10 Things Your Daycare Teacher Is Lying To You About

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daycare teachers lieNothing was more surreal than my year as a daycare worker in a popular private preschool in the suburbs of Austin. I went into the experience expecting to be awesome at it since I already had a child that I had successfully not killed for almost four whole years-parents would observe this with delight and thank me for keeping their kids alive, too. I did a lot of things in that year, but basking in the thanks of grateful parents was probably the only thing I didn’t do. In fact, I spent a lot of time lying to them instead.

I know that sounds bad, but pretty much all daycare teachers lie. If you have a kid in daycare, there are lots of things that you don’t want to know. It’s a little like seeing how the sausage is made. I would never lie to you about something that involved your kid on a really serious level. Instead, there were a lot of things that I either lied about to spare your feelings, your child’s feelings, or because there is no reason for you to know other than the fact that it would make you feel bad/think of slapping me. Similarly, I rarely fibbed outright. It was more of a wordsmithing exercise.

A lot of childcare workers lie, and not necessarily for the reasons you think. Here are some of the biggest lies your kid’s daycare teacher or nanny might tell you:

What we say: Your son is very spirited!

What we mean: Your child makes me dread waking up in the morning.

There’s always one. Sometimes there’s more than one. But if you ask, “how was he today?”, as long as he didn’t hurt himself or someone else, or do something completely inappropriate, we’re going to use words like “spirited” and “energetic”. Most parents wouldn’t believe that their child is that kid anyway.

What we say: Wow, you mean she wasn’t running a fever this morning?

What we mean: I know you lied about medicating your kid with Tylenol. In this moment, I hate you more than I ever thought it was possible to hate another human being.

Having a busy schedule, a demanding boss, and a sick kid is the WORST. I understand. Sometimes you might try and sneak a Benadryled child in through the front door. You’re not slick, and at that point, you’re messing with my job as well, because the weird thing about strep/flu/noro is that it’s contagious. Most daycare workers don’t get sick pay, PTO, or even health insurance if the operation is small enough. At our daycare, a mother sent a child in knowing he had Fifth disease and didn’t tell his pregnant teacher. If your kid comes in with the sticky dribbles of grape-flavored Motrin around her mouth, I will know you for the lying liar you are and hate you appropriately.

What we say: I do this job because I’ve always wanted to work with children.

What we mean: I do this job because I have to pay off the loans I took to get my Master’s in education that I can’t use because the schools here have a hiring freeze. This is literally the best I could do.

A lot of daycare workers and nannies are incredibly overqualified for the job. Sure, they want to work with kids, but that doesn’t mean the under five set. They might have wanted to teach AP Chemistry or Special Education or pursue board certification. They never expected the field to be lucrative, but getting paid eight dollars an hour just to have you come in and scream at them for forgetting to use that wipe warmer you sent is a cruel joke.

What we say: Crocs are fine.

What we mean: There is never an instance in which Crocs are fine.

I tried telling a mom once, as tactfully as possible, that sneakers might be better than crocs for her high-spirited child, because the kid liked to tear them off and whip them at other kids’ faces. I assume that this was out of frustration because they wouldn’t stay on his feet. This was a terrible idea, because apparently she had spent a lot of money on those stupid Croc “charms” and couldn’t I just keep a better eye on him? I ended up getting written up when she told on me to the director.

What we say: The director and the teachers are all a team. We’re like a big happy family.

What we mean: HAHAHAHAHA

In an ideal world, the director and teachers are a team. In the real world, the director keeps the money flowing and you’re expected to shaddup and do your jobs with a smile on your face, no matter what. I know a director who “solved” the pervasive strep outbreak at her daycare by instructing the teachers to change diapers backwards. As in, face the child away from you while you change them so they don’t breathe in your face or vice versa. No word on how this was supposed to work with infants.

What we say: Oh yeah, it’s totally fine that you forgot to get wipes. Next time, right?

What we mean: I’ve spent more money on wipes for your kids this year than mine.

Bring a million wipes. Because I know you’ll scream at me for using the generic sandpaper crap the daycare provides, I’ve been going to the store on my lunch break to spend my lunch money on “your” brand. It’s getting expensive.

What we say: Enjoy this art project she made for you.

What we mean: Enjoy this art project I made for you.

