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Hi mamas, how do you handle a sick child when you cannot take the days off? My son is 18 months, just started daycare and he’s been sick a lot. I just changed job, so I don’t have enough PTO to take, but I’m able to WFH. Husband cannot work from home or take time off since he has a big deadline at work right now. How do you handle a sick child but also get the work done? We don’t have any families live close by neither.

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You work while they nap, while they watch too much tv, and after they go to sleep 😴 prioritize the top 3 “must do’s” on sick days. Not ideal for sure but if you don’t have care you don’t have care.

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Good advice. This is what we did during the beginning of quarantine when we had a VERY active 15 month old. Lots of screen time, napping, and doing the bare minimum work that day.

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I get up before they’re up to knock out anything urgent. Emails and easy stuff while they eat or play independently. Harder work while they nap, watch tv or go to bed/your husband gets home.

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Find an employer that allows for flexibility. It sucks but sometimes your hours are from 3-10 (or later) depending on the child. Child always comes first!

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