The issue I have with this kind of thing isn't that there are KIDS at my work. Boo! Hiss! ICKY!
I mean, I can see how that would be a logical conclusion for many who know me, and are already aware of my strong dislike for small people of the child variety. But I can assure you, I think that the practice is a good thing, when done properly.
- I think the kids that are brought to work should be older than, say, 12.
- I think that the kid should be well-informed about what kind of work mom or dad does.
- I think that there should be efforts made by the parent to get the kid involved in learning something about their job, whether it be a small item or a big one. Depends on the capacity for information the kid has, of course!
- I think, also, that there should be a limit to the amount of kids each parent can bring in. That just seems like a no-brainer, but maybe that's 'cuz I work with a guy who has 6 young kids in his household, and it was actually a joke as to whether he'd be loaning any of them out for the day to anyone that needed a kid in order to participate in the activities our workplace is hosting for the day.
But when I saw some dude walking into the building with 3 sloppily-dressed kids, 2 of which are clearly under the age of 12, with the youngest carrying a pillow and a blanket? Dude, YOU'RE DOIN' IT WRONG.
This shouldn't just be a day off from school for all the children in the household. This should be a well thought out process whereby the parent taking the child to work should be interested in actually imparting some form of interest in work to their young offspring. A way to let kids see that their parents have to be serious in their job, but that they also enjoy going to work because of A, B, and C items.
Does this make sense to anyone else? Am I just talking out of my ass because I (gasp!) am childless and this makes it obviously easier for me to assign these kinds of loosely bound "rules" to the whole concept?
UPDATE at 1 p.m. CST: How ironic is it that my boss is in a meeting all afternoon and has asked me to watch his 13 year old daughter for him? Hahahaha! (She's nice. Reminds me of my nieces. She's a good mix between the two...kinda cracking me up right now!)