, they would also call my office and tell me to send her to their desk to pick up paperwork and bring it to me. She felt like that was a very important job for her. However, I have been in that position that you are. One of the supervisors at my previous job would bring her son in to work at the thrift store on Saturdays and he was such a little fiend. He would climb shelves, come into my donation room, change the radio station, mess things up that I had sorted and so on. It was very trying for my patience. I think he was just too young to be a volunteer there. He couldn't be left alone to accomplish a chore. My daughter was a volunteer there and she did well on her own, when I brought her to work on the weekends. She would assist tagging the items to be sold with the other volunteers, she often sat at the jewelry counter and talked to customers and helped find items in the case. Honestly, I think some kids shouldn't be brought to the office if they can't behave themselves or are too hyper and all over the place. If your child can be on their best behavior, that is fantastic.
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@cefaz_21 (2597)
• Philippines
15 Oct 07
That's so sweet of your daughter..at least she knew she is not a disturbance but instead a help in your workplace..:)
@blackbriar (9126)
• United States
12 Oct 07
My daughter goes to work with me all the time when school is out but now she can't but least she is learning in school now. My workplace is my car/home so she bothers noone but me and boy do we have fun. lol Oh..she does like to talk to my customers once in a while and they look for her whenever they meet me at the end of their driveways.
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@yeerdeng (153)
• China
10 Oct 07
I am single, so I can't take my kid in my works:) My colleague take his daughter in our office sometime,I think it's nothing :)
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@roniroxas (10576)
• Philippines
9 Oct 07
i am a singer so i cant bring my child to work. now that they are in their teens sometimes they want to go to my work, if only i can have someone who can take them home when they are sleepy then i would like them to bring at work. my sister works in a normal office and when my children were younger she brings them one at a time but only during saturdays when the office is not that busy because kids are kids they are naugthy. i dont think parents should bring their kids in the office specially on a busy day.
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• United States
9 Oct 07
I'm in another discussion about kids in restaurants - which I think is perfectly appropriate IF the parent is willing to discipline and take responsibility. In the office is another story... just to drop by is one thing, if the child is well-behaved. Or in a GENUINE emergency, is another... otherwise, the workplace should be a professional environment where the parent can focus on work. Very small offices might make exceptions on rare occasion - again, IF the child is VERY well behaved, but IMHO it's a bad idea all around. Older kids however may be able to be employed (labor laws do apply - do it legally) for an hour or two after school - let them earn a little $ and stay off the streets by filing, making copies, cleaning up.
@wisconsin26 (3861)
• United States
9 Oct 07
No And when I was working too I never brought my son to work with me either... Normally he was in school and I worked like from 8 am to four pm so that it was all arranged that I didn't have to do anything like that.. I don't think I'd want to bring my son to work with me anyway because I wouldn't want to disturb other peoples work...
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@goodsign (2287)
• Malaysia
9 Oct 07
Sorry to have say no and will not bring my kid in the office because it is very unethical. I know nobody will scold my kid but they(other staffs) are reluctant to to give me advices for not to practice that way. I must really understand that all stuffs there are properties belong to our employer. Work ethics should take first.
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• United States
9 Oct 07
YES but thats mainly because i work from home. my children knows mommy works so they keep to them selves and are quiet most of the time.
@joshboz (1214)
• Australia
9 Oct 07
since i dont have child yet and still unmarried the answer is maybe in the near future especially in ocassions that there will be no one to look up my child or we just cannot left him or her at home. most child are like that they are cute in appearance but little bit nasty and childish in attitude.well that's just plain normal to me. im expecting them to act such and they dont make me boil to anger rather im happy to look at them play in such an environmetn.camon, we all have undergone this stage and its fun.
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• United States
27 Oct 07
I have a 3 year old, and I run a business out of my home! He goes to daycare!! I would never get anything done with him there, as much as i love him and love to be with him and play I would never make any money LOL.. There is a time and place for everything and kids and work do not mix... unless you work in a daycare.. LOL
@youless (86445)
• Guangzhou, China
16 Oct 07
Yes, we will bring our children to the office for fun and it won't happen often. Since our boss is not here so it's no problem.