Well, apparently I hit a nerve with the comments about daycare. I would like to point out a couple of things though, as it is obvious that my blog address has been passed around to multiple day-care providers, and rather than deleting comments or ignoring, I am choosing to address this.
First of all, was I wrong to make an issue of personality traits that I observed in this day care provider? Maybe, but I make funny observations about people all the time. This blog states at the top: Random thoughts about nothing in particular, executed with alternating fits of bitchiness and/or sentimentality.
This is NOT a reference page intended to recommend or disparage DAY CARE PROVIDERS. If you are referencing my page looking for tips and hints on selecting childcare, choosing a provider in the Lawrence KS area, or any other helpful hints about the joys of being a mommy, you came to the wrong place. Believe me, there are many resources out there to help you, this is not one of them.
folks.... it's my blog about nothing... my daily life, my past, my sometimes arduous journey. It's meant to make people laugh and perhaps inspire a few people... I think it's done that. It's crazy observations about stuff, usually slanted toward the funny or meaningful. My intent was not to slander anyone, had I thought anything was truly wrong with the day care, believe me... I would not have been addressing the issue in a blog. I have SRS on my speed-dial, people.
I also mentioned 2 things that are notable. I stated that the provider and Grace "did not hit it off". That is true, and I don't believe I am assigning blame for that. I also stated that I asked someone more objective to observe the situation, and she agreed that "Grace's reaction was definitely beyond typical separation anxiety". Again, no blame here. The issue was and always has been GRACE'S REACTION.
Also, the woman was telling me daily what a rough time Grace was having, and she really seemed tired of it. I would have been as well. The ONLY time I ever showed up at naptime to pick her up was the day I removed her from the placement permanently, after Grace's aunt observed a terrible drop off that morning. If I did show up at an inconvenient time prior to that, I was not told that. If she had an issue, she should have stated so. I really really despise passive aggressive and evasive behavior, I am all about being straight up and honest. I also stated that I asked myself several questions: including was something weird there, or was the issue with Grace?
I don't think I was unfair in my assessment process, and I made the decision to place Grace elsewhere. No big deal. It is INTERESTING that Grace did fine at the next places. INTERESTING. That is all. A friend of mine has her child at this daycare, and I assume that she is still there... haven't heard anything different.
However, I am a little concerned that you DAY CARE PROVIDERS need to back the fuck off, get off the computer, and go give the kiddos that you are being paid to take care of some attention.
If ya'll want to read any more about my personal opinion of this woman or anyone else I encounter in my daily life, you are welcome to come back and keep reading... the woman has obviously passed my blog address around to all of you for your entertainment. I sure am glad that I did not say her last name, or the name of her daycare, because that would be wrong. It would also be wrong to post information about my personal experience with this situation on any of the public message boards here in town that she might be advertising on, looking for another child to fill that slot.
And if for some reason you DID come to this page looking for help selecting a child-care provider, my best advice is: DO NOT RELY ON THE INTERNET!! Personal and business web sites can say anything, positive or negative. Instead, you may want to get reliable recommendations from people that you know and trust.