I appreciate you.

I appreciate leaving my child in the hands of people who actually enjoy other people’s children. I appreciate the break from mommy-monotony. I appreciate your consistency, availability, and willingness to serve. I agree that you have a rare gift, and am thankful for you every day.

However. I can’t help but notice a few things that might be making your job harder, and are certainly making my job harder. If you will allow me:

  1. Crayola markers are not washable. If they do not say “washable” on the package, they are not.
  2. Crayons are actually still fun for a three year old and mostly harmless when my child becomes distracted with one in her hand. There is no need to introduce markers to my child who still sometimes forgets to wipe when she’s on the potty.
  3. I agree that finger-painting is an integral part of the pre-school tactile learning development. This is why I send her to pre-school. I’m not sure that finger-painting is a necessary activity on Sunday mornings when she, and others, are wearing church clothes.
  4. The above actually widely applies to most arts and crafts.
  5. My baby is not crying because his diaper is wet. (I actually have yet to meet a child who cries because of a wet disposable diaper. When they say those things are built to wick away moisture, they aren’t lying.) Poop? Sure. Hunger? Certainly. Tired? Most likely. There have been days that he’s well fed, well rested, and poop free, and I caught that diaper so full it was hanging down to his knees. He never once complained.
  6. If there is a liquid in a cup, it will be spilled. No matter what. Therefore, water is a perfectly acceptable drink option. And I’m not a Nazi about apple juice, though the idea that it is “healthy” is a lie, but for the love of all things natural and mess-free, can we please just say no to red Kool-aid and Hawaiian Punch?
  7. If the paint on the picture is too wet or the chalk is too chalky to leave the picture in the classroom, the same principle also applies to taking it home in the car. I refer again to #2.

Again. I appreciate you. I appreciate the break. I’m truly happy to see that my child is whole, healthy, and happy after a few hours away from me. I’m not seeking an outlet for artistic exploration, nor am I leaving responsibility training up to you. I would be perfectly happy if she did nothing but roll a ball and build a tower out of blocks in that time.

Am I asking for too much?

An Open Letter To The Church Nursery
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  • In our church, if you use the nursery services you are required to work in that area too. But the reality is that about 80% of the parents who are using the nursery do not help. This is very frustrating for those of us that help (not because we love kids), but because we feel is only fair (or maybe stupid in some people’s eyes). Not sure if that is the case in your church. What I do know is that for those of us that help, using all of the items mentioned above, is our way of “paying it forward” to those parents that don’t help! Hehehe……

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