The Tale of the Pink Pwintheth
I’m interested to hear how other parents would react in the following situation:
A former colleague returned to work after maternity leave. Her baby had been unplanned but nevertheless was in danger of being smother-loved to death. She was the original Pink Pwintheth at just over a year old, fairy wings, pink dresses, glitter, you name it. My colleague and her husband both worked long hours and so Pwintheth was left with a daycare provider.
My colleague had just had some time off because her little doll had been sick so was unable to attend daycare. Eventually she was passed fit to go back to daycare, so colleague was back in the office giving us all the goss in her usual drama queen fashion. Her husband had dropped Pwintheth off at daycare on the way to work and we were all being regaled with the tale of how sick she had been when the phone rang. It was the daycare provider.
Pwintheth needed eye drops to finish off whatever nasty little bug she’d picked up, and these had been delivered by Doting Dad with his daughter on the way to work that morning. However, the daycare provider was adamant that she was not going to be putting Pwintheth’s eye drops in. She didn’t seem too concerned that Pwintheth needed these three times a day, nor that my colleague was paying top dollar to get such a young child looked after while she was at work. It was nothing to her that my colleague worked over an hour from where the daycare was. She expected my colleague to come and administer the eye drops herself. To drive an hour there, administer the eye drops and drive an hour back to work again.
Well, that was it. My colleague had a melt down there and then in the office. She had to be escorted from the room and taken to a quiet meeting room to compose herself after shouting at the daycare provider at the top of her voice and in every language she could speak.
I know what my reaction to that scenario would have been. Hang work, no one except me or a qualified paediatric nurse is going to be looking after my baby until she is fully well again. If she needs eye drops, she’s not fully well, therefore she should not be going to daycare, no matter what the doc says. And no matter how much work says they need me there, either.
There are several questions which occurred to me as the office settled back down after Pwintheth’s mum had been sent home for the day.
• Are daycares even covered for that scenario? I mean, there’s a world of difference between changing a nappy on a healthy baby who isn’t related to you and administering eye drops to one who isn’t yours.
• Would you have expected daycare to be able to administer eye drops or would you have decided to stay home and look after your child yourself?
• Would you have had the nerve to turn round and tell work to get knotted, that your family came first?
Interested to hear your thoughts on this one, especially as I know many of you are parents and/or have had experience of daycare provision.
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