My biggest challenge as a working parent is what to do when my child is sick, which unfortunately is quite often. She is almost three, and for a large part of the year we seem to play musical viruses. She had RSV at only 8 weeks old -- came through it like a champ -- but it has been one thing after another since then. Ear infections (we got tubes), stomach viruses, colds, even pink eye. The pediatrician assures me she is basically healthy and that this is not unusual for a child in day care. I already switched to a smaller home day care, and it helped a bit, but she is still around kids of different ages. It doesn't help that almost every time she gets a cold, she runs a fever and cannot go to day care. My mother-in-law says my husband was the same way. He almost never gets sick now. That's good to know, but I need to find a way to keep my job! I have been with the same company for six years, and I started a new position in February with a new boss. Since then, I had to have surgery, my dad died, and my daughter has been sick three times. Thank God my sister helped out or I'm sure I would have been "disciplined" at work. My husband works in an all-male environment with a boss who thinks childcare is women's work (although I make much more money). He stays home with her sometimes, but both our bosses have made comments. My mom is too old to watch her and lives out of town. My sister helps when she can, but she's going back to work, and I don't know what I'll do then. Please help me find a way to stay employed. This is my first and last child (I'm 42) and no one warned me about this!