This list from real childminders makes me laugh out loud. Did we miss anything? If so, please add it to the comments at the bottom of the page!
Felt tip pens with no lids
Converse on babies
Kids jumping/kneeling/falling/bouncing on my furniture
The kiddies shouting my name every 2 seconds but they don’t actually want anything
Kids emptying every box till they can no longer see the floor then resisting tidying up!!
Parents insisting their child is ready for potty training
TAKING OFF DOLLS CLOTHES AND LEAVING DOLLS NAKED
Parents who show children no boundaries
Taking off socks and shoes on car journeys
Wet wipes ripping as you need to pull one out fast
Toys which make noises.
Noise sorting through Lego pieces makes.
Anything that gets stuck up my nails – clay, playdough, gloop, slime
Boys that can’t pee straight! Just the thought makes me want to disinfect my toilet again.
Mixing up the colours of playdough
Bad manners at meal time
Parents who walk in with their shoes on (when they’ve stood there and heard me tell their kids to remove their shoes) and then sit on the arm of my sofa!!
Cooked rice that falls on the floor
Parents who mollycoddle their child
Parents who tell you their child doesn’t nap but then you find out that they nap at nursery
Parents who forget to tell you the child has an injury or you find out in a chance conversation that they have an inhaler or have had hospital appointments about a condition you know nothing about.
Being called a ‘babysitter’
Please add your own to the comments and share to make someone laugh today!
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