Toddlers Take Precedent
I am a working mom. I work full time. I run my own consulting company with no-one to provide back-up or coverage. being a one women team means I’m on my own for meetings, so I had better not get sick or have a flat tire because there is no-one else who can step in and pick up my slack from time to time. Being a one person team is interesting. Truthfully, most day’s I love it. Some days, it’s challenging, especially days like today when I’m at my desk before 5am trying to make a 9am deadline. Without support, I simply have no-one to help me in time-crunch situations.
And then there’s days like yesterday…
You see, I didn’t mark an all day / all evening meeting in Mr. MPB’s calendar – somehow I marked the day portion of the meeting, but the not evening portion. And, Mr. MPB, booked an evening meeting for the exact same time, which was odd considering he basically never works in the evening.
Mr. MPB had to be at his meeting. I also had to be at my meeting.
We evaluated every option we could think of including bringing Little MPB to one of our meetings, which we quickly deemed not an option. Neither of us could reschedule our meetings. We couldn’t get a mid-week baby-sitter.
In the end, I did something I never thought possible – at 9am, at the beginning of my meeting, I announced that I would have to leave at 5pm due to evening childcare arrangements falling through.
Some people in the meeting looked genuinely shocked that I’d leave prior to completion of a meeting that had been booked for 2+ months. One person simply said, toddlers takes precedent and with that, the energy in the room shifted and everyone nodded in agreement.
So come 5pm, I packed up my bag, and excused myself from the meeting.
And like that, I did something I never thought I could do. Honestly, I still feel horribly guilty about it, mainly because the mix-up at our house was fully my fault. But, I also don’t regret it, because my toddler does take precedent. Every. Single. Time.
Had I worked for a larger company, it’s likely someone else could have been there in my place. But it’s also likely, I would have been pulled aside and lectured for not having my priorities straight. And you know what, I’m really okay with not having someone lecture me for choosing my family.
In fact, my family is a large part of the reason I work for myself, at all hours of the day.
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