Posted by Tamara O.
It really comes as no surprise, but a new survey says working
moms face an especially difficult dilemma beginning about now --
the return of the notorious cold and flu season. The options: Stay
home with the kids and lose money, send them to school and day care
sick or, if you are in this category like the 33 percent of moms
who admit to it, lie to the boss in order to stay home with your
The survey, sponsored by TempleTouch thermometers and conducted
using 324 working moms, says the recession isn't helping out either
-- 73 percent reported feeling more pressure than ever to go to
work instead of staying home with their sick little ones.
Who hasn't been there? In 15 years of marriage, the only
arguments I've had with my husband is over who stays home with the
kids when they are sick. (Of course, that was before I found the
über family-friendly world of Chicago Parent.)
How sad is it that working parents ever feel they have to choose
between work and their kids? It's even sadder that this pressure
has apparently forced parents to come up with lies more appropriate
for missing homework assignments in middle school than real
The survey found some common fibs:
How about you? Have you ever fibbed to stay home when the kids
are sick? And just how do you juggle the dilemma of sick kid-work
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