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working moms, what do you do if your child is sick?

I read an interesting article in parents magazine. Unless you have a high ranked job or wah position, it's not that easy to just call off work if your child is sick. Not everyone has a relative or friend nearby to help out...what do you do? I'm a sahm and when I get back to the work world I kinda fear this. Not every job is lenient. if my so has the flu ZI won't be able to just take off work for a week...I'd lose my job!

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Owl_Feather

Asked by Owl_Feather at 10:31 PM on Aug. 2, 2010 in Money & Work

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    txdaniella

    Answer by txdaniella at 10:32 PM on Aug. 2, 2010

  • I am a teacher at a small private school, we do not have a sub pool. It is hard on the staff when someone is out. My hubby has a job that he can usually (usually) work from home if needed. So, unless he has a meeting that he must be there and can not just participate by phone, he will stay home. If he can't, then I'll stay home.
    layh41407

    Answer by layh41407 at 10:34 PM on Aug. 2, 2010

  • My boss is understanding however children get sick a lot and I do feel bad but my son comes first. I'll sometimes have to call my mom so she can come over and watch my son but then again I feel guilty! Unless my son is really really sick, I'll stay home. Good Luck!!
    rosadnr

    Answer by rosadnr at 10:40 PM on Aug. 2, 2010

  • I was lucky i had a boss who understood. im not that lucky aanymore but have seen alot more understanding than i thought i would. though honestly, knock on wood, my kidlets dont get sick so often. so its not a big concern of mine.
    Shani527

    Answer by Shani527 at 10:42 PM on Aug. 2, 2010

  • I'm a teacher, and accumulate 10 sick days each school year plus 3 personal days...and I can take 1/2 days...so I work it out with my husband who also has some flexibility in his job and can work from home. If he has a meeting then I'll stay home in the morning or afternoon, and then he relieves me and I go to work.

    However, between weekends, school vacations, holidays, and early dismissals I only had to take one sick day last year for one of my children. :o)
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 10:44 PM on Aug. 2, 2010

  • I work at a daycare center where 4 of my 5 kids are enrolled (the oldest is in high school)... if 1 of my kids are sick & their dad (who I am separated from) can't watch them then either my mom or his does... typically mine since she doesn't work & his is an RN & works long days. There is rarely a time I have ever called off due to a sick child (even before I worked at the daycare)... unless I was too sick to go in.
    CrazyMammaOf4

    Answer by CrazyMammaOf4 at 10:45 PM on Aug. 2, 2010

  • My supervisor is very very understanding, as she is a mother also. I also get a good amount of PTO (personal time off/vacation time), actually I get 9.5 hrs every pay so it does add up. I do have my parents who will stay with them but if they are really sick and for longer than 2 days, I never have a problem calling out of work. Kids come first ,and jobs should understand this.
    lneeson

    Answer by lneeson at 10:49 PM on Aug. 2, 2010

  • My husband & I are both have jobs where we can work from home if necessary. I don't think we've had to call out for our son being sick since before we took the jobs we have now. Before we had jobs where we could work from home, my MIL would watch our son if we absolutely could not call out from work.
    Journey311

    Answer by Journey311 at 10:58 PM on Aug. 2, 2010

  • LOL! Well, as a former working mother, I worked all the whole time my kids were growing up. My husband and I mostly took turns taking care of the kids if they were sick, otherwise, we had one of the grandmas to do it. Now, as a grandma myself, I will keep the grandkids if they need me to.
    m-avi

    Answer by m-avi at 12:03 AM on Aug. 3, 2010

  • I take the day off when my kid is sick. I've never had an issue with it over the 13 years I've been a parent.
    deadheadjen

    Answer by deadheadjen at 8:22 AM on Aug. 3, 2010

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