Typically, colleagues in my department who have children under 13 to about 16 miss occasional meetings because of child care issues.
It's a gorgeous day out. My bike is back from the shop after its spring tune up.
I wonder if I can tell my colleagues that I have an inner-child care issue and have to miss our afternoon meeting today?
(The folks who have child care issues have minimal sense of humor about the problem of missing meetings. I could not make this joke with any of my current colleagues who have children. There's a retired colleague who would laugh, though.)
Children trump everything. On one level, I get that. On another, I think that if you know there's a meeting at work--and this isn't a last minute, emergency thing--you should find other care for your child, even if you have to pay a babysitter. I know it costs money, but I'm tired of being asked to always pick up the slack.
**OMG, as I hit post, a parade of little kids from the subsidized day care center (subsidized by our low pay being less than it otherwise would be) coming around doing a fund raiser. Seriously, can we NOT have a parade of kids disrupting the workplace?