Sadly, that's a rare case. I have 2 friends right now who are also daycare/dayhome providers who aren't so lucky. Friend #1, let's call her Tracy, has parents who are disrespectful. They send their children to her care when they are ill -- I know that parents have a hard time taking the time off of work, but when you send your kid to your providers house sick, every other person in that house is exposed! It's horrible! The sickness spreads from child a to child b...then to the provider's child or the husband or the provider...the next thing you know even the cat is sick and all because the parent brought their kid in when they should have stayed at home.
Tracy also has an issue with a parent who says her child is potty trained. Tracy has yet to see the child use the toilet (or potty) in her home and is constantly cleaning up wet spots all over the place (even her brand new couch!!) I don't even know what to say about this. I've just gone through the potty training phase with Adam and my own chosen son -- sure they still have the occasional accident, but not to the point that I'm stuck with a home drenched in urine.
My other friend, who we'll call Elaine has parents who just walk all over her. "Hey, would you mind keeping my 18 month old baby awake all day today so he sleeps on the drive home?" -- do you think about what effect this will have on the other children in the home? What about poor Elaine who works a 12 hour day with no break, and now you're asking her to keep a toddler awake all day long? She also has issues with parents being late (like hours late), or "forgetting" things like shoes or jackets.
I just don't understand.
Granted, I have never been the parent who's bringing their child to a dayhome, but still, I would certainly hope that I'd treat the person who is essentially raising my child during the day with a little respect. Would these parents accept it if someone treated them this way? I don't think so! Do I just live in a fairy tale world where people "do unto others..."
What are your thoughts?? What advice would you give these providers (either as a parent to a provider, or as provider to provider).