It's that time of year again. The leaves are changing, the flu shot clinics are being announced and any day now, the smooth flow of your work week could be disrupted by that plague of all working moms: the kid's cold.
I've never been one of those moms to keep a child home from day care or school just because of a sniffle. Our youngest has allergies and asthma, so once she gets a cough it can take weeks to resolve. (I really hope that lady who sat in front of us last Sunday is reading this!) Not to mention the runny noses caused by teething or another non-contagious reason.
But when a fever spikes or my child shows one of the sure symptoms of an infection, I am the first to call a sick day. We've developed some helpful strategies for juggling work and a sick child, but the truth is that it always throws a kink into the works. The most you can hope for is handling it with grace -- and it sure helps to leave room in your work and home schedules for the inevitable disruptions of childhood colds.
What's your take on managing sick children and sharing child care?
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