This Redditor is a working mom who leaves her daughter at the daycare whenever she has work. However, she recently faced backlash for confronting the staff about her child’s nap schedule!
The Importance of Consistent Sleep
OP (Original Poster) is a working mom who leaves her daughter, Emma, at the daycare whenever she goes to work. She explained that she put a lot of importance on the value of a “consistent sleep schedule” for her child.
Because of this, she gave the daycare specific instructions about her daughter’s nap schedule and needs.
She wrote, “It’s important for her health and happiness to have a consistent routine.”
OP then explained that Emma had been attending the same daycare for months. Recently, though, she noticed that her nap schedule was being “disrupted,” and she couldn’t pinpoint the reason.
However, OP suspects that the daycare staff “weren’t following her instructions properly” when it came to Emma’s very specific nap schedule.
So, she set up a meeting with the daycare director to discuss her concerns.
During their meeting, OP learned that the staff was not adhering to her instructions to the T. Instead, they made Emma nap alongside the rest of the group at the same time, “regardless of their individual needs.”
OP is furious that they didn’t listen to her instructions. So, she expressed her “disappointment” in the staff’s “lack of attention” to Emma’s needs.
OP’s mad, but so are the members of the daycare staff. The director also told OP that she was “overreacting.”
I Don’t Think So
However, for OP, it was only right that she got mad and tried to correct the daycare’s mistakes.
She wrote, “I feel that my child’s well-being and development are being compromised, and I am not being heard.”
Demanding an Apology
Neither side wants to give in. In fact, the daycare staff are expecting an apology from OP after how she reacted.
She asked, “Did I go too far here?”
Redditors are quick to label OP as the one in the wrong in this scenario.
One user pointed out, “You’re the a**hole. Surely you were given information about the nap schedule when you enrolled. Most daycares do not cater to each child’s personal nap routine. They do one nap time for all, and families have to just accept and adjust to that if they want to stay with that facility.”
It’s Not Feasible
Some users also mentioned that catering to each child’s nap schedule is simply not feasible.
“Like, do you know how nap time works in a daycare? Usually, it’s in the main room. How exactly are they supposed to let each child nap at their parents’ preferred time? There’s this thing called a schedule that they follow,” wrote one Redditor.
What Did You Do?
People are also doubtful that OP was civil in how she handled things.
One asked, “And how much of a s*** show did OP throw such that the staff is expecting an apology?” Another said, “I didn’t think about that. How big of a tantrum do you have to throw that people who spend all day around screaming toddlers want an apology for your behavior?”
You Have to Be the One to Adjust
Some Redditors noted that OP had to adjust her schedule to match the daycare. Else, Emma wouldn’t have a daycare to go to at all.
“If OP doesn’t wisen up, the child won’t have a daycare at all. OP, you’re the a**hole. Daycare, preschool, and nursery school will have a single naptime built into the day’s schedule. All the kids will be asked to nap at that time or at least lie down and be quiet and rest. Change your weekend schedule to match the daycare if you’re really rigid about the sleeping schedule,” one user advised.
OP was also advised to wake up to reality. She needs to put herself in the shoes of the daycare staff.
One man said, “I’m picturing the already-overworked daycare workers trying to put a dozen kids down at specific times over the course of an hour or so and then trying to wake them up gently enough not to wake the other kids in the room. Sweet s***, OP, recognize what you’re asking for and compare it to what’s possible.” Another said, “Also, naptime is usually the only break they get to eat, pee, and plan for the rest of the day.”
Was OP asking for too much? What should she do?
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This post first appeared as An Entitled Mother Confronted a Daycare for Making Her Daughter Nap With Everyone Else Instead of on Her “Specific” Individual Schedule. She’s Furious the Staff Weren’t “Following Her Instructions Properly.” on Quote Ambition.