I love my job, I really do. It’s rewarding in so many ways. I’m able to stay home. I have almost every holiday off and I never work weekends or evenings. I get to watch children grow and learn and discover new things about the world and themselves. I love watching my youngest daycare boy play in the sand box and in the summer, play in his pool. I have had him since he was 6 weeks old and he’s 21 months now. I love him as I do with every child that comes and goes.
With this one it is different though. This one has come with parents that don’t put a whole lot of energy into anything really. Especially when it comes to their children. I feel bad about writing this only because I can not fathom the thought of not wanting to spend time with your kids or making sure they are as well developed as they should be. He is such a cute, sweet boy with so much love to give. And he’s very well behaved. He never wants to go to his Mom when she picks him up and I know for a fact he does not get bathed like he should. I will say to her, ” he needs a bath tonight, he is covered in sunblock, bug spray, sand and sweat.” He will however come back the next morning in the same clothes he left in. The same dirt under his nails, the same bug spray covering his little body. I will feel so bad that I immediately put him in the bath myself. I have done this many times. And you would think after telling his Mom that I gave him a bath she would get the hint…NO she does not.
Above and beyond all that it has now become a developmental problem I am seeing with Andrew. I work with him constantly and even if I wasn’t, at this age he should be at least mimicking more things. Talking to him he seems lost. I’m afraid there is something not clicking, mentally. Something isn’t right and I do not know how to approach this issue with his parents. You can sit him in a room and he won’t move, you can ask him a very simple question that he should understand and he just looks at you like you are speaking foreign to him. I know every kid is different in their pace for learning and comprehension. He says Dadda for dad but that’s it. Nothing else. I can not take him to the doctor. His parents have never asked me what our daily activities are or even hinted that they were concerned about this issue.
What do I do??? I have to address this issue for the benefit of Andrew. I just don’t know how to go about doing so.