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How are you working moms letting your employer know. Your child has to be home because of class closures?

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My company doesn’t care. Take couple hours off to tend to kids, come back later to catch up. Our team meetings usually consist of someone’s kids or holding babies. (They do have help inside the home) my company supports family wlb so no issues. No company should have an issue with this. It’s our current reality

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My 4 y.o. has been home with me for two weeks. Today was the first time I haven’t been able to mute while she was hanging out since I had to present. My team lead on one of my engagements laughed and said she was glad she wasn’t the one whose kids were interrupting for once! A lot of people are in the thick of parenting at home while working so it’s not a big deal anymore, fortunately!

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I emailed boss right as I found out about school closures. Usually school closures get reported on the news. We are all WFH with team spread across PT to ET and none of us can be in office so it wasn’t a huge switch in schedule.

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At this point I don’t even announce it unless it’s a meeting with someone new or someone notices my kid in the background. “Oh yep, he’s home this week due to class closure.” ✌🏼

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I’m working remote anyway, so I don’t need to tell them I won’t be in the office. Depending on what I have going on that day, I might mention it or I might not. If someone is expecting me to get them something specific that I need to delay, I’ll tell them what I can commit to — get it to them that night or the next day, etc. Or if there’s an important call that I need to lead, I’d say it’s possible my kids will hop into background unexpectedly. My kids are 5 and 8 though so if they were younger, I’d have to consider cancelling more work things. But if it’s just a simple “get some work done” (no big deadline that day/week) type of day, I may not feel it necessary to tell anybody.

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I'm still 100% remote, so if anything, I mention it in passing when we're on a meeting, just to warn them that they may see or hear a kid. No one around here really cares. I do make an effort to keep my kids out of the way when I have a client meeting, but I just mention it to most of my clients too. The only time I sent a specific communication out was a few weeks ago when one of my kids and I tested positive for covid and I was actually sick - I sent an email to the two partners I work most for and just let them know that I was sick with covid so I'd probably need to take a few sick/pto days, and that my kids would all be home in quarantine for a couple weeks. That's it.

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