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How to Stop Your Kids From Ruining Everything at the Office

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Even if you've got childcare squared away for the summer, it's a good idea to prepare for the inevitable -- that day when the babysitter cancels or your child gets sick and your workday gets a lot more complicated. Experts weigh in on the top 10 things to avoid when your child has to spend the day at work with you:

1. Don't assume your kid is as cute to other people as they are to you

It's the whole "other people's children" factor, explains Scott Steinberg, author of The Modern Parent's Guide book series. Not everyone in your office is family friendly.

"As parents it's very easy to assume that everyone loves children, but many of your co-workers will not appreciate the office being turned into a romper room. It's one thing to introduce your child to a co-worker, it's entirely another to force your co-workers into interacting with your child," he says.

With that said, don't be afraid to introduce your child to a few people -- just don't overwhelm them, says Dr. Barbara Greenberg, clinical psychologist and parenting expert.

"They are not there for show and tell. Don't ask them to show off their talents. Just introduce them and move on."

2. Don't take them to meetings

It's better to take a personal day and stay at home with your child than it is to bring them to meetings where sensitive matters may be discussed, Greenberg says.

"The workplace is a serious place. Don't let your child sit in on a meeting that they would subsequently repeat something about later," she explains.

Your child's presence will affect the dynamic and mood of a meeting, and may prevent your colleagues from being as honest or as serious as they need to be in the moment.

3. Don't let them use a computer unsupervised

"There is all sorts of crazy stuff kids can get up to on the Internet," Steinberg warns.

The last thing you want is HR calling you up asking why you've been visiting certain sites on your company computer. "My kid did it" isn't always a viable excuse.

"They could download games that cost a lot of money, chat with random people or visit sites we don't even want to think about. It's the Internet. If they are sitting there bored for eight hours, they're going to do something dumb," he says.

4. Don't let them disrupt co-workers

Just because part of your day will be spent entertaining a child doesn't make the work day any less busy for the rest of the office, Steinberg says.

"When you let them wander around the office chatting with people, it's going to be a distraction," he says. "Give them something to do that holds their attention or they're going to get really restless."

Even people who typically love kids don't always find them so adorable in the workplace, Greenberg warns.

"They shouldn't be touching things on peoples' desks and initiating conversations with people," she says. "Other people will become resentful if they feel like they're entertaining your kid."

5. Don't just come in with your child unannounced

Now that school's out, if you think there's even a slight possibility your child could end up at work with you one day, mention it to your boss now, Greenberg says.

"Make sure you get permission. Instead of just showing up with your kid in tow, go ahead and have that conversation," she says.

If you're a single parent or part of a two-parent household where everyone's working, there's a possibility you'll find yourself in this position before the summer's out, Steinberg advises.

"Unless you're the CEO or chairman of the board, it's going to be a problem if you just come in and plop them down in a conference room."

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