Sunday, February 10, 2008

Childcare issues-ALREADY

Am I overthinking this? I need opinions.
Here is the issue:
Lets call the caregiver Jen. Jen was supposed to take Cade last week, starting Tuesday, for a short period each day to slowly introduce him to the dayhome. She called and spoke with Tyler on Monday, telling him that her son was sick so we shouldn't bring Cade. I called her the following day to see if he was better, but nope-it was the flu. We agreed that she would call me on Thursday to let me know how things were going. He had been sick for awhile and I hoped he would be better by Friday so I could bring Cade for an hour or two. She didn't call, she didn't call Friday either. I called Saturday morning. She said she had been sick but was now better (from the Flu??? and seriously you didn't bother to call because you were sick?).

I told her I would bring Cade on Monday then and she suggested Monday and Thursday (we pay for full time!). I told her no, each day a few hours more, except Friday-his birthday. She said ok (why would this even be a discussion?). Then I asked if she just credits last week to us on our next payment and she told me it was non-refundable. Huh? I was taken aback and mentioned that she couldn't take care of him, to which she told me that I could have brought him in (a baby voluntarily in a house with fluish people who told us not to bring him?). I said something about it being a service that she could not provide and that while I understood she had a sick child at home I also felt that we should not have to pay if she couldn't take care of him. She responded with a somewhat curt "I'll think about it". We agreed to talk about it on Monday. I was sugary sweet (so out of character) to keep it plesant.

I didn't get a good feeling from this conversation and didn't think she was being reasonable at all. I also question her saying that we could bring him, does she really care about kids or money? Now I'm not so sure I trust her and I go back to work in 8 days. So I'm looking elsewhere just in case. I've already hit up my cousin. What would you do? Am I being unreasonable, paranoid, demanding, etc.? HELP.


Anonymous Leslie said...

That would leave me feeling uneasy, too. I think I'd be looking elsewhere, too.

February 10, 2008 at 5:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is such an important decision, you don't need to make any excuses to anyone. If it feels wrong, it is wrong. Period. Trust your instincts!

February 11, 2008 at 1:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a mother, always, always trust your gut instinct. If it doesnt feel right, trust that feeling.

February 11, 2008 at 2:53 PM  
Blogger Kristian said...

KH- a comment *GASP*, your right-tyler ultimately said that we should go with what i thought best, or i wouldn't be able to handle leaving him. it was so nice to have his full support. i like that brother of yours!

February 12, 2008 at 8:20 AM  

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