Wigging out, daycare-style

April 20th, 2010 · 110 comments

“My 1-year-old likes to play with hair when she’s sleepy,” writes Michelle in Columbia, South Carolina…a habit which apparently didn’t go over so well at day care with the fair-haired Ms. Linda. [Hahahaha RAGE BLACKOUT emoticon!!!!]

Look Mom and Dad. I pulled out Ms. Linda's hair. Now we have to buy her a wig. :-)

related: We talked about the “stabbing” incident yesterday.

FILED UNDER: Columbia · guilt trip · hair · kids · Moms & Dads · oh no you didn't · South Carolina · visual aids


110 responses so far ↓

  • #1   park rose

    Give me – I’m gonna take it – back that wig I bought you woman,
    oh Lord, let your doggone head go bald. . .

    Ah, I know it’s only kind of relevant, but those old blues guys sure had some strange lyrics.

    Bald Headed Woman

    Apr 20, 2010 at 12:09 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   TheOldSchool bang

      They did, but not as good as the old strange guys with their blue lyrics.

      They had a way of putting you right in the action.

      Apr 20, 2010 at 9:13 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.2   park rose

      One and the same, ain’t they?

      Apr 20, 2010 at 10:08 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #2   M.A.

    Is that all of the hair Ms Linda had to give and now she’s bald and needs a wig? Either Ms Linda had a very precisely swirled comb-over or had hair like a troll doll.

    Apr 20, 2010 at 12:36 am   rating: 17  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   Wolverine Girl

      I was thinking Homer Simpson

      Apr 20, 2010 at 7:04 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.2   Wordtinker doesnt smith bang

      Judging by the sample given- Ms. Linda wasn’t treating her hair nicely to begin with. That wasn’t ripped from the scalp, it broke in mid-strand. Shame on Ms. Linda for trying to score a wig because the baby pulled loose her split ends.

      Apr 20, 2010 at 10:09 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.3   park rose bang

      All right, no one is to stone _anyone_ until I blow this whistle.

      Apr 20, 2010 at 11:06 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #3   R.M.

    Maybe she pulled out her own hair after having to fill out a daily report for every child.

    Apr 20, 2010 at 12:48 am   rating: 65  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Daniel

      Seriously! With that amount of paperwork, one wonders if Ms. Linda ever actually has time to watch the children.

      Apr 20, 2010 at 8:09 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.2   Sirius¤ bang

      Does that say nap time from 12:10 til 2:30?

      Look Mom & Dad — Ms. Linda introduced me to Benadryl!

      Apr 20, 2010 at 12:50 pm   rating: 32  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #4   infant tyrone bang

    Gosh, this probably won’t sit well with the posters here who lament that their 10-12 year old’s writing is harder to read than the 5-6-7 year old’s writing in a given day’s note.

    They’ll have to resign themselves to carping about the dodgy capitals (L in ‘look’, N in ‘now’), the upstart H in ‘hair’, and the emoticon as terminator.

    Go Michelle’s 1-year-old ! Cursive by Kindergarten !

    Apr 20, 2010 at 1:07 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   Mel K

      I agree- go bully baby.
      She is well on her way to a career in forensics with that DNA haul, (or a career in pro-wrestling.)

      Apr 20, 2010 at 1:53 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.2   jo's comment

      And she didn’t use a capital G for graham cracker either but a capital R for rice, no wonder Miss Linda is in childcare not education!

      Apr 20, 2010 at 5:29 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.3   Wolverine Girl

      Emoticon terminator? Now that’s the ultimate in passive-agression.

      Hasta la vista, baby :-)

      Apr 20, 2010 at 7:03 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #5   Blogmella bang

    Lunch is served at 11.15 am? What he hell? No wonder the kid had a bowel movement at noon. Those daily reports are very detailed, aren’t they?

    Apr 20, 2010 at 1:52 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

     
  • #6   pony girl

    Your kid is cute.
    Your kid touching my hair is not cute.
    Why would I want glue, pb&j, and snot in my hair?

    Apr 20, 2010 at 2:53 am   rating: 21  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   Canthz_B bang

      Well, in case of emergency, they’re all edible…

      Apr 20, 2010 at 3:25 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.2   infant tyrone bang

      Could it be that Ms. Linda is a Mad Scientist looking for a substitute for Propecia* that is safe and effecetive for women ?

