Today I overheard one of my hygienists speaking on the phone in the break room today while I was getting ready to leave. She then began to vent to one of our other hygienists. She must've forgotten about the fact that I have ears...And I received quite an earful. She was going on and on with something along the lines of:
"I'm sick of everyone in the office with children getting special treatment, with being able to leave early while we have to stay to cover them. (So and so) has to get the kid from daycare/the sitter, OR the kid has to go to the doctor, OR some other child-related reason. OR the kid is sick so mommy or daddy has to stay home with him. Yet those who either CAN'T or DON'T have children don't get to leave early or miss work. I woke up late...... But that isn't as good a reason as her kid waking up late for school or having the damn sniffles, and MY doctor's appointment takes second place to (X's kid's) school field trip as a reason to take time off. I get written up if I'm late because I have to get my car, but [so and so] can stroll in late if they play the Baby Card... no prob. What the (explicit)?!"
She complained about my associate closing the office Tues. because of the school weather closing. In return, her losing a days worth of pay. Wahhh.
1) My staff with kids, (a good majority), called me AHEAD of time and told me about the Tuesday closing, which I was aware of, and were unable to come in. Fine. Several patients also cancelled their appointments.
While having children may come with many "perks and rewards" it also comes with a TON of responsibilities that you DONT get to clock out from. If there are any of you out there without children, keep that in mind the next time you see a co-worker leave for what may seem like afternoon of "freedom", it is really the beginning of a night of tears, the ER, school suspensions, and cleaning up the vomit of a sick child, etc. Tending to a sick child is NOT a vacation.
What do you think? Do working women with children get "special treatment?" If so, is it justified?