While I respect any business owner’s right to set their own hours, work when they want to work and run their business on their terms, not all parents stay at home during the day.
This is prompted by a local add I saw from a photographer, who was giving away a photo session for “tween” girls: ages 10-12. It was supposed to be empowering to the girls and help them see themselves in a different light.
The sessions are only held for a limited time. However, all the sessions are only held during the day; Monday – Wednesday; no nights or weekends. I let her know we’d have to decline, because I’d only have on Friday, during the day off (which I requested).
I received a very nice “PC” response. “Yes, I totally understand that would be difficult! I’m a working parent as well, so my studio is open during the week…”
Ok, stop right there. As a business owner, you are not in the same class of “working parents” as those who report to someone else. You are your own boss, you set your hours, so please do not think you are comparing apples to apples, because that’s simply not accurate.
For my family too, weekends are family time. However, I sit on a board for a non-profit, and sometimes my weekend schedule needs adjusting. I think it’s equally important for young girls to see that if a woman wants/needs to work, that there are businesses who accommodate their schedules and are open during non-traditional work hours.
If the medical industry has finally started to figure this out, I think the majority of businesses can as well; or at least make an attempt to do so. It’s just really frustrating, as a parent, that my daughter loses out on many opportunities because so many local businesses and community organizations only give priority to those parents who stay at home or are free during the day.