I'm currently here at work in my midtown office, typing in the dark as the Peanut sleeps beside me in her Pack 'N Play. The nanny called in sick this morning and since BossLady's company discourages people from having children (much less bringing them to the office,) it's fallen upon me to bring our little daughter to work with me today. I would have stayed home but, unfortunately, I have several important client meetings.
Thankfully, I work with a great group of women who are not only all mothers but also are more than happy to watch over the Peanut while I'm with my clients. However, during one of my meetings this morning, the Peanut somehow managed to escape from captivitity and ran into my conference room, holding a jar of food and a stapler above her head, yelling "Dadddeeee!"
I must admit that it broke the tensions in the room and everyone enjoyed a good laugh. But these were clients whom I've known for many years. Let's hope the same thing doesn't happen for my 4:00 meeting!
Ahh...the perils of parenting in the new millenium. I think it's safe to say that neither my father nor any of his peers ever had to manage THIS problem. Welcome to modern day fatherhood!
But I'm curious, my friends. If you have a nanny who happens to call in sick, what do you do with your kids? And if, for some reason, the kids are sick and need to be pulled from school or daycare, who stays home with them? How do dual-income working parents deal with these situations?
An inquiring mind wants to know.