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15 Signs Your Co-Worker Has a Toddler

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

  1. 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.
  2. Their office space is filled with hand/foot print art or paintings that look inspired by Jackson Pollock.
  3. You may find them at the coffee machine more than once, twice, or (most likely) 10 times during the day.
  4. 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.”
  5. They may be wearing mismatched socks.
  6. They are always willing to chat about anything not related to kids.
  7. working-mom-kissing-her-son-hello-at-bright-horizons-centerYou may catch them humming the Sesame Street theme song.
  8. 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.
  9. They are the “go to” person for snacks – “Goldfish, Cheerios, cereal bar – anyone?”
  10. They may have a serene look on their face at work because, for some, being at work is like a spa vacation.
  11. They can sit patiently through boring hour-long meetings – who knew potty training had some work benefits?!
  12. They most likely have a toy in one of their pockets.
  13. They are highly talented at multi-tasking, even when a co-worker is jabbering away at them.
  14. They opt out of office drama because surely they get enough drama at home.
  15. They know how to listen and craft creative solutions to problems.


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