Kelly - posted on 05/06/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )
I just went back to work and my MIL is babysitting my daughter 4 days a week. (Until I find a daycare that I am comfortable with and can afford. So far the ones I have visited have all been duds.) I have always had an issue with them smoking in the house, especially when I was pregnant or when we would visit with the baby. My husband has said a few things to them but just in a joking way. Other than the smoking it is a great daycare situation. She also keeps my niece and a few other children from the neighborhool. Is it possible that she just doesn't know how dangerous it is for kids to breathe in smoke? I'm thinking that it probably won't matter what I say because I have mentioned things before and it didn't stop. I want to tell her that the only reason I am looking for a daycare is because I don't want my child around smoke. They say they don't smoke around her but when I dropped her off yesterday my MIL walked by with a cigarette. I did say "please don't smoke around my child especially right now bc she is sick...thanks" and she went outside, but I doubt she goes outside when all of the kids are there. I just don't know how to approach it because she is so great with her and feeds her nutritious meals and uses our cloth diapers with no complaints. Should I print up some info from online about the dangers of smoke and kids and give it too her? Do you think that is a bad idea? It just makes me sad that they are either too ignorant about the dangers or they just don't value their grandchildren (and neighbor's children's) health. Selfish of them or just ignorance? I just don't get it.
Sorry for the rambling.... :)