3.) It happened at daycare.
Often times working with parents is more challenging than providing childcare for their kids all day. You would be stunned at how many parents (some family friends) who have completely stiffed me on daycare bills, probably assuming I’m too small to really go after them for the money they owe when they suddenly drop off the face of the earth and leave me high and dry. They’re right.
Not that I’m “too small” to go after them, more so that I just hate confrontation and if you’re in a place where you actually need to avoid paying your daycare provider in order to make ends meet (or for whatever reason), than you have your own demons to deal with. I’ll take on extra work so that my family is okay and you can work out your issues and go to bed every night knowing you allowed a woman to take care of your child for a couple weeks (or an entire month) for free. SWEET DREAMS JERK.
I’m fine with it, really.
Rarely do I find myself in a position to actually turn away a family due to the parents, but it has happened.
A couple years ago I had a family stop by to interview me for daycare. The interview included questions about whether or not all three of my kids have the same father. I don’t know exactly what was implied by that question, but it instantly put me off. I answered it to the best of my ability which is that I can’t be sure exactly, but that I think so.
The mother carried on about how sloppy her daughter was. She’ll need to arrive in her pajamas and change into her school clothes after breakfast because she was always spilling on herself. Her daughter needs constant reminders to pick UP AFTER HERSELF and often throws her shoes in the middle of the entryway. Her daughter has nervous habits and eats her hair. Her daughter doesn’t listen. Her daughter loves Dora even though mom thinks Dora is for babies. All of this as the little girl sat listening.
She moved on to her marriage. I got the full scoop on the issues she has with her husband. They are separated but living together and he has a new girlfriend BUT WE WON’T TALK ABOUT THAT.
She continued with an interrogation about how I run the daycare, how she thought I should run it, did I go to church? I mean nothing was off limits.
By the time the mother was finished ranting I was eating my OWN hair! Anyone would develop nervous habits living under that woman’s roof. She was insane. There was no way I was going to be able provide childcare for this family knowing I would have to interact with this lady on a daily basis. No amount of money was worth a daily interrogation and listening to her put her own daughter down.
I briefly considered enrolling her just so that I could be a happy respite for the girl, but I felt like this mother could be a liability for me. If for whatever reason she felt unhappy with me I could imagine her just flying off the handle. Between my own kids, the other kids, the other parents…I just wasn’t willing to deal with this kind of crazy for an entire year.
They were not happy about my sudden change of heart.
Can’t say I regret that one!
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1.) Happy Fall! The first day of Fall was September 22nd, share something fall related you did!
2.) Coffee Talk! Share your first pumpkin spice latte of the season with us. Bonus point: Pay it forward and buy a pumpkin spice latte for someone else.
3.) It happened at daycare.
4.) Something you learned about blogging from an unlikely source.
5.) Write a list of things your kids have said that that made you cringe.