Submitted by Jim Haselmaier
Managing personal and professional obligations within a dual-working-parent family is a challenge on a good day. When unexpected complications pop up it gets even harder to keep everything and everyone on track. You probably know what I mean. A meeting that runs late. A call from the school. Realizing that you've got two different colored socks on as you prepare to meet with your customer. Or, a family member that gets sick.
When someone gets sick at home, the challenges can mushroom into even more problems if other family members end up with the bug. And being sick yourself is often the worst because, in addition to feeling lousy, you start to fall behind at work and at home the ratio of "doers" to those needing attention (aka "kids") gets out of whack.
Our daycare provider, who was also a nurse, taught us a lot about how to avoid sharing viruses among family members. We learned how to "contain" these bugs and usually avoided passing them between each other by developing this strict protocol when one of us got sick:
This system works! We often stayed healthy when one of our kids got sick.
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