(Sick) Kids in the Workplace

I’m betting everyone agrees that kids too sick to go to school or daycare are too sick to accompany their parents to work – in theory. However, people make exceptions to their beliefs in individual situations.

It seems like the sick child should be missing school because he or she needs to rest, not to trot along to a weekly department meeting. (Healthy adults have enough trouble getting through those, never mind kids with runny noses and fevers.)

What’s the alternative? One of the parents would have to stay home and perhaps anger the boss or miss something important at work. Such is the constant struggle of working parents. Bringing the sick child to work might also anger the boss or co-workers who end up babysitting while the parent attends to work duties.

What creative solutions have you found to this problem?

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