      *In the process of researching Propecia (finasteride) for this comment,
      I encountered the following sentences related to the risk of birth defects. Readers familiar with FDA protocols in general or the specific methods of differential risk assessment between absorption through skin via the handling of crushed or broken tablets and the other pathway described here are encouraged to comment on why we should believe the 2nd sentence if we assume the 1st one to be true.

      1)Women who are or who may become pregnant must not handle crushed or broken finasteride tablets, because the medication could be absorbed through the skin.

      2) Finasteride may pass into the semen of men, but Merck states that a pregnant woman’s contact with the semen of a man taking finasteride is not an issue for concern.

      Apr 20, 2010 at 12:15 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.3   farcical aquatic ceremony

      male scientist #1: attempting to whisper) no-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o! If we include that semen warning I’ll NEVER get cute-female scientist to blow me!
      male scientist #2: (does equally bad job ‘whispering’ back) don’t worry, I think I may know a way around it…
      cute female scientist: (rolls eyes)

      Apr 20, 2010 at 6:41 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #7   Canthz_B bang

    I didn’t even know they made wigs for chins!

    Maybe they can spring for a few electrolysis treatments next time.

    Apr 20, 2010 at 3:07 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   watchtower

      Chin hair! That’s where I’ve seen this texture. I originally thought it was ripped from the back….

      Apr 20, 2010 at 3:56 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #8   Canthz_B bang

    Time for a nanny-cam.
    I suspect this care-giver has sent quite a few messages of this type home:

    Billy ruined my new designer dress, he projectile vomits when under peer pressure.

    Mary chewed my new shoes as if she were a puppy, but has stopped touching her genitalia.

    Bruce and Wesley fought over my expensive purse causing extensive damage…parents please pay half each, see gender assignment psychologist at earliest convenience.

    Oh, I’m on to her scam!

    Apr 20, 2010 at 4:24 am   rating: 26  small thumbs up

     
  • #9   wfa

    A kid pulling out whole plucks of hair from someone else’s head =/= cute habit.

    Team teacher!

    Apr 20, 2010 at 4:30 am   rating: 37  small thumbs up

     
  • #10   beanmama

    jesus!!! LOVELY kid to whamp out a clump ofhair … not . TEAM TEACHER . TEAM SLAP THE KID TOO .

    Apr 20, 2010 at 5:10 am   rating: 24  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   tinkerbell2

      The kid is ONE. Surely one-year-olds grab anything? Team Tie Your Hair Up if You Work in Daycare (and Don’t Wear Dangly Earrings)

      edit – damn, beaten to it at 21.1..

      Apr 21, 2010 at 7:09 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #11   Canthz_B bang

    Luckily for the parents, the wig was inexpensive.
    Turns out Ms. Linda is Mrs. Beasley’s “sister” and they kept it a family affair.

    Apr 20, 2010 at 5:35 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #12   Foxy J

    This makes me think of “Seven”

    Apr 20, 2010 at 5:38 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   sleeps

      Oh, what’s in the box??? What’s in the box????

      Apr 20, 2010 at 6:41 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.2   Canthz_B bang

      Seven of Nine stole that hair??

      Apr 20, 2010 at 6:52 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.3   infant tyrone bang

      She was just trying to get Ms. Linda to join the collective.
      If Linda successfully resists Seven, there’s a pair of newborn twins
      in store for her next year in Resistance is Futile: The Day Care WYears.

      *spoiler alert*
      After Ms. Linda is assimilated, the collective’s Day Care Module is finally defeated with the introduction of the new schoolmarm (Zhaan from Farscape, whose tactical advantage is obvious to fans of the series).

      Apr 20, 2010 at 12:42 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.4   aaa bang

      Silly CB, hair is irrelevant.

      Apr 20, 2010 at 1:14 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #13   sleeps

    I think Michelle is delusional to write this off as “my kid likes to play with her hair when she’s sleepy”. How does that equate to ripping out a chunk of another person’s hair? Man, if I had to take care of kids all day, I’d send PAN too. I’d also start drinking mid-day and probably be a secret cutter, too.

