I'm in my mid-30s and do not have kids. As I've gotten older, I've noticed that colleagues of mine who have families are given more — this will sound bad, but — hall passes when it comes to prioritizing their personal life. For instance, if my coworker needs to leave work early to attend her child's soccer game, that's understood. To *not* understand something like that is becoming increasingly taboo. But if I want to leave work early to pick up a close friend from the airport, that doesn't feel like such an automatically permitted thing — but as someone who's single and childless, my friends ARE my family. I also feel like there's an expectation at play that I'll be willing to stay at work later because I don't have kids to pick up; meanwhile, no one would ask a working parent on my team to attend a 5pm meeting. I'm getting pretty frustrated with this!