15 Signs Your Co-Worker Has a Toddler
When you work at a company that provides child care and preschool education, you find yourself taking a unique view of your co-workers. When you consider how family life spills into work (and vice versa), it’s no wonder that one can easily spot signs that a co-worker has an infant or school-age child or dogs or is married or is single. But there’s something unique about working parents with toddlers. There’s a certain resiliency in their attitude, an “I can take on any challenge” look. Afterall, they most likely have faced a 30-minute temper tantrum in the recent past. And if you’re still unsure, here are 15 signs your co-worker has a toddler.
Common Traits of Working Parents with Toddlers
- They look like they’ve already worked a full day when they arrive in the morning – because getting toddlers ready for school is a full-time job.
- Their office space is filled with hand/foot print art or paintings that look inspired by Jackson Pollock.
- You may find them at the coffee machine more than once, twice, or (most likely) 10 times during the day.
- They easily take in stride “far out there” requests from clients/co-workers/managers because they get these all the time — “Cut my toast in triangles not squares.” “I want to wear my Hello Kitty rain boots to the beach.”
- They may be wearing mismatched socks.
- They are always willing to chat about anything not related to kids.
- You may catch them humming the Sesame Street theme song.
- Getting a “No” answer to a request doesn’t phase them – they’ve learned from the best about how to keep asking until the other person caves.
- They are the “go to” person for snacks – “Goldfish, Cheerios, cereal bar – anyone?”
- They may have a serene look on their face at work because, for some, being at work is like a spa vacation.
- They can sit patiently through boring hour-long meetings – who knew potty training had some work benefits?!
- They most likely have a toy in one of their pockets.
- They are highly talented at multi-tasking, even when a co-worker is jabbering away at them.
- They opt out of office drama because surely they get enough drama at home.
- They know how to listen and craft creative solutions to problems.
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