7 Tips to Help Working Mamas Handle a Last-Minute Kid Sick Day
It’s 6am and the high-pitched crying isn’t coming from our alarm clock. That’s your little one, and she’s coughing non-stop. And you’re soon to find out that she’s got a fever and a runny nose too. We get it — work-life balance as a working mom isn’t exactly a breeze, even on the best of days. Add in a sick kid and your 30-minute morning routine goes from moderate disorder to full-fledged chaos. Take a step back, breathe and know that you’ve got this, Super Mom. Here are seven ways to handle your workday (while still staying sane) when your child is sick.
1. Use a sick day. This seems so obvious, but calling off work to stay home with a sick kid may make you worry that your coworkers or boss will think you’re more in mom mode than anything else (i.e., you’re not as “into” your career as they are). But a sick day is a sick day — whether it’s for you or your child. Your cubicle-mate calls off when he’s got the sniffles, so why shouldn’t you do the same when you’re taking care of your helpless little one? If your kid needs a lot of attention, be it because of age or fever temp, use a sick day — even if it’s not exactly for you.
2. Use your spouse’s sick days. Don’t have any sick days? Maybe your honey does. If your spouse has a few stocked up, swap duties and get yourself to work! This is *super* helpful if you know you’ll have to be out for a few days.
3. Find a specialized center. Some daycare centers have a sick kids room. Depending on the center’s policies, they may allow kids who aren’t enrolled as “students” to use their sick services on a drop-in basis. Ask your mommy friends, talk to the pediatrician or browse the local parenting blogs to get the scoop on which centers offer this save-the-day option.
4. Bring baby along. We realize that not every work culture welcomes an impromptu take your child to work day. But in some extreme cases, it may be your best option. Talk to your boss, offering some sort of abbreviated work day. This might include popping in to finalize some paperwork while baby naps in her carrier next to you or canceling a meeting to stick to your office (with your sick kid).
5. Telecommute for the day. Between Skype, Facetime, email, text and everything else that the Internet/your smartphone has to offer, it may be possible to work a full day (this includes keeping your face-to-face meetings) without leaving home. And, you never know — your boss might just be so impressed with your telecommuting skills that she’ll let you WFH more often!
6. Have a village in your back pocket. You know the saying “It takes a village.” As a mom, you know it sure does. Even if you have the most supportive spouse on the planet, you still need some extra adult help from time to time. Instead of frantically scrolling through your contacts list at the last moment, have at least two different backup child caregiver options ready to go. This may include grandma, grandpa, a neighbor or some sort of sick-day babysitting co-op that your group of mommy friends creates.
7. Be the hostess with the mostess. Keep in mind, very few people will actually welcome your child’s germs into their homes. Instead of asking if you can drop your little one off (where he’ll most likely spread a layer of illness around), invite the in-a-pinch sitter over to your house. While it’s unlikely that a relative or close friend expect any type of financial compensation for their sick day duties, that doesn’t mean you can’t treat them to a sort of special day. Offer to chauffeur the sick day sitter to and from your home, order (and pay for) lunch from a fab local delivery spot and keep a stash of snacks on hand to make them feel at home.
What’s your working mom tip for taking care of a sick kid? Share your idea with us @BritandCo!
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)