It’s real. It’s something men don’t understand… and it’s something we all try to hide.
If you’re a working mom like me, you know the feeling: it’s 2pm, daycare calls to tell you that your baby has a fever and has to be picked up within an hour.
The sinking feeling hits immediately. You have to tell your boss you need to go. You feel guilty leaving in the middle of work. Then you feel guilty for not thinking 100% of your sick child. And then you’re thinking, “If it’s a fever, that means he can’t return for 24 hours. Now one of us has to stay home tomorrow, too.” That means you’re either letting work down, letting your husband down, or letting your sick baby down.
I’m here to say, it sucks, but stop.
Feeling guilty does no good. It’s not good for your baby, it’s not good for your marriage, and if you’re not focused, you’re probably not being a good employee either.