A frazzled working mom took to Reddit for opinions after she made her husband take off work for their sick kid. He doesn’t want to lose out on the pay, but that’s only part of the reason for their argument. Here is the full story.
She Turned Up Sick
OP and her husband have a school age daughter who came home with pinkeye one night recently.
She Can’t Go Back
According to school rules, OP’s little girl had to stay home until she received eyedrops for 24 hours and had no visible symptoms.
They Had to Adjust
That meant that the girl would be off school for at least one day and maybe two, so OP and her husband had to make adjustments to their schedules.
One of Them Had to Do It
Both parents work full time, making it challenging for either to stay at home.
It’s even harder for OP.
She Had a Full Plate
That’s because OP works in healthcare and often has a full slate of patients who schedule their appointments well in advance.
She Could Lose Business
If OP has to stay at home on the spur of the moment, every one of her patients has to reschedule. Not only is that a mess and inconvenient, OP also risks losing future business to other providers.
He Has a Backup
OP’s husband, meanwhile, delivers supplies for contractors and others working in construction. He also has deliveries scheduled most days, but there usually are other drivers who can cover for him.
But He Loses Money
So it’s less inconvenient for OP’s husband to stay home, but he’s also paid hourly. That means he misses out on pay any time he’s not working.
She Still Gets Paid
Since OP is salaried, she continues to get her money even when she has to take a day off.
She Had Time to Burn
OP also had sick days remaining in her yearly allotment, while her husband would have to use a vacation day to stay home with their daughter.
No One Would Help
All of those factors came crashing down on OP and her husband when they couldn’t find any family or friends to watch their sick kid.
She Could Make It Tomorrow
OP volunteered right away to take the second day off if needed because that gave her more time to reschedule patients.
It Was His Turn
And OP already took two other days off to care for their daughter when she was sick.
Her husband hasn’t stayed home at all.
There Was No Choice
So OP told her husband that he would have to stay home with their daughter to treat her pinkeye.
It was his turn and it made the most sense.
He Thought Mom Would Do It
But OP’s husband thought she would volunteer to stay home again, and now he’s upset.
They’ll Lose Some Cash
OP admits that they will lose out on some money in the short term because her husband would be in line for overtime pay if he worked instead of staying home.
He’ll Lose a Day
And OP doesn’t like that her husband will lose a vacation day.
She Has More at Stake
In the long run, though, the couple could lose more money if OP’s patients leave her because she cancels on them with short notice.
Most Redditors think OP is right for insisting that her husband stay home with their daughter. They think it’s only fair that he takes his turn, plus they don’t think that OP should jeopardize her patients.
And many commenters agree with OP that her husband is being sexist for assuming she would stay home just because she’s the mother.
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