Backup childcare

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Backup childcare
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Thu, 01-15-2009 - 10:15am
What do WOHMs generally use for backup childcare if their kid is sick, so the daycare won't take them, and neither parent can leave work stay home with them that particular day? This is not a rhetorical question today. I always hear about how people should have a backup plan - but where the heck can you send sick kids (just a cold)? Today DS will be in class with me, but it's a last resort.
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Thu, 01-15-2009 - 1:17pm
I work pt and have a lot of flexibility with my schedule, except for a few weeks a semester when things are extremely crazy. I can usually reschedule appointments to stay home with a sick kid. My mom and dh's parents are also available, so it's rarely been a problem. But last year, dd1 seemed to catch every bug there was and missed 20 days of school. That was a little stressful for me, but fortunately, she's back to her usual good health and hasn't missed a day of school this year.
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Registered: 12-19-2006
Thu, 01-15-2009 - 1:54pm
I have a live-in Nanny for my daughter, she goes home EOW.

Lee

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Registered: 11-08-2006
Thu, 01-15-2009 - 2:39pm

We have our nanny for that kind of coverage. In lieu of her, dh can go in late and I can come home early.

If a kid needs to be picked up from school, their grandparents are usually available to do that.

eileen

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Registered: 11-08-2006
Thu, 01-15-2009 - 2:42pm

I should add that when they were much younger, my best friend (who was a wahm running her own dc) would watch them for me. She was a godsend when we were in a jam.

eileen

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Thu, 01-15-2009 - 3:01pm

I've been that bad mom who keeps her teen home from high school so that they can watch their brother. There were conditions: no tests or any thing important happening at school that day.

Chris

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett

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Registered: 01-05-2000
Thu, 01-15-2009 - 3:08pm

Fortunately, it didn't happen all that often. Dylan wasn't that sick when he was in dc other than odd cold or allergy attack. He even had little to no sick days in school either. In fact, it was Joy who was the sickest. Between migrains and all the colds she caught when she volunteered in Kindergarten. She caught all those illnesses that kids get when they start school at age 19. One of the downfalls of homeschooling.

Chris

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Thu, 01-15-2009 - 3:17pm
She allowed sick kids in her daycare?
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Thu, 01-15-2009 - 4:03pm

catching this late because i was at the preschool all morning.

 

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Thu, 01-15-2009 - 6:33pm
It's not specifically prohibited to bring children to work, but I don't think it's specifically allowed either. If Joe was older and able to sit quietly and read or something that would be fine, but it's certainly a distraction to have a toddler wandering about the room babbling and squealing while I'm trying to explain the difference between independent and dependent variables. The good thing is that we had almost finished with everything we were scheduled to cover this week after Tuesday's class, so class today was only 30 minutes long instead of the usual hour.
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