    Apr 20, 2010 at 6:45 am   rating: 43  small thumbs up

     
  • #14   Meesh

    That’s funny because I like to beat children senseless when I’m sleepy. You should see the passive aggressive notes I get!

    Apr 20, 2010 at 7:42 am   rating: 37  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   Canthz_B bang

      You’d stop at senseless? You’d stop at the children?
      Good God people, get a baby-sitter before you go out to dinner.

      Rule of thumb…no kids’ menu, don’t bring your kids.
      Who the fuck do you think wants to hear your bawling kids during Happy Hour?

      Apr 20, 2010 at 9:07 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.2   Fiona

      Hmm.. rule of thumb… if it’s less than the width of your thumb, then you’re allowed to beat someone with it.

      Apr 20, 2010 at 2:58 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.3   TheOldSchool bang

      CB:

      Thank you for standing up for the rights of Happy Hour aficionados. For far too long, we’ve kept mum while mums and their (our?) babies have seemed hellbent on ruining what would otherwise be a lovely experience.

      (There are plenty of places for mothers and their babies to go without disrupting the two-hour window of bliss that half-priced well-drinks provide to us like-minded souls. After all, that’s precisely the reason that attics, basements, garages, treehouses, and garden sheds were built for in the first place, wasn’t it?)

      Apr 20, 2010 at 10:26 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.4   Canthz_B bang

      De nada, mi amigo.

      Apr 20, 2010 at 11:00 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #15   claw71 bang

    Team nobody.

    Look, I know babies are wily little creatures that manage to get into a surprising amount of trouble, but how do you let a one-year-old get a death grip on your tresses? Boo on you if you can’t manage to use a stiff jab to keep the baby away.

    Boo also on Michelle, who would be well-advised to do the world a favor and put the screws to her hair-yanking little maniac. I suppose in a couple of years Michelle will be back posting a note from her neighbor who takes umbrage over her 4-year-old’s endearing penchant for dismembering household pets when she’s bored.

    Apr 20, 2010 at 8:01 am   rating: 25  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   Pterosaur

      Team nobody, indeed.

      Way to enable, Michelle. Lil Pookie’s grip is only going to get stronger. Once Baby Angel’s “Terrible Twos” hair-yanking tantrums begin, Michelle will need the wig.

      And what kind of a childcare professional keeps her long, flowing locks within the reach of toddlers? Little hands can get tangled in it by accident even without malicious hair-pulling intent. If I were Michelle, I’d send Ms. Linda a hairnet and a coupon for the “Bieber” at Supercuts.

      Putting her DNA sample in the note is just bitchy. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ms. Linda yanked out Angel’s fresh tuft of baby hair in retribution and stuck in on the wall as a warning to the other kids.

      Apr 20, 2010 at 9:11 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #16   Canthz_B bang

    Teaching kids to pull out hair is an effective anti-child abuse strategy.

    So saith the sooth.

    Apr 20, 2010 at 8:56 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   infant tyrone bang

      The down side is that up to 1.5% of men and 3.4% of women who suffer from ‘glo’s trichotillomania are now subject to being over-reported to CPS for ‘reasonable suspicion’ of child abuse.
      Well, it’s job security for the civil servants, I guess…and for their shrinks.

      Apr 20, 2010 at 3:55 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #17   Yikes...

    Seriously, if that is all the hair the poor lady had… she need a wig long before the child pulled it out.

    Apr 20, 2010 at 9:17 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #18   anglophile bang

    If I were Michelle, I’d call the authorities. Her baby clearly suffers from trichotillomania-by-proxy, and is therefore disabled and being discriminated against. Looks like Ms. Linda’s about to find herself on the wrong side of the ADA.

    Apr 20, 2010 at 9:30 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #18.1   sleeps

      Ooooooo, ooooo, I TOTALLY forgot, but I have this cousin (perhaps once removed or a second cousin, I don’t really know how that works) and she has that…what you said. She not only pulls out all of her eyebrows and eyelashes, but she pulls out all of her cat’s eyelash/eyewhiskers, too!!! Or she did, until her mom caught wise, took the cat to the in-laws and checked the cousin in for some inpatient therapy.

