Just read this and wheep:
Parents may feel entitled to leave work early now and then so as to accommodate the needs of their children, but that doesn’t mean their childless coworkers will agree. Aiming to bring the same benefits to the grumbling employees left behind is The Office Kid, a New York company that provides an all-purpose work excuse in the form of a fictitious “child.”
For just USD 19.95, disgruntled childless workers can get what The Office Kid calls a “kid in a kit,” including a framed picture of a child, original kid’s artwork for cubicle display and a welcome letter with suggested starter excuses. Customers can choose the gender and ethnicity of their child, and optional extras‚Äîranging from USD 5 to USD 10‚Äîinclude sports team photos, doctor’s notes on “official” stationery, and additional kid’s artwork. The Office Kid explains: “No muss, no fuss, just a seemingly tangible excuse to hit the road early for 9 holes, sporting events or a ticket to do absolutely nothing.”
Boy, am I glad I don’t need this Fake Kid kit! First of all: I have 2 real life kids and tons of drawings, pictures, artwork and so on and second: I don’t need excuses to leave the office early because I’m not working in an office… Obviously, this is a joke (at least, I hope so) but I get the idea. I can imagine people without kids are sometimes annoyed by us parents leaving early or not showing up at all. Then again, the people buying this kit should also get midnight calls (at least 3 times a night) to give them that exhausted look real parents so often get from leaving their warm beds in the middle of the night to soothe a sick kid!