It's less than optimal, to be sure, but -- depending on your work situation -- bringing your child may be an acceptable choice for your employer and a rewarding and educational experience for both of you.
Many companies across many industries participate in formal "bring your child to work" programs. These days are filled with activities and special programs meant to introduce the concept of teamwork, strengthen the connection between education and employment, and build the parent-child bond. These are great programs.But what about those gap days? Can you take your child with you on an emergency basis? That all depends.Some industries are definitely not child-friendly, and if you work in one of them, you know it. In those cases, you might want to look into whether your company has a stop-gap childcare service available as part of your benefits. Otherwise, in those industries, staying home may be your only choice.But in other industries, the occasional child in the workplace during one of these gap situations is okay, as long as it's a rare occurrence. Check with your management if you have any question.
Sometimes the bigger question is not whether you can, but whether you should. Can your child handle it? Will you be able to get anything done?If your child is able to sit still and occupy herself for periods of time, it might just work. A very young child might not do so well, but a school age child might do just fine.
If you must take your child to work with you, consider the following tips:
Taking your child to work with you when other care options have failed may not be an optimal situation, but you can make the best of it. Your child might come away from the day with a new appreciation for the work you do, and you may have a new appreciation for your child's ability to cooperate and help.
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