The things that some single parents have to deal with is mind-boggling.
A lot of times it is innocent stuff that can be cleared up in one thirty-second exchange. For example, when I was seven my mother made bean soup for dinner for herself. The reason, my grandmother gave her a really good bean soup recipe the last time we visited.
In my seven-year-old mind, I was convinced that meant we were poor because I had seen on a TV show that the people were noted as being poor because all they could make was bean soup for a family of ten. Anyway, my mother sits down with the teacher and has to have an embarrassing conversation about money because I told my teacher about the bean soup. It was cleared up in ten seconds and everyone had a pretty good laugh.
Single mother Heather Chisum has enough on her mind every day.
Not only does she have two children to raise on her own, but she also had to balance work, friends, and health.
However, her son’s daycare facility took things way too far when they took it upon themselves to write a message to Heather in a dark green marker on the stomach of her young son.
Because she spent so much energy just to keep her family afloat, she was shocked to see the writing on his tummy. But it was there as clear as day.
The note said: “Mom, I’m out of diapers. Please read my report.”
Because the method of relying upon the message was passive-aggressive, Heather was furious. Why didn’t the daycare come out and directly tell her that her son needed his diapers replenished? That’s why Heather took her outrage to Facebook to expose the bizarre daycare tactic and get other parents on her team.
The daycare used a system where they inserted daily reports into her children’s lunchboxes. These reports would update mom on her children’s behavior and other need-to-know things like if her child was running out of diapers. Heather admitted that she must have missed the note from the prior day. She has so much to stay on top of that she just didn’t get to read it thoroughly.
“I’ve scrubbed it with several baby wipes, and it’s not coming off. I had plans to take them to the beach to play, and now I can’t because my son has writing all over him. I’m a single mom with a full-time job and two very young children. Sue me for not reading the report every single day.”
Heather also felt that if the daycare workers really wanted to write on their son, why didn’t they write the note on his diaper?
Heather, who lives in Florida, wished that the school had just communicated better.
“I need opinions. Am I right to be furious about this? Or am I overreacting? I really need your opinions guys, because I’m about to barge in this daycare tomorrow morning and have some words.”