      Apr 20, 2010 at 9:46 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.2   infant tyrone bang

      Dear Anglophile,
      Yesterday it was hybristophilia.
      Today it’s trichotillomania.
      If someone ever develops 16-tiles-in-the-rack Scrabble,
      I’m not playing you for money….ever.

      P.S. Just tell me where to send the money and
      then tell everybody I was somewhat competitive, OK ?

      Apr 20, 2010 at 12:57 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.3   anglophile bang

      I like big words and I cannot lie.

      Apr 20, 2010 at 8:50 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #19   farcical aquatic ceremony

    : / yuck. Am I the only one grossed out by the idea of receiving a piece of paper with a clump of someone’s hair stuck to it? Tomorrow the lil’ darlin’ surprises the pee out of Ms. Patchy-scalp, and Michelle & hubby may be gettin’ all kinds of body fluid samples taped to their daily report.

    Apr 20, 2010 at 9:30 am   rating: 21  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   blu_canary

      I was thinking the same thing. Totally Team Teacher on this one, but for pete’s sake. Did we have to include the hair?! That kind of reeks of either a threat or general insanity.

      Apr 20, 2010 at 9:39 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #20   Woman on the Verge bang

    Look! Ms. Linda!
    Mom and Dad don’t give a shit! In fact, they have taped some of my shit to this note to show you!

    Apr 20, 2010 at 9:36 am   rating: 25  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   infant tyrone bang

      under construction
      They do, but they don’t…don’t…do…don’t don’t…do do

      There’s a Carlinesque Zen koan here somewhere about the sound of one orifice doing *something*, but it’s too deep for me to reach on my own.

      I’ll contact George via Ouija-phone and get back with details.
      He may insist it be called the down and dirty straight poop or somesuch.

      Well, after a little intralevel give and take with George, here’s his take…
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2_yXUr-YMY

      Apr 20, 2010 at 4:22 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #21   oi bang

    so that ‘s how it is when one year merely plays with hair? So what about when she is sick/constipated and stuff. Does she rip the head off like a female spider?
    I think teacher is totally justified to send this note. look at that picture it’s not a single strand it’s whole bunch. Whoever is siding with parents, try ripping off your hair, you would know. parents should take much serious stand against baby’s bad habits. (She likes to play with hair, you know. no biggie. she just rips off hair from the scalp here and there. Who cares? WTF?) Baby does not know better but it’s their responsibility to make her not to rip the hair off from other people scalp. She is much nicer than she should be. She sent a note with touch of humor instead of just freaking out. she knows one year olds do not deliberately hurt her but she got her hair pulled out nonetheless.
    Team sweet teacher all the way.

    Apr 20, 2010 at 10:56 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #21.1   Woman on the Verge bang

      But maybe teacher needs to wear her hair up when dealing with little ones… My son used to pull my hair when he was a baby. I cut it – my hair that is, not my son.

      Apr 20, 2010 at 11:46 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

       
    • #21.2   oi bang

      I am proud of you Wotv that you cut your hair and not your son ;)
      May be then that should come from parents to teacher. Hey miss my one year old has bad habit of pulling hair out when she is sleepy please be careful, pull your hair up or something. We are working on her habit but mean while please be careful. How hard it is? Definitely not harder than oh she loves playing with hair, and hair gets rip off ha ha attitude.
      It’s all about attitude. Michelle’s attitude does not help at all here. (playing? really? she ripped off her hair strands) Babies are babies but parents are adults.

      Apr 20, 2010 at 12:08 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #21.3   park rose

      I think someone needs to comment on the baby’s amazing literacy and penmanship.

      Apr 20, 2010 at 2:14 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #21.4   infant tyrone bang

      rose,
      Perhaps #4 was too cryptic in its striving toward erudite concision.
      The kid could at least come close to holding her own in Detroit.
      Maybe s/he’ll be the state’s youngest Mayor soon?

      Apr 20, 2010 at 4:16 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #21.5   park rose bang

      Sorry, ty, I was tired, and what I should have said was that while I had the chance to comment the same last night while the page was still virgin fresh, I didn’t, as the words and thought-processes in my mind were nowhere near as linear and clear as those of bubby M, nor anywhere near as quippy and sharp as your own comment. Just so you all know that I’m not one of those sad “I coulda been a contenda” types (but I could have been, but just so you know, that I’m not ;) ).

