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
Sat, 01-17-2009 - 4:33pm

<<I am sure she was speaking of AFTER the child was visibly sick. >>


....and again, if that was the case, then hardly anyone would ever get sick...however, often symptoms don't appear until after the spread of germs/infection and sometimes once the symptoms appear, there isn't any spreading of germs, other than the normal everyday sharing of germs that is.


PumpkinAngel

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Registered: 06-27-1998
Sat, 01-17-2009 - 4:34pm

Yes.


PumpkinAngel

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Registered: 03-27-2000
Sat, 01-17-2009 - 4:47pm

You say that like it's easy to change jobs. In this economy, people are often lucky to have the job they do. Yeah, it sucks that certain workplaces are not flexible but that's the way it is for some people and they don't have the luxury of just finding a new job so easily. Why don't people who don't have health insurance through work such that they have to use govt funded insurance for their families just look for another job that does have health insurance? I don't mean that as a slight - I'm just trying to illustrate a point that your suggestion isn't as simple as just finding a new job.

Unfortunately, the places that are often the most inflexible are places that employ low-wage workers, workers that don't necessarily have the skills to easily change jobs. And though they might not get fired for taking a day off when they have a sick kid, it's possible that they simply can't afford to take an unpaid day off in order to care for their child.

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Registered: 05-14-2006
Sat, 01-17-2009 - 4:57pm

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Registered: 01-09-2009
Sat, 01-17-2009 - 6:46pm
I agree with you. I also think people need to be at a job long enough (if possible) to get enough vacation, sick and personal time before they have kids so if they need to take days, they can. I was at my job for over 3 years before I had my first child and I had plenty of time if I needed to take days off with her. Same with my 2nd child. I was at my job for 8 years and had accumlated time also.
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Registered: 05-14-2006
Sat, 01-17-2009 - 6:56pm
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Registered: 01-09-2009
Sat, 01-17-2009 - 7:11pm
I guess I've been at my job so long now that I don't remember what happened with vacation time for me at other jobs before that-lol!! I also would just take my weeks given to me as I didn't need to keep them for anyone else being sick except for myself.
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Registered: 01-05-2000
Sat, 01-17-2009 - 10:01pm

So after you have kids, you can't change jobs? You're just stuck?

Chris

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

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Registered: 03-21-2001
Sat, 01-17-2009 - 10:25pm

You know, I guess it depends on severity.

I could be at home, sick, puking my guts out (been there, Feb 07).

I could be at home or in the emergency room, with a raging ear infection (been there, Feb 08).

Uh oh. I'm seeing a trend.

I could get hit by a bus on the way to work. I could have a terrible wreck on my bicycle on the weekend (happened to a friend).

If my child getting sick is not a regular thing, and I am a good employee, I expect that ability to stay home. That's why I have sick time. If I have a chronically sick child, then my whole life/work/childcare plan would have to be arranged according to that.

I am aware of the fact that not everyone has that flexibility. But seriously? I don't have a single person who could watch a sick kid for me. Our city doesn't have emergency sick kid care. I have always worked for a boss who understands. And I'm a good employee, not worth firing for a missed day or two. I am perfectly willing to make up work on the weekends, come in early when needed (as early as 4 am), and be flexible. In return, I get flexibility for sick kids.

But I don't work a regular shift at a box factory. And I don't work for a jerk. Other people do. What do they do? I dunno, but I'm betting a lot of them live closer to family and friends than I do. Not that I don't have friends, but they all WOH, except for one who does childcare in her home. I suppose that the first time that a person has to stay at home for an emergency, and she/he gets crap from her boss, then he/she starts looking into alternative care for a sick kid. I wouldn't expect to get fired the first time. But after a warning?

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Sat, 01-17-2009 - 10:30pm
So your solution to their problem of finding childcare that day is time travel?
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