Good morning Dinks. Here we are again. In the office with kids I don’t know. Yesterday I was coming out of the ladies bathroom at my office and there was a little boy standing there. My reaction? I immediately froze. I didn’t know who the little boy belonged to or why he was in my office, yet there he was – standing face to face with me, looking me right in the eyes.
Pro or No: Kids in the office
I’m sure this is no surprise to you but I don’t spend much time around kids. Actually I don’t spend any time around kids. I don’t know anyone with kids and the truth is kids make me very uncomfortable. They are so small and fragile and they are just all around awkward.
When I first saw the little boy standing in the hallway my first reaction was, WOW this is not the place for kids. How do you feel about kids in the office? I am not sure why people bring their kids to the office, maybe it’s because they feel they need to show off their creations. Or maybe they just want to get out of the house and can’t leave their kids at home. Either way, it makes me uncomfortable. I just politely smile, tell my co-worker how cute their kids are and I move on back to my desk.
The money obligation of kids in the office
Do people in your workplace solicit donations and sell goods for their kid’s school fundraisers? They do in my office. I don’t mind contributing every now and then but why should I have to pay for other people’s kids? I love a good box of cookies and chocolate bars just as much as the next person but I don’t like feeling obligated to donate money.
I also don’t want to be the only person in the office not contributing, so whenever my co-workers ask I give money to their kids. I don’t want to be known as the cheap girl in the office but that doesn’t change the fact that I’d much rather spend my money on myself. I want to spend my money how I want to, not because I’m forced to.
What do you say to the kid question?
As a woman in my 30s with a long term boyfriend people always ask me when are we going to have kids. They don’t ask if we want to have kids, they just assume we are going to start a family and for some reason they want to know when I am going to get pregnant. Besides the fact that it’s really no one’s business, I find the question highly inappropriate for the workplace.
I used to tell people that I didn’t want kids, but I got sick and tired of people staring at me like I was crazy. So now whenever someone asks me when my boyfriend and I are planning to have kids, my standard answer is “Soon”.
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