      My apologies. I fucked up the giggle-braxing the other day, too. The game is slipping. Maybe it’s time to switch off the red light.

      Apr 20, 2010 at 5:32 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #21.6   infant tyrone bang

      rose,
      You’re on the order of half a day off time-zone-wise still.
      Don’t get all self-flagellant on us, OK ? (Unless we can sell tickets.)
      I don’t think anyone here’s playing for blood or money (not any of mine).
      You’ll always be a contenda on my tip sheet. (JGI)

      Coupla ideas:
      1) When I catch a G/Brax error quikly, I request deletion.
      Once that’s done, sometimes It lets me repost verbatim in the correct spot, and sometimes I have to tweak the comment a little.
      2) Either the first or second time I had the first comment, I put up a link to what I thought was a cleverly corresponding YT clip. Pfffft x 10⑦ !!
      Maybe many folks here have slow enough connections that YT clips are a hassle, or maybe they’re just blocked by filters at work.
      I’d hate to think that PAN attracts melophobics (he says chalking up 47 meager points and dreading ‘glo’s or rose’s next Scrabble play).
      ty

      P.S. Have you been listening to a lot of Sting lately ?
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2Qad-gaHMg

      Apr 20, 2010 at 7:22 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #21.7   TheOldSchool bang

      i.t.,

      While your lyrical prose is often music to my ears, I think that what you’re afflicted by is an irrational fear of PAN attracting melophobics.

      (I don’t know the condition’s proper name.)

      Apr 20, 2010 at 9:45 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #21.8   park rose bang

      Listening to Sting, ty? What makes you think I’d be able to pull such a high class trick?

      BTW, he might address your musings at 20.1

      Apr 20, 2010 at 11:00 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #21.9   Canthz_B bang

      Melophobicphobia?

      Quick cure…you have nothing to fear but fear itself! ;-)

      Apr 20, 2010 at 11:44 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #21.10   infant tyrone bang

      rose,
      See ? Some days you’re not on your game…
      other days, well, every little thing you do is magic.
      Seriously, that’s not just a slight off hand remark.

      TOS & CB,
      Since we’re just throwing some shit up on the walls of Ms. Linda’s cage and seeing if anything stincks, I’ll Venture a guess that my affliction’s name is Mellow-Fellow-phobia. I’m not really afraid of these guys, but their first two clips were my gateway clips to the real thing of the 3rd,
      and the 2nd clip’s title is eerily coincidental enough to be hair raising.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xAQCSBP5dA&feature=related
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDvPqHHLS70&feature=related
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZA0uuumOznI&feature=related

      Apr 21, 2010 at 1:50 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #21.11   infant tyrone bang

      Hey TOS,
      Do you think maybe taking Prozaic would help me stay composed ?

      Apr 21, 2010 at 2:00 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #21.12   Canthz_B bang

      At least it will keep you from playing on the bridge! :-P

      Apr 21, 2010 at 2:10 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #21.13   park rose

      CB’s right, ty. Don’t fret about it. If you get too highly strung, something’s bound to snap.

      Apr 21, 2010 at 3:08 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #22   mamason bang

    Team raise your own damn kids!

    Apr 20, 2010 at 11:27 am   rating: 15  small thumbs up

    • #22.1   Pers

      WORD! Why have ‘em and hand them off to someone else to raise? I don’t get it…carrying on…

      Apr 20, 2010 at 1:35 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.2   park rose

      Where’s that wet nurse when you really need her? The extended family who pitch in? Indentured servants? Bring back living with the in-laws, the sisters and brothers, and sister and brother in-laws too, I say, so that raising children stays in the family and one person does not carry all the responsibility.

      Apr 20, 2010 at 2:17 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.3   Edie B.

      I know! Why isn’t every parent independently rich so they can all stay home with their kids all day?

      Oh, you mean only the moms should stay home? I see. So single moms, and women whose husbands are out of work, and people in significant debt should just go on public assistance! That’s what you mean, right?

      Daycare isn’t always ideal, but for some families it works out well. My son has gone part-time for many years and loves it; he gets to socialize with other kids and learn from adults other than his parents. Don’t worry — we have lots of time with him too. It works for us.

