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Summer Vacation Must Really Throw Her For A Loop

, , , , | Learning | September 20, 2021

I am currently working in the afterschool program attached to the school where I work. Parents are charged $13 a day for a total of three hours of care. We include snacks, help with homework, and an activity with the kids. We have a no-school day coming up where all the teachers still come in for staff meetings and training. We have a particular mom who likes to complain about everything, and her kid isn’t well-behaved. She thinks $13 is too much for a total of three hours. 

Mom: “So, you are closed next Friday? That must be nice for you. Silly that they’re giving you a day off and making us find separate childcare.”

Me: “Actually, we still have to come in. We’ll be having meetings and training all day.”

Mom: “Don’t know why they’re closing for an entire day. I have a full-time job, you know. I need someone to watch my kid. Actually, would either you or [Coworker] watch her for me?”

Me: “Sorry. Again, we don’t have the day off. We still have to come in. It’s still a full day for us.”

Mom: “Ridiculous. I have no idea what I’m going to do.”

She leaves and I turn to my coworker. 

Me: “If she thinks $13 is bad for three hours, she wouldn’t have been happy when I told her I’d charge her more than that for an hour to watch her kid.”