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 - 10:28am

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Thu, 01-15-2009 - 10:34am
I'm very fortunate that I can almost always take off work on a given day. But if I absolutely couldn't and sometimes even if I could, both grandmas live here and are willing to stay home with a sick baby. My MIL has told me several times that I shouldn't waste my leave staying home with Samantha when she's sick-- she has leave to burn. I have no idea what we'd do if we didn't live so close to family willing to help.
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Thu, 01-15-2009 - 10:40am

"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?"


Neighbors? Friends?

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Thu, 01-15-2009 - 11:14am

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Thu, 01-15-2009 - 11:41am
Yeah, I have a neighbor that often babysits Joe, but since he's sick and she has two little ones of her own (toddler and newborn), the last thing I would want is to get her children sick, too. I made the mistake of accepting a class assignment that is at a time when my mother is still at work herself. She's usually my backup, but this semester she gets out of class at the same time that I do. Normally DH would be able to watch him in a pinch, too, but he happens to have a production meeting today at the time of my class. His co-worker will often watch Joe if DH is unavailable, but she has to be at the same meeting. And of course my regular babysitters are teenagers and so they are in school. It's such a weird, annoying day.
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Thu, 01-15-2009 - 12:11pm

When I went back to work when the girls were in school, I had back up in a neighbor. Joy was also old enough to stay by herself. She could call the neighbor if she wanted anything. The neighbor would come and stay with Angela and Erica if they were too sick to go to her house. With Dylan, I had built in back up. Either Joy or Erica would stay home from school if neither dh or I could get out of work. Later, Angela was added to the list. That didn't happen very often because I have great flexability at the bridal shop. My boss or the manager will take my fittings or they will get postponed to another day. I can take gowns home to sew on them while taking care of Dylan. I can also take Dylan with me to the shop if needed.

Chris

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Thu, 01-15-2009 - 12:40pm
It's times like this that I wish I was a SAHM. I wouldn't have to deal with all of this "who else on my list might be available to watch Joe?" crud.
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Registered: 12-07-2003
Thu, 01-15-2009 - 12:47pm
I found it a lot easier to be a FTWOHP when DH was an almost SAHD. It's just so much more logistically simple.
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Registered: 04-22-2005
Thu, 01-15-2009 - 12:57pm
It would also probably be a lot easier for me to schedule reliable back up if my work schedule didn't change every 4 months. :-p
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Registered: 12-07-2003
Thu, 01-15-2009 - 1:14pm

I hear you. DH is in grad school right now so we have the same problem. Add in his completely random tutoring schedule for Kaplan and it's beyond frustrating.

When Samantha was a baby, we both had schedules that changed all the freaking time. It was a nightmare-- we often did a "baby swap" on campus. DH would drive to campus, I'd come out from work, he'd get out of the car to go to work or class, and I'd drive home. Looking back, I'm not sure how we got it to work as well as we did. We didn't have a backup.

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