Aunt Willena, “Always beware of your babysitter.” Tip #7

In the early years living in Calgary, we had zero in terms of family support and friendships. For the first time in my life, I had to reach out to strangers to care for my son.

I read ads, interviewed people, and made careful selections.

I met a neighborhood childcare provider, she was “perfect!” She showed me journals she prepared for each child. She had a schedule, nutritious snacks, and a laundry list of references. She was eager to have my son join her after-school program.

I picked up Michael after the first day. He jumped in the car, his eyes as big as saucers, he said, “I can’t go back there!” I said, “Gee Buddy, what happened?”

Michael replied, “She’s crazy! Everyone is screaming there.”

With limited funds, having pre-paid for the month, and expecting a little too much from Michael, I replied, “Buddy, do you think you can handle it for a month? I’ve already paid her.” He said, “No way, I can’t go back there.”

I called her that evening, informed her Michael would not be returning. I told her she could keep the payment (Which I could in no way afford!) Michael never entered that home again.

My Aunt’s first tip, is a solid reminder, babysitters, may not always be all they seem.

Thanks for ‘kicking things off’ Aunt Willena!

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