The working parents’ guide to dealing with sick kids

Cultivate emergency caregivers
“It can be a disaster when you don’t have backup child care,” warns Wendy Sachs, author of How She Really Does It. Having extended family and trustworthy friends nearby will put you and your child at ease.

However, many parents feel uncomfortable asking for favours. “In a pinch, I call my after-school babysitter to come to the house earlier,” says Erin Devarennes, a mother of two from Moncton, NB. Other crunch-time care options include college students with flexible schedules, on-call nanny services or sick-child daycare centres staffed by health pros. Keep in mind, the price tag can be hefty and the lack of familiarity may turn off your kid.

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