I work in an office and use a babysitter out of the home. This means that when my children are sick, one of us, mostly me, has to stay home. Jer leaves by 6:30 and on a good day, the kids are not awake as of yet. So I must stay and care for them.
I often feel anxious and guilty with regards to work when I need to be home for my children. But yesterday when I was home, but on a sick day as my lap top was defunct, I was working. While working on a sick day because my lap top was defunct one of my colleagues said, "You are a parent first."
So today I am a parent first with three sick kids. Some more sick than others. Some who are not well enough to go to their appointed places.
Today I am a parent first and then an employee.
I wish I could stop the world and pull them in under my 'wings' and comfort them all. It is days like this I wish I were a stay at home mom and I could shut out all responsibilities and be a mom. But alas, I cannot. I must balance work and home.
I am a parent first.