Recently, my two year old daughter Alex was sick. I did what I’m sure most mothers want to do when their little one is sick. I held her close all day, watched movies with her, let her nap on me, and helped wipe her nose whenever she requested (which seemed like every 10 seconds there for quite a while). When my child is sick, I want her to always feel safe and comforted and know that I am there for her. That’s what I’m for after all – I am her mother. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
So in the middle of all of this, I began to ponder what moms do when they have no choice but to go to work even when their child is sick. I realize that not all moms have the guilt free, stress free option of staying at home when their child is sick like I do. Some women instead have end up sending their child to school or day care even when sick or to spend the day with a relative so that they can go to work and keep their job or just make as much money as possible to keep food on the table. Other women stay home with their kids, but worry about how the lost time at work will affect their standing. Women should be able to do it all and moms should not have to choose.