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3 Pro-Tips For Working From Home With A Sick Child

Now that back-to-school season is in full swing, it's likely that you and many other parents out there are adjusting schedules to keep up with the kids. But in the midst of sports games, band practices, and study sessions, most children are bound to catch an illness -- in fact, the average child catches between six and 10 colds a year. And while parents who work traditional jobs can usually take a day off, those who work unconventional or telecommuting jobs often have to juggle the challenges that come with being a parent and an employee all at once. Here are a few tips to help you get through work days that are also your child's sick days.

Prioritize Properly

The first step to successfully managing your work day while your child is home sick is to check your schedule for any important meetings or project deadlines. These will work as the framework of your day, and any other nonessential work can be done on a more flexible schedule. You should also make sure to reach out to your employer to let them know about the circumstances of your day -- communication is key, and you employer is bound to appreciate the initiative you've taken.

Take Advantage of Technology

Thanks to modern technology, more and more tasks can be completed using more and more devices. Even if you mainly do work on your desktop computer or laptop, don't be afraid to take advantage of your smartphone's capabilities by checking your email when you're making a bowl of soup, checking a temperature, or preparing a dose of medicine. 

The capabilities of technology can also work to your advantage on your child's side: if you have a meeting at a certain time, simply check the TV Guide and choose a show your child likes. Twinmummyanddaddy says, "Unfortunately when it comes to putting on a professional front, it’s very difficult when you have an upset child, so if you can time it right, they can be entertained for long enough for you to get in that quick meeting then go for it!"

Practice Preventative Care

Finally, it's important to let these incidents serve as reminders of the risks that come with catching an illness. Make sure, in spite of all the chaos, that both you and your child continue to eat healthy, get enough exercise, and sleep for a full eight hours per night. Dental care is also an important aspect of overall health, as children with poor oral health are three times more likely to miss school as a result of dental pain. But with the right preventative care, you can help your child achieve even perfect attendance.

Ultimately, taking advantage of these three tips can help you manage days where being a parent and an employee clash in chaos. In the midst of caring for your sick child and work responsibilities, don't forget to take a deep breath and take care of yourself, too.


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