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Daycare Nightmare

Hi Dr. Laura,

I am an IT professional and my job has me at times going to client's sites to work on their network. Today I was at a client site, which happens to be, none other than, a daycare. I have to tell you, I can't imagine why anyone would leave their child in such location. This facility wasn't dirty or in poor quality, it's actually in an upscale neighborhood.

I was in one of the classrooms during recess. The kids had all stopped what they were doing to go outside. This one little boy started crying. He was drawing and didn't want to stop to go outside. The teacher kept threatening the little boy saying, "I am going to tell your mother." The little boy would cry, say, "No, I want to keep drawing." Then the teacher went on by saying, "I am going to tell your father". The boy screamed "NO" again and cried some more. The teacher then left him in the class room. The boy wiped his tears and continued to draw.

The part that I don't get is how could parents leave their children in any of these places? Dr. Laura, I wish more mothers would be there for their children. These little kids are as young as 14 months. That is absurd.

I have 7-year-old Shih-Tzu. When I leave town if a friend can't watch her at my house, I get nervous. I have to leave her at the pet hotel, then I call twice a day to check on her! So I don't know how these parents just hand over their child to someone.

Keep doing what you do, I think you are awesome and when you're not giving me insightful wisdom, you're making me laugh. Wishing you, your son, daughter-in-law and all the fur-babies a Happy Thanksgiving, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Tags: Attitude, Day Care, Parenting, Stay-at-Home Mom, Values
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