THE PLOT THICKENS!

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Registered: 03-25-2003
THE PLOT THICKENS!
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Thu, 06-19-2003 - 10:23pm
For those of you who aren't familiar with my story, please review my two previous posts.

Anyway, my sister has decided to sign up her 4 YO daughter for preschool/day care on MWF starting in September = $75 a week. She has to pay whether her daughter is present or not, but, that is the way it is with most day cares. However, the difference here is, if the daughter doesn't make it to school one day, she can make up the day on TU or TH, which sounds great.

Then, I told my sister - hey, if your daughter is sick on Monday and you can't work, then you can make it up on your day off and you can take her to day care.

My sister replied - "I CAN'T CALL OFF WORK FOR ANY REASON."

Apparently, in her line of work (she's a manager for a deli in a local grocery store), she can only call off if she has a doctors excuse, no ifs, ands or butts. She is not allowed to call-in for sick kids. She can lose her job.

Then I got to thinking.....hmm....my kids are in ALOT of extra-cirricular activities at school. They go to a private school that doesn't provide bussing - I have to take them. If I have to watch my neice because she's sick, I certainly can't take her to an extra-cirricular activity. THIS IS WHEN I GOT ANGRY!! I REFUSE to tell my kids they CAN'T PARTICIPATE in an extra-cirricular activity because their cousin is sick. NO WAY.

MY SISTER'S PRIORITIES ARE WAY OFF HERE AND IF YOU ASK ME - SHE JUST PLAIN DOESN'T WANT THIS CHILD!!!

I have decided that I will babysit 1-2 days a week, that's it over the summer. In the winter, 1 day. My mom even had a HUGE FIT because of these circumstances and told me that she wouldn't get upset if I told my sister NO WAY!!

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Fri, 06-20-2003 - 3:54am
WEll it sounds like your mom may be wiseing up but your sister seems to like the pity and is out to take full advantage. I think if your sisters job is so strict maybe she should start looking for something that gives her a bit more flexibility with her child. I mean my mom works for a bank but they are flexible enough to let her rush off if my sister (yes she is 20 but severely mentally handicapped)is sick, or has anything problmes. It may take time to find something else but its either that or her sell her house in order to take care of her little girl properly.

I think you are being more than generous with your time and familys time. Lets hope your mom talks some sense into her.