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Old 01-18-2011, 08:38 AM
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Default CL Ad: "Two Year Old Wants to Read"

I thought this ad was hysterical! I thought about replying and offering my services, but I don't think I'd meet this parent's standards. Just thought I'd share.....

Here is the ad:
I am looking for someone to help with my almost 2-year-old son from 9am-1pm, M-F. This will be at the public library, where I will be working in another room. I will also consider alternative arrangements at your home.

I am looking for a cross between a big brother/big sister and a tutor for my son.
Applicants can be either male or female. Previous experience with children is a must. Looking to start ASAP.

My son has recently become very interested in learning to read and I am trying to run with it while he is willing. He currently knows about 10 letter sounds and “reads” them whenever he sees a book, magazine, street sign, store display, anything… I would want us to work together to help him reach his full potential.


Each day you are with him I would like you to do the following, while he is interested. Each activity need only be done for a few minutes each day:

reinforce the “letter of the day”
review the letters he already knows
work on sounding out 2-letter combinations (“am”, “me”, “no”, etc.)
introduce simple 3-letter sight words that use combination of these letters (“dog”, “cat”, etc. – be prepared to draw the picture and write the word)
count things in the room
point out colors and shapes

To occupy the rest of the morning, you can:

read to him (favorite)
have conversations with him
play with blocks
play with puzzles
play with toy cars and motorcycles (another favorite)
play nerf baseball, nerf soccer, nerf swordfighting
play “fight” in general
sing songs/nursery rhymes “happy birthday”, “twinkle twinkle little star”, “where is thumbkin?”, etc.
play toy musical instruments and dance (yet another favorite)

If you have an idea for a craft or a simple game and need supplies, we can probably figure out a way to get them.

You guys can have lunch at noon and I will pick him up at 1pm. That realistically makes the working window more like 9am-12pm.

Each day, I will want you to jot down a couple of bullet-points about his reading progress/level of interest in a journal that I will provide. I will review these notes as I choose the next “letter of the day”.

Pay will be $140/wk. Please note: I maintain a “no screens” rule with my son. This means no TV, no video games and no computer. In addition, please avoid cell phone calls/texting during working hours.
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Old 01-18-2011, 08:41 AM
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I thought it was interesting that the "academic" part would only be a few minutes per day, but then she wants a daily bullet-pointed report on her son's reading progress. Oy.
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Old 01-18-2011, 08:42 AM
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wow...part of me wants to hope that she mistyped and means almost 3, 4, or 5 year old...but I'm sure that's too much to hope.
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Old 01-18-2011, 08:42 AM
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LMAO now this is the funniest thing I have seen in a really long time! thank you for sharing.......I am sure her son told her this too......
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Old 01-18-2011, 08:45 AM
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Well, the pay is good, and if you only care for him, it may be possible to try to do what she asks. Although at not even 2, the progress reports that she wants daily would be unimpressive I would think.
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Old 01-18-2011, 08:49 AM
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I find it even funnier that she considers you off the clock at noon since of course you will be eating lunch with her son then. The pay really stinks too; only $7/hr but of course to her instead of a 20 hour week she considers this a 15 hr week b/c you wouldn't be doing anything during lunch (other than watching her son, making ,lunch & cleaning up. . . nope totally off the clock!)
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Old 01-18-2011, 08:50 AM
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Well, the pay is good, and if you only care for him, it may be possible to try to do what she asks. Although at not even 2, the progress reports that she wants daily would be unimpressive I would think.
It''s only $7/hr. . . it would probably be hard to find someone else to watch around those hours unless you wanted 2nd shifters.
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Old 01-18-2011, 08:51 AM
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Well, the pay is good, and if you only care for him, it may be possible to try to do what she asks. Although at not even 2, the progress reports that she wants daily would be unimpressive I would think.
I thought hmmm....maybe.....until I saw the request for reports.....yikes.
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Old 01-18-2011, 08:53 AM
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This one is REALLY good.

Oh my we need a parent translator on this site:

Do you speak parent?

