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Are you keeping your kids home even if their daycare or school is open?

  • poll: Would you keep them home even if school or daycare was open?
    Yes, keep them home. : (22 votes)
    67 %
    No. : (11 votes)
    33 %
  1. Bluemasonjar

    clementine / 905 posts

    Our youngest has a perpetual cold with lots of drainage and some coughing (no fever) so I kept him home. We sent my other DS to PreK on Monday but they closed yesterday so now he is home as well. It makes trying to get work done a nightmare as DH just started the night shift and is trying to sleep during the day.

  2. agold

    grapefruit / 4032 posts

    @Bluemasonjar: Can your husband sleep with white noise? I found that the Alexa "nature sounds, thunder storms" sound is really easy to sleep through and it drowns out a lot. Good luck to your husband. Night shifts are tough for this reason.

  3. LemonJack

    persimmon / 1121 posts

    Okay, I posted a few days ago about what I thought we were doing, but there’s some major tension between DH and me regarding what to do.

    At the moment our daycare is open. She is an in home provider and there are three families. Our provider’s husband and daughter are working from home, and I know one of the two families has both parents working from home as well. I also know there is minimal contact outside of the families. I’m not sure about the third family.

    Next week is spring break, so our kids will all be home. I told DH I don’t want to send the littles afterward. To be honest I feel like we should have them home already. He’s really frustrated with me and basically said I need to read the CDC recommendations and it’s “fine” if they go because it’s a small group. My thoughts are that yes, it is a small group and safer than a center, but we can’t control what others do, and I don’t want to contribute to the spread.

    I’m frustrated. I feel like I’m in the right here, but want to hear other people’s opinions. I realize he’s stressed about getting work done, but let’s be honest, the entire WORLD is in this position right now and at least we can be working from home.

    For reference, he has a job where he’s talking to people a lot throughout the day, I’m a teacher leading virtual classes, and we have three kids, the oldest of whom is 5 and is now being homeschooled, led primarily by me since I’m a teacher. We also have a baby who will be with me 90% of the time, and a 2.5 year old who will be the wild card. She’s a good kid, but she’s two.

  4. Becky

    persimmon / 1390 posts

    We pulled our daughter. We want to be able to still see the grandparents, and my SIL is having a baby any day. Today we got a text from daycare that they have officially closed. I’m assuming most are closed at this point. Local schools are starting free child care for children of health care workers. I think that at least with that, they are all being exposed to very similar risks and are at higher risk of exposure in general.

  5. HappyBaker

    nectarine / 2223 posts

    @LemonJack: ugh I’m sorry it is so hard when you don’t agree! I think your husband has to realize that it’s pretty much inevitable that they are going to end up at home sometime soon anyway, and if they’re home next week anyway you might as well start there with figuring out your new normal. For me, DH is still going into the office so I’m home with a 7, 5 and almost 2 year old while trying to work and sort of homeschool my 7 year old (she goes to a private school and they’ve sent almost TOO much to do at home). I feel like with your jobs you’d have to have set on and off hours, whatever that looks like to make sense for your meetings. Like 2 hours working alone in a spot as far away from the kids as possible, and then switch to do 2 hours watching the kids. It’s going to be hard at first for sure. I felt like I had a pretty good week getting into a groove with my 3 and then today had a complete crying breakdown during a meeting with my manager, I think everyone is trying to figure out how to make this work, it’s just a lot harder for people that have very young kids at home! I just keep reminding myself that I’m lucky I CAN work from home even though it feels pretty impossible to do it all right now.

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