How to manage sick days (yours or otherwise)

The onset of winter has a depressing tendency to bring illness to my house. I’ve got a cold right now that will not quit, and may preclude my running the half-marathon as planned this weekend. The baby is congested, which is making his sleep even worse than usual. This, unsurprisingly, is not helping my cold either.

Sick days fall into the category of what Donald Rumsfeld might call “known unknowns.” You don’t necessarily know when they will happen, but the odds are good they will. Over at, I’m offering tips (in an article by Vivian Manning-Schaffel) on how to cope. Many of these same tips go for snow days, another winter “known unknown.” Time to start making back-up plans…

In other news: An update on my City Journal article on working stay-at-home moms… I’m looking for some organizations that work with women who are re-entering the labor force who might not have college degrees or professional work experience. While a few organizations are aimed at re-entering women on the high end of the labor market, I’d love to talk with some that work with a more diverse set of clients. Any leads are appreciated. As always, you can email me at lvanderkam at yahoo dot com.


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  1. I know this is an old post, but are you able to share the article at Working Mom? They’ve taken it down. I could really use some tips right now. I’ve been so sick today it’s hard to get anything done to prep for class or grade this week.

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