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Working From Home With Sick Kids #SickJustGotReal

This is a sponsored post and Pfizer Consumer Healthcare provided the products for your review. All opinions are mine and do not represent any of the companies listed below or their partners. And guys? While I am a huge House junkie, I’m not a doctor, nor do I play one on the Internet. Always follow dosage instructions provided and contact a real life doctor with any medical questions. 

One of the things I’ve loved the most about working from home was the ability to be here for my kids when they’re sick. I can move my schedule around to make sure they’re getting the care they need while I’m meeting deadlines.

It’s been eight years of juggling working and family and I think we’re finally starting to figure out how to make working from home with sick children…well…work.
Working From Home With a Sick Kid
Communication is Key
Yes, you work from home, but you’re not going to be giving 100% to your job when you have a sick child at home. Email your supervisor and let them know what’s going on. You may need to take an hour or two off for the doctor, and maybe those reports will be a little late because you’re holding back hair. Don’t try to pretend it’s just another day at the work-from-home office.

Set Yourself Up
Drag some pillows, blankets, a bucket, tissues, snacks, drinks, entertainment…whatever you think you’ll need and make your younger child a little cocoon near your desk. They’ll be comfortable and you’ll be close. If they’re older, let them set up on the couch or their bed.  Yes, you’re still going to end up having to get up and get them water/medicine/crackers/soup, but you’ll be doing it less often and there’s something to be said about having mom close.

Track It
“What time did you have your medicine last?” is a question I have to ask far too often, especially when I’m working and taking care of my little patients. Keeping track of temperatures, fluid intake, and medicine dosages is crucial. Luckily, there are all sorts of great apps and tools you can use to keep track of everything. We use a “smart thermometer” that plugs right into my iPhone (what a time to be alive!) to track everything from symptoms to temperatures to when we last gave them medicine.

Help, I Need Somebody
Yes, you work from home, but that doesn’t mean you’re not a working parent. If you have conference calls and deadlines, ask for help, even if it’s just for someone to be in the house so you can pop out to your car to take a conference call so your colleagues don’t have to listen to coughs and sniffles.

Above All, Grace
You can’t be everyone to everybody all of the time, so cut yourself some slack. Don’t feel guilty if you’re sitting on the couch with your child and you’ve got a tissue box in one hand and you’re answering emails with the other. Something is going to slide on a sick day, whether it be not getting the right episode of My Little Pony to load or an email is an hour late. The important thing is you’re doing the best you can. Working from home isn’t easy, especially when you have to juggle all of your career and mom hats at the same time.

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Check out Pfizer’s Sick Just Got Real website  and on Facebook for more information on Pfizer products, tips to help you get through the roughest, and realest, of sick days.

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