Parents vs Steps: Taking time off work for kid stuff
I just finished listening to an interview on NPR w/ Diane Rehm and an author who was talking about women in business.
When I was single, I often worked late or went in early or worked holidays because my colleagues had families at home. It was no big deal for my Mom friends to take off at 3pm to get their kids to an activity.
But, I found that once I was married with step kids, my (male) bosses didn't seem to think that me taking off early to get the kids to/from something was on par with my female colleagues who did the same for their bio kids. Their response was usually "Why can't their parents take care of that?"
For discussion...do you think that step parents should be treated like parents in the workplace? I realize that some jobs (like the one I have right now) do not afford ANY parent much flexibility. But in the work places where flexibility to take your kids to an appointment, get them on a half day, etc are the norm, should SPs be included in that flexibility?