Backup childcare

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Registered: 04-22-2005
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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Registered: 06-27-1998
Fri, 01-16-2009 - 5:15pm

Dh and I take turns or tag team a day and if they aren't too sick, the grandparents usually are happy to care for them and they kids are happy to go there, she makes good jello and has a plasma tv, lol.


PumpkinAngel

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Fri, 01-16-2009 - 5:46pm
I looked it up, and that's exactly what I was hoping to find. Parents in a Pinch seems to be exclusive to Massachusetts, but maybe there is something similar around here. I knew there had to be SOMETHING that parents can use if the parents can't take the day off, can't take the kids to work, and there are no relatives/neighbors available that particular day either. "Parents in a Pinch" has a much more pleasant ring to it than "When the Crap Hits the Fan", LOL.
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Registered: 01-09-2009
Fri, 01-16-2009 - 6:32pm
I am the back-up. Knock on wood my kids don't get sick often but when they have, I take the day off from work.
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Registered: 05-27-1998
Fri, 01-16-2009 - 9:16pm

It's really in the best interest of many companies to arrange something like this for their parents because it helps productivity as well as morale. Parents show up to do their jobs, their peers don't have to pick up their slack, and no one resents their colleagues for having kids and getting "special treatment."


I can see how it wouldn't be cost effective for small business to contract with back-up childcare companies, but for larger ones, I can't think of a downside.

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Registered: 06-27-1998
Sat, 01-17-2009 - 9:06am

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PumpkinAngel

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Registered: 01-09-2009
Sat, 01-17-2009 - 9:30am
I am sure she was speaking of AFTER the child was visibly sick.
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Registered: 03-21-2001
Sat, 01-17-2009 - 9:44am

Funny you should ask. I was asked this by a coworker. He works full time. So does his wife. They have two boys.

I looked at him like he had two heads. "What do you do when your kid is sick and can't go to daycare? How do you find a back up babysitter?"

You don't. You stay home. Good luck finding someone who wants to watch a sick kid at the last minute.

That's the answer.

Seriously - I don't live anywhere near my family. The only, and I mean only, people I know willing to care for a sick child is a family member. You'd have to have a REALLY good friend to be willing to risk infecting their family. Truthfully, when your child is sick, they need to be at home.

But you know, my husband and I are in our late 30's (he's 40). We've been working a long time. We have sick time to use for this. And sometimes, we split the day (each working half day), and make up the time over the weekend. Our schedules are flexible enough that we can do this (I'm not working an 8-hour shift at a box factory, for example).

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Registered: 03-27-2000
Sat, 01-17-2009 - 10:24am
Not to mention that someone can be sick but not be contagious.
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Registered: 04-22-2005
Sat, 01-17-2009 - 2:01pm

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You don't. You stay home. Good luck finding someone who wants to watch a sick kid at the last minute.

That's the answer.>>

What if neither parents can stay home that day? What if, say, they'd get fired if they did, and they can't afford to lose their job right now?

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Registered: 12-12-2008
Sat, 01-17-2009 - 4:19pm

Maybe they should go find a different job that is more friendly and accomodating toward people with children.


Maybe people should change jobs before they have children to a place that is more family-friendly.

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