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.
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