No working parent has an easy time separating their career from their home life, and this dad is no exception.
A man posted on Reddit looking for advice about whether he was in the wrong after he refused to cut a work trip short to visit his daughter in the hospital. She was suffering from anorexia and he isn't sure whether she was being "destructive" for "attention" or not. Yeesh.
I (43M) get a call yesterday from my wife (44F) that my daughter (14) has been hospitalized for anorexia. She fainted while hiking with her boyfriend.
My wife says that our daughter wanted to talk to me, so she hands over the phone to our daughter and we talk for a bit.
My daughter asks that I come to the hospital, but I happen to be on business trip, and was scheduled to be in that city until August.
The associate (23F) that accompanied me from my office is relatively new to the firm, and I feel like I need to be there should questions come up on her end.
So I tell my daughter that I had work stuff I couldn’t miss, and that she needed to focus solely on herself.