The Chatterbox

The Chatterbox

News and views from the staff of FamilyEducation.



Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

My mom told me today to be GRATEFUL for my job, a job that so many people would envy. As I was whining about some things I've missed in the past week and during this week while I'm back at work. I know that in my heart, but after the week I've had...I just want to give it all up! It's a tender line we straddle. I remembered that this week when I was told that no, we aren't allowed to leave to go help make sure our kids find their new teacher when they walk to school except for their kindergarten year (with our church staff, whom we trust), when I just wanted to walk out because who in their right mind doesn't let their staff go walk their kids to school! You can tell I'm a little upset by it all. Sigh.
I'm glad you've found a little more confidence in it all. If there's something everyone knows about me at work, it's that my kids always, always come first. Except for the few instances, like this first day of school, where I am not allowed a choice.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Oh, I'm so sorry, Omaha. I have stories to tell, too, of such "rules"--it can make your blood boil. I'm sorry your week was tough...I think sometimes we women also feel that we should be ashamed to say our kids come first but really, of COURSE they do--who could question that, and what employer would even want someone how didn't put their kids first?