Bringing Baby to Work: Godsend or Recipe for Disaster?

Mother-and-child-white-back In the United States, where women are given just 6 weeks paid maternity leave, there has been a growth in the popularity of women bringing their very small children to work – to avoid the guilt of leaving them behind, to grow a business as an entrpreneurial woman as well as avoid months without a salary. You can read more in the New York Times about the women who choose to do this route. And this is not about bringing them to an on-site creche but having them in adjoining offices, with a childminder around. While I don't have any small ones, I can see the upsides of not losing momentum with your career but can also imagine the distractions and logistical nightmares it could cause too, not to mention the potential conflict with colleagues. I could see it working in very small offices for senior women that the company is desperate to keep or for women who run their own companies- but am still sad that some women feel there are no better options for them than having baby bouncing on their knee whilst taking a teleconference! I would love to hear what people think and if this would have been the perfect solution for them or a complete nightmare?   

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