In continuing the ongoing publicizing of my nerdery, I’m sharing one of my favorite work tools and its applicability to non-work stuff. It’s so easy! You just ask why five times to find a root cause.Since I’m still obsessing about child care options, I’ll use my decision to find a solution other than traditional daycare as an example.
I think I need to find a new child care solution.
We’ve been sick at least once a month since February.
Javi catches and brings home crud from daycare.
He comes into contact with a lot of kids at daycare.
Though there are only three other kids in his class (Infant B), the early-morning and late-evening kids float to one room (Infant A) where there are as many as 8 babies, meaning he’s in contact with the germs of 11 other kids. When you include their siblings, who are in other classes at the same daycare, he’s indirectly in contact with the germs of 50+ kids.
The daycare is a really large facility, so they float kids to keep their employee costs down in the early morning and late afternoon, when they have enough kids out to send an employee home, or when kids are transitioning from one room to another. Because of the size of the facility, many families send multiple kids in different age groups. Each age group is kept together, so different ages means different classrooms.
See? Easy peasy. I’ve been hesitant to pull Javi out of daycare because I like it there so much and didn’t think there were other options that limited germs short of keeping him home, but fewer kids mean fewer germs.