“It’s not like they give you a handbook or anything”

I just read a story on WCVB TVs website about a babysitter that was riding in the back of a pick-up truck with an 8-month-old baby in a stroller beside her in the bed of the truck.

Apparently, she didn’t realize she could be charged with neglect and stated “It’s not like they give you a handbook or anything”.

WTF?! I seriously hope I’m not the only one beside herself with disbelief right now.

How is it possible, especially in this age of cell phones, the Internet and kindles, that this woman hadn’t heard that children riding in the back of trucks is dangerous? As a matter of fact, I believe it is also against the law.

Maybe she doesn’t have a computer or Internet access. Or maybe she doesn’t even have a cell phone because the economy is so bad and she can’t afford it. However, she did hire herself out as a babysitter.

Anyone who provides child care needs to be aware of the laws regarding transporting a child, and be current on information for providing the best child care possible. Use of the public library is free, so there is absolutely no excuse for her “not knowing” that she put the child in a dangerous situation.

This is why I have major issues trusting anyone to watch my kids. Even my mother. Yes, my mother does babysit for me occasionally, but mostly for really short periods of time so I can go to a doctor’s appointment or something like that. My mom loves my boys to pieces, and would love to spend the extra time with them, but she just doesn’t read up on all the same topics regarding caring for children that I do. As a matter of fact, my oldest son was given peanut butter about a year earlier than recommended by pediatricians because she “didn’t know” that children shouldn’t have peanut butter until they were 2-3 years old. Granted, this information has since changed, and it’s no longer recommended that you hold off on giving your child peanut butter, but that’s not the point. The point is, I just don’t understand why “I didn’t know” is coming up as an excuse so often in stories about people getting in trouble while providing child care.

What about you guys…do you have a problem accepting “I didn’t know” as an excuse from these people? Do you have issues trusting babysitters?


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  1. Elle says:

    I’m actually speechless over the stupidity. It’s simple common sense. I swear people nowadays don’t want to accept any responsiblity when it comes to their actions. I just realized how old that makes me sound. Mabe I should go watch “my stories” and have my afternoon snack of geritol and prunes.

    My hubby and I finally found a babysitter back in January and while we love her dearly and got really lucky, we’ve only had her watch the hummingbird a few times so far because I’m so paranoid about leaving my daughter with someone else even though she’s two. You just never know about people.

    When my MIL was visiting one time she made me nuts (of course she normally does) because she let my little girl who was not quite one at the time play with a stretchy cord when she set her in her playpen and even left her pills on a napkin that she would set on the coffee table where the hummingbird could’ve easlily grabbed them.

    The list goes on but I won’t bore you. What really drove me crazy is when I would remind her not to do these things she would always say to my daughter (she’s really passive aggresive, my MIL not my little girl. heh) something along the lines of ‘your mommy is overreacting and doesn’t want me to put my pills on the coffee table. Things sure have changed since I raised your dad”. *strangle*

  2. Leann says:

    OK – you do not need the Internet or a book to realize it is a bad idea to put a stroller w/a baby in it, in the bed of a truck and go for a ride! That is common sense! Someone also should tell her they do write books on how to babysit! The article says the mother burst into tears when she was called. Perhaps if she put more effort into deciding who watched her child she wouldn’t be in this situation. I trust very few people to watch my kids. And I know all of them are smart enough to know that you can’t give an 8-month old a joy ride in the back of a pick-up!