We made it through our first year of parenthood without any major sickness, but as soon as we entered the world of toddlerhood things have quickly changed. This led us to figure out the best way to handle balancing work when your kid gets sick.
Let Go Of Guilt
For me, the most important lesson I had to learn regarding working motherhood is how to deal with guilt. Even though I am extremely lucky to work at a flexible company, I still feel guilty. Just like everything else this has gotten better with time. I’ve realized that as long as my work get done I’m the only one who cares, so I let it go.
Come Up With A Plan
When we see a sickness coming on, the first thing we do is check our calendars. More often than not I’m the one staying home on day one. It helps to define upfront which of us has time for the sick hours at our Pediatrician, who has time to run out for medicine and what we both absolutely need to get done so that we can work together.
I’ll start with checking my calendar and mapping out my day. Knowing what I absolutely must get done that day helps so that when I have time I can get working on it as fast as possible. It allows me to get both jobs done, which is what truly matters.
Utilize Your Time
Parenthood in general requires a lot of flexibility, but sickness brings it to another level. On sick days, I’ll typically log-in to work in the early hours before I’m home alone, get done as much as I can during naps and then log back on after bedtime to finish up any outstanding tasks. As long as I can call into any meetings that I can’t reschedule this plan typically helps me stay on top of my work.
Stick To Your Routines
As much as possible we try to continue to stick to our routines. We try to workout and switch off in the morning and make sure our household keeps running like normal. It’s not always possible, but it helps to maintain our sanity when we’re lacking sleep and stressed out. It makes returning to our normal routine much easier.
How do you balance work when things do not go as planned?