Theresa - posted on 10/07/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )
For those of you who don't know, I am a child care provider. For over 3 years I have been caring for children in my home. My clients have ranged in age from 1 year-9 years old. At one point I was going to expand my home day care to a day care center, but because of the economy, I will be closing August of 2010.
Anyway, my eldest child turned 6 years old this past September. On his birthday, his first tooth became loose! He was sooo excited! We talked about where we would keep his first tooth after it fell out and what 'treat" he could buy for reaching that milestone. Two of my clients parents had a fit! They are very upset with me! They said that my son told their children that the "tooth fairy" wasn't real, just like "Santa Claus" and the 'Easter Bunny' wasn't real. They said their children were "traumatized" because of what my son told them. They said I was irresonsible in telling my child that information, knowing that he might tell their children.
I apologized to them. BUT I told them that I can't be responsible for what my child says to their children and I certainly wasn't going to lie to MY child in order to reinforce what lie or story they chose to tell THEIR children. They didn't mind when my son was helping their kids learn to read or count, but now he is a problem! I find them to be hypocritical and unrealistic. We don't shove our beliefs down anyone's throat, but I'm not going to participate in certain charades. What do you think?