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by Dana Wilkie / April 7, 2016

Baseball player’s retirement ignites debate over parents bringing children to work

When baseball player Adam LaRoche announced last month that he was leaving the Chicago White Sox because he was asked to limit his son’s presence in the clubhouse, the news triggered a public conversation about the propriety of taking children to work.

With “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” approaching April 28, it seems an ideal time to ask: When it comes to bringing kids to work, what is and isn’t appropriate?

“The essence of this [LaRoche] story is a culture clash between a workforce that increasingly wants to be more present and involved in their children’s lives and a workplace that is operating by rules that say work and family should be separate,” said Ellen Galinsky, president and co-founder of the Families and Work Institute (FWI) in New York City.

What’s Appropriate?

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