Tuesday, April 1, 2008-Rant
I am an at home daycare provider. I have 6 kids, most of which, 5 of them, have been with me over 2 years. I have been open for almost 2 and a half years. Last week I had a bit of a situation and just wanted others opinions. I took a day off last Tuesday to get some medical testing done. This is my SECOND day off in 2 and a half years. (I was closed for 3 days last winter when an ice storm knocked out our power, we went to a hotel because it was so cold in our home, so I don't consider that my fault, or my choice.) Anyway's, I gave 3 weeks notice. I would have given more but, the doctor pretty much was only available then. Out of the 6 families...5 never batted an eye. But one family, one I feel closest to, not only mentioned how un-convenient it was to them numerous times the week before the appointment, but also was the only family to dock my pay. All the other families said they were paying full price because I am all too reliable for them and they are thankful. And I did not expect any of them to do this, and I am not saying that the other family should have, but it feels like a smack in the face. Maybe more so because I always flex to take their child early as needed, for no change in pay. Their child is also asthmatic and I have to plan my day around her breathing treatments, which in all reality isn't the biggest of all deals, but certainly is more than what I have to do for my other kids. Considering I have to make sure her treatments are timely. Because I would do anything for any of my families , I just don't understand the grief of all the comments they made. I truly felt like sh#t for making them scramble for a sitter. I just want to know am I wrong to think that (money issue aside) the comments were ignorant on their part? It's been on my mind ever since. Thanks!