This past fall was rough in our house. We were all getting sick. Everything from sinus infections to strep throat, my household was taken over by illness. Of course, this makes it very difficult as a working parent. Who takes off from work each day when you have a sick child? The struggle is real, especially since I am also in graduate school at the moment. I have argued about this with my husband more times than I care to admit but it is a serious issue.
We have found that taking turns seems to be the best resolution. On the days we are both busy, we try to split the day evenly so that we can both get work done. On days where extra help is available, I have even paid a babysitter to help me at home so that I can get work done during the day.
While I have taken the opposite advice than this Working Mother blog, I am trying to find the balance in at all.
How do you handle your children’s illnesses when you are working?
The debate rages on about which is best for mothers, staying home to raise children or working outside of the home. For me, while I love my children more than anything, working outside the home was the best choice. Really, staying at home was never an option for me because my spouse is a teacher, and we just could not live on his salary alone. Many of my friends are stay-at-home moms, and I do not envy the hard work that they do every day. Raising kids certainly is not an easy task, but neither is the endless chores that come with watching children in your home: dishes, laundry, toys, cleaning, and more.
I recently read an article in the New York Post about how stay-at-home moms should earn $162K a year according to a Salary.com survey. While I do not disagree about the value that these mothers bring to their families, I can’t help but think about working parents. Shouldn’t they also be valued the same as stay-at-home parents? In my case, I work full time and am also getting my master’s degree. I literally never stop, whether it be doing activities with my kids, working on projects for school, working in my office, or doing the daily life tasks such as cooking, cleaning, and laundry. I often feel defeated at the end of my 16-18-hour day. Equality for all parents, those staying home and those working, is what I am saying. What do you think? Let’s continue the conversation in the comments.