When to stay home from work

Filed under: Just For Moms, Work Life

As I wrote earlier today, Nolan isn't feeling well. He has a low grade fever, very little appetite, and he's heart wrenchingly cuddly - so different from the little boy who is normally in perpetual motion.

Nolan's dad just started a new job; I've only been back at work for two weeks. I am keen on proving myself, showing that I'm still the savvy business woman I was before I had Nolan, but I feel like I'm failing: scrambling to balance work and home and barely managing either.

I'm not sure whether to bring Nolan to daycare tomorrow. I should go to work, I want to go to work and succeed. I want to wear my suit and conduct my presentation and hear the collective sigh of relief that yes, I can still do my job. Not only do I want my job, I need it. We all need it, to survive.

Except I can't leave Nolan in daycare with a fever and discomfort. I would die a little inside. I want to be with him and read him I'll Love You Forever and place cool compresses on his feverish head.

It's so hard to know where to draw the line: when is your child too sick to go to daycare? How do Moms balance this crazy pendulum with any degree of success?

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.