When you’re paying thousands a month, you want to feel like you’re getting your money’s worth, even though there is no way a three-year-old wants to sit at art station for even fifteen minutes when there’s a sand table right over there. So here, I glued these leaves to this paper. Put it on the fridge.

What we say: No, I didn’t mind staying late.

What we mean: Please walk away from me right now please.

Oh, this parent. One day they’re five minutes late, the next they’re 15. They are always really sorry when they show up after everyone else has gone home, and have a really great excuse, and need you to know how sorry they are even though it takes you twenty minutes to get home and your own child’s bedtime is in a half an hour. If you were to suggest that this isn’t okay, you risk wrath and tears. Not worth it.

What we say: Nope, he didn’t roll over/take a step/ achieve milestone today.

What we mean: He totally did.

This one isn’t for us. It’s for you. Even parents who say they want to know if their little one said their first word or took their first step at daycare look completely crestfallen when you tell them they did. They’ll do it again soon, so what’s the harm in letting you be the “first” one to see it?

What we say: Aww, I love your little one.

What we mean: Alright, FINE. I might love your little one.

The little booger grew on me.

 (Image: ollyy/Shutterstock)


  1. Kendra

    May 30, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Yeah, I’m sure there are more omissions of truth than actual lying, in most cases. I don’t ask questions I don’t care to have the answer to. Milestones? I just assumed she hadn’t had them so that I could celebrate them at home as though they were the first. As far as most of the other things, I try SO HARD not to be the annoying parent. I will not bring my child if she’s sick. I cannot STAND it when other people do that. I don’t work late. I don’t show up announced. I pay her on time. Yeah, I’m pretty sure I’m a stand up gal. 😉

  2. Kendra

    May 30, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Also, I really need a painting dolphin. Like…yesterday.

  3. jendra_berri

    May 30, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Every day I pick my toddler up from daycare, my provider says, “Your son, he is something else, but I love him.” Then she relates how he shoved a new toddler to the ground, stole another kid’s food or refused to stop trying to slam a door.
    She says he gets away with it because he’s cute. Also, he has started winking at her. And he dives into her arms and snuggles and her face melts. My boy, he’s exhausting. He wears you out. But damn, if he’s not charming as hell. It’s what’ll get him through life being such a handful.

    • G.E. Phillips

      May 30, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      Wait, did we have a kid together?

    • Jem

      May 30, 2014 at 2:02 pm

      sounds like my son too

    • TwentiSomething Mom

      May 30, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      Sounds like mine. They always follow up with he’s so cute/smart/personable. I think he falls in the “spirited” category?

    • jendra_berri

      May 30, 2014 at 4:33 pm

      I don’t know if I’d call him spirited, which always seems like code for a kid who’s a PITA. My son is more mischievious and full of energy. He’s not a crier, screamer, or high-strung kid and if he gets hurt, he brushes it off. No stranger or separation anxiety. Very social. Loves people.
      Other parents hug him. I get offers to babysit him all the time from friends and family who’ve done it before.
      It’s just he’s gogogogogogogogo and gets into everything and he’s so young that you can’t reason even a little with him so you’re on your feet distracting him, trying in vain to explain why you can’t have XYZ. He’s squirmy, not interested in relaxing ever.
      Looking after him all day is tiring as hell for these reasons. And he’s only 14 months… 0_o

    • Raquel

      May 30, 2014 at 8:53 pm

      sounds like my girl! she’s now 4. She now has moments of calm, but they are fleeting

    • DanielCraigForevah

      May 30, 2014 at 3:33 pm

      Oh yeah, shoving other kids and slamming doors sounds delightful. Hint: she’s LYING, as the article states.

    • jendra_berri

      May 30, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      Don’t be a dick.

    • Maggie J

      May 30, 2014 at 5:01 pm

      Doesn’t sound like he/she is being a dick. Refer to the list. Your toddler (and my toddler, and everyone else’s toddler) is not a saint. Toddlers are assholes, including yours.

    • jendra_berri

      May 30, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      I said she tells me what nonsense he’s been into. I know he’s no saint. I didn’t indicate anyone felt that way.
      I said my provider tells me even though he’s a big handful, she thinks he’s cute and she loves him. And I don’t doubt this, as I’ve seen their rapport (them hugging and her face when it happens).
      So what lies are happening here? The only thing s/he could be referring to is the love. She must not actually love him is what is being said here. And that, my friend, is a dick thing to say.

