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Re: S/o What constitutes sick? - Question of Priorities
« Reply #15 on: June 10, 2013, 02:48:57 PM »
20 C is 68 F, so that's a gorgeous day for playing outside.
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Re: S/o What constitutes sick? - Question of Priorities
« Reply #16 on: June 10, 2013, 02:59:22 PM »
I don't see the harm in it. As long as she's watching the kids and making sure they are safe then I think letting them have some time out in the sun on a lovely day is a great idea. Also, I believe that it's important for children to learn to amuse themselves sometimes and not to depend on solely on adults for their entertainment. It can help to develop their imagination!

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Re: S/o What constitutes sick? - Question of Priorities
« Reply #17 on: June 10, 2013, 03:44:21 PM »
I guess I just worried she wasn't paying due attention to the little ones.  Maybe I just need to chill out!  Lol!
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Re: S/o What constitutes sick? - Question of Priorities
« Reply #18 on: June 10, 2013, 04:04:26 PM »
I wouldn't say anything unless she suddenly started bragging about things like downing pints while the kids ran around, taking the kids to a casino while she played roulette, etc.

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« Reply #19 on: June 10, 2013, 04:08:33 PM »
I guess I just worried she wasn't paying due attention to the little ones.  Maybe I just need to chill out!  Lol!

Yeah, I think the word "sunbathing" may have triggered the association of "being lazy", "half asleep", "distracted",... in you? Could that be true?
But keep in mind there is also "being lazy and chillin' together with the children" which can be very nice. Especially if the children get to play in the garden a bit.
And truely, kids don't need a huge fancy garden or a park or a playground to build a nice outside experience. When I was little, we only had a really small front lawn with a few flowers but in my mind it was a whole jungle to explore.

And when I took walks with my granddad in the "forest" that was (in hindsight) only a few dozen trees and shrubs, he also often just sat down on a bench and enjoyed a bit of rest while I was running back and forth between exploring on my own and getting back to tell him what I had seen. You can help children develop just by "being around" when they need a sounding board for what they're learning in relative freedom.


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Re: S/o What constitutes sick? - Question of Priorities
« Reply #20 on: June 10, 2013, 04:26:28 PM »
Amava, that's it! That's what I could not quite articulate.  It just made me wonder how much attention she was paying to the kids. I know she gives them free play as well as structured,  which is great. Just the word sunbathing kind of skeeved me a bit. Had the status said "Catching some sun whilst watching the minded kids play"or something like that,  I doubt I would have given it a second thought!

Yeah,  probably just me! 
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Re: S/o What constitutes sick? - Question of Priorities
« Reply #21 on: June 10, 2013, 06:17:33 PM »
I guess I just worried she wasn't paying due attention to the little ones.  Maybe I just need to chill out!  Lol!

Yeah, I think the word "sunbathing" may have triggered the association of "being lazy", "half asleep", "distracted",... in you? Could that be true?
But keep in mind there is also "being lazy and chillin' together with the children" which can be very nice. Especially if the children get to play in the garden a bit.
And truely, kids don't need a huge fancy garden or a park or a playground to build a nice outside experience. When I was little, we only had a really small front lawn with a few flowers but in my mind it was a whole jungle to explore.


This is sort of what I was thinking. The "sunbathing" may have been more about "being in my swimsuit/shorts & tank, and deliberately sitting in the sun since I'm out here watching them play with each other anyway" and less about "not having my mind on my job."

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Re: S/o What constitutes sick? - Question of Priorities
« Reply #22 on: June 10, 2013, 07:17:34 PM »
One of the perks of doing daycare is being able to be outside with the children. I would be happy to hear that my 2 yo was enjoying some outside time!

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Re: S/o What constitutes sick? - Question of Priorities
« Reply #23 on: June 10, 2013, 07:30:53 PM »
20 C is 68 F, so that's a gorgeous day for playing outside.

I think the only real problem was her word choice. If she had posted the the same picture with the caption enjoying the sun while the kids play. It wouldn't have been so off.

I had to laugh at the above - 68 degrees why the kids have to wear their heavy coats they could catch their death in that - at least that is what some of our parents say when we take the kids out to recess and it is below 80 here in subtropic Houston.
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Re: S/o What constitutes sick? - Question of Priorities
« Reply #24 on: June 10, 2013, 11:17:08 PM »
Amava, that's it! That's what I could not quite articulate.  It just made me wonder how much attention she was paying to the kids. I know she gives them free play as well as structured,  which is great. Just the word sunbathing kind of skeeved me a bit. Had the status said "Catching some sun whilst watching the minded kids play"or something like that,  I doubt I would have given it a second thought!

Yeah,  probably just me!

I think it probably is, I would be pleased that they were outside getting their vitamin d. I think if you are parsing your childcare provider's status updates for what essentially amounts to semantics that's a bit much. It's not like she took them to the pub or anything. 

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Re: S/o What constitutes sick? - Question of Priorities
« Reply #25 on: June 10, 2013, 11:24:27 PM »
I honestly don't see an issue here.

My backyard neighbour (very large yard) runs a large, well-regarded daycare, and on nice-weather days, the kids are spending a lot of time running around and using the playground equipment.  The child-minders seem to spend a lot of the time sitting in chairs observing (okay, I'm not using binoculars but this is what I see in passing), but only intervening when necessary.  I'd be flabbergasted if someone criticized any of them for "sunbathing" when they were simply observing kids at free play.

I guess daycare operators really can't win...

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Re: S/o What constitutes sick? - Question of Priorities
« Reply #26 on: June 10, 2013, 11:31:04 PM »
I honestly don't see an issue here.

My backyard neighbour (very large yard) runs a large, well-regarded daycare, and on nice-weather days, the kids are spending a lot of time running around and using the playground equipment.  The child-minders seem to spend a lot of the time sitting in chairs observing (okay, I'm not using binoculars but this is what I see in passing), but only intervening when necessary.  I'd be flabbergasted if someone criticized any of them for "sunbathing" when they were simply observing kids at free play.

I guess daycare operators really can't win...


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Re: S/o What constitutes sick? - Question of Priorities
« Reply #27 on: June 10, 2013, 11:57:33 PM »
Actually, I would be a little mad.  Even during free play, the child should be supervised, especially in heat.  The job she is payed for is to watch the child, not sunbath.  That can be done on her own time.  If you choose to bring this up, I would tell her you saw her posting and would prefer her to be supervising and interacting with the child, not sunbathing. 

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Re: S/o What constitutes sick? - Question of Priorities
« Reply #28 on: June 11, 2013, 12:03:06 AM »
Actually, I would be a little mad.  Even during free play, the child should be supervised, especially in heat.  The job she is payed for is to watch the child, not sunbath.  That can be done on her own time.  If you choose to bring this up, I would tell her you saw her posting and would prefer her to be supervising and interacting with the child, not sunbathing.

Uh? How do you know she wasn't supervising? She said she was doing it while the kids were there? Does she have to sit in the shade covered up while she's watching the kids?

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Re: S/o What constitutes sick? - Question of Priorities
« Reply #29 on: June 11, 2013, 12:38:38 AM »
My DD's daycare providers were not allowed to have their cell phones on them while on the clock, and even during free time they were to be supervising.  Two of the ladies in one room were always chit chatting instead of watching and there were instances of injuries that they had no idea what happened because they were busy talking instead of watching.  They were both let go because they didn't understand that just because it was free play, they didn't have to still be supervising.   If I pay someone a good chunk of change to watch my child, they better be watching my child, not posting on FB they are sunbathing while the kids play.  That's just me though...