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: 04-22-2005
Mon, 02-02-2009 - 3:57pm

By the way, I'm reminded of a time last semester when I was at a training workshop at the college. I knew the instructor (I'll call her Ann) for one of the sessions, but she hadn't spotted me so she didn't know I was there. Halfway through the presentation everyone heard a little voice in the back pipe up with "Mommy..." Ann tried to pretend it didn't happen but then you heard "Mommy, I have to go potty." Ann said to try to hold it just a little longer but again you heard "Mommy, I have to go potty noooow!"

You've never seen such a look of panic. And you've never seen such a look of relief as when I waved at Ann and said "I can take her!", LOL.

To think I was only in that particular session because I was killing time between other workshop sessions. Ann was EVER so glad that I was there! :-)

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Mon, 02-02-2009 - 3:41pm
LOL, yeah if DS was school age then he could just occupy himself quietly (compared to the toddler tornado) either in my class or in DH's cubicle. Ah, someday...
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Registered: 01-15-2006
Mon, 02-02-2009 - 2:34pm
i couldn't help but LOL at your last comments.

 

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Mon, 02-02-2009 - 1:09pm

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Children aren't allowed to attend DS's program if they exhibit ANY of the following:
A green or yellow runny nose
Temp of 99.0 or higher
Rash of any sort
Sore throat
Cough (deep, congested)
Diarrhea or vomiting
Red irritated eyes that have drainage of any kind

And what on EARTH would make it okay to ask the folks in the main office to watch my kid? They have work to do, calls to make, emails to send, memos to write, events to plan and coordinate, etc. They can't do that with a toddler running around from cubicle to cubicle trying to grab their computer mouse or pull the papers out of the file cabinet. I don't know what the people in your department do, but mine definitely do NOT have time on their hands to babysit while at work.

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Registered: 11-11-2004
Mon, 02-02-2009 - 11:43am
>>Can't you ask a department secretary or someone from your department to watch your kid?


Gosh, in more than 15 years of secretarial experience, I don't recall "on-call day Care While Trying to Do Every Other Damn Thing In the Office" as one of the bullets in my job description. And if someone had tried to assume it was? I'd be in the HR office filing a complaint so fast it would make your head spin. >>>


I can't stop laughing at this!!!

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Registered: 01-20-2009
Fri, 01-30-2009 - 3:24pm

"You may feel that it's no big deal and give a "shrug", but I think it is sad to see newborns in daycare."

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Registered: 06-24-2005
Fri, 01-30-2009 - 1:26am

Just a cold? Kids can go to daycare if they have a cold. At my daughter's daycare they have to be fever free for 24 hours to return to daycare, but to stay home because of a cold ...the place would be empty! Can't you ask a department secretary or someone from your department to watch your kid? because that would be an option for me.

I don't really have a back-up plan. I take the time off when my kids are sick or whatever. If I absolutely couldn't then I would leave my daughter with her paternal grandfather. I would let my son stay home if he wasn't too sick, or I would bring him with me and he could chill in my office. (he's 13, so not really a big deal).

I guess I came into this convo late and it seems to have morphed and I'm just answering the original question. And I haven't read all 116 posts.

As for time spent in daycare, my daughter goes from 9:45 until 3:30. My university is 5 minutes from the daycare and less than 5 minutes from my house. It is very convenient!

in the first year of my PhD program, I my daughter was in a licensed in-home daycare part-time three days a week from 9:00 to 2:30. I had to do some of my work in the evenings but generally speaking I got it done and was home with her the other days, plus weekends. If she had to go to daycare for longer, then I would do it without feeling guilty, but this works for me so its all good.




Edited 1/30/2009 1:37 am ET by leah_kt
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Thu, 01-29-2009 - 8:19pm
You do remember that this conversation started out talking about AVERAGE times, right?

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Registered: 01-09-2009
Thu, 01-29-2009 - 8:13pm
True. I work 37 1/2 hours a week but my kids were in dc a little over 42 hours
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Registered: 01-15-2006
Thu, 01-29-2009 - 8:09pm

true.


even a p/t schedule would have to allow a considerable amt of time for commute to and from downtown,to and from a daycare center as necessary...what might be,30-35 hours at your job might still be,40 or more hours in daycare for your child each week.

 

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