Tuesday, March 9, 2010

No, I won't change the rules for you!

Does everyone think that the world revolves around them and their needs?

I had a mother bring her son into the daycare this morning with antibiotics for a throat infection that was diagnosed last night.  He was given the first dose of meds last night and promptly vomited.

There were so many problems with this situation that I hardly knew where to start!  First off, I explained that vomiting aside, the child needed to be on antibiotics for at least 24 hours before returning to daycare to ensure that they are no longer contagious and that they aren't going to have an adverse reaction.  Then, there was the issue of the vomiting.  Kids have to be free of vomiting for 24 hours to be at daycare as well. And vomiting could be a sign of an allergic reaction.

Of course, Mommy was not at all happy when I said that he couldn't stay.  First she said that the vomiting wasn't from the meds and that we could call her right away if he vomited again and she would come get him.  So, I explained about the vomiting rule and told her that we've had others with stomach viruses.  Of course, she quickly decided that he had only vomited because of the medication.

I my head, I was screaming "Do you really think that I'm that stupid that I wouldn't realize that you totally just contradicted yourself?"

However, the Head Teacher Nicki prevailed and I stayed very polite and professional, apologizing profusely for the inconvenience.  All while unprofessional Nicki was quickly losing the little bit of sympathy that she had for this woman.  Had she read her daycare policy book that every parent is given when their child starts daycare, she would have known ALL of these things.  I was still thinking that this could still just have been an innocent mistake.

That all changed and every bit of sympathy I had went out the window when she snottily replied that"I don't know what I'm going to do now I have to leave for Winnipeg in two hours."

That's when I knew for sure that it was all a play on her part to get the kid into daycare today when she knew that he wasn't allowed to be there.  She thought that she would be able to get me to change the rules for her.  As a parent, I know how hard it is when you have somewhere you need to be and you have a sick child who cannot attend daycare, but there are reasons why we have these rules.  And I am not going to risk myself to change the rules for YOU!


  1. Unbelieveable! I can't believe the nerve of some parents... she needs more than just a day care manual, she needs a parenting manual!

  2. I feel for working parents, too- but rules exist for a reason.
    I am glad you are willing to keep this child safe as well as yourself by standing by this these rule. That's good ethical practice.
    Maybe this parent won't thank you now-but will later when disease isn't running rampant.
    Good for you!