So I have two kids I'm watching this year. They are brothers. One is home sick with dad today but mom still brought the sibling on her way to work. This makes me angry for many reasons and I'm thinking of adding it to my policy that if one sibling is home sick then the other has to stay home as well. First of all the sibling has probably been exposed to what the other has just isn't showing signs yet. Second, if a parent is already staying home then why not use that time to be with BOTH kids? Even though I'm paid whether they attend or not its not the QUANTITY of time your paying for its the QUALITY I provide. If mom had kept both kids home she would be giving me a much needed day off. Something I'd appreciate right now before the holidays. I never get a bonus over Christmas break and i don't make the parents pay for the time I'm closed over Christmas either. But back to the kids - why do parents not WANT to spend time with these babies? Does dad find it too hard to take care of his two children for one afternoon? If so then maybe I should call DHS on him. Even if i were home sick from work I'd keep my kids home from daycare with me. These are not school age kids these are babies and toddlers we are talking about and that time goes by way to quick. Parents are going to MISS these years with their kids. The two boys spend 45 plus hours with ME monday through Friday. And I don't fall for the "we want to keep the healthy one away form the sick one" excuse. Your kid is more likely to catch something here at daycare than they are at home. When one of my own three kids got sick when they were all little I didn't send the others away. Also, I have parents who just OVER USE daycare in general. I'm not a babysitting service. Call grandma if you want to go work out, get your hair done or get things done around the house. You as a parent should be WANTING to make up for all the time you're gone from your little ones while you were working. They are little for such a short time and soon they will be in school. Why not sacrifice and put as much time as you can into your babies that you CHOSE to have instead of dumping them on me every chance you get? I'm here to provide a service and make money but I'm a child ADVOCATE first and when parents over use my daycare I feel like I'm actually providing something that if just bad for society. It's making me want to quit providing home daycare. Parents need to start being more concerned about the children AND about ME than they are about "getting their moneys worth."