Snow Days, Flu and Grandma’s Home Business
December has been tough for us here in Iowa. It started on November 30, with a snow storm. From that point, we have had several more. I’d say at least 11 inches, and we’re only on the 20th, with more to come. Add to that some influenza that has been going around the public schools. My daughter-in-law has a part-time job that doesn’t pay her unless she shows up. And Grandma (me) who lives only a mile away from her two grandchildren (2nd grade and kindergarten) is tempted to help. But I have a business to run.
When I started my new home-based business on December 1 (yep! I caused all this snow!) I had a talk with my daughter-in-law and we settled on some guidelines for helping with the grandchildren.
1. I can’t do sick grandchildren, because I don’t do well with sick people (I couldn’t even deal with it when my own children were sick) and my husband catches everything.
2. I can do planned school’s out days, for teacher conferences, holidays. If I can put it on my calendar, I can probably do it, unless I have something else planned.
3. I can do snow days, if I don’t have a major commitment or appointment. It’s ok to call and ask.
4. I can’t do more than one day a week, unless there is an extreme emergency.
Having these guidelines set ahead of time helps both of us. What kinds of arrangements do you have for family emergencies, helping with grandchildren, dealing with sick children? Let us know how you deal with these things, and keep your home business alive.
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