    • Jayamama

      May 31, 2014 at 1:13 pm

      I have no doubt that you love him and you want to believe that she does too. But I do highly doubt that she loves him.

  4. EX

    May 30, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    I know there’s a lot my daughter’s daycare workers keep from me and I am fine with that. But in general I think I’ve had a really good relationship with them, including being invited to the birthday party of the daughter of one of the workers who turned into a real friend. I love my daughter’s day care. But you’re right, I definitely don’t want to see the sausage being made…

  5. Lee

    May 30, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    I told all of the people who watched my son when he was little (including Grandmothers) to absolutely not tell me if he had a milestone moment.

  6. Ursi

    May 30, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    The milestones thing seems like common sense to me. I remember reading a story by an upset mother who was crushed that her child had taken her first steps while she was away. How did she know? The babysitter told her! All I could think was, what a nitwit babysitter. Nobody cares about those kinds of things except the parents so leave it for the parents to find out on their own! Why steal their joy?

    • keelhaulrose

      May 30, 2014 at 12:44 pm

      When I worked in daycare we had a mom jokingly tell us one day to knock her child over if she started walking. Guess what? That very day. Of course we didn’t knock her down, we encouraged it, but as soon as mom came in we told her nothing had happened. Mom came in the next day totally stoked she had witnessed Angel ‘s first steps. I’d never tell a parent about a first milestone, but I will coach a kid so they perform it for their parents later.

    • Coby

      May 30, 2014 at 1:06 pm

      We had a nanny before our daughter went into daycare, and my husband was adamant with the nanny about the milestone thing. Paraphrasing, he told her that I was having a really hard time adjusting going back to work so to please keep her mouth shut should DD do anything noteworthy while we were away.

      Sure enough, I come home one day and I get the “she did X today!” roster, and my heart just sank. I mean, I was thrilled DD achieved it but the fact that I wasn’t there, couldn’t witness it, etc. just made it so hard for me.

      Our daycare, when it came to milestones, was gracious. Her teachers would tell us that she was “getting ready” to do Y and would encourage DD to show us what she was working on (walking with push toys, standing on her own, etc.). The progress was far more palatable to “NEENER NEENER NEENER LOOK WHAT YOU MISSED.”

    • Vikky

      May 31, 2014 at 1:27 pm

      Fire that nanny.

      Seriously, if she expressly disobeyed an order from your husband, what else did she do against your wishes?

    • Coby

      June 2, 2014 at 9:10 am

      We only had her for a short period of time. There were SO many issues with her – she was constantly calling out, she was on the phone, she just had poor judgment about her personal life. DD has been in this daycare for close to 2 years now, and it’s quite possibly the best money we spend.

    • Justme

      May 31, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      My MIL is like that with my daughter. And she says it in a way that is so superior…like SHES the only one who can get our daughter to do new things because they just have SUCH a special bond.

    • AP

      May 30, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      I always thought the milestone thing was kind of funny. Who’s to say that Baby wasn’t rolling back and forth or pacing laps in the crib in the middle of the night, or while you were in the shower?

    • K.

      May 30, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      You know, it’s funny–I didn’t really mind the milestone thing and being first to know (there were several that Dad witnessed when I wasn’t around and he wasn’t going to keep it to himself), and these days, I find it really sort of a fun surprise to see him suddenly express a new skill that I know he must have learned in daycare–new words, new abilities, etc.

      I mean, it’s not a milestone, but I was absolutely tickled pink when a few months ago, he toddled over to me, handed me a book, and then SAT DOWN, like right in front of me on the kitchen floor, like cross-legged and ready, just like they do in school. It’s so fun to me to be surprised by those things!

    • Nichole

      May 30, 2014 at 1:51 pm

      We told our daycare not to tell us because “it doesn’t count until Mom or Dad see it”. I always make sure to let her know when we’ve seen something new so that she knows we know. And if we find out that a first happened there, then we repeat- “doesn’t count until Mom or Dad see it” with a smile and try to get it to happen for us.

    • Spiderpigmom

      May 30, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      Hahaha, as I stated above, I was totally the nitwit babysitter; but even now that I have a kid I still don’t feel about it this way. I love hearing that my son did something new, even if I wasn’t there to witness it.

