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: 02-19-2008
Sun, 01-18-2009 - 4:48pm

Well I'm living a different situation. Daycare where I live is scarce, there are 3 year waiting lists and that's if you're lucky. I had 1 year mat leave and after that I was lucky enough that my mom offered to watch my daughter. She was recently sick for a week, and so my fiance and I both took time off equally, he would take one day and me the next and so on and so on. Luckily I get 5 sick days/year paid (they are gone once the year is over so i have to use them all) and I get 2 weeks off paid (3 weeks when I hit 5 years which is next year)so if I choose I can use my paid days or ask to just have my pay docked. Many of my co-workers have had to bring in their kids to work when daycares/schools have been closed over the holidays or on ped days, so I know that if I'm in a real pinch I could always bring her in, and I have my own office so she wouldn't be disturbing anyone. My company has always been very family oriented, so I'm very lucky in that aspect.

I really don't know what the answer would be if my kid was sick and I couldn't send them to daycare AND I couldn't stay home. I don't think I'd use an agency or something cause that's a complete stranger that my kid would not be used to. I would just stay home, I personally don't see any other option, I'm a good employee and here in Canada we have rights, we are allowed so many days off unpaid to care for a sick child.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sun, 01-18-2009 - 7:43pm
I don't have sick leave. I don't necessarily have the flexibility.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sun, 01-18-2009 - 7:44pm
My husband has sick leave, I do not.

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Registered: 03-21-2001
Sun, 01-18-2009 - 9:53pm
Which probably was factored in to the decision to get a nanny. I also don't have a 9-to-5 job. They'd love nothing more than if I were willing to work midnight to 6 am...(which I'm NOT!)
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Registered: 10-07-2004
Mon, 01-19-2009 - 6:20am

When I WOH rather than WAH, my dh had the more flexible job between the two of us, so he took time off when one of the kids were sick. I don't know what we would have done otherwise, except to ask family members, had we been a in a dire situation.

I did take in a few sick kids in my day when I was a SAHM. Most of them I picked up from school or daycare being on the emergency call list. All of these children were either very close family members or neighborhood kids my kids saw and played with on a daily basis or were the younger siblings of neighborhood kids. Whatever they had, my kids were very likely already exposed. I did take in some kids for a day or two when they had minor things going on... upper respiratory illness that the worst was over, being treated, yet still not well enough to go to school/daycare, a kid who had had a high fever the day before due to breaking 5 year old molars - kid was fine, just needed rest and a little observation, that kind of thing.

I did draw the line at the flu, though :) I knew one family who had 5 young children who went through a bought of the flu that lasted over two weeks. one by one, they all got it. The parents had both burned up all their sick time tending to the children and being sick themselves by the time it hit the last child. I think after that they made a point to get flu shots every year!

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Registered: 10-07-2004
Mon, 01-19-2009 - 6:39am

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My dh works for a smaller company and one of the perks is that rules aren't absolute when it comes to things like sick time. I don't know if that kind of flexibility tends to be the rule or the exception, but typically when you know your boss and co-workers on a more intimate level they all seem to be a little more sympathetic toward your situation, help you cover your work, etc. Patterns of abuse of such policies tend to also get noticed right away as well.

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Registered: 10-07-2004
Mon, 01-19-2009 - 6:53am

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While this may be true of some dual WOHP arrangements, I don't think it's the 'rule' across the board anymore. I think traditionally, the man held the breadwinning job while the woman's job was either more flexible or more discretionary. That tradition is not the rule, so I'd be willing to bet there are plenty of men who take this sort of time off. Parents, not just women, seek family flexible employment situations in a lot of cases.

Not that there's anything wrong with a more traditional arrangement, I just don't think it's true of most anymore.

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Registered: 08-25-2008
Mon, 01-19-2009 - 5:44pm

Isn't that what the SAHM next door is for?

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Registered: 11-20-2003
Tue, 01-20-2009 - 8:45am
They are very hard to find, but sick care centers are frequently found at or near hospitals - the hosp wants its critical workers at work - it affects patient care obviously if parents are out - and the often staff them with d/c providers, but also 1-2 nurses on staff to monitor the kids. Some are restricted only to hospital staff, but others are open to the public and/or if you register ahead of time.


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Registered: 11-20-2003
Tue, 01-20-2009 - 8:56am

This is the link for the national assoc:

http://www.nascd.com/



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