You've heard of "bring your child to work day," but what if you could do that every day? It's a growing trend that's helping working moms find the right balance.
When attorney Chelsie Lamie made partner at her law firm, Rebein, Bangerter, Rebein, P.A., she ensured her partner at home that she wouldn't neglect her roles as wife and mom.
"I don't have the creativity to stay home all the time, but I do really love my baby and I knew I would love my baby and I want my baby close to me," she explained.
Now he's so close, she can hear little Michael's ooos and aaahs coming right from the nursery she built inside her own office.
"Well the baby and I usually arrive around 8:30. We have some help, we have a nanny who comes too," said Chelsie.
The nanny keeps Michael busy while mom's busy working away.
"I'd say productivity has actually gone up with the baby because people are just so happy and excited and energized," Chelsie continued.
"If having the baby here doesn't interfere with the job and in fact eases her mind, makes her more comfortable, spending more time here, then that's a positive thing and that's absolutely turned out to be true," offered Paul Rebein.
"Whenever I can grab a break from the phone or from the computer or meeting with a client or running out of the courthouse, I can come back here and you know, spend about 10 or 15 minutes cuddling, maybe give him a bottle if I have time," Chelsie said.
What's an unusual setting in the downtown building is becoming a growing trend for small businesses nationwide.
"It's not what you think," the new mother explained, "I think a lot of people think it's a lot of screaming and crying and madness. It's not. Babies, until they can crawl, are pretty simple creatures. They just want love and food."
And being able to provide that gives moms like Chelsie an incentive to stay at work.
"I think a lot of companies lose a lot of really highly qualified women because of that. They feel like they need to stay home with the baby," Rebein added.
Amidst the playtime and laughter, there can be a few hiccups.
"Yea, sometimes you have to have a change of clothes before you run into the courthouse, because accidents happen," Chelsie laughed.
However, it's all in a hard day's work for Chelsie and Michael.
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