  7. itpainsme2say

    May 30, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    What is that boomerang gif from?

    • Theresa Edwards

      May 30, 2014 at 12:54 pm

      mad max i think?

    • Ursi

      May 30, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      it’s from The Road Warrior which is the sequel.

      I’m really into crazy dystopian Australia

  8. keelhaulrose

    May 30, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    All of these are totally true.
    Btw- we hate calling you because your baby is sick. We know it’s tough for you because it disrupts your work day. Legally we have to call (though we’ve been known to look the other way for extenuating circumstances like vaccination fevers) and have you pick your kid up. I’ve had parents drop their kids off sick hoping to get just enough time to go do a couple things at work. One of those cost me three days of work while I underwent medical testing.

    • GPMeg

      May 31, 2014 at 1:34 am

      “Hi, Ms. Meg, I’m wondering if I can leave Bridgey in your office today while I go to work? She has strep, but she’s totally been on antibiotics for 24hrs!” (which is a lie because I saw you check in at CHOA two hours ago on FB…)

  9. simpleton

    May 30, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    I worked daycare for 3 years, and I can say – truthiness. Especially the milestone part – I was warned about this the first day. “Whatever you do, DON’T tell the parents that little Bookcase walked/stood up/rolled over/blinked for the first time! You always say “ooh, they’re so close!” Also, yes they probably do love your kid. The workers have favorites, so they might not all be bonkers about every kid, but you can bet that at least one person in that room loves your kid to bits. I always missed them on weekends.

    • K.

      May 30, 2014 at 1:06 pm

      “Bookcase” is my new favorite nouveau-name to make fun of nouveau-names. 🙂

    • DanielCraigForevah

      May 30, 2014 at 3:43 pm

      It’s sad how much some of the workers love the kids, when the parents resent them and treat them like they’re stupid for taking care of their child for 40 hours a week. I love babies, and I would always fall in love with the babies, even babysitting on the side for the nice parents. But a lot of the parents sucked. Working in a day care can be a truly thankless job, so fortunately many workers really like what they’re doing while being tragically underpaid and looked down upon. I would go back to it if they actually paid a living wage (hint: $8/hr with no benefits is not a living wage).

    • Amber Leigh Wood

      May 30, 2014 at 6:34 pm

      I accidentally broke this lie in my childcare years, in my defense this kid got up and walked around the room for like 10 minutes, then when his parents came I said “it’s so exciting that will is walking now” they were like he isn’t walking, cue child standing up and walking to his parents while they stand there with a look of disbelief on their face….

  10. K.

    May 30, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Sometimes one of my students’ parents will ask me, “So…where does my kid rank in terms of the whole class?”

    I respond, “Oh, YOUR kid is number ONE,” and then I smile and my tooth glints.

    (And I call bullshit on the art projects, at least with our daycare…Have you seen the crap he comes up with?? No appreciation for complex color and completely inattentive to composition. Terribly disappointing.)

  11. G.E. Phillips

    May 30, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Face took his first steps at daycare, and the teacher told me as soon as I picked him up that day. I was a little sad, but it wasn’t like he took his LAST steps, you know? I think I would have felt weirded out if she didn’t tell me and I somehow found out he’d done it at school first after the fact.

  12. ktbay

    May 30, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    The summer after high school, and through my freshman year of college I worked at a daycare center. I was in a 12-24 mo class, and it was my favorite job. I think it was fun because I was young and had the energy for it. Being alone with 7 kids was intense.

    But dear god, bring diapers and wipes. Just do it like every week. Assume your kid is out. Leaving little sticky notes that go unnoticed every day with a little smiley face on them to hide my rage got old.

    And clothes. That outfit you brought to class six months ago is no longer climate appropriate and won’t fit. So I gotta let your kid walk around like a sweaty little hobo all day. It’s cute, but, you know.

    The facility closes at six. I may not have much of a social life, but I don’t want to hang out here for an extra 30 minutes. At night, just me, some other poor teacher, and your kid.

    But I loved cuddles, and watching the kids walk, and learn new words and songs. And the smiles… hell, even art time was at least entertaining.

    Now that I have one kid, I don’t know how I ever handled 7.

