• Tue, Apr 5 2011

Poll: Would You Work With Your Parents?

Recently, Deadline reported that Will Smith is going to film a movie with his son, Jaden. Now, Jaden is 12, so working with his dad is different than it would be for you or I. But there are plenty of other, older celebs who’ve teamed up with their parents on projects ranging from clothing labels to albums to collaboratively destroying other people’s self-esteem: Beyoncé and Tina Knowles, Naomi and Wynonna Judd, and Melissa and Joan Rivers.

I can tell you this much. I love my parents, but neither I nor they would think it wise for us to work together. I can only assume that’s not the case for everyone, though, so I’m curious…

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  • Hannah Beth

    I could possibly work with my dad, as long as he understands I’m not his puppet. Could NOT work with my mother. She gets stressed out, which stresses me out, which pisses her off, which stresses me more, etc, etc.

  • Cheryl

    I work summers at an underground gold mine in Nevada. The only reason I am able to do this is because the mine sponsors a program for the college-aged children of their employees. My dad works out there and though he is in a different department, I have worked with him on a few projects.

    In some ways, it sucks. Don’t get me wrong. My dad is a good guy and he loves me and we’re both hard-working people. It’s just that I always have to keep in mind that my father might hear about my goings-on at work. So I have to be very careful not to do any small thing that might reflect on him poorly.

    But it does have its perks. For example, the town we live in (for me it’s just a summertime abode, I live in Denver the rest of the year) is about an hour away from the mine. So we ride an hour each way every morning and afternoon on company-supplied buses. The buses aren’t terrible, but they are usually crowded and warm. On occasion, though, Dad gets a ride from one of his friends in an air-conditioned company truck.

    Also, because gold mining is such a dangerous occupation and because that danger is only compounded underground, summer-hires aren’t allowed down there lightly. Most don’t go down at all. But I wanted to see what it was all about and Dad managed to finagle it so I could could take a tour with him.

    It’s a trade-off.

  • Arnie

    I’ve worked three days as a teacher aide in the unit where my mum works, and I really enjoyed it. But on anything more than a casual basis, I think I would throttle her. Much as I love her, we get on a lot better when I don’t have to see her every day.

    Working with Dad I could probably do for a little while longer, but I don’t particularly want to test the theory too thoroughly.

    On the other hand, I’m highly likely to end up working with my younger brother in a few years’ time, and the idea of that makes me want to move to the North Pole and start making underwear for Santa Claus using only my teeth.

  • Futuralon

    I would. I work with my husband so I don’t see how working with my parents would be substantially different. Any project has a lifespan and then we’d go back to being just family.

  • Shanna

    I worked with my dad for an entire year and it was the worst experience of my life. Never. Agan.

  • M

    I absolutely could not work with my mom. Fortunately she doesn’t work so it’s a non-issue.

    I worked indirectly under my dad for about a year and a half before. He works for a small [employee-wise, not production-wise] homebuilder and I was a sales assistant in one of the developments. He wasn’t around a ton, anywhere from a few times a week to every couple weeks depending on what was happening since we were already selling while parts of the complex were still under construction. Because I still lived with my parents at the time, I was able to get a lot of information that I wouldn’t have otherwise since I was at the bottom of the totem pole. It definitely helped me do my job better, and also improved my interactions with a lot of the residents [though wrangling them wasn't officially my job it became a decent-sized part of it]. The construction foreman was a good friend of his and became a good friend of mine while I worked there too, and when some of the workers would ask if he knew if I was single [since we talked all the time], he’d say ‘DOESN’T MATTER. Stay away, it’s the boss’ daughter!’ I thought it was funny, though after the Hot and Wonderful-Smelling Intern overheard them talking about it and Dad was thanking him for keeping everyone at bay he was afraid to talk to me for a few weeks. I’d say that was pretty much the only downside.

    My brother also worked there, but that’s a whole nother story. It isn’t a reflection of whether it’s necessarily a good or bad idea to work with siblings, it’s just because my brother is.. Special. I started to realize it wasn’t just me being biased against him because he’s my big brother when residents started to sometimes ask [only on days when he didn't work of course], ‘So uhm.. What’s WRONG with your brother?’