Amy Poehler Really Resents the Question Men Keep Asking About Her Kids

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Comic actor Amy Poehler loves her kids, but there's one question about her little tykes she finds odd and annoying, at least in the context of the many business meetings she attends: where are your kids? 

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"I have these meetings with really powerful men and they ask me all the time, ‘Where are your kids? Are your kids here?’ " she said during a recent interview with Fast Company. "It’s such a weird question. Never in a million years do I ask guys where their kids are. It would be comparable to me going to a guy, ‘Do you feel like you see your kids enough?’ "

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Good point -- there's such a double standard where people assume moms' lives revolve around their kids while men's don't. Even though I work, no matter where I go or who I speak to, one of the first questions out of their mouths is, "How's your daughter? Where is she?" It's as if they're surprised to see she's not permanently glued to my side!

And I think this assumption ends up damaging working moms, because it perpetuates the expectation that when kids do need a parent -- for instance, if they're sent home sick from school -- the mom will be the one expected to juggle him like a hot potato while she gets her work done. Meanwhile, dad continues undisturbed in his office.

That's not fair, people. So before you ask a working mom anything about her kids, ask yourself: would you throw that same question at the dad, too?

Do people ask you about your kids more than you'd like?

 

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