Most of our Township schools started back today. Our Public Schools start next week, I believe. We are almost at full count of toddlers now, with a new group of barely-over-one year kiddies.
We are supposed to be the 'older toddler' room.... guess that's not the case this year. Of the pictures I have shown here before, we have 4 of those kids remaining. The rest.... well, the rest I need to get used to. They are going to be with us a very long time, at least a year.....
I don't have a lot of positive things to say about this group yet. They cry all the time. If they're not crying, they're whining about not being held all the time (which is what happens in the 'young toddlers' room).
We can't hold them all day. For one thing, our room ratio is 4:1, theirs is 3:1. They do not do art projects, or read books, or feed themselves. Some don't even walk yet in the other room. There is a lot that changes from their room to ours. And we still have 4 (almost) two year olds. That is a huge difference in ages and milestones....
Anyway, it also seems that these newbies don't get picked up early either as we still had 8 kids at 5:30. We have one boy that arrives before our room opener every morning and she comes in at 6:30am. He may get picked up before 5:30, but those days are few and far between.
Today, he came in at 8:45. His mom then informs us that Dad is home in bed and she is going to go home and take a nap before they paint a room today! WTF? Why is he even here (on a day that he is not supposed to be, mind you)? He got picked up at 5:45. It just pisses me off.
I know plenty of parents who can manage to paint a room or two WHILE their child is home. Am I supposed to believe that these people cannot multitask? I feel for them when they're kids get older then.
See, I told you I needed more time ;) If I don't have anything nice to say, I'll just shut my cake-hole ;)
I'm mostly ticked about them being so young and in daycare full time, that's all. I blame a lot of my issues growing up from daycare. I was full time, as was my brother. We started at 2 & 3 years old, though, so that's a little better than starting at 6 weeks, like most of these kids do. Dad took care of us before then...
But don't you think it's sad that their parents don't get to see their first steps? Or hear their first word? I mean what is really more important: Having all the unnecessary expensive items to show other people you have things or raising your child?
I'm afraid I don't buy into needing two incomes, unless both people are very uneducated. And then, work opposite shifts so a parent is home with the kids all the time.
Our lives have turned into a bunch of wants. We do not need these things that cost too much, we want them. If we didn't have to have credit histories (and good ones) it would be easier and a lot more people could make it, also.
We pay all these interest charges, and hardly ever touch a principal payment... It takes years paying a minimum payment, and that is what people do not get. Just pay $15-20 more on a credit card bill (which goes towards the principal) and you will pay it off in half the time (or thereabout).
It is so simple~but it seems to be a secret. Unless you know some Accounting. Nobody does this... mostly because they can't afford it. It's a whole Catch 22....
Shit, I should stop now before I just piss everyone off or send you all running and ducking for cover ;)
I'm going to take the quiz from Patrick's Place now.
PS... Did I mention these new kids brought the nasty green goo and the new girl (that just came today the first time) may have Hand, Foot, Mouth? It just keeps getting better sometimes.