When your daycare center’s number pops up on caller ID, what’s the first thought that comes to your mind? FEVER! That dreaded word that strikes fear in the hearts of parents everywhere—mainly because it means that your little hot potato is being given the boot from daycare for the rest of the day, and probably the next day as well. And, chances are, whatever bug she’s picked up is going to make the rounds through your family, mercilessly taking down everyone in its path—you, your spouse, your other children, your dog, your cat, your mailman. You get the picture.
Texts fly back and forth between you and your partner. Who’s taking the rest of the day off? What about tomorrow? — I stayed home the last two times, and I have a deadline tomorrow. — I have a doctor’s appointment this afternoon, and it’s too late to reschedule. — You take the morning, and I’ll take the afternoon. Finally, you reach an agreement, and you spend the next few days nursing everyone back to health while also trying to meet your work responsibilities. When all is said and done, you’ve used up three sick days, and you’re back at work even though you’re still feeling under the weather because you just can’t be out of the office any longer.
Sound familiar? It doesn’t have to be this way! One of the advantages of the au pair program is the flexibility it gives you when illness strikes. When your little one is not feeling well, your au pair is there to give her the care and attention she needs, in the comfort of her home, with minimal change to the family’s schedule.
Whether it’s a cold, a snow day, a fender bender, or another unexpected event that disrupts your life, finding emergency child care will be a thing of the past!
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