What would you do if you were a single mother with a couple of school aged kids, and one of them got sick, or had something contagious like head lice or impetigo? Why, you’d stay home from work to take care of them, of course! Right? Right! What if your job paid hourly, let’s say your supported your family waiting tables, and used your tips to pay the bills. What then? What if a week home from work meant losing $300 that you needed to pay your bills? How about at $300 a week, you simply didn’t have enough to build up a bit of a money buffer to cover things like that? What if you had that buffer but you spent a week in the hospital and your medical insurance (if you had any) sucked? Howabout if you found out your boss found someone else to work your job because you were “unreliable”?
I recently a blog where the individual writing was complaining because someone sent their kid to school with impetigo and her kid caught it. She was fortunate enough to have medical care for her child and could get him treated before it got nasty. She was also able to stay home and take care of him until it cleared up.
The commenters there broke my heart. It was all about how the mother was horrible and why chouldn’t she stay home blah blah. Maybe she just didn’t have the option. I’m not saying “Ok everyone send your kids to school whether they’re sick or not!” I’m just saying try to get all the story before you go smacking down someone who’s circumstances may not be as fortunate as yours, ok?
Sure, there are people who are irresponsible with their kids, who send them to school because they just don’t want to deal with them. But that’s not everyone. There are people who the decision to keep their child home simply isn’t an option. Stay home with the kid today, don’t eat tomorrow. Call in to work with a sick kid, lose your job. It happens.