Do Children Belong in the Workplace

Do Children Belong in the Workplace? Would you give up your career to spend more time with your children?  This week Adam LaRoche, of the Chicago White Sox’ decision to quit his job after he signed a 2 year commitment for $25 million dollars with the stipulation that it would be ok to bring his son into the clubhouse,  was told he needed to adjust the time his son came to work with him, and more than that, it is unclear where that request came from.

Do Children Belong in the workplace. Would you give up $13 million dollars or quit your job.

Adam and his family spend 8 months out of the year together during the baseball season. During that time his 14 year old son Drake comes to work with him. He has his own locker next to his dad and is known as the 26th man on the roster. He is taken out of school and his parents hire a tutor to come with them so Drake doesn’t get behind in school.

 

 

Would you give up your career and 13 Million Dollars?

There has been question about if it is appropriate to bring young impressionable boys into a locker room or clubhouse where there is questionable language. Maybe the other players didn’t want to put a filter what they say or do, or the topics that might be discussed.

There is so much more to this story than money, I am sure.  Most of us can’t even comprehend making that kind of money, or giving it up to spend a little more time with our children. Many of us work 10 hours a day, 5 or 6 days a week,  to be able to spend some time on the weekends with our children. I can understand that you might want to keep that kind of money and then have your family come up for the weekend if you have this kind of schedule as a sports player, It’s like,   Have your cake and eat it too. 

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What might he be giving up by quitting?

A lifestyle that they are accustomed to –

House

Image

Cars

Prestige

College for his son

Status

 

I think this goes way beyond the money and it was a matter of heart for Adam LaRoche. This is a tweet on Adam’s  twitter page.

Do Children Belong in the Workplace?

There has been other reports in the news lately regarding a cool dad who wrote a tardy note for daughter at school for being late after a Bruce Springstien concert.  This caused a lot of controversy as to what is more important, school or a concert? Tim Tebow while being interviewed was asked about what he thought of this situation, he shared that missing a few hours of school, will not be remembered in the long run, as a child. But spending time with your dad at a concert will be remembered for a lifetime.

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The statistics of children living without their father are terrifying to say the least. Celebrities and sports figures,  normally miss more of the majority of time with their family than with them.

 

“At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, a parent.” Barbara Bush

When I had my first son 21 years ago, I quit my regular job and bought a business that I could bring my son to work with me when he was born. I know this is different than bringing a 14 year old to work. But you never get that time back that you miss. I got to see him crawl and take his first step. He was with me everyday. My husband worked in the same building, so he was there also.

I previously worked at a school not too long ago and it could be frustrating for kids to be absent and parents would be upset if it affected their grades. So I understand it can have “right now” consequences, but in the big scheme of things, it is a small battle. I am thankful now that I am a blogger to be able to work from home.  2 out of my 3 children are older, but my youngest teenager gets my full attention. I work while she is at school and when she is off, I spend it with her.

“If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them and half as much money.” Abigail Van Buren

I believe that Adam LaRoche will be blessed by his decision in the long run,

How do you feel? Do Children belong in the workplace? Did he make a rash decision?

 

 

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27 Comments

  1. No, they don’t. It’s not appropriate to have kids in a situation where they will not get the attention they deserve and probably distract the parent from his or her work.

  2. Wow! I admire his decision, but not sure companies, brands or baseball teams have to accommodate requests like these and allow a child to be present. It’s news though because it’s a guy giving up his job for his kids, when mothers do it all the time. I gave up a six figure job to be at-home with my twins. However, for the amount of money Adam gave up, I’d find a way to spend every minute with my children in the off season, lol or at least do it for two years and create a comfortable legacy and foundation for my children’s future.

    1. That is a lot of money. It could be very lucrative for his childs future. I would hope he really thought about it and didn’t just quit out of anger. He did get the ok to bring his son and then someone changed their mind. I think it is really wonderful that a father wants his child with him. That is rare in this day and age.

  3. I totally agree! Children should know what work is, whether you go to work, or work from home, its important for them to know what you are doing and why.

    1. Other countries bring their kids to work with them and they learn right along with the parents at an early age. I really feel sorry that many children don’t know what to do after they finish high school, just live with mom and dad and let them support them is not the answer.

  4. I made a career change while I was pregnant and pursued my current full time job of being a virtual assistant. I think the question really depends on where the workplace is and what type of environment it is. In the case of the locker room, I think it would probably keep the other players in check since having a young impressionable child around (should be) a morality check! This is a great post though and should bring about some interesting discussion!

  5. This story has kept me fascinated for a couple days now. I go back and forth with it so much, but ultimately, I think that the best choice depends on the family themselves, as well as the nature of the workplace. Great read ­čÖé

  6. I do not believe children belong in the workplace however, I would definitely take time away from work to be with my children. Hence, why I worked to get a job from home before I had any.

  7. Wow I didn’t even know about any of this!! I love the commitment he has to his family. I couldn’t even imagine earning that sort of money but giving up some things you are accustomed too for the sake of your family is something I think a lot of people can relate to regardless of the scale!

  8. I used to be a stay out home mom back when my son was younger. I started the working live then I was tired of the traffic and drive to work, so I worked out a deal with my job and now I work from home and I love it!!

  9. As far as the other players not having a filter and such, while the child may be exposed to some language and things they wouldn’t be exposed to as early, they would still eventually be exposed to it! And since the parents are so involved and present in their child’s life, I would think they’ll have plenty of opportunity to steer their child in the right direction!

  10. Personally, I would love to know who complained about him having his son with him at work.
    Let’s be honest, the kid has school so how often was he there?
    When I was growing up I popped into the bank where my dad worked all the time.
    If he was busy I left but I grew up knowing the people he worked with.

  11. I did give up my career to be home with kids. I think raising happy kids is the best job in the world and I am sure every parent in the world agrees… it’s how we go about it that is so different. I think it’s super important for kids to see their parents during their work hours. Not only it provides a more complete picture of a parent as a person but teaches important lessons about work environment and relationships in the world. Bad language might be in issue in some circles, but kids will hear it from their friends any way. I would rather a parent knew what was being said and could explain what it really means and what is appropriate and what is not.

  12. Kids don’t belong in the work place. I felt so bad about blogging with my disguise around that I needed up finding a school for her. Kids need attention and if your working, you can’t give it to them.

  13. interesting topic. i feel like i don’t really have an educated opinion because i don’t have kids yet and haven’t been put in the situation. thanks for sharing.

  14. I love my kids, but they do not belong in the workplace. There are safety issues, and private company issues that it is just too much liability on both sides. But that is just my opinion.

  15. I think that if you can make it work with your child in your workplace then I think thats great. Most of the time it doesn’t work. If I was in a position to try to make it work then I think I would.

  16. While I don’t feel kids belong in the workplace, I have been known to take my kids to work with me from time to time when I was forced to work outside the home for many hours a week. Now I’m blessed to be a stay-at-home blogger and virtual assistant. I treasure all of my time with my kids because I know how valuable it truly is to have. I’ll grant you that I do spend time with them with a computer between us a good portion of the day, but I still make sure at least half of my day is spent on just them.

    This is a good post and a reminder that money is not everything. There are far more important things in our world than how much we can accumulate materialistic speaking.

    I’m glad you shared this with us on the #HomeMattersParty. We hope to see you when we open our doors again on Friday at 12AM EST.

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