I had a total dork moment when I met this week’s featured blogger. Total squee moment. You probably already know Kat from Mama’s Losin’ It. But in case she is new to you, go head over to her blog, follow her on twitter, and like her on facebook. And of course, be sure to show her some comment love here.
I run a home daycare and often bite my ever-blogging tongue from over sharing any kind of details that could jeopardize my job. It wasn’t always like that. I used to write all KINDS of great snippits about the daycare. I blogged about parents that drove me crazy with strange requests, licensing rules, and even walked readers through my hiring process and shared PICTURES of potential daycare assistants that I found on MySpace and Facebook.
In short, my blog was found and although I didn’t lose my job, I was extremely humiliated by the finders actions. Needless to say…I don’t write about the daycare much anymore, but if I could share Things I Can’t Say in regards to the daycare for just one day? It would be this:
1. Parents, I love you…if you have time to get your nails done, drink with friends, rent movies, and show up to daycare every morning with a Starbucks Latte? You can definitely afford to pay me. Please don’t forget your daycare provider has bills to pay too.
2. Parents, I have three kids of my own to get dressed and off to school every morning. I feed up to ten kids breakfast, make lunches, and clean up after them every single day. I do not have time to change your child out of his pajamas and brush his teeth with him. Please bring your child to daycare fully clothed.
3. Daycare Dad, I know you told me you’d prefer your 10 month old not have honey until after she reaches the 12 month mark. Please do not get upset with me when you realize I fed her Honey Maid Graham Crackers…I promise you they’re safe.
4. Daycare Mom, I love that you’re all natural and prefer rinsing your child’s bum with warm water and wash cloths, but I cannot ‘re-use’ the same wash cloth all day and keep it hanging on a nail on the wall. Just. Ew.
5. Food Program Lady, You penalized me for writing that I fed the children oranges when in fact you observed them eating apples. I said “fruit is a fruit and it was an honest mistake”, but really I just didn’t care enough to double check and I forgot you had actually observed me that day.
6. To the parent who complains about the long day they had at work, I’m dying to say “OMG ME TOO!” but I can’t because in a sense you’re kind of my boss. I can’t complain about how dreadful my day was when it was spent watching your little Johnny. Just know that as you’re complaining about your long hours…I’M STILL WORKING.
7. To the parent who doesn’t understand why I can’t open 30 minutes earlier for their child everyday. Please realize that I’m already working 11 hour days. 30 more minutes is just. too. much. That being said, money talks. Offer to pay more and I might reconsider.
8. OMG please greet your child warmly when you pick her up! She’s been looking forward to seeing you all day and that God awful drawing she’s shoving into your hands is something she made especially for you. It breaks my heart to see you’re in such a rush to beat traffic that you can’t take a moment to LOOK at your kid.
9. Daycare Licensor, When you tell me my kids can not nap upstairs in their own rooms because there is not an emergency exit or proper supervision since I am downstairs with the daycare kids…that in fact you’d like me to buy extra nap mats and cribs to keep in my living room for my children to sleep on every day during daycare hours…you make me want to slam my head through a wall. I hate that I became self employed only to be micro-managed by the state, but I love my job too much to quit.
10. Parents, your child happily shares every little thing that goes on in your house with all of her daycare friends. Your arguments, your flatulence, your steamy love making sessions discovered by your 4 year old? Yeah…I know you a lot better than you think I do and so does your child! Thank you for the entertainment and might I suggest a lock on that master bedroom of yours.
BOY THAT FELT GOOD!
I’m going to be honest, when I feel appreciated by a child’s parents I’m better at what I do and I’m happier while I’m doing it. Considering your child’s daycare provider or teacher is spending her entire day with your child in her care…I’d say making her feel appreciated should be one of your top priorities.