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Things Your Daycare Provider is Secretly Thinking

10 Jun

I’ve been in both roles: a working parent with kids in daycare and as a daycare provider.  But it wasn’t until I became a daycare provider that I realized how parents dismiss the hard work their daycare providers offer.  In my experience, home daycare is a great alternative to the costliness of daycare centers.  If you find the right person who’s trustworthy, credible, creative and kid-friendly (because not all daycare providers are kid-friendly) then you really should value the service they provide and occasionally let them know how much you appreciate them.

All of the following are experiences I’ve actually encountered first hand.  These faux pas are things your provider probably wants to share with you but doesn’t want to hurt your feelings:

  1. Don’t bring your child to daycare if he’s sick.  You knew he had diarrhea and a fever when you left the house.  Save us all time and strain and just keep him home, because you will be called.
  2. Don’t ask “Do I still have to pay when he’s not here?”  Yes you still have to pay, your payment reserves your spot.
  3. When you get off work,  don’t go grocery shopping.  Come and get your kids!  I have a life too and it doesn’t include watching your kids while you run errands.
  4. How many times do I have to hear your outlandish stories as to why you can’t pay.  Oh really, your payroll department forgot to cut you a check, again?  And your debit card got eaten by the ATM machine and soon as you pull up the bank closed–just locked the doors, shut off the lights and closed the blinds on you, huh?
  5. When you come to pick up your child, please don’t walk through my house being nosy and eating the snacks on the kitchen counter.  Stay in the immediate area and patiently wait for your child.
  6. When dropping off, please don’t linger over your crying child.  Yes, your child may cry, but the sooner you leave the quicker they snap out of it and go play.
  7. If you know your car is leaking fluid, please don’t park in my driveway or in my grass.
  8. If you’re going through a divorce or separation, I’m really not interested in your drama as it unfolds each day.  I’m sorry he was addicted to porn and you to food, but this conversation just makes me super uncomfortable.

Rule of life #104 If you choose not to abide by the rules of daycare, you may find yourself knocking on an unanswered door.

Do you have any funny, odd or just weird daycare stories?  I want to hear from you.  Email me!