My father has become unexpectedly and quite severely unwell. I am not working in a school at the moment but I essentially took last week off of my current job to be with him in hospital etc. My mum is too upset and panicked to be taking anything on board so I'm needed as ears if nothing else. He is going to have major surgery next week and again, I will take the time to be with him. How would this have worked if I had been in school, teaching? I think at some point I'd like to go back into schools but this sort of stuff always worried me. My son is also due a minor surgery in the next month and my experience with that sort of stuff when I was in school was always ''can't someone else look after him?" How understanding have your workplaces been to such life events? Tough? Limited? Someone I worked with was called to local shops from school as her dad was having a major heart attack and people knew him and where she worked. That was the Monday. By the Wednesday, the head asked why she still needed to be at hospital with him.