  13. SA

    May 30, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    UGH. Especially the directors and the teachers being one team. In the 4-5 daycares I worked at when younger I absolutely detested ALL of the daycare directors that I worked for. They had zero interest in anything but money, spent zero time with the kids, yet assumed they knew everything about how to run my classroom.

    I wouldn’t be the parent that sent my kid in medicated, but *sigh* she ran a fever for a few hours last night and it broke and she was fine this am and the medicine had worn off so I sent her in violating the 24 hour fever-free rule. I couldn’t find any reason without any other symptoms to not send her in. I’ve stressed over it all day, but no call yet saying she has a fever!

  14. Meg

    May 30, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    sick kids…sigh. One sick kid came in medicated one day. He started puking after lunch. We called the parents, and they finally showed to pick him up, hours later. The next day we started having to send home other kids who were now…of course…puking. 2 days later we were down to only like 3 kids in the toddler room, everyone else was out sick. Then the teachers started getting sick. 🙁

  15. jane

    May 30, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    BTW, teachers don’t stop lying when they get out of daycare either. I have written many a college recommendation that says “I see great promise that they will continue to mature in college.” That’s code for “this student’s got nothing going for them except for the fact that he will age, which should help a little.”

    • K.

      May 30, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      Oh lord. One of the newer teachers really REALLY wanted to write an evaluation (NOT a college rec, just an evaluation) of a student that called out the fact the student plagiarized–blatantly, like copied her whole essay from a webpage–on an assignment, and I had to tell her, “I promise you, writing, ‘I’m glad so-and-so continues to learn the intricacies of citation'” or some bullshit like that, people will get it immediately, what happened.

    • DanielCraigForevah

      May 30, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      Honest question: would the teacher have actually gotten into trouble for pointing out this very serious academic issue in a more direct manner?

    • K.

      May 30, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      Probably not trouble, but it was more a situation in that SHE, rather than the student, would look bad. The evaluations that were written for this academic program are sometimes used by students for things like entry into private schools or special programs, merit award and scholarship applications, and passing out of a certain class into a higher level (like an AP section). In our case, it also has to do with the style of the evaluation, which is written like a letter of rec in that it’s not just facts and figures or straightforward performance reporting.

      So, if you as a teacher, have your named signed to an evaluation in which you write something that says, “I was disappointed that X student plagiarized the last essay” …it ends up making you, the teacher, sound like you have a vendetta against a student, as if you are actively trying to ruin the student’s life. So the balance you’re left trying to affect becomes “there were academic problems with this student in my class, but I don’t want to sound like this student will never succeed.” The plagiarism thing was a rather extreme case–but I think the principle holds true for teachers writing rec letters. If the tone is at all mild or reserved at any point, it’s usually worse than conveyed on paper, and much like letters of rec for a job, an admissions officer (or potential employer) has an ear for it.

  16. Jessifer

    May 30, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Wait… you can get written up for suggesting to a parent that their kid wear sneakers instead of crocs? What kind of asshole boss would do that?

    • ToastDon'tCare(aka LiteBrite)

      May 30, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      My son’s daycare expressly forbids Crocs and open-toed shoes. Which makes perfect sense to me because the kids are running around like little maniacs all over the place.

    • Music Mamma

      May 30, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      Our school forbids Crocs because kids trip in them. Often. The best summer shoes are Keens.

  17. Guest

    May 30, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Squeeeee the little polar bear!

    • Lian

      May 30, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      I have it open in a separate window on my second screen so I can stare at it ALL THE TIME. So cute!

  18. Bethany Ramos

    May 30, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Hahahah this is amazing. Elliott brings home soooo much art, which is very cute and often suspiciously well made.

    • Jennifer Freeman

      May 30, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      My husband picked up our little guy yesterday and the daycare teacher told him “Oh, he might still have some paint on his feet. We did crafts today.”. He is 6 months old. He didn’t “do crafts” so much as get used like a human rubber stamp. Still, I can’t wait to see what the craft is.

    • Bethany Ramos

      May 30, 2014 at 3:43 pm

      Ok, that image made me lol.

    • ToastDon'tCare(aka LiteBrite)

      May 30, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      Our former daycare did that all the time. The “craft” was always something that looked rubber-stamped too. One time the kid had purple feet (from the paint) for a week, which is okay because I like purple.

