Working moms have it tough. Not only does it usually mean you have to leave your child for hours every day, either in daycare or with a child care provider, but there are times when a mother would really just like to stay home. Maybe her kid gets sick and can't go to school. Maybe, as a lot of moms in New Jersey and New York are dealing with right now, schools are closed due to Hurricane Sandy. Then there's just those random holidays or snow storms that mean no school but you've still got work. I always thought it was weird that more companies didn't offer daycare on the premises. Well, actually, it's not that weird. Companies are about the bottom line, and on site daycare is an extra expense. But some moms are lucky enough to have jobs that let them take their children to work. And Katie Holmes is one of them.
Katie is currently in rehearsals for a Broadway show called Dead Accounts. She was recently snapped carrying her daughter, Suri, and Suri's stuffed animal, into the theater. (I don't think Suri has feet, actually.)
Katie isn't exactly like all working moms. She gets hefty child support payments from her megamovie star ex, Tom Cruise. No doubt she could hire a nanny. This photo was snapped over the weekend, so Suri wouldn't have been in school. But it's quite possible that Katie, like the rest of downtown New York, where she lives, was without power for awhile. And maybe her regular help (presuming she has it?) couldn't make it in. Maybe Suri was freaked out by everything happening in New York. Maybe she just wanted to spend some quality time with her daughter. Whatever the reason, Katie decided to bring Suri along to work with her. (On a side note, check out Suri's leopard print coat!)
Katie's star caliber allows her to do this. I imagine most of the working moms on Broadway shows aren't given the same luxury. And you can forget it if, say, you're a costume designer or set designer or lighting designer or one of the many other jobs women hold on Broadway. So Katie is extremely fortunate in this respect.
Wouldn't it be great if all moms could do the same occasionally? I'm not saying that kids should be running around offices, possibly disturbing workers. It's an unfortunate fact that a lot of moms wouldn't even tell their kid to keep it down while others are trying to work. But in emergency situations, it would be nice if this was an option that moms didn't feel guilty asking for.
Do you think moms should be able to bring their children to work sometimes?
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