“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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What the hell is up with NSTAR??

Note to NSTAR Electric:

Please have the courtesy – especially if you are going to park your truck in my driveway for hours so I can’t go anywhere – to walk the 50ft to my door and let me know you are going to a) block my driveway and b) shut off my power.


Peeved Mom Cheryl Marble


Okay, for those of you who don’t live in the Plymouth/Carver area, NSTAR Electric has been working on our street for something like two freaking years!

Our street is more than 10 miles long and runs through three towns, and they have had men working on it with police directing traffic for THAT long. Sometimes there are as many as THREE areas we have to wait for the police to direct us around. And they’ve been bouncing all over the place with their work…to the point that I thought they were done a few times. Oh, and they’ve blocked my driveway like 1/2 dozen times.

I’ve been trying to be patient. I know they have to install new poles, then run new wiring, then switch from the old wires to the new wires and remove the old ones. However, today was the straw that broke the camel’s back. They shut off our power without so much as a knock on the door to tell me they were going to do it…WHILE they blocked my driveway. It’s not like they didn’t know they were going to cut my power…they had to have known they were going to when they set up their truck in a spot so I can’t leave the house. And it’s not like my driveway is two miles long, either. It is long, but please…a short walk to let me know power was going out should have been a given.

In this age of home computers, home theater systems, cell phones, tablets and the like…a quick power shut-off and possible power surge could have cost us a small fortune, and I’d bet money I couldn’t hold them responsible if anything was damaged.

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