      But I can totally tell the artwork coming home now is my son’s because the kid can’t draw, paint, or even color in the lines for crap. I just don’t know what the hell to do with it all.

    • Jennifer Freeman

      May 30, 2014 at 5:01 pm

      I have a huge collection of my daughter’s “artwork” from when she was in daycare. It just sits in the closet, but sometimes it is fun to look through. I didn’t keep everything, just the things that I found particularly funny or touching.

    • Alexandra

      June 2, 2014 at 1:03 pm

      We photograph all artwork and keep it in a photo file and then “file” the really “special” pieces in the basement in a box.

    • gothicgaelicgirl

      May 31, 2014 at 6:21 am

      “Human rubber stamp”
      My new favourite combination of words!

    • SunnyD847

      May 30, 2014 at 9:02 pm

      We used to do art projects that were really fun for the kids (marble painting, ice painting, etc.) but looked pretty ugly. It was about process, not product. So many parents would say “what’s THIS supposed to be?” right in front of their kids. I’d be thinking “your kid is two! What are you expecting?”

    • gothicgaelicgirl

      May 31, 2014 at 6:22 am

      That is terrible!!!
      Jesus at least PRETEND you can see the Moo-Cow for god’s sake, that’s no way to encourage your kid or give them confidence!

    • Sri

      May 31, 2014 at 7:48 am

      Or, if you (not you you, the general you) genuinely have no idea Wtf it’s supposed to be, you they could always say “this is so good. Can you tell me a story about it?” if the kid can talk, and they will tell you what’s going on, and they don’t ever know that it just looks like scribbles. They don’t have great fine motor skills. Do you expect them to be Richard Estes?

    • gothicgaelicgirl

      May 31, 2014 at 8:22 am

      Wow guys, way to go crushing your child’s spirit as well as any potential artistic skills they might have had!

      For all we know all that negative criticism could prevent the next Picasso from pursuing art!

  19. Jennifer Freeman

    May 30, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    So, tangentially related. My awesome daycare teacher was complaining to me that parents just swoop in, pick up their kids, and leave without talking to her. I usually stop to chat for a minute or two to get an update on the kid’s day and to, you know, talk to the teacher like a human being, so I was really sort of surprised to hear that other parents don’t.

    • DanielCraigForevah

      May 30, 2014 at 3:45 pm

      Totally true. A lot parents resent you even though you’re taking care of their kids. They breeze in and out unless they have something to complain about. So good for you! I’m sure she really does appreciate you chatting with her!

    • Jennifer Freeman

      May 30, 2014 at 5:02 pm

      Yeah, I figure after being in a room with infants all day, adult conversation is welcome. I don’t chat for more than a minute but she does seem to appreciate it.

    • Kendra

      May 30, 2014 at 4:32 pm

      I talk to my daycare provider more about other things than I do about my child…but I am guilty of rushing. It has nothing to do with my time being valuable or something selfish like that…I just feel like I’m in the way if I don’t move along quickly. She doesn’t have a lot of space if more than one parent shows up at a time.

    • Jennifer Freeman

      May 30, 2014 at 5:02 pm

      I can see that. I definitely try to stay out of the way/not bug her when she is in the middle of stuff. I usually end up coming in during naptime, which works out.

    • GPMeg

      May 31, 2014 at 1:36 am

      I’ve gotten yelled at SO many times for not telling parents about a serious situation in person, but what are you gonna do when they duck in while talking on the phone and then leave as they see you diving out of your office to grab them? Email. That’s what. Thank you for being an awesome parent who chats with the staff! Your child, I guarantee you, gets better care for it!

  20. Jallun-Keatres

    May 30, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    I feel like I’d be the opposite. If MK walked at my MIL’s house and she told me I’d be super excited and wait for her to do it again.

  21. Spiderpigmom

    May 30, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    “Your son is very spirited!”: Hahaha, don’t worry, daycare teacher, when you say something like “your son is very persistent” or “he needs directions to be repeated frequently, I know *exactly* what you mean. Heck, I live with the pig-headed stinker!

    “Crocs are fine”: I’m so happy my son’s daycare doesn’t allow Krocs. For some reason he’s totally enamored of the pesky things even though he can’t keep them on for more than ten minutes..

