As a working mom, I consider myself relatively lucky: I have a pretty “portable” job. If need be, I can work at home fairly easily. If O is sick, if I’m sick, if a “real” White Death hits the Cincinnati-metro area—I don’t have to worry about my job too, too much. I will be able to get most of my work done. I have a laptop, internet connection, and phone. As a writer, that’s about all I need.
(But I’m not saying it’s easy to work at home with a toddler. Definitely not. He watches waaaay more TV than I’d like, and when I work at home I feel like I have try extra hard to always be available, answer requests and emails quickly—even moreso than when I’m at work! I gotta make sure no one thinks I’m goofing off. I’m practically tethered to my computer, which can be stressful.)
But a lot of working moms can’t work from home if their children are sick, if there is a snowstorm, etc. They have to go to work—whether it’s for financial reasons, they can’t perform their job from home—whatever.
So what do working moms do then? I’m curious.
Do you and your husband/partner switch days? What if you don’t have a husband/partner? Or he/she works a job where he/she needs to bet there, too?
Some moms might turn to family to help out, but what about those moms who can’t do that, either? Maybe their family doesn’t live close by, or maybe the family all works, too!
Do you find a “back-up” sitter for just those days? How do you find the sitter? Does it work out? How do you get over that initial trust factor of letting someone you don’t really know, and can’t be monitored, watch your child?
I’ve been tempted to try to find a back-up sitter for days when *I’m* sick and don’t feel like schlepping O to daycare. Or if he’s sick and can’t go to daycare–but I have lots of meetings and working from home isn’t really an option. But the thought that there is this perfect sitter that’s available whenever I may call her seems… um, unreal. Am I wrong?