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Becky - posted on 10/28/2010

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I haven't actually come across that attitude, but I can certainly believe that some employers would have it. Although I'm a SAHM now, most of my former coworkers were moms with young children. So were many of the supervisors. I don't think any of them ever encountered this attitude. However, I worked in a VERY heavily female dominated profession (child welfare). So really, this attitude would not have gotten the organization very far, as the majority of employees were either mothers or young women of childbearing age!

Johnny - posted on 10/28/2010

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Seems pretty realistic. I hear a lot of that, although, I've noticed it more commonly coming from female managers.

I'm lucky to have a very supportive manager, and my male co-workers are very involved in co-parenting their kids. All 4 of the people on my team have kids, all under 13. We've all had occasions that our manager has firmly made clear that the kids come first and we've either had to take time off or adjust our schedules. However, our manager is a grandfather who takes one day a week to care for his grandson, his wife does the same. So he may be a little more compassionate about these things than most.

Jenn - posted on 10/28/2010

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I've never experienced that, but then again I am a SAHM :P Plus, most women I know who have kids and work outside the home take their full maternity leave which is like a year, so they don't have tiny little babies when they go back to work.

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