      Mostly, don’t judge other people’s choices, as long as their kids don’t turn out to be unrepentant hellions. (And I see a fair amount of those out in public with their parents, not daycare providers .)

      BTW, I don’t think this baby qualifies as a hellion yet — she’s too young to know what she’s doing. Team Learn How To Extract An Infant’s Hand From Your Hair!

      Apr 20, 2010 at 3:49 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.4   mamason bang

      Calm down, Edie! Not judging, just having an opinion. I happen to believe that things might be a bit better in this world if parents were able to actively raise their own children. Mother or father. If I had greater earning potential than Papa then you bet he’d be staying home with the little one. I believe strongly that lifestyles can be adjusted to make the nurturance of our progeny our priority in life.

      P.S. I was a single mother for more than 15 years after my first husband and I divorced and I managed to stay home with my children. It is available to work from home. I know that you’re thinking I must be a remarkable and unique woman to have managed to live by my convictions so dedicatedly and at the expence of the stellar career I could have had cashiering at the local 24 hr Nuke & Puke, but I think I’m just slightly above average.

      Apr 20, 2010 at 6:34 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.5   A Fox

      I’m qualified to teach, so if I end up a single mom I should teach from home? Not sure how that’s supposed to work…

      It’s a cultural change that’s needed, not a parental change. Most people would love to stay home and raise their own kids, but can’t. Pregnancy is treated like a disease, babies are an inconvenience (and a liability to a business), and children cause interruptions… we need to change that before we can judge anyone for using childcare.

      I don’t have kids because they’re expensive and I don’t want to cut my hair.

      Apr 20, 2010 at 7:00 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.6   Canthz_B bang

      ♫ I’d walk a million miles, for one of your smiles…♫ :mrgreen:

      Team mamason.
      You don’t have to be rich to have a stay-at home parent. You just have to be willing to put your children ahead of some of the extra “stuff” you can buy with that extra income.

      News flash…if you’re working, you probably aren’t going to get rich anyway.

      Apr 20, 2010 at 7:18 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.7   mamason bang

      CB, You are so wise. ;-)

      I’m wondering what a person may be qualified to teach that makes it one’s absolute and only option for gainful employment. :-?

      Apr 20, 2010 at 7:30 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.8   Canthz_B bang

      I know, mamason.
      Some people think they can only do what they trained to do in a certain place.
      Tutoring at home can be very lucrative if you market it as home-schooling for those who can’t be home to school their kids themselves.

      It’s a cultural change that’s needed.

      Apr 20, 2010 at 7:43 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.9   Canthz_B bang

      Bonus info: The Federal Government mandates that pregnancy be considered an illness. This has been the law of the land since 1978, that’s why your health insurance must cover it.
      Before the law was passed insurance carriers often considered pregnancy a natural/voluntary condition, therefore not covered under insurance designed to cover only loss due to illness or injury. ;-)

      Apr 20, 2010 at 7:58 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.10   TheOldSchool bang

      When I was a kid, we didn’t even have chopsticks.

      We used pencils when eating food from the orient.

      Some died from graphite poisoning.

      Some died when sharpened pencil points pierced their intestinal walls.

      And some turned away from asian cuisine altogether due to the fact their food tasted “rubbery” or “eraserish.”

      So, don’t bother talking to me about sacrifice!

      Apr 20, 2010 at 9:28 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.11   park rose bang

      Mama, being purely irreverent here, but God kind of took your advice on Easter Sunday. I think he rose Jesus from the dead because, a) it was his duty as a father, and b) Mary and Joseph were such poor foster parents, though the jury is kind of out on whether Mary was technically a foster parent.
      Anyway, they just couldn’t keep Jesus out of trouble and from falling in with bad company. Hey, when the Rapture comes we all go hurtling into the sky, don’t we? I’m kind of looking forward to seeing that.

      Apr 20, 2010 at 11:23 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.12   Canthz_B bang

      How can we prove that God is Jesus’ dad?
      God, being a spirit, has no DNA to test!!

      Maury would get great ratings for that show I’ll bet!! ;-)

      Apr 20, 2010 at 11:47 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.13   Zar

      Not everyone works to get rich, Canthz B. Some people rich just to stay afloat. Or some people work because they find satisfaction in being something other than a smug broodmare.

