I hate that there was so much turnover this year in my little in-home daycare. I mean, I guess I am relieved that I lost Narcey with her narcissistic tendencies, but if she hadn't turned out to be such a wack-a-doodle, it would have been a great thing. I promise that I am trying to let her nut job issues go and be relieved that I didn't have to deal with her (or her psycho husband).
I am losing a few families to logistics/preschools, like the proximity of the willing-to-drive-to-preschool grandma, and the mom who can do one stop and drop both kids next year at a Montessori school near her home in the city.
At this time last year, I was panicked about openings- and it all worked out. My kids are experts at reminding me of this. I cannot even express my nervousness about my vacancies with Coach or I will get the loud exhale, shoulder slouch combined with the eye roll. So, I am trying to remain chill. It is complicated though.
I equate filling my openings to buying a house. What if you put a bid in on a house you like, but a house you LOVE goes on the market the next week? Huh?! In other words, what if someone asks me to babysit and I agree, even though would-be-client is a bit odd. Then next week I hear from queen-of-we're-on-the-same-page client?! Huh, then what? I can only care for so many babies, so I hate to give up a baby spot to a goofball. Goofball tendencies obvious during an interview can only escalate during the day-to-day drop off routine, no?
I should add that because I take part time kids and full time kids, my schedule is a bit like a giant puzzle. Who is going to be here on which days and what days does each family prefer? This explains why some in-home daycares only take full time.
|Not going to tour this wardrobe |
bombshell - and this was on a pretty good day.
Initial sign of off-the-wall tendencies: she explained in messages prior to our meeting that she went back to work 2 weeks after giving birth, and took the baby with her to her one room Mont. school.
|See buried behind that chair stacked with|
clothes is a pack and play. Proof that
little guys sleep in there -
hidden behind the mess.
Other signs of oddity:
The mom wanted me to 'tour' her. She mentioned in our message exchange that she wanted to see my 'environment'. Montessori lingo? We chatted in the family room/kitchen (setup for babies/tots) where a big part of the day takes place. I showed her my basement where I have a great playroom geared towards the preschoolers. She then asked to see the bedrooms.
I guess if her kid comes here and she is going to nap here, that isn't totally out of the ordinary, but I have never shown a perspective family my bedrooms and no one had ever requested that. I told her, 'Well, I didn't ask my kids to straighten their rooms (aka as bombshells), but I basically have a pack and play in each bedroom.' Not sure if the lack of a tour is going to be a deal breaker.
And I am not sure that I care.