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As I have grown and worked for many companies and firms across the US, I have seen children in the office many times. These children look just like me when it came to the lack of enthusiasm for having to be there, but I am certain there was a reason. I am naturally sensitive to mothers who HAVE to bring their kids to work, because I have been in their same position. Most times it is a last resort to scheduling conflicts due to sickness and/or cancellations of school, so when other co-workers (especially those who have raised children) would complain about the noise and pitter patter of feet running through the halls, I would just laugh it off because I know the mother would have preferred an alternative means of keeping their children occupied.
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Every working environment is different. My mother worked, and still works, for a national Not-For-Profit organization which fosters a sense of community and volunteerism, so when I was there, I was also working. I would fold pamphlets, make copies, be a messenger (this was WAY before email), etc. I was a welcomed addition to their staff. I guess you can say it was my first unpaid internship. Whatever the circumstances, if you as a parent are forced with making the decision of bringing your child to work, and it is not a violation of company policy or a safety hazard, to you I offer two pieces of advice:
1) Make it a learning opportunity for them and
2) Make sure they have some home training!
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Rashida Maples, Esq. is Founder and Managing Partner of J. Maples & Associates (www.jmaplesandassociates.com). She has practiced Entertainment, Real Estate and Small Business Law for 9 years, handling both transactional and litigation matters. Her clients include R&B Artists Bilal and Olivia, NFL Superstar Ray Lewis, Fashion Powerhouse Harlem’s Fashion Row and Hirschfeld Properties, LLC.