    “Oh yeah, it’s totally fine that you forgot to get wipes/it’s fine that you’re late”: we both know it’s not fine at all but thank you for pretending

    “Enjoy this art project she made for you” : see “he’s very spirited”. I live with him, I know he can’t do anything with a marker except try to crush the tip on the table.

    “Nope, he didn’t roll over/take a step/ achieve milestone today”: hahaha, this one brought me back to when I was babysitting full-time. I was always *so* excited to tell parents that their kids did this or that new thing, and I couldn’t understand why it wasn’t received with equal enthusiasm. I was good with kids but really bad with parents…Though in all honesty, I still don’t get it now that I have a kid: I’m always super thrilled to hear my son passed a milestone, even if I was not there to see it.

  22. Music Mamma

    May 30, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    We had an amazing classroom assistant who said he would give children one sip of espresso for every minute a parent was late. Luckily, I work 7 to 3.

    • gothicgaelicgirl

      May 31, 2014 at 6:26 am

      My mom told me about another mom who sent her kid to the same creche as me.
      Apparently this mom was heavily pregnant and would use the “I think I’m in labor” thing to be late ALL THE TIME.
      Like, for a solid month she did this shit.

      I can’t to this day, believe what a dick move that was.

  23. Allyson_et_al

    May 30, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    I worked at the on-campus daycare in college, and I definitely lied about things like first steps. Even at 19, I knew how much it would suck as a parent to miss those milestones.

  24. GPMeg

    May 31, 2014 at 1:31 am

    Yesyesyesyesyes to pretty much all of this. Thankfully, I’m a way better director than yours and would have told that parent to shove it and put her kid in some damn velcro shoes since nobody feels like teaching their kids how to tie their damn shoes these days.
    I. HATE. CROCS. “We’ll be hiking up Stone Mountain today and then doing the ropes course which requires closed-toed shoes that strap firmly to the feet — DO NOT SEND CROCS!” And then they all send them in Crocs.

    Gawd I lovehate child care/child care administration. I definitely hate my loans more, though, so here we go again!

    • gothicgaelicgirl

      May 31, 2014 at 6:27 am

      I don’t think any human being past the age of 5 should ever wear Crocs anyway, bar on a beach…

    • Alicia Kiner

      June 1, 2014 at 9:33 pm

      I have Crocs brand flip flops that are awesome. Super comfortable, fit my weird feet and support my arches. But again, they’re flip flops, not the clogs, so…

    • Alicia Kiner

      June 1, 2014 at 9:36 pm

      These, but I have black ones.

    • gothicgaelicgirl

      June 2, 2014 at 4:53 pm

      See I can deal with them!
      It’s the dalmatian style cutout that drives me mad.
      Irrational I know but it’s just a pet peeve of mine…

    • Alicia Kiner

      June 2, 2014 at 6:04 pm

      I don’t like them either. They make your feet wicked sweaty. The only thing I ever wore mine for was to got into my garage at my old house because I had to walk outside to go in it. The only thing they have going for them is the bright colors. These though, are fantastic. I highly recommend them.

    • gothicgaelicgirl

      June 3, 2014 at 8:46 am

      They actually look way comfy!
      There is a woman who comes into my shop every Friday, she buys DVDs at the weekend for her kids.
      She wears these neon yellow crocs and has a habit of leaning on one foot and taking the other OUT OF THE CROC.

      She airs her foot out then switches to the other!

      The foot sweat smell is beyond a joke… I hate feet as a rule anyway, blech.

    • Jessifer

      May 31, 2014 at 8:48 am

      I just hate when bosses are so spineless that they refuse to support their staff when they’ve made a sound, logical decision. I work with the public and let’s just say that in my role, I often have to make some very “unpopular” decisions that result in a lot of complaints against me, but I’m lucky that I have a boss who isn’t afraid to say to a customer “Well, if J told you that, it’s because that’s what it is”

  25. Cliff

    May 31, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    If it was the one I went to then. ” NO I don’t slap your kid every 10 seconds when you aren’t around.” would have featured.

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  27. Annie

    June 1, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    You’re damn right I do. “Bookcase needed a quiet environment to finish his art project” –> “Bookcase wouldn’t stop running around tearing up other kids’ stuff despite being told to stop, so yeah, we had the director take him out of the room.”

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  30. Erica Bertagnoli

    October 1, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Every word of this is true! If I only knew then what I know now!!! That’s all I’m gonna say

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