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A famous IBM employee took her baby to an IBM conference and had to deal with a smart aleck

The man’s comments were annoying and out of line, and yet he felt compelled (and entitled) to share them with a total stranger.

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My cousin Bernadette L. posted this, and I love this article. This is always been a struggle for me, and while it affects all parents, it does affect mothers the most still. It’s always been my kid first just like the subject of this article. While some of my bosses were understanding, most were not as much as they thought, because they were either not parents themselves, parents whose children were already adults (so they weren’t parenting as much), or the non-primary caregiver parent. I liked her hashtag of #motherworking rather than #workingmother. Sorry, companies, but we are happy to work and help your companies succeed, but true quality of life is not defined by your job. It’s defined by the relationships you have with your family and friends. This is why I’m not TechCommGeek, but rather TechCommGeekMom. My role as a mother to my son is that important to me. And if you know me and want me to work with you, this is a very important part of who I am as a worker. If more companies took the time to truly understand the benefits of flex schedules and flexibility of work for people to support their children, allowing parents to show their children the benefits of hard work while still being attentive parents–everybody wins. The contractor in the story was out of line. It wasn’t his business to criticize in any case. What if her babysitter fell through that day and she didn’t have a choice, yet she was still fulfilling her work obligations? He sounds like the kind of guy who left all the parenting to his wife and didn’t understand what a hassle it actually is to bring your kid in. Excellent article. What do you think? Include your comments below. –TechCommGeekMom

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Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog. All content is the owner's opinions, and does not reflect those of her employers past or present.

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