Working Parent Reality: Kids in the Workplace


When you are a parent who works outside of the home, you have to accept an uncomfortable truth: your children will come to intimately know your workplace.

For our kids, the exotic adult playground where Mom and Dad toil is a college campus. When my children were babies, I used to tell my students to look for the stroller on campus.

Because, honestly, that’s where I’d be.

Now, of course, our kids are older. Which means they climb on abstract art sculptures.

Just a few weeks ago, however, things weren’t so joyful. Our son was ill. No preschool. And my husband had to teach class that morning.

Which all meant one thing: office hours with Mom. My students’ first major writing assignment was due the next day. I needed to be available.

So I set up a creative space for my son on the floor of my office. He traced letters, devoured his morning snack, and made faces at my forgiving students.

I guess it’s easier for them to remember being little.

And, for just one fleeting moment, my two worlds collided. The student at home met the students at school.

And without words, they exchanged a competitive smile that seemed to say: I’m teaching her more.

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9 thoughts on “Working Parent Reality: Kids in the Workplace

  1. I love this. I remember only ever going in once to university with my dad. I had to be in the lecturing hall with him, and I wasn’t feeling well so I glowered at all the students from my chair in the corner. It’s nice that your work allows you to do this.

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    1. Thank you for sharing. It’s an interesting juggle with small children, and I only remember a couple of professors in college who were in the midst of early parenthood. I’m sure your experience was memorable. Luckily, we do have flexibility (especially with online capabilities), and we’ve never had an emergency that necessitated having our kids with us during a class meeting. The key for us has been supportive bosses, colleagues, and students – it’s a good thing kids are so cute!

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  2. I remember more than one occasion when I had a sick kiddo set up with crayons and paper in the back of my classroom. I believe my children and my students were better for the experience; my children got to see that Mommy was more than just a mom. My students saw that sometimes family and career collide, and we make the best of the situations that come at us. I know in the moment, it can be a stressful decision, but in the end, it’s all good. ❤

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    1. Thank you for the encouragement! I hope it is working towards our greater goal of resilience. My husband and I joke that we’ll be shocked if at least one of our children doesn’t end up teaching in some capacity 🙂 I really appreciate your support.


  3. Barbara Brazen

    Each of my children have been to my workplace. I love it. I hope it motivates them to go to college and be proud of what I do to keep our household running. I never got to see where my parents spent their days away from the home and it means so much to me to show mine. Awesome post!

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    1. I love your perspective! And I think you’re right, it’s another opportunity to grow them and build their character. Getting to share some small part of my passion with our kids is truly the most rewarding part of it all!


  4. I’m really fortunate in that we have a waiting room/playroom at my work, and are provided with free childcare during weekly staff meetings. My daughter now loves coming to mommy’s work and getting candy from the admin assistants! I was raised with a stay-at-home mom, though, so I was very befuddled on how to handle all the illnesses during my daughter’s first winter with myself and my partner working. Like, what are you supposed to do? You just patch together whatever arrangements you can! It helps so much if one or both partners have flexibility at work.


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