For the second day in a row, I’m staying at home with my sick little one. I’m very fortunate that I have such understanding co-workers and a flexible job that allows me to work from home when necessary. But it’s not easy. Considering I only go into the office three days a week, losing these two days is huge.
Throw in a little Daylight Savings Time to completely throw off E.’s sleeping schedule and I’m even losing my windows of work time. It’s days like this that really kill me that she doesn’t nap anymore. What I wouldn’t give for 2 hours of time to hammer out some work. Instead, I get to squeeze in as much work as I can while distracting her with movies and shows (I’m mother of the year, no? Parking my not-even-3-year-old in front of a TV so I can work? I try to convince myself that at least she’s learning Spanish and Chinese during this time thanks to Dora, Manny and Kai Lan).
As hard as it is for me, I don’t know how full-time working moms do it, with already scarce vacation days and all. So I’ve got to wonder — why hasn’t anyone started a business to solve this unmet need? Wouldn’t it be great if you could hire a nurse to come watch your sick kiddo?
The way I picture it is that it works like a nanny or sitter agency. You call them up the night before or the morning of and they send over a carefully screened/background checked/age-appropriate nurse-sitter (Nitter? Surse? The name is a still a work in progress).
I’m sure it wouldn’t be cheap but for those days when you have meetings you HAVE to attend or even just to get a few hours in, wouldn’t it be worth it? And I’d think nurses would probably be much more willing than a normal sitter to wipe noses, properly administer meds and just in general coddle sick kids.
The business could even be expanded to lend a hand to parents of special-needs children who need a few hours of alone time to go grocery shopping, run errands and just get out of the house.
I think I’m on to something here. Or does this business already exist? And if so, can someone send me the number … STAT?
Caroline Calcote says
I think that sounds like a great idea! I don’t know if it exists, but it should. Like part time nurses on call. Perfect!