Last month you kept your kid home because of a sore throat. Before that, your child had to miss a week of school because of a potential exposure. And then this month there was the Omicron surge, which meant delayed starts and remote learning. For working parents, it can feel damn near impossible to keep up with the non-stop logistics and shifting demands of parenting during a pandemic. And when your childcare arrangements are a crapshoot at best, you may wonder—should I tell my boss how crappy my situation is right now? Especially for those parents who are still working from home, do you really need to fill your employer in?
(FWIW—I’m currently writing this story with my toddler at home, thanks to his school’s very strict sick policy in reaction to Omicron, so yeah, I get it.)