I started a new budgeting program a few months ago and one of the core tenants of the system is that there is no such thing as a surprise expense. All of the things that we consider unexpected expenses are, in fact, incredibly predictable. Oh no! My timing belt needs to be replaced! What a surprise! Well, actually, not really. You know that, as a person with a car, that there will be maintenance expenses, and that the older your car gets, the more they’re going to cost. You even know that, eventually, your car will reach a point where paying to fix it costs more than it’s worth and you’ll have to get a new car. So, while you may not be able to say with pinpoint accuracy the day and time you’ll need to put money towards your car, you can say with absolute certainty that you will have to do it someday.
Put a different way, into every life, a little rain must fall. Sometimes that rain is a hurricane and sometimes it’s a light mist, but one thing is for certain: you should definitely invest in a good raincoat.
So, in the interest of keeping yourself warm and dry, rid yourself of the notion that your SLP will never need to go on leave. They will. It may feel surprising when it happens, but remind yourself that it really isn’t. It’s highly predictable and you are prepared for this. Or, you will be, anyway. Here are a few posts from our archive to help you get started:
This post has a great infographic to help you visualize leaves of absence and just how common they really are.
This post is your emergency to-do list. Read through it now so you know what to do when it happens to you.
And finally, this post will help you be proactive in making sure that your district is a place where SLPs want to return when their leave is over.
Good luck in your preparations, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or just want someone to bounce ideas off of. We love problem-solving!