Last week, I put my children in the care of church nursery workers for the very first time. It was a big step for me and my kids and a great leap towards lessening my babysitter anxiety.
A friend of mine had invited me to a bible study at church (I KNOW! Me? At a bible study!?) for women who’ve just moved and I was immediately interested when she told me that they offered free childcare. I think you can see where my priorities are. The bible? Yeah it’s fine, but FREE CHILDCARE!?! Sold!
Since I’ve never done anything like this before, I had no idea what to expect when leaving my children at a church nursery, but certainly I expected much gushing over my precious children. I fretted over all the details and logistics of having someone else care for my kids. Carefully I selected darling outfits that would make Carson and Ella look especially charming and cooperative. I made sure that their noses weren’t crusted with snot and their fingers weren’t sticky from syrup. Well dressed kids with snot-free faces=good parenting, right?
Along with their carefully selected clothes, I made sure they each had plenty of diapers and wipes, and packed them each snacks. Apparently the snacks I’d packed were a giant FAIL! Without thinking, I’d sent peanut butter crackers for their snack. FAIL. I realize how important it is for child care providers to be diligent about peanut products, so I felt like an idiot. They also have a policy against juice boxes, which I’d lovingly sent for both Carson and Ella. Double FAIL.
Instead of hearing how cute and well-behaved my children were, I got the ol’ stink eye* from the nursery workers.
PS. It’s possible I just imagined them giving me the stink eye.
PPS. We went back to the church nursery this week with PROPER snacks in addition to their snazzy duds. Still no gushing over how awesome my kids are, though???
PPPS. The bible study is surprisingly great. Everyone is so kind and this group has really been helpful in working through some of the anger and bitterness related to this move**. I’m so glad I decided to join despite this being something completely out of my norm and comfort zone.
*Phrase courtesy of Heidi.
**I just re-read the comments on that post. THOSE comments are why I appreciate you all and want to give you free stuff.
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