This is a role-play scenario to work on with your teacher.
You will play someone who works in a small startup company. Your teacher will play your manager.
You've had some problems at home - a sick mother and some money problems - and haven't been sleeping well. As a result you've been late to work several times in the last few weeks.
Your manager has asked to talk to you and you expect she will bring up your timekeeping.
You need to explain that it's a temporary problem, but don't want to say too much about your personal circumstances.