March 8, 2012

Square Off Thursday CHCH

Well, this gives Take Your Kid to Work Day a whole new spin.

Join us on CHCH channel 11 for Square Off at 5:30 today, when we discuss the Alberta politician who has been bringing her baby into meetings. I work; I've had babies; you still might be surprised where I sit on this one.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looking forward to this one.

March 08, 2012 10:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Crap, I missed it.
Please, fill us in.

March 08, 2012 10:28 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

An Alberta councillor has elected to bring her newborn to meetings. A fellow (female) councillor did an op-ed piece in the local paper saying chambers had become a nursery.

What's fair?

I say yes, accommodate nursing moms, to a point. Kids are disruptive. If they're a distraction, it's a legitimate complaint. What's okay today isn't okay in a month. Or two. So sort it out ahead of time.

We need more women to enter politics. But we also have to recognize that most workplaces aren't places that are good for kids.

My fellow guest was good. She's promoting more women representing in political life. I agree. But she is relying on people using their good judgment and better natures to create boundaries.

Not gonna happen. My idea of okay is always going to be different from someone else's. Without clearly negotiated best practices, women's positions will suffer.

Clarify, identify and create an environment that accommodates the people who best understand what the families of this country are going through: people who have families. And that's all of us. See how I did that?

March 08, 2012 10:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're good, that's for sure!!

March 09, 2012 8:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good answer! Accomodation is great and yes, more women do need to become involved but there has to be boundaries too. Babies in meetings? Thats just going too far.

March 09, 2012 8:22 AM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Christopher, now 20, used to sleep in his bucket on my desk when I shlepped him into work with me. But I could get 2 hours, max, out of it, and then I'd have to scoot. And that was only when he was wee. Like, up to 4 months or so. No way could he have been there for hours and hours. Not fair to him, and I'd get nothing done anyway.

Oh, and I owned the company. The only person in the office with me
as a rule was Christer's Dad, and my sister. And when Gilly had her kids, she'd do the same once in awhile.

It's just not a viable solution for any length of time. Having a baby means parents - both of them - have to sort out the details like this. And I would love if what the other guest suggested could happen - that people would be reasonable. But if 'as long as you're nursing' is reasonable, who gets to tell you how long that is workable? Some moms nurse for a loooooooooong time. And I can guarantee someone will interpret that to mean "I can do what I want, I'm still nursing."

I'll write a blog on the dogs on a plane incident later. Yes, it's sorta related.

March 09, 2012 9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't wait to read that!
I can see the discrimination suit now...I can't nurse my baby and so I can't bring mine to work, thats not fair...blah, blah, blah....give an inch trying to be considerate and there is always somebody who is try to take it so far out of context that the employer has to throw up their hands and say forget it, no more.

March 09, 2012 9:49 AM  

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