Now at 39 yrs old I have my daughter whose 21 and her 2 children living here. Again, I am responsible to stay home with her children, and my 5 & 10 year old when they get sick. She works at McDonalds for minimum wage since jobs are so scarce, and my husband just started a new job after 2 years of unemployment. His job told him he gets 5 points. Ohhh points sound exciting right? Well they arent those kind of points, like the ones you give kids for doing a good job, they are points for being late, calling in sick, and what not. Staying home sick with your child or grandchild would probably be an auto fire too. My daughter also would love to stay home when her kids are sick, but McDonalds has 109 people on their payroll so losing her wouldnt mean much to them. Her husband is in the same position as my husband, in fact, in the past he worked for the City of Lenoir, and spent one entire night at the ER with his then 2 yr old son who had asthma, and pnemonia. He called his work to tell them, they told him not to come back. He was fired.
So how have sick days affected my life as a mom and grandma? Judge for yourself. You just read a couple instances, and what would and has happened when my kids have been sick. They say you need 2 incomes to survive anymore, well maybe so, but 2 incomes are hard to keep when you get fired just for being a good parent.