I do

"My child is gifted and special. I want to have you one to one him at my place of work so I can make sure you are feeding his genius on a minute to minute. I want that genius documented every day too. I'm going to have you work for seven dollars an hour part time during prime child care hours then I'm going to nap him for free. The money I would pay for a slot in day care is just going to MY child during awake hours and you no get no pay for nap. See how that works? I'm a genius too."

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Old 01-18-2011, 09:01 AM
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Wow-- I really hope she mistyped his age.
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Old 01-18-2011, 09:07 AM
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how are you going to play nerf and blocks , and feed him while sitting at the library?

or does she expect you to transport back to her house too? of course, that would be free for her too, cause technically, youre only driving, and not really interacting with the child.
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Old 01-18-2011, 09:13 AM
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how are you going to play nerf and blocks , and feed him while sitting at the library?

or does she expect you to transport back to her house too? of course, that would be free for her too, cause technically, youre only driving, and not really interacting with the child.
Wait a minute.

Are you saying an hour lunch with a two year old isn't work?
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Old 01-18-2011, 09:29 AM
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This one is REALLY good.

Oh my we need a parent translator on this site:

Do you speak parent?

I do

"My child is gifted and special. I want to have you one to one him at my place of work so I can make sure you are feeding his genius on a minute to minute. I want that genius documented every day too. I'm going to have you work for seven dollars an hour part time during prime child care hours then I'm going to nap him for free. The money I would pay for a slot in day care is just going to MY child during awake hours and you no get no pay for nap. See how that works? I'm a genius too."

Oh my gosh! Thanks for my laugh of the day!!!
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Old 01-18-2011, 10:16 AM
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It''s only $7/hr. . . it would probably be hard to find someone else to watch around those hours unless you wanted 2nd shifters.
I said good because $140 a week for half days IS good around my area.
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Old 01-18-2011, 11:39 AM
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I said good because $140 a week for half days IS good around my area.
140 a week is good in your area to do one to one off site care of a child?

140 a week is good in my area too but for GROUP half day care not for nanny care especially care that is around and with a parent visable and present at any time.
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Old 01-18-2011, 11:51 AM
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140 a week is good in your area to do one to one off site care of a child?

140 a week is good in my area too but for GROUP half day care not for nanny care especially care that is around and with a parent visable and present at any time.
I used to get paid $20 an hour as a nanny doing less than what she is asking. I was to play with the child from about 9 to 1 pm 3 days a week. All we did was play and have lunch together. Sure the kid learned a lot but I didn't have to document anything or work on a specific letter sound every day. Oh and the parent was close by most of the time and able to come back ASAP if I called for help.
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Old 01-18-2011, 12:02 PM
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nannyde Your parent translation was perfect

And yeah $7 an hour is good for my group daycare - but she is looking for one cheap "TODDLER TUTOR".......hey, maybe there's a market for these parents out there?!
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Old 01-18-2011, 12:04 PM
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how are you going to play nerf and blocks , and feed him while sitting at the library?

or does she expect you to transport back to her house too? of course, that would be free for her too, cause technically, youre only driving, and not really interacting with the child.
I'm not sure the library would appreciate toy helicopters and "play fighting" Oh and that sure is nice to have a "free hour" of lunchtime
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nannyde Your parent translation was perfect

And yeah $7 an hour is good for my group daycare - but she is looking for one cheap "TODDLER TUTOR".......hey, maybe there's a market for these parents out there?!
I am seriously in the wrong business if I could be a tutor to one (gifted)toddler vs all the B.S. I put up with right now.........Of course, I would have to ask for more money than what she is offering but atleast she is good for a laugh!!
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I feel sorry for the little one, Mom seems anal as heck. My oldest daughter was also reading a bit at 2, and had letter recognition and sounds down. We also a no screen home. She is now 29 has a Ph.d in Bio-medical engineering and is on her 2nd year post doc at McGill University in Montreal.
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This parent micro manage much? Sheesh! And the parent translator one had both my husband and I laughing and going what the....

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