But, the point of this isn't to promote my mother. This is about the parents. Not all of them. Most parents who bring their children to this daycare, go to work and then promptly return for their children at the end of the day. Some of these kids, due to their parents work schedules, are here for ten hours each day. Sad, but necessary. These parents are pillars of the community and understand that raising a child is a multi-person adventure. The point is, though, that they never leave their children here on days off or for no reason other than work or an emergency.
What are the implications?
1. Your child who you told was getting to stay home all day with mommy is now at preschool crying because his/her mother couldn't stay with them. Yes, all day, crying occurs. Kids are not stupid.
2. You told your child's preschool teacher that the child will not be attending and there is a 24 hour notice of schedule changes required. Due to your decision to keep your children at home, the teacher filled your position with a child whose parents had an emergency. And then you show up at the door and the school does not have a space for you...but the teacher, out of kindness helps you out, even though you changed your schedule Now the teacher is over the limit and could get dinged by the state...
Now, I love a weekend every few months without my children because the time away is great for my writing...but most of all, I get to go to a bar, drink a beer, and not worry about picking up children. Relaxation is key to being a happy mom. But when you actively choose to ditch your children when you could spend much needed time with them, it appalls me.
As parents, we all need time to ourselves. But if you work 80 hours per week and have the chance to have every Wednesday with your children, wouldn't you choose to spend it with them?