Why Parents Need Coworking

It’s usually quiet in our coworking space at nido. But yesterday, I heard it. My daughter’s cries: “See Mommy, see Mommy!” I waited. I didn’t know if this was a tussle in the classroom, or if she really needed me. Luckily, I know I can count on our teacher to let me know if I’m needed. And then the message came through. I was, in fact, needed.

I went back to her right away. She had a bump forming on her forehead and she desperately wanted to be held by Mama. This was what I always dreaded when I had to drop her off at daycare before we started nido - that she would get hurt while I was gone, and I wouldn’t be there to offer her comfort. In that moment, I was so grateful that I could be there for my baby.

As soon as she was feeling better and was ready to go back to the classroom, I sent her on her way, and I went back to the coworking space. The other parents were concerned, so I told them what happened, and they shared with me their own stories of bumps and bruises. My worries were soothed, and I got back to work.

For me, this is a dream scenario. Every day, my daughter and I get ready for school and work together. We pack our lunches, we get dressed, we talk about what we’re going to do that day. And then we go to the same place - nido. I help her get her shoes off and hands washed, and then she’s off to spend the morning playing and learning with her friends. I might check in with her for a mid-morning nursing session, or pop in to see a special birthday celebration or cooking activity, but for the most part, I get quiet time to work and do the things I need to do to cultivate my own sense of self apart from my daughter. And then when those boo-boos happen, I’m there right away to be her Mama.

This is a wonderful situation for my daughter and me, but the benefits don’t stop there. nido has brought a level of enrichment and community to my life that I never could have anticipated. I spend my days surrounded by other parents who care about the same things I care about and who are struggling with the same things I’m struggling with. Sure, our details may differ, but I get the sense that we understand where each other is coming from, and we’re there to support one another in our individual journeys. We commiserate over bedtime schedules, we collaborate on events, we schedule play dates, we may even end up working together. It’s a special place to be.

Bull City Coworking, Mercury Studio, and American Underground have been holding down the coworking scene in Durham, NC for awhile now. We know that coworking is great for freelancers, remote workers, and self-employed folks. They need the community that they can’t get in their home office, they need exposure to ideas other than their own, and they need support and someone to troubleshoot with.

The thing is, many parents need these things, too. And they need to be able to bring their kids with them. That’s what we’ve created at nido: a space for both you and your child to find community and to do the things you need to do to grow into the person you want to be. Please get in touch if you’d like to join us.