Tips for Working Parents: Unexpected Situations
No parent expects every day to go
smoothly. Child emergencies happen, so plan ahead. Decide how to handle unexpected
situations ahead of time. And prepare for things that are more likely to happen, such
your child getting sick. Also, find ways to reduce daily problems. Both the problems
the solutions will change as your child grows.
Prepare for sick days
Find out the illness policy at your
child’s daycare or school. Be sure to learn which symptoms mean your child must stay
home. Find someone who can help watch your child during a sick day—your partner, a
relative, or even a friend. Some communities have sick-child daycare services that
staffed by nurses. What if your child gets sick at school? If you can’t leave work,
identify someone ahead of time who can take your child home.
Get organized at home
When lunches, homework, and
permission slips get left at home, you probably get a phone call from school. Many
these calls can be avoided with a little planning. These tips may help:
Keep a calendar marked with everyone’s activities and appointments.
In the evening, gather
everything your child will need the next day and put it in one spot, like a basket
by the door.
Double-check that your child has each item before leaving in the morning.
Ask older children to collect their own things.