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So I was at the grocery today and stopped to look at the community board where people can post ads for small businesses, events, stuff for sale, etc. Anyhoo, in the services section, I see a poster advertising a new daycare in town (I am assuming it is a house-run day care because the address). I wanted to think that it was a joke, but sadly, I just don't think it was.

In big bold letters it said "Brats R' Us".

Underneath that it said "Where we take care of your brats."

It gave the hours of operation, the pricing per "brat", and the phone number to call.

It just gave me this sick feeling in the bottom of my stomach. I am trying to figure out if this reaction is normal or not. I have just always hated that word and it just really bothered me to see that. What do you think? Would you take your child to a place called "Brats R' Us"?

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I don't get that kind of "humor" either, and would never take my child to a daycare with a name like that. I can think of a few things that that name might indicate about the caregiver's philosophy on childrearing, and none of them are good.
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hmm that's an interesting name choice for a day care...my cousin worked at one called chip and dales...LOL...I guess it prob gets a lot of word of mouth business, Brats r us isnt a name you can easily forget

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Maybe they were trying to be funny? Not too funny to me though. I do not like it when I hear kids being called brats....something about that word that just irks me. I hope the person running the daycare doesn't call the children that.

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I think they were trying to be funny but I can see your point, it is kind of obnoxious. I doubt they meant it that way but no, I would never bring my kids to a place like that simply becaue I think they carried it a bit too far. Brat r Us is one thing but that should have been it. I don't dislike the word itself though especially since I call my kids that on a regular basis (jokingly of course).


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So I was at the grocery today and stopped to look at the community board where people can post ads for small businesses, events, stuff for sale, etc. Anyhoo, in the services section, I see a poster advertising a new daycare in town (I am assuming it is a house-run day care because the address). I wanted to think that it was a joke, but sadly, I just don't think it was.

In big bold letters it said "Brats R' Us".

Underneath that it said "Where we take care of your brats."

It gave the hours of operation, the pricing per "brat", and the phone number to call.

It just gave me this sick feeling in the bottom of my stomach. I am trying to figure out if this reaction is normal or not. I have just always hated that word and it just really bothered me to see that. What do you think? Would you take your child to a place called "Brats R' Us"?

Note: I didn't place this in the Working parents forum because I am not a working parent. I placed it here because I thought it fit best.
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I don't like it, but then the Bratz dolls are extremely popular so : ?

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thats pretty terrible.

i saw one in the paper here but i dont think they meant it the way i took it... its called "little britches".

  

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OK, I am really really reaching here. Could they possibly be talking about anything else and not children????

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Yeah, not a good name. There's a daycare near me called Baby Farm which I also think is a crappy name.

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OK, I am really really reaching here. Could they possibly be talking about anything else and not children????
I just don't think so. The poster had little clip art pictures of crayons, pictures of the sun, a playset, etc. It was printed in multicolored lettering that was meant to look like a child wrote it.

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I absolutely HATE anti-child sentiments either said in jest or seriousness. It makes my blood boil when people talk about how they ruin your life and make their kids wear stupid cliched clothes saying things like 'little monster' or 'it wasn't me' and the like. Then people wonder why their children don't behave decently when they've joked about what little sh*ts they were since they were born. Why is it that the only group of people we are still refusing to respect are our children. Maybe I seem OTT but I think the joking about children being horrors actually contributes to a much deeper and real truth about an overall selfish and hedonistic adult society that we can see around us.
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PS. That wasn't meant aggressively to anyone who might make sentiments like that to their chidlets. It's just something I think is underestimated in its damagingness
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I think it's bad, but it make me think of brats(like brautwurst, lol).

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Is it on an Army base?

Not that I would send my kids there even if it was, but you know, "army brat" and all that.

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Is it on an Army base?

Not that I would send my kids there even if it was, but you know, "army brat" and all that.
No. No army bases around here at all.

I don't know, I guess I just don't like the word (bad memories from my past) and it struck a cord.

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Yeah, I don't like that either.

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I guess it beats "Molesters R' Us," but only barely. I'd much rather see an overly-cutesy name like "Lovin' Care" than I would the "humor" in calling kids "brats." And how would you explain that to a child (assuming one's daycare-using child learns to read before starting kindergarten, as many do)? My child knows the word "brat" because, I admit it, I once referred to another child that way. : (My dd heard me say it; the misbehaving child was miles and days away by then.) She would be horrified if I or her care provider was calling her a "brat" - and kids' senses of humor wouldn't catch the (alleged) humor.

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Yeah, I don't like that either.

We drove past a nursing home once called Journey's End.
Geez...how depressing!

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I guess it beats "Molesters R' Us," but only barely. I'd much rather see an overly-cutesy name like "Lovin' Care" than I would the "humor" in calling kids "brats." And how would you explain that to a child (assuming one's daycare-using child learns to read before starting kindergarten, as many do)? My child knows the word "brat" because, I admit it, I once referred to another child that way. : (My dd heard me say it; the misbehaving child was miles and days away by then.) She would be horrified if I or her care provider was calling her a "brat" - and kids' senses of humor wouldn't catch the (alleged) humor.
Yeah, I am the same way. I just don't see the humor in it.

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An attempt at humor gone wrong!

My old neighbor used to call his son a "turd" and it drove me nuts...

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I run into this being a military spouse. My kid is 17 and I still correct people when they refer to him as a "military brat."

It really bothers me. Although I should also point out that some military kids use the name as a point of pride and I would never correct one of them. That's their decision. I'm just speaking of people who barely know us and who have no connection to the military.
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Definitely not a name I would ever chose. Wondering if the children are referred to as brats while there. I do not like that at all. I've never called K one and no one else better.

That said, my brother went to a daycare center that was named The Other Mother. My Mother did not like that name at all-but it was a good center otherwise.

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I would not be calling Brats R Us to ask for more info.

I saw a daycare this weekend called Jonestown Day Care, which I thought was pretty unfortunate. I guess a Jonestown Day Care in a community named Jonestown would be okay, but that is not the case here.

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I run into this being a military spouse. My kid is 17 and I still correct people when they refer to him as a "military brat."

It really bothers me. Although I should also point out that some military kids use the name as a point of pride and I would never correct one of them. That's their decision. I'm just speaking of people who barely know us and who have no connection to the military.
I thought it was only the army who (supposedly) had brats, other people had other things? I guess I should refer to the military thread.

Interesting because DH just joined active duty and I noticed that the Army never seems to refer to the kids as "brats" not even on informal literature or in non-official groups, so probably a lot of people feel the way you do. I was kind of worried about it.

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I agree those words are not funny. I personally believe that when we use words that are demeaning in any way to our children, even in jest, it affects the way they view themselves and their self-worth. I try and always use uplifting words, and even if they are misbehaving I do my best to talk about the behavior being inappropriate vs. telling them they are something such as "brat" ect.
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My word.

When I saw this thread title, I was thinking of a couple of daycares that have iffy names -- Candyland Daycare, Mr. Cakes Daycare....but they aren't even in the same league as Brats-R-Us.
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Well, I just had a mom of two tell me both her kids are "horrible. She's horrible. Actually, they're both horrible...." Then she laughed. All of this while they were sitting right there. Maybe she's the target market?
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There is no way I would ever send my child to a daycare with that name. I just wouldn't feel comfortable leaving DD with someone who finds humor in calling children brats. I wonder what else this person feels is acceptable.
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Wow...that's a godawful name for a daycare. I double dog dare you to call and see how many openings she has.

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Good grief. How insulting to LO's!! As soon as I read the name, a huge WTH, came over me!!

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