A Working Parent’s Snow Day Problem

The tales of being a working parent when dealing with the snow apocalypse (my new term for the ridiculous amounts of snow we have dealt with in Boston which clearly reflects my views.)  My husband often works from home.  And the snow days with quite a few extra sick days in our house, it has made it difficult for him to work.  Trying to keep kids quiet during a conference call should be a sport.  I am not good at it!

Last Monday, I dropped the kids off at their grandparents, and made the trek, into what felt like the artic tundra, to sit and wait for patients who did not come.  It was a terrible experience for me, mostly because driving home was dangerous.  I had a family who needed me, but I was able to get home safely.  I am one of those people who does not have the ability to work from home.  But I am a lucky one, I am able to stay home and use my vacation time to do it if needed.

There has not been much talk about the people who have to work to put food on the table.  The individuals who do not have accrued time to use when the office is closed.  The hard working hourly employees who depend on the money that comes in each week based on the time they spent working.  Who will be the voice for this group?

If you live in New England, your patience has been tested in new ways in the past few weeks.  We each need to be a little more compassionate.  But I ask you to think about what we can do to support the people who need to work and can’t.  These are your neighbors and members of your community.  Surely there is something we can do.

For more insight, read this post.


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Joyeux Parenting

I am the proud mother of two beautiful children and have lived in Boston for most of my life. I have over twenty years of experience as a Child Development Specialist working with new families, pediatricians at Mass General Hospital, and Early Intervention. I have a wealth of knowledge and expertise regarding the challenges related to breastfeeding, behavior management, picky eaters, discipline, sleep, and development. I love being a wife and mother and sharing my experiences-the good, the bad, and the ugly. I am constantly learning about new evidence based information as it relates to parenting. Most importantly, I think it is crucial to recognize that we all make mistakes and learn from them. I am a firm believer that humor is essential as you navigate the world. Parenting should be full of joy and that is why I started my business Joyeux Parenting. Thank you for allowing me to share my experiences with you.

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