Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Craigslist, KSL, and Child Care

(If you read this before and are reading it again, Yes, it is changed a bit, my wording wasnt sitting well with me)

Today I had a comment added to yesterday's post. I clicked to their blog, and read about how thankful this woman is for her son. How lucky she is to get to hold him each and everyday. How important it is to not take your children for granted. This woman has struggled with fertility and had multiple losses. Her post was partly inspired by Savannah, it brought back so many memories for her. There my girl goes again, making her impact. If the day comes when someone hears our story and isn't compelled to go hug their child, or if it doesn't leave them a little more grateful than they were when their day started, then any good that came from her passing goes out the window.

With that in mind, I have a rant. Maybe I am more paranoid than the average joe, or maybe I am right and these people are nuts :) I read the childcare ads on Craigslist and KSL (a local news site) I see all the time ads stating "I need some money, what easier way to get money than to watch your kids?" Of course everyone needs money, and people don't work for free, but if you are posting an ad seeking families to trust you with these precious little souls, at least act like you enjoy children. I guess kudos for the honesty, but that screams pay me to push the buttons on the remote control. Hopefully people generally go meet, interview, and observe these people, but really, that makes me nuts. (and before you all flog me, I have NOTHING against childcare at all, there are many many amazing providers who love the children they care for)

What is worse are the ads that say HELP I need a sitter TONIGHT, I have a wedding, party, night out ect that I want to go too. My house or yours, my kids are 3 months old and 2 years old, they will just sleep the whole time. HELP I am desperate.

Do you really have that much disreguard for your children? You are going to let someone you have never even laid eyes on have complete, unsupervised access to your children? You dont have info on this person, you could come home to an empty house and never see those kids again. You don't know if they will sit there and do drugs while your child watches. So much worse could happen. How can you not value that little life more than going out? So sad.

Value your children. Love your children. Hug Your Children. Appreciate your children. Respect your children enough to not ditch them with the first person who says okay in order to make a quick buck. They are worth more than that.



Hey Emily! I love reading your posts because I basically feel the same way! How you word things make me laugh too! I hope you have a wonderful day, and I will write soon! :)

The Leavitt Crew said...

I'm so grateful that I have someone to watch my kid that I know loves him! My preference would be to be home full-time, but since that isn't a possibility right now, thanks for taking such good care of my little man. It makes it easier to leave him every day.

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