Monday, August 15, 2005

I came, I saw, they kicked my ass....

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.  

I'm outtie~  


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. 


st0rmwhispers said...

hand foot and mouth..........oh boy!!!!!!!

sieblonde said...

Sad isn't it.  

quartrlyfecrysis said...

oh man...we thought pey had hand, foot mouth syndrome last year before school...ended up being Fifth's syndrome or disease (one of the 5 common child-hood rashes), cant remember which..better known as slapped cheek syndrome.  I think these are results of the chicken pox vaccine.  I didn't want her to have it, but she HAD to before starting school.  I had hoped she'd get exposed to it before then, but no.

Pey is so independant and always has been.  I never coddled her too much, but was always there IF she needed something.  Maslow had a theory on child-rearing that came from the American Indians.  The theory started when he watched a small child trying to open a heavy door, for 30 minutes he screamed and cried and pushed the door and the elders sat quietly and watched rather than getting up to help....when the boy finally got the door open he had accomplished something for himself and was proud and showed confidence.  I always tell pey the story of the little indian boy when she says she *can't*.  Oh how I despise that word :)


gaboatman said...

Aw, Cat, sounds like you had a bad day.  Sorry, Kiddo!  I'm sure you will adjust to the new group, they are sure lucky to have you in their room.  I agree with everything you said about parenting, daycare too young and credit card debt.  You're preaching to the choir here! I hope the new kids get well quickly for all of your sakes and that the new girl doesn't really have the hand, foot, mouth syndrome.  Hang in there, it's got to get better, right?

missboogerhead said...

I totally understand!  I just can't get what it is that makes some parents think day-care is their way out of their responsibility.  Not all parents are of this mindset mind you, but waaaay to many.  We also have kids that are there open to close, whether their parents are home or not.  They think they deserve a break all the time... what kind of break do stay at home parents get that are DOING their jobs get?  It is really sad.   And unfortunately, many people use us as a crutch, not a tool... and there's a big difference!  
Hope your week gets better!
~Miss O

redbaranjj said...

One reason we didn't send Josh to day care was we didn't want someone else raising our child.  It has been really tight financially, but you gotta do what ya gotta do to be there for your kids.  
Sorry ya had a hard day, I hope today was better for you.


randlprysock said...

Excellent entry Cat,
I really like the credit card advice!  I'm gonna try that more often.  I do it sometimes and it really does help bring my balance down faster!!  I agree, I hated having my children in daycare so I have this home biz now and sometimes I have to go to our worksites but at least I can take the kids with me and my oldest one helps a lot.  I wish hubby would take over the biz and we could just work that together.  We are thinking on it.  Hugs,

onecrazymomto5 said...

AAAHHHHH!!  I hate the parents that don't parent.  I understand the need for 2 incomes in todays society but still-jeez!!  Jeffs sister and brother are the perfect example.  They have the one "perfect" child who gets put in time out and they have never raised their voice to him.  They both work, take him to daycare and then on the weekends they spend Saturday with him until 4:00 and then they take him to grandmas while they go away until they pick him up to go to daycare Monday morning.  The child has more toys and such than 2 daycares put together.  He is 2 and has a TV and VCR/DVD in his bedroom!!  But they are the ones that chewed me out for leaving my 5 kids with grandma while we went to court for 2 hours!!  Getting pissed thinking about her!!!  AARRRGGGGGHHHHH!