Lilina came down with a cold and couldn’t go to preschool last Wednesday. It wasn’t a big deal because I was at home, just like it’s been for the last 10 years. Anything I needed to do could be arranged around caring for my sick 4-year old.
By Thursday afternoon I was getting worried. She didn’t seem significantly better, and I didn’t think her preschool would even let her through the door on Friday. However, Friday I had to be at school teaching for five hours.
I wasn’t sure how Michael would react. I’m not making very much teaching but I really can’t miss a day since it’s just one day a week.
I was surprised when Michael said it wouldn’t be a problem for him to take Lilina with him until I could get her after class. (My class starts earlier than he has to be at work.)
I have a friend with several employees, and one of the dads is always the one to take off. It drives my friend crazy – why can’t the mom take off sometimes?
My sister-in-law and brother often split who stays home. I think it depends a lot on how sick the child is. If you’re really sick, then you get mom!
How do you decide who is staying home with a sick child? Do you go back and forth? Does it depend on who has the more rigid schedule that particular day? Who has more days off? Who makes more? Who has the more understanding boss?