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The Daycare Is A Lie

, , , , | Related | June 12, 2022

I’ve submitted a few stories about my pain-in-the-rear mother-in-law, including this one.

At the time of this story, I was a stay-at-home homeschooling mother to two elementary-age children. My mother-in-law was always complaining about this because I wasn’t “working” and making money, and she was constantly trying to get me into obscure multi-level marketing schemes.

I was finishing up lessons for the day when I got a phone call. 

Mother-In-Law: “Oh, [My Name], I am so glad you are home. I have some great news! I found an easy way for you to make money! Several of my coworkers are having so much trouble with finding a daycare they can afford, and I told them you would watch their kids starting tomorrow!”

I was in too much shock to say anything as she was rambling on, sounding more and more excited.

Mother-In-Law: “It’s perfect because you are home all day doing nothing. There are three families and there are five kids, but I have more that are interested. They will be there at 7:00 in the morning. The parents are working ten-hour shifts so they will be picked up at 7:00 pm. Now, you will have to make lunch and dinner, but I told them it would be $50 for each family, so that’s a full $150 a week! And—”

At this point, I snapped back to reality.

Me: “ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR EVER LOVING MIND?!”

I used other words I won’t repeat here.

Mother-In-Law: *Sounding insulted* “What do you mean? You should be thankful I found a way to make money. After all, you used to work in a daycare center, so you know what to do!”

Me: “First of all, working in a daycare was one of several jobs I had in college. Second, $50 is way too little to charge since even the ‘okay’ daycare centers in this area charge $200 per child. And putting aside the fact my house is far from childproof, I am not in any way, shape, or form a licensed or certified daycare center. On top of all that, I don’t know how you could possibly think I have the time to watch some strangers’ kids instead of educating my own. But none of that really matters since… YOU PLANNED THIS WITHOUT EVER ASKING ME! ARE YOU INSANE?! HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO YOUR COWORKERS?! NOW THEY WILL SHOW UP AND I WILL HAVE TO TELL THEM THEY HAVE NO CHILDCARE BECAUSE I WILL NOT BE WATCHING THEIR KIDS!”

Mother-In-Law: *Sounding all insulted* “Well, I was just trying to help you get some money since you are too lazy to get a job. And these women have to work. The kids are coming tomorrow and you’d better watch them. I told them they could even just drop them off at the driveway and not even come in, so you’d better get ready for them.”

Me: “First of all, I do work; I just don’t get paid. Not that it’s any of your business. Now, I suggest you call each and every one of those families and tell them that you are a total idiot and made these plans, and that they’d better find someone else to watch their kids. I promise you, if any kids show up at my door, their parents will need to contact the police after work to pick them up because I will be calling child protective services for abandoned children at my house!”

Mother-In-Law: *Gasping* “You wouldn’t dare call the police on these people.”

Me: *Very calmly* “You know me very well. You know I will. Try me.”

I hung up. I fumed all day. Then, my husband came home from work

Husband: “Hey, honey, I’m h—”

He saw my face.

Husband: “Oh, crap. What did my insane mother do now?”

After I told him, he just sat down and was unable to speak for several minutes.

Husband: “I’ll call work and tell them I won’t be in tomorrow.”

Me: “Why?”

Husband: “So I can help you take care of the kids until child protective services and the police show up.”

Me: “Thanks, but I don’t need help dealing with this. You go to work.”

Thankfully, no one left their kids at my house. I did get a frantic message on my voicemail from some woman begging me to watch her kids. I never called back. 

My husband let his mother have it. She never did really apologize, and she acted all upset that I didn’t appreciate her efforts to help me find a job, but she never pulled that again.

A friend that worked at the same factory as my mother-in-law said several families were very mad at her, and when the story got around… let’s just say her reputation was in the toilet. I felt so bad for the families, but I was not set up to be a daycare. I just don’t know what she was thinking.

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