      Apr 21, 2010 at 12:29 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.14   Canthz_B bang

      Didn’t say that they do, just that odds are they won’t. ;-)

      Apr 21, 2010 at 1:00 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.15   K

      @22.9 Sadly C.B. that’s only partly true. Pregnancy must be covered by health insurance if you receive insurance through a “group” plan from your employer. If you are self employed and purchasing your own health insurance, pregnancy coverage is optional and often unavailable.

      Apr 21, 2010 at 1:28 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.16   mamason bang

      BROODMARE! Neigh! Neigh, I say! Don’t saddle me with that ridiculous label.

      Apr 21, 2010 at 1:55 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.17   TippingCows

      Maybe people shouldn’t be having children if both parents need to work to afford them. Or just have one, instead of four or five or six. Sometimes two kids is too much and forces both parents to go out and work. Why do people feel entitled to having as many children as they want at the expense of not getting to actually raise them?

      Apr 21, 2010 at 11:10 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.18   Edie B.

      Oh, don’t worry mamasan, I’m not in a tizzy or anything. What just bugs me is the very weird assumption that having your kids go to daycare or pre-K is “letting other people raise them.” I don’t know any kids who are in daycare 24/7!

      Sure, I let my kid be regularly exposed to other kids and other responsible, kind adult authority figures. Good for his constitution. But my husband and I ARE raising him, and the fact that he’s in pre-K for part of the week lets us give him our undivided attention when we’re all together. And he knows we’re the ones ultimately in charge of loving him and bringing him up.

      And I have a flexible work schedule too — often working at night from home (like right now, except when I get distracted by PAN — so I can have more time with the kid. It works for us. Other situations work for other people.

      Apr 21, 2010 at 11:53 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.19   Canthz_B bang

      K, true the law I referenced applies to Group Health Insurance, but Maternity Benefits are offered by many carriers of individual health insurance as a separate rider.
      Just because one carrier or another may not offer it, doesn’t mean it cannot be readily had…for a price.
      Fact is, 95% of persons with health insurance in the US have group insurance (“Many people receive their health insurance coverage through their employers. However, 5 percent of Americans buy health insurance on an individual basis, including:

      * Self-employed people
      * Early retirees
      * Students
      * Workers without health benefits

      Regulations governing how private health coverage is sold vary from state to state. ”

      http://pregnancy.lovetoknow.com/wiki/Individual_Health_Insurance_Maternity_Coverage), but thanks for pointing out the minority who happen to rely on individual coverage and the percentage of those who are of child bearing age and/or ability.

      Shop around…call your agent.

      Apr 22, 2010 at 12:45 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #23   Bunnee

    I hope the “wig” she’s referring to isn’t a merkin. Ew. If so, she’s got a whole other set of problems on her hands.

    “No, honey, musn’t pull hair…no, no, especially not that hair! NOOOOO! AHHHH!”

    Apr 20, 2010 at 12:52 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #23.1   Fiona

      I was trying to remember what those wigs were called… lol, good one. Though, gross and strange to picture.

      Apr 20, 2010 at 3:05 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.2   mamason bang

      What’s a merkin? Oh, duh again… lemme google it… brb……………………………………………………………

      8-O

      Apr 20, 2010 at 6:23 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.3   Bunnee

      I heart Mamason…

      Apr 20, 2010 at 8:17 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #24   aaa bang

    It’s hair! How thoughtful
    This note! So fucking clever!
    Rip your kid’s arm off…

    Apr 20, 2010 at 1:17 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #25   Lizzy

    I work in a daycare and fill those sort of sheets out. It doesn’t take long and we do it when they’re asleep so it doesn’t take away from our time with them. 11ish is pretty common for lunch in daycares, when you have a group of children to consider it makes the daily routine easier to maintain. Our kids sleep for at least an hour and a half, some longer… 2 hours 20 minutes doesn’t seem unreasonable.

    Apr 20, 2010 at 1:44 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #26   dave

    Submitter’s nanny is better than this one.
    http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/local/news-article.aspx?storyid=153580&catid=3

    Apr 20, 2010 at 2:18 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #26.1   Blogmella bang

      Woah, just found a video of that. How could anyone be so cruel?

