When we left off last, my little Boss Lady was (relatively) comfortably ensconced in a daycare run by a woman with decades of experience under her belt and I was attempting to get over the mommy guilt that comes standard with such an arrangement. I was also making a crucial mistake in service of trying not to be the stereotypical helicopter mommy: ignoring my intuition. It turns out that there was more in the mix than standard anxiety, but, as I wasn't entirely sure at the time that I was being reasonable, I was reluctant to act. Hindsight being what it is, the warning signs are pretty obvious now and I've definitely learned my lesson when it comes to choosing a childcare provider for my daughter. Generous mommy that I am, I'm going to share the benefit of my experience.
Let's call these Calisa's Daycare Do's and Don'ts:
The day I left the hospital with my itty bitty brand new daughter strapped securely into her car seat , I marvelled at the fact that it took just two days for the doctors and nurses to determine that I -- a person who had never been up close and personal with a newborn before -- was qualified to take this precious (and totally defenseless) little person home. "How could they know such a thing?" I wondered, bracing myself for a lifetime of uncertainty.
One year and a few battle scars later, I faced the terrifying prospect of determining whether someone else was qualified to look after that same precious (albeit bigger) human being.
When we left off last week, I was still stinging a bit from the embarrassment of attempting to take my little one to a pedicure appointment and wondering whether it was as insane an endeavour as it seemed in hindsight. To settle the matter once and for all, I decided to poll a few local spas. After consulting the almighty Google, I chose five spas at random; three in the west, one in the east and one in central. I browsed their websites to see if they listed any policies relating to children and then called to follow up.
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