Add us to the list of those feeling it.

Liam has been saying some hilarious things recently, and rather than post about how John’s company decided to not lay him off (and several other managers) , just reduce his pay-grade to that of his lowest employee, strip his bonus and remove his management position, I’ll put on a smile and post happy stuff, because after all, he still has a job, thankfully.

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Liam: Mommy?

Me: Yes Liam?

Liam: Can we have a talk? About me being naughty?

Me: Liam, you aren’t naughty, just some of your behaviour has been.

Liam:  Well, it’s just that I don’t like Devin, Jake and Jordan. They make me naughty. It’s those kids!

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Me to Dustin:  You are being a turd. I ought to flush you.

Liam, very distressed: Mommy! He won’t fit down the toilet!

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Me: Liam, I am going to send you to the zoo!

Liam: No, Mommy. I’m going to stay right here with you.

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 The economy sucks. It is foolish to think that anyone is immune to the current situation here in our country.  I think the key is to just hang on for the ride, it may be a long one, but if you can keep your head above water, in the end you’ll be better for having made it through. We will continue to live within our means, we will continue to live fairly simply, and we will continue to be mindful of our purchases.

After the initial blow, John and I know that while shocking, the change does have positives. One of the biggest positives is that the stress of not knowing is gone. It is done. The stress has bled into every aspect of our lives, and I’m relieved that after 5 months of wondering, we can move on. Last night when John got home from work, he looked like the weight of the world had been removed from his shoulders. Another positive is that John can return to working on projects, something he is really good at and that he enjoys.

Perhaps there is a daycare surplus?

Over a month ago I was given notice by a family I’d been providing childcare for that they would be leaving so mom could stay at home. Great for her, bad for me, as this was a huge chunk of change to me. I started advertising, just like I had in the past, and I have had very little response. Okay, very little doesn’t really describe the response level. It’s like nobody at all needs childcare. Usually I put one ad on CraigsList and BAM – I get 20 replies and fill the vacated slots within days. Not this time. I advertise on Craigslist at least once every other day, every day on weekends, put fliers at the library, Schnucks and IGA, and nada. I have one child that started yesterday, but no other real response. I got one lady who wanted to pay $100/week for 55 hours of care for her infant, and though I’ll work with people sometimes, that’s just too many hours and not enough pay. I also had a mom call about part-time care, she even set up a time to come by but was a no-show.

So, what’s the deal? Are people afraid to make a change if they are unhappy? Are people losing their jobs at alarming rates and therefore no longer needing childcare? Everyone I know has openings right now and I’m beginning to think it is economy related. This really does concern me. Every day I see more ads on CraigsList for childcare available than I did the day before.

Because I’m pretty sure this blog is google-able, here is my basic plug….

Why trust a large corporation for the care of your little ones when you could bring them to my home to be loved and nurtured? I currently have openings available for two children in my daycare. I offer:

– College educated, non-smoking daycare provider with several years experience and great references

– Lots of toys, puzzles, and books

– Food allergy awareness and Epi-Pen training

– Large fenced yard on quiet cul-de-sac

– Lunch and snack provided (breakfast available)

– Low child to provider ratio (I only keep 4 children)

Full and part time openings available.

Hours: 6:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Monday – Friday

Call Tara at XXXXXX, or respond via email to this ad. Thank you for your time.
 

…and just in case you need childcare and are in St. Charles Missouri, leave me a comment and I’ll get in touch with you.