      Apr 20, 2010 at 2:56 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #27   Sam S

    Gimme a head with hair, long beautiful hair
    Grabbing, Tearing, Ripping, flaxen, waxen
    Rip it down to there, hair!
    Shoulder length, no longer (hair!)
    Here baby, there mama, Everywhere daddy daddy

    Apr 20, 2010 at 2:24 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #27.1   infant tyrone bang

      Hot time in Day Care
      It’s a dirty little war ?

      Apr 20, 2010 at 4:02 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #28   Fiona

    No one feeds my kid toast & Milk and gets away with it!

    Apr 20, 2010 at 2:48 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #29   Mack

    My thought is, it’s a baby. A 1 year old child, for crying out loud. Probably not even walking yet. The kid isn’t doing this maliciously, she can’t form conscious thought yet to BE malicious. However, she can rip out a chunk, and “Ms. Linda” needs a serious set of instructions if she can’t keep her hair back from a baby. No long hair in grabbing distance, no dangling earrings, no necklaces with which to choke you and don’t stick your fingers near a mouth. It’s rather simple.

    Mom, however, needs to recognize, this is not ‘cute’. This is not ‘my daughter likes to cuddle’ when tired. This is something she needs to correct. And maybe that comes with instructing teacher and kid, ‘Hair is a No-No’.

    Both of ‘em need to work on their idea of child care.

    Apr 20, 2010 at 2:51 pm   rating: 27  small thumbs up

    • #29.1   K

      Yeah, I think “Ms. Linda” needs to move out of the baby room. Babies grab and pull pretty much anything they can get their little chubby fists around.

      Apr 20, 2010 at 3:11 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #29.2   claw71 bang

      That’s what I love about babies…they’re so curious and feisty. Alas, that desire to grab and pull is wasted as I’ve yet to find a baby that can get its mitts around the good stuff. Stupid babies.

      Apr 20, 2010 at 4:50 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #29.3   Meg

      totally agree. Most parents find bad behaviour ‘funny’ and don’t do anything about it until it’s too late and super hard to fix. :(

      Apr 20, 2010 at 7:44 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #30   Denny DelVecchio

    We badly need a before and after of the delightful Ms. Linda.

    Any illustrators in the audience?

    Apr 20, 2010 at 5:50 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #31   Meg

    oh man.. if any of my staff ever sent a note home like that, they wouldn’t be working there much longer. Kids pull hair, esp 1 year olds. Wear your hair up.

    Apr 20, 2010 at 7:42 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #31.1   mamason bang

      Team ponytail!

      Apr 20, 2010 at 7:54 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #31.2   Mack

      You give me hope, Meg. You give me hope! Post your daycare somewhere and everyone go to Meg’s daycare!

      Apr 20, 2010 at 8:05 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #31.3   TippingCows

      How about teaching your one year-old the word “no” when they grab hair? That would be effective, as well.

      Apr 21, 2010 at 11:12 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #31.4   Meg

      Oh there’s a lot of “NO”, no pulling/hitting/biting/ whatever the bad behavior is and then we redirect. One year olds are by far the hardest group to deal with..they are still babies, and people don’t think they know the meaning of NO, but they do. The worst offenders are the parents. I would mention something to the parents about the hair pulling, and that we at the daycare would be discouraging playing with hair as a comfort. Parents have to make children follow rules as well.

      Apr 25, 2010 at 8:15 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #32   snatchbeast

    Ms Linda needs to learn to keep her hair away from grabby grubby hands.

    Ms Mother needs to learn that hair pulling is not cute, nor is it endearing (but if done right can bring great pleasure)

    Apr 21, 2010 at 1:08 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #33   Adrian

    They read “Mr. Brown Friends”! I LOVE THAT BOOK!

    Apr 21, 2010 at 12:20 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #34   adriana lima

    They read “Mr. Brown Friends”! I LOVE THAT BOOK!

    yes…tahnskz-s…

    Apr 24, 2010 at 5:57 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #35   Kerry

    What kind of person tapes hair to a note anyway? Ewww!!!

    Apr 25, 2010 at 10:51 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
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