Do you have issues with setting limits? Now I’m not talking about with the children. I mean with parents. That’s right I said parents. Ask just about any provider that has been in business for even a little while and they will probably share with you some harrowing stories about parents who don’t seem to have boundaries. Sometimes it is actually quite shocking what parents will request from a child care provider.
So while most of us deal with setting boundaries with the children we care for, it is also worth setting up some boundaries for parents as well. But how do we begin setting limits at our child care? When is it appropriate?
Setting limits for your Child Care
A frequently requested topic centers around scheduling changes. Since I offer part-time as well as full-time at my child care, parents will routinely request to substitute a day here for a day there. This issue seems to come up most frequently around the holidays. Since most holidays land on Mondays, many parents will request to swap for a Tuesday instead. I call this the “Holiday Hop.” When I first started, I would allow this type of substitution without much consideration that doing so really didn’t allow me to have a holiday. It was more like doubling up on my workload later in the week to make up for the holiday. So you know what? I simply stopped doing that type of schedule change.