As it was, I had to cancel volunteering, preschool, and visiting teaching. No big deal, right?
If I were working in an office or store somewhere, how would I handle this situation? Maybe calling in sick wouldn't be a problem. I could just take a sick day and my boss would say, "No problem. I've got kids. I know how it is. See you tomorrow."
Or maybe I'd have a client meeting that I'd worked really hard to set up. What would I do then? What if it were an event that I was organizing, one we'd sold tickets for?
Maybe, if I'm a woman whose husband has a flexible job, he could stay home for the day and I could go to work.
But what if I'm a single mother and I don't have anyone to call on who will take care of a sick child?
Or what if I don't get any sick pay, and if I stay home with my child, the missing income makes it hard to buy groceries?
Or what if this is one of those evil sicknesses that takes a week or two to recover from? And it gets passed down from child to child so that by the time everyone's all better, a month has gone by? Is my workplace going to be thrilled about my being gone for that long or are they going to fire me?
One thing's for sure. Raising children takes a huge commitment and a lot of time. Unexpected stuff happens. I'm hoping that one day, every workplace will recognize that.
What do you do about work when your children are sick?