It’s Not All Mary Poppins

One Down…

It’s been busy around Mary’s house this week.

I had an interview yesterday that went well (with both mom AND dad, which is unusual). They will let me know “soon”. They’re nice, though momma has a tendency to be a bit Earnest. Happily, Dad is nicely grounded, so I’m sure I could work with them.

Two more calls on my machine, which I will answer today. Feast or famine, I tell you!

And – tadah!! – that interview I had last Wednesday? They signed!

What did it for mom? I made laughing reference to a “junk food nap”. That got me the contract, right then, right there. It’s a Weissbluth term, and doesn’t it turn out she’s a Weissbluth fan. She’s delighted to find someone who will ensure that her baby girl will get the rest she needs.

Me? I’m delighted to have a client who understands the “sleep begets sleep” principle, and won’t be trying, as so many do, to get me to skip naps so that the child will go to bed without a fuss. (This doesn’t work, you know. You DID know that, didn’t you?)

We were also in synch on food, activities, discipline. Her husband is a nice guy, even though he is a lawyer (well, student) and I’ve a healthy leeriness of lawyers. (Some of my daycare colleagues have been put through the mill by lawyers who like the contract when it works in their favour and fight it like crazy when it works for the caregiver.) He will be my first lawyer.

The baby – a girl! – is round and friendly, two very appealing baby traits.

I met mom on Wednesday, and mom and dad came on Friday to sign the contract. Quick, quick turnaround.

Yes! One down, one to go.

© 2006, Mary P

August 22, 2006 - Posted by | daycare


  1. Hooray for you! And for the round friendly baby girl.

    Comment by Susan | August 22, 2006 | Reply

  2. Earnest? Yes, I believe I married him.

    Comment by Kat O+ | August 22, 2006 | Reply

  3. Yay!

    Comment by Ms Sisyphus | August 22, 2006 | Reply

  4. how come ’round and friendly’ become so much less positive as we get older? i wish those were still appealing traits…

    well, i guess friendly still is. but let’s get some positive associations with grown women who are round, huh? my appetitie for all things junk food would appreciate that. 😉


    Comment by kari | August 22, 2006 | Reply

  5. Yay Mum! I knew when I heard her laughing during the interview that you’d got her, even if you were too modest to admit it!

    Comment by Haley | August 22, 2006 | Reply

  6. Yay for new jobs! Looks like things are shaping up nicely, despite the worries that you had earlier this summer! Why is it that people wait until the last possible second to find childcare??

    Comment by Angela | August 22, 2006 | Reply

  7. Congrats! Especially finding parents who are in sync with your philosophy.

    Comment by Mamacita Tina | August 22, 2006 | Reply

  8. Gawd I am horrified this is an issue… Ottawa is so lucky to have you! Vancouverites would be lined up at your door through 2009!!

    I just put a hold on the Weissbluth book, sounds like my cup of tea… but since I’m impatient can you define junk food nap? junk food?

    Comment by mo-wo | August 22, 2006 | Reply

  9. Nice going. Nothing like a round, friendly baby.

    Comment by Granny | August 22, 2006 | Reply

  10. Yay for ’round, friendly’ baby! And yay for you for finding parents who agree wholeheartedly on your techniques of caregiving! Looking forward to new stories of your new little one!!!

    Comment by Jennifer | August 23, 2006 | Reply

  11. Congratulations on finding a good family match!

    Comment by Lady M | August 23, 2006 | Reply

  12. It’s going to be awesome to have a baby whose parents you won’t have to “teach” about sleep, one of the most important parts of her life right now. That is wonderful news!

    Comment by Kristen | August 23, 2006 | Reply

  13. Yay! A girl and decent parents!

    Comment by Candace | August 23, 2006 | Reply

  14. Oh, hurray! Sounds lovely. Introduce us soon, won’t you?

    Comment by kittenpie | August 23, 2006 | Reply

  15. Hooray for you. Can’t wait to hear about the new found faces in your cast of characters!

    Comment by Sunshine Scribe | August 24, 2006 | Reply

  16. Hi, We noticed that you referenced Dr. Marc Weissbluth. We wanted to let you know that we started a blog: . If you and/or the people reading your blog are interested in learning more about Dr. Weissbluth, than you should check us out or link up to us. We will not only be talking about sleep but will be addressing media, temperament, and other issues affecting children.
    -Daniel Weissbluth, MD

    Comment by weissbluthmethod | July 9, 2009 | Reply

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