Originally Posted by RedWine
I understand and agree with your point of view, but I don't think angel was out of line in the least. I often refer to nannies/daycare workers in that fashion, but I don't mean to disrespect them. What I DO mean is that if I am feeling burnt-out, imagine what it would be like for my child if someone else who was burnt out was doing the caretaking. No one loves your cihld like you do. So if mama is tired and cranky, that's still better than a tired and cranky stranger.
I was with you up until you said "stranger,"
. Again, this is the type of language I'm objecting to. My son's preschool teacher is not a stranger to him. The child care provider he had before preschool was also not a stranger to him. In both cases we met the person on several occasions and spent time getting to know her, telling her about our son and letting her interact with him in her own way, before we ever left DS in her care.
Furthermore, while everyone can have a bad day sometimes, I trust my son's teacher to behave professionally. When you think about it, she doesn't have the kind of stresses in the classroom that a SAHM might have in her home. There are no piles of laundry waiting to be folded, no stack of bills sitting unpaid, no other chores nagging at her attention. If she is truly sick she can take a day of sick leave and stay home to rest (before enrolling DS I confirmed with the director that the teachers receive paid sick leave). So to sum up my point, I do not worry about her taking out a tired and cranky attitude on my son.
Would you call a teacher at the elementary school level "some school lady"? Think about how that sounds. While you say you don't mean it disrespectfully, it truly sounds pretty dismissive.