Childfree People Are Talking About Facing Double Standards At Work, And It's So Sadly Relatable

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As someone who has chosen not to have children, I know firsthand that it can be hard for some people to understand my decision. This choice has also sometimes put me in positions where managers or coworkers assume that I'm going to be more available to work than others who "have families." And I know I'm not the only one.

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So when Nedra Tawwab tweeted, "I don't know who needs to hear this, but: Being childfree doesn't mean being more available," it really struck a chord with a lot of people.

Lots of people in the replies shared stories about bosses telling them they "don't have a family" and should work on holidays and other less-desired shifts just because they don't have kids of their own. Um, childfree people didn't hatch out of pods, folks.

We would ~also~ like to get home at a reasonable hour.

And we deserve to value our time too.

People also rightly pointed out that childfree people may be in school or doing other activities that take up a lot of time outside of work.

Others pointed out that childfree people often have other obligations, like helping other family members or volunteer work.

And some people might actually want to have kids but they don't or can't due to circumstances outside their control. Our reproductive status can be a really sensitive topic, and bosses shouldn't be bringing it up to guilt us into working more.


And a few people pointed out that companies need to solve these scheduling problems without pitting workers against each other.

Others shared their absolutely inspiring boundary-setting advice.

Repeat after me, "I have a commitment."

And finally, this is an absolutely wild solution to a problem nobody would be having in the first place if bosses would just treat workers equitably.