It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Excessive? Who’s excessive?

I was invited to guest blog over at Nataly’s blog on Tuesday. I was supposed to post a link then, too, but was rather otherwise occupied — and I forgot! Oops.

So, today, two days late, here’s your link to “Are you An Excessive Mom?”

They said they wanted ‘edgy’. I don’t know if I’ve achieved it – I don’t often ‘do’ edgy… You tell me!

August 30, 2007 - Posted by | controversy, daycare, parents, the dark side

2 Comments »

  1. I found this very interesting – I am currently babysitting for a family who’s instructions were, IMHO, rather too detailed. Among other things, I was instructed to be careful when crossing the street, if I chose to go to a particular park – and my schedule is essentially set in stone.

    It’s not a very big deal, since I don’t sit for them often (not that I would want to do so, with restrictive instructions like that) but I was fairly offended by the micromanaging. If you don’t trust your caregiver to remember to look both ways before crossing the street (or to make other basic decisions involving your children’s care) then why are you entrusting them with your children? I can’t cross the street but I can react appropriately if they start to choke?

    Comment by parodie | August 30, 2007 | Reply

  2. Great post as always.

    No talking on the PHONE??? Wow. I figure my daycarista knows more about children and child development than I do so I use her as a resource and she has no problem discussing things like “how many green beans are actually an acceptable portion for a 2-year-old” and giving me better ideas on how to child-proof my window blind cords (put an individual plastic doohicky on each of the 3 cords so they no longer form a loop and THEN hook them around a hook higher up on the window sill… duh.) She’s also a great resource for new things and ideas…. My son now loves peas and will eat lots of veggies with ranch dressing and my daughter loves mango. Who knew? And songs and games. And the assurance that if we want to have popcorn for dinner we can because they’ve had a healthy lunch. hee-hee.

    Although I am interested to hear how other people handle baby-sitters vs daycare. We have only had family members baby sit so far and most of those instructions are about how to run the dvd player and where the ice cream lives…. I don’t know what restrictions I would think to put on a non-family baby-sitter….

    Comment by Homestead | September 5, 2007 | Reply


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