I provide home daycare. When I started years ago I fully expected that parents would be missing their kids and want to be with them as much as possible. I expected parents to maybe stop by once in awhile to have lunch with us or take off from work early to surprise jimmy and say "hey kiddo lets you and I go to the park" or take a day off from work to actually tend to their sick child without grumble. Instead I get parents asking me to stay open past the ten hours I already provide. I actually have some parents who are teachers that want to bring their kids across town on icy roads even when they themselves have a snow day just so they can have "me time." And today I had mom bring the brother of a sibling who is home sick - even though dad was at home with the sibling. WTF? Even my teens who got home from school wondered why the other sibling was here if his dad was at home with the other one. And the sibling was not that sick mind you. I think dad just wanted to "get things done around the house" either that or he's a complete boob who can't handle two kids at one time (even though I handle six at once and his two on a regular basis). I think some parents care more about the money they are spending than they do their kids. They want to "get their moneys worth " so to speak . I feel sorry for todays kids. Daycares that open at 6am and close at 6pm are NOT to be used the entire time by one child. Those hours are to accomodate the different work hours and schedules of the different families. Some people have to be at work by 7am and others at 9am. Don't abuse the daycare hours and abuse your kids by sending them there that entire time just so you can go work out or grab groceries after you punch out. Some parents SUCK! I think I'm going to make my hours much shorter and start to charge more as parents don't value me or their kids and I have lost respect for them.