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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Registered: 04-22-2005
Sat, 01-17-2009 - 10:36pm
The point that I'm getting to with all of this is that I'm surprised that businesses such as Parents in a Pinch aren't more prevalent. You'd think that there would be quite a market for last-minute professional childcare for those that aren't blessed with flexible schedules, forgiving bosses or nearby family.
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Sat, 01-17-2009 - 10:50pm
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Sat, 01-17-2009 - 11:47pm

Actually, I was being very, very facetious.


On these boards I've been given a hard time for being a SAHM, my husband's job doesn't offer a health insurance plan, and bashed because I didn't just "go out" and get a job (even though the cost of twins in childcare plus the cost of a family insurance plan would cost double what I would make).


You are right---people cannot just "get a job" nowadays.

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Registered: 12-16-2001
Sun, 01-18-2009 - 12:53am

DH or I are the backup "childcare".

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Registered: 05-14-2006
Sun, 01-18-2009 - 7:07am

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Sun, 01-18-2009 - 8:11am

"Sounds like the workplace wants people to put their job before their children."


This is way more common than you might think. Although no

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Registered: 01-09-2009
Sun, 01-18-2009 - 9:03am

No, I never said that. I do think you should research all your options though. I am a planner and I waited 5 years for my children. Many others don't think about the money aspect of children or things like sick days. I did, because, that is me.

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Registered: 03-21-2001
Sun, 01-18-2009 - 10:22am

You know, it might just be location-dependent. In my so. cal. city, it's pretty casual. I would guess that most people, companies, bosses, understand that family comes first. I say most, because I did have a boss flip out once when a coworker went home early. He was supposed to be qualifying a new piece of equipment, but went home because his wife and two kids were puking. I just looked at the boss (single, no kids, my age, so 28 at the time) and said "you're stupid".

Also, at $100/day, that might be too pricey for some folks.

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Registered: 01-05-2000
Sun, 01-18-2009 - 10:44am

I inferred that from your post: 19015.48 in response to 19015.47

"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."

Chris

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

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Registered: 08-03-2008
Sun, 01-18-2009 - 11:25am
They wouldn't work anywhere but larger cities.

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