I can't even imagine how stressful it must be relying on a job to eat but being told you can't have more time off. I was told I had to come in one day when DS was sick, and I had to leave him with my mother. I'm very privilidged to have my parents who can sometimes watch him and my DP has him today during a pupil free day and I am the only one in the office so a nice, cruisy day off is just off the cards. I can definitely empathise. At least they have an excuse. With a parent at home able to care for a sick child, I can't see what the excuse could be apart from they were in hospital or something.