By Shannon Kitzrow, project manager, Carter
ATLANTA (Sept. 27, 2011) – If you are a working parent, you understand balancing work and family can be challenging. Sometimes we find ourselves in a bind when it comes to scheduling meetings or making deadlines on projects. I was recently reminded how fortunate I am to be a member of the Carter team that supports me in both my professional and personal life. For all those working parents out there, this story is for you.
A few weeks ago, I was in one of those no-win situations. My husband and I both had evening work meetings we couldn’t miss. Unfortunately, the meetings were taking place past the time I needed to pick up our son from daycare. In addition, a window in our house had shattered earlier in the week and a contractor was able to repair it that evening. What timing! We do not have family in the area, so our childcare options were limited. It then occurred to me that one of my colleagues, Allison Cummins, had a meeting that afternoon close to my house. Due to our working relationship and Carter’s team-focused culture, I felt comfortable asking her for help.
Allison went to my house, met my contractor, picked up my 20-month-old toddler, fed him and kept him entertained for three hours until we got home. I wish I could say my son was on his best behavior, but in true toddler form he threw his dinner on the floor. He was agitated and I can only imagine Allison trying to decipher his limited vocabulary and calm him down. After all this, she still never complained and seemed genuinely happy to help out. I am fortunate to work with so many great people at Carter. Carter is truly about team- at work and home.