Stuck between a rock and a lack of childcare
I need some working mom feedback on this one!
A little background... a few months ago, my former boss offered me a new position to come back to work. I had left 6 months earlier to stay home with my daughter. One reason I was able to take the job, which I made quite clear, is the fact that the company was set to open an on-site daycare. My boss, and the daycare staff, kept touting May 4th as the opening day. I took the job after I informed my boss that I would only have a temporary childcare through May 1st.
So today, conveniently around 4:30, I get an email from the daycare director that states the daycare will not be open until May 18th because the licensing woman just left on vacation. I thought, isn't it funny how companies always deliver bad news at the end of the day? They must've envisioned a crazed mob of angry corporate mothers storming the Executive Lobby- foaming at their mouths, brandishing staplers and pilot pens as weapons, tearing down the floral print wallpaper as they stampede toward the CEO.
But all joking aside, this is a huge let down. My babysitter is moving to Florida and wants to be done this Friday. I think her enthusiasm for play-dough and Dora reached it's peak last week and is now withering into a pile of dust. I have no other family or friends to watch my daughter while I work, and I am not comfortable with leaving her with a new daycare or babysitter for 2 weeks- beginning on Monday.
I see this as the company's fault. I accepted this position on the grounds that their daycare would be open when they said it would be. My company doesn't normally allow people to work from home, but I feel like they should make an exception. I don't have meetings, I do a lot of spreadsheets and powerpoint, which I could totally do from home. I just hate to ask for "exceptions" because I am the only one with kids in my area. But I don't have any other ideas! What would other working moms do in this situation?