What do stay-at-home parents do when called for jury duty?

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I used to be a corporate litigator, and now I'm a stay-at-home dad. I used to rely on the goodwill and sacrifice of the average citizen to perform their civic duty to decide my clients' fate in court, and now I can't imagine what I'd do if I received a jury duty notice in the mail. I was talking last night to some stay-at-home moms who said they actually wouldn't mind getting called to serve on a jury, they could have their husbands take a few days off work to deal with the kids and bring a novel to the courthouse. I believe the words "like a vacation" might have actually been used. Now I keep getting jury duty notices from the Superior Court of San Francisco, my old home. I am dreading the day that the Detroit jury people find me.

What does a stay-at-home parent do when summoned to the courthouse? In the case of at least one man, claiming that his stay-at-home-dad job exempted him from service landed him in contempt of court. Are you a stay-at-home parent who has been called for jury service? How did the court handle it? If you actually did serve, who took care of your children? Was the experience a nightmare, or did you actually enjoy it? I wonder what a judge would do if I brought my kid.

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