How do working parents cope when your child is ill!

@mummymo (23707)
March 8, 2007 7:10am CST
My 5 year old daughter went off to school this morning and she almost made it there! Unfortunately she had to come home cos she was really quite sick! Luckily I only work part time ( well part, part time actually as I am waiting for back surgery!) and was able to care for her at home with no problems but I realise that a lot of parents have to work full time - how do you manage when your child is off school ill?
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@weemam (13377)
8 Mar 07
When my two eldest were small I didn't work but when my youngest wen't to school I got a job in the kitchens of his school , to be honest he was the first in Scotland with cerebral Palsy to go to mainstream school and I wanted to be close to him without him knowing I was there , It worked out really well for us all xx
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@mummymo (23707)
8 Mar 07
I didn't know that you worked there weemam - was it the school round the corner? That is so sweet, I should have guessed you'd do something like thatxx
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@weemam (13377)
8 Mar 07
yup pal borestone xx
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@weemam (13377)
11 Mar 07
thank you so much my friend for the best response xx
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@raydene (9874)
• United States
17 Mar 07
Hi That was another tough one through the years.I had my mother-in-law and when they were real small I worked at home in my hubby's business dispatching but when cell phones came along I went to work outside the house again.Guess I was lucky R
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@mummymo (23707)
17 Mar 07
not lucky - organised!!!
@jojogirl (289)
• Philippines
9 Mar 07
being a working mom is really hard. priorities always have to weighed, but i never let work get in the way when my family is in need of my attention. i just call the office to inform them that i can't make it to work on that particular day because my baby is sick.
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@mummymo (23707)
9 Mar 07
Good for you jojogirl - Our kids have to come first don't they!
@sunita64 (6470)
• India
8 Mar 07
To cope up with the dual responsibilities , a large number of creches have come up. But when the child is ill, one of the parents takes a leave and attends to the child as at this time no creche takes the responsibility.
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@mummymo (23707)
8 Mar 07
This is a sensible approach but again it depends on having flexible employers who allow you to take leave at short notice! x
• United States
8 Mar 07
I used my vacation time from my workplace.
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@mummymo (23707)
8 Mar 07
That's a good way of doing it if you have flexible employers!xxx
@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
8 Mar 07
Yes it is really hard when we have children and they get sick all of a sudden and we have to work full time but as for myself I was lucky as I used to work full time but if any of my children got sick and I explained to my employer then they would always tell me that is was ok and that to go home immediately but there must be others where the employer does not like this as they want their workers to keep working but I always did more work just incase something came up like this and I would have to leave and I was so thankful that I had great bosses in my working life.
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@mummymo (23707)
8 Mar 07
Thanks Kathy - I have great bosses too, they've had to come in to work several times cos my kids or my gran got hurt or sick but they always believe that the kids come first too! Sound like you have great bosses but also that you were a great worker! xxx
@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
8 Mar 07
Well I have to admit I was very lucky mine as they where not ill very often but I used to take the Time of work and basically handed in a Sick note if needed which is what I had to do. My Boss was very understanding in that respect as he said Kids come first. But it only happened twice in 8 years lol.
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@mummymo (23707)
8 Mar 07
That's fantastic! even if I was fit would not be able to work full time - Niamh has appts, whith physios, speech therapists etc (not that you would think she needed it if you met her!) xxx
• Singapore
8 Mar 07
If you can find someone trustworthy to take care of her, you have no choice but to keep her at home or let her take a "risk" in school. Quite often though, very concerned parents will apply for urgent leave to take care of their children. That's why parents should strive to keep their children healthy so that they won't get into this predicament. ;P
@mummymo (23707)
8 Mar 07
True wiz! but remember that espescially in school age kids, bugs n stuff fly through all the kids and there isn't much you can do apart from feeding them well to build up their immunity and of course making sure they are immunised against more serious illnesses x
• Philippines
8 Mar 07
Right now my two babies is suffering cough and colds. My elder daugther is suffering first but she always kiss and hug her little sibling, a few days my second daugthers got the same colds and cough. I cannot take care because i am working 9 hours a day. I can only give my time when i am at home.
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@mummymo (23707)
8 Mar 07
Oh I really feel for you - I know how much we worry about our kids when they are unwell - espescially when you can't be there all the time! Hope they are both much better really soon!