Bring my child to work?

I recently faced the dilemma of bringing my daughter to a client meeting. Her only caregivers were unavailable, and I don’t have any backups. Being a very protective mother, I am very slow to introduce new people into her young life.

My client needs to meet soon, but I would have to bring my almost 21-month-old with me. It will probably be a moot point (I need to stay close to home to help care for my caregivers), but it brings up a possible future dilemma.

My option(s)?

1. Work with clients via conference calls, webcams, and recorded phone conversations. Most materials can be sent by email, mail, or express mail. Face-to-face meetings can take place during any stage of the project.

2. Market to clients who are more distant, so the option to travel is almost nil.

Being a work-at-home-mom can have some challenges, it’s true. But the alternatives aren’t exciting at all.

Daycare is an option, but there are potential problems. The last time we tried it, both me and my daughter became ill for two weeks. And she cried horribly for the short amount of time she was there. My parenting belief is that babies don’t cry unless something’s wrong. And to put my child into a situation where she cries is not something I will do (unless it’s an emergency).

My daughter needs a lot of intellectual stimulation…not something I’ve found at the average center. Most wait until the child is 2 before starting potty training; many aren’t teaching letters, numbers, colors, shapes yet. They seem to be just mass babysitting. A place for parents to drop off their kids for their convenience. I will only use daycare if it becomes a necessity.

My daughter already knows her colors, shapes, alphabet, and numbers up to 20. And she’s been using the potty (sporadically, I admit) since she was 14 months. And she’s a talker and knows a lot of basic signs.

So, any daycare has to do a lot for me to feel okay. On top of that, they have to be safe. Tall order. That’s why I work from home.

2 Responses to “Bring my child to work?”

  1. Kristen says:

    I find that babies and older kids are accepted in the workplace on occasion, but toddlers, not so much! Like you, I worked from home before my kids went to preschool at age 3, and when I absolutely had to go to meetings or have some uninterrupted work time, I brought them to a home-care sitter one day a week. This worked well because my childcare costs were minimized, their time with me was maximized, and I was able to schedule “kid-free” work one day a week.

  2. jamieson says:

    Toddlers can be very destructive at times. I have a daughter although she doesn’t disturb me at all but as a mom, you worry because you wonder what she might need and you want to know what will make her comfortable even if she’s just playing.