My Sick Kid Comes Before Work

The other day I was wasting time on Facebook before I went to bed and I came across this article. If you are a working Mama I am sure you will agree with it 100%. I know I do.

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The author really hits the nail on the head if you ask me.

I’m not talking about calling in each time one of my kids has a cough. No, I mean when asthma flares up, fevers won’t break and the stomach flu strikes. If I feel that my kids are sick enough to only need me or their dad, then that’s who will be taking care of them.

As a working Mamas there are many time we have to make a decision that we may not want to make. Sometimes your child is off and you know they are not 100% themselves yet you still send them to school or day care. Once you drop them off you turn on work mode and if you get the dreaded call on your cell phone and you see the words “Day Care” or “School” your stomach drops. I have been there and I have felt that feeling too many times.

#babybigtruck is only 2 and has been in day care for a year and a half. I have to say I absolutely love the facility we have her in. When we started our search we went to about 3 or 4 different places to tour before we set foot in the facility she is currently in. We toured the current facility and by the time Mike and I walked out we knew that was the place for our daughter when the time came. December 2014 the time came. Michael and I were both working and it was time for #babybigtruck to start day care.

Since she has started day care I have received that dreaded day care call many a time thanks to her asthma. Let me tell you it is one of the scariest phone calls a parent can get. There have been a handful of times I have had to leave work early and you know what? I do not feel bad about it at all. My child needed me and as her Mama I was there. I will always be there when she is sick. Those times I have had to leave work because she was sick have also lead to having to take a day or two off following leaving early to stay home with her and make sure she is okay to go back to day care. Do I regret missing work for that? Not one bit.

When we leave work, it’s not to go get our nails done or take a quick nap. No. It’s to rescue our kid at his field trip who’s waiting in clothes covered in throw up, or to take our baby to the ER because they’re dehydrated and feverish.

Again the author nails it! When we leave work we are not getting to enjoy our time off work. We are stressed because ER trips are not fun. Getting the dreaded day care call is not fun. Getting a follow up day care call all of 10 minutes after you got the first one saying they want to call 911 because your child’s berating is getting worse is hands down petrifying. Seeing your child having a hard time breathing is not fun. Does any of that sound leisurely? No I think not.

Being a working mama is not the most ideal situation but it is my reality. It’s a balancing act I have to do every day. Mom guilt is a real thing and working mom guilt it a real thing but I will not and do not let my work guilt me when I have to stay home with my sick child.

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  Hugs, Nikki

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    Sierra says:
    May 20, 2016

    I agree with this 110%! Thank you for this little reminder. My husband and I had to take turns taking off this week because both of our little ones were sick. I know there was a day or two I probably shouldn’t have sent them to day care but there are not enough vacation, sick, or personal days offer to working parents. The only time I really do stress about leaving work is knowing that the time afforded to me is running out. I still want to be able to take trips and provide experiences for my kids over the summer. Like you said, I’m not using this time to get my nails done, it’s for caring for them. I wish there was this magical bank of extended time to parents, wishful thinking. Beautifully Candid

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      Nikki says:
      May 23, 2016

      Yes! 9 times out of 10 I will be the one to stay home with our daughter if she is sick as she usually wants Mama over Dada but if I can’t for some reason be there obviously Dada will work. I agree there is absolutely not enough time for working parents to take off if needed for a sick child and it’s sad and not right just like there is not enough maternity leave but that is another topic all together! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Nikki says:
      May 23, 2016

      Thank you!

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    Tiffany says:
    May 21, 2016

    I’m pretty confident in saying that id rather get fired than let my baby be sick under someone else’s care! Couldn’t agree more!!

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      Nikki says:
      May 23, 2016

      Absolutely!

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