I give up. Our co-op is driving me bonkers. Our co-op is designed for kids 13 and under. We've been members for 5 years now. My kids love it. I HATE it. I teach classes, which are successful (for older kids, little ones give me hives). A few years ago I agreed to do the 'director' stuff because I'm good with a computer and am organized. I don't see why a director needs to be available all day every day at co-op. But apparently it's to hold the mom's hands and boss them around. Personally, I think if everyone acts like a grown-up then all will be good.
Tuesday I had to remain at the end of the day, in order to clean up the poop some kid had smeared ALL over the bathroom. And I do mean alllllll over. So, I sent out (another) email asking parents to please keep track of their little ones, again remainding them that the policy is that all children under 7 need an adult with them all day, in every class. And that families with more than one child need to communicate with the teachers. Since our teachers are parents, they don't feel comfortable leaving the class to go searching for a wayward parent.
Of course no one took credit for poop-gate. Insead I get a call from one of the moms about our end of day play class for the preschoolers. It's meant to just give the youngest members something to do while the older kids finish their final classes of the day. The original teacher quit after the 4th day. Which I can understand since children under age 7 make me crazy..lol..but I didn't understand when she said these kids don't listen. In my mind barely any child that age (and it was a class for the under 6 y/o's) will 'listen'. But this week we got a new parent in there as the ring leader....er...teacher. And apparently she was traumatized as well. Mostly because there is one family that has 2 children in the class. The mom sits in on the class with her youngest (an infant), but apparently doesn't step in if her children are running about like little mental patients. When asked this week she nodded her head vaguely and said something like, "kids will be kids". This horrified many moms aparently and made them question her compentency.
Though I don't get why they are surprised. See, I watch 19 kids and counting with equal parts amazement & horror (the horror is trying to put mysef in her shoes of course..lol.) So when the mom's were concerned that this mother isn't altogether there, I just gently reminded them that she has 13 kids....she probably just didn't recognize those two..lol...I feel like I have dementia after 2, so it makes sense to me?
So I guess I don't appreciate the problem, but aside from the email I sent this week reminding everyone to keep eyes on their own, I'm not sure whatelse everyone expects. What would you do?