Governor Says: NH State Workers Can Bring Their Babies To Work in 2020
Man, I wish this law was in effect in 1992 and I worked for the State!
Yesterday, according to WMUR, Governor Chris Sununu signed an executive order that says State employees could bring their infants aged 6 weeks to 6 months in to the office while they work.
If you are a new Mother or Father, you know the feeling of having to leave your infant and go back to work, it's just gut-wrenching. I remember it well when my son Colin was just a baby and I had to go back to the office. I used to BEG the babysitter to try and keep him up until I got home at 5:30pm because after he fell asleep, he was asleep and I couldn't wake him for the life of me. (oh yes, I tried!) All I wanted to do is to see that smile on his face and I would come home to a peaceful, sleeping baby. I remember the feeling of missing out on everything. We call it FOMO today, but back then, it was just known as heartbreak. I ended up quitting that day job so I could see him during the day and taking a night job when he was asleep. I was exhausted, but every smile I got to see was worth it.
The only thing about this executive order is, I wonder how it will affect the other people in the office. What if the baby is a distraction, because believe me, if there was a baby here at the office, I would get ZERO work done. If it was MINE, I certainly wouldn't, so I'm not sure how this is going to work, I'm just glad it's an option now,.
The initiative will begin on January 1, 2020.