“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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