#1 “Always beware of your babysitter.” Tip #7
I remember when we moved to Calgary, I had zero family support and no friendships. For the first time in my life, I had to reach out to strangers to care for my son. I read ads, interviewed people, and made careful selections.
I met a neighborhood childcare provider, she was “perfect!” She showed me journals she prepared for each child. She had a schedule, nutritious snacks, and a laundry list of references. She was eager to have my son join her after-school program.
I picked up Michael after the first day. He jumped in the car, his eyes as big as saucers, he said, “I can’t go back there!” I said, “Gee Buddy, what happened?”
Michael replied, “She’s crazy! Everyone is screaming there.”
With limited funds, having pre-paid for the month, and expecting a little too much from Michael, I replied, “Buddy, do you think you can handle it for a month? I’ve already paid her.” He said, “No way, I can’t go back there.”
I called her that evening, informed her Michael would not be returning. I told her she could keep the payment (Which I could in no way afford!) Michael never entered that home again.
It’s so true: “Babysitters, may not always be as good as they seem!”
I just loved each my Aunt’s tips. I could see my Mom all through them, and also my Nanny. I was so pleased she was willing to participate.
Thanks for ‘kicking things off’ Aunt Willena!