The business of events, for mums…

Rosie & Codie This whole topic of juggling babies with modern day life has resurfaced itself for me.  Obviously it is not a coincidence, it’s all to do with Sherry #3.

And with a new baby I think again about how I can get out and involved with events.  It’s always a tricky one, that is never straightforward and often stressful, at least for the mother involved 🙂

With my two previous boys I was never really in the position or mindframe to take them to events with me.  At that stage I wasn’t really participating in events and didn’t have the confidence to take them out with me, but that was 6/7 years ago now.  Things have changed since then where I have been much more active in organising and attending web and software testing related events for the past 5 years or so.

Now that I am juggling young baby-ness again, it has made me think about all the challenges that are involved. And also how much more willing and confident I am to just ask and/or bring a baby or kid along to an event.  This is not something I would have done in the past and probably not something most mothers would do.

I think, as a community, we should be encouraging women/families more.  Of course, this includes men wanting to bring kids along too, women is just a generalisation.  It by no way means that events would get overtaken by children, I think most parents wouldn’t let this happen 🙂

The reality is often that event organisers don’t actually mind having kids/babies around, as long as they don’t ruin the event for others, but this is rarely communicated.

I now ask the organisers of events if it is ok to come along with my baby.  No one has said no to me yet, but should I have to ask?

So, I thought why not have a sign showing an event is ‘kid friendly’?  Much like the Disabled sign we are all so familiar with. Or like a more recent ‘Breastfeeding Friendly’ sign that many public locations are promoting?

 

 

Would this encourage more women to come along to events?

 

3 comments on “The business of events, for mums…

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    For native english speaking people it is not that difficult to have their kids at a conference. But I as a non native english speaking person, who’s kids are also do not speak one word english yet. It is not that easy to leave kids alone with other kids if they do not understands them.

    But indeed a new sign for family friendly is a good idea. There is also another problem I think. In my professional life, I do not meet that many woman. In fact in my company they are only at departments like HRM or so. Not in technical departments. The too-few-woman problem starts at school. It is time to have more woman in technical departments at school. The rest will follow.

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    Hello. Very interesting article for me. I have never thought about this problem unless my daughter was born. Though I am not very active in attendint the event – but even to think about that and where shoudl I put Kathy at this time make me a bit sick.
    Generally I feel that at least in Ukraine and Czech Republik, the two countries that I have worked in, mums with children are not welcommed even in the company life. It is more troublesome for managers to keep the track of sick days, when mums need to look after the child and so on. Especially if they are not allowing working from home. It would be nice to have mums with kids friendly corporate society.

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    Hello. Very interesting article for me. I have never thought about this problem unless my daughter was born. Though I am not very active in attendint the event – but even to think about that and where shoudl I put Kathy at this time make me a bit sick.
    Generally I feel that at least in Ukraine and Czech Republik, the two countries that I have worked in, mums with children are not welcommed even in the company life. It is more troublesome for managers to keep the track of sick days, when mums need to look after the child and so on. Especially if they are not allowing working from home. It would be nice to have mums with kids friendly corporate society.

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