Originally Posted by Mom of 4
While I understand you're now questioning the level of care from the mother because the daughter was so bad, remember that mothers and daughters aren't always the same.
I dearly love my daughter, but she is a pig at our house. Yet she manages to keep her apt spotless.
I do completely understand this. I'm just in a tizzy over everything we came home to, knowing that her mother runs a daycare. I have only seen the inside of their house once, the day we interviewed with her, and it was very clean. It wasn't emaculate, or anything, but neither is my house. I did notice that things were picked up and there wasn't food and such laying all over. Ken is the only one who has dropped the kids off and picked them up since.
The stupid thing about our dog, Peanut, was I didn't even ask her to walk her; just let her out to go potty every couple hours. We have a huge fenced in backyard and she's only 6 pounds or so, so she can get plenty of exercise out there.
Most of all, the thing that burns me is the lying. I cannot stand lying. She was dumb enough not to even cover her tracks with the lies either, which I guess played in our favor.
Another thing I thought of, too, regarding the issue of cleaning up after yourself....
The way I was raised by my parents I just knew if was entrusted to watch someone else's kids and stayed at their house I was to pick everything up after the kids and myself. That's something I always did without having to be told to by the parents. The leftover food was always put away and dishes were done. Honestly, it doesn't bother me that the dishes weren't washed; at least pick the darn things up and put them in the sink, though.
I've always been the type to find out what kind of pop the babysitter likes to drink and a couple of snacks they like so I can have those in the house for them, so the fact that she snacked a lot doesn't matter; it just goes back to not putting things away and leaving bags wide open so things get stale.
She was also here during the supper hour so she had to feed the kids. We left $$ on the countertop to order a pizza and pop to have delivered. It's not like I didn't expect her to eat anything while here; just clean it up.
And as far as watching Pirates of the Caribbean... I wouldn't have cared if she watched it by herself AFTER the kids had gone to sleep but don't let them sit right there with you and cover their eyes on the bad parts! Nate fully described that happening without being prompted in any way.
At any rate, she won't be trusted with our kids again, at least not for a long time. The girl we usually get to watch our kids is wonderful; a lot like I expect out of a babysitter and she has NEVER had to be told what is expected out of her.