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Old 03-12-2013, 01:14 PM
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you've been asked during an interview? LOL, just curious. Another post brought the question to mind.
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Old 03-12-2013, 01:20 PM
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We rock our 4 year old (giant kid, too) to sleep and hold him while he sleeps, and would expect you to do the same.

Really.
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Old 03-12-2013, 01:24 PM
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I once had a couple tell me to lock their special needs children in my son's bedroom in the afternoons after school.

Also, not child care related, but I do petsitting as well over the summer...and I once had a dog owner tell me that she sits on the floor and spoon feeds her dog at mealtimes, and wanted me to do the same.
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Old 03-12-2013, 01:26 PM
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WOW spoon feed her dog!! And the locking in a bedroom is bad too. I'm bad at hiding my emotions, I can only imagine the look of shock on my face if someone said that!!
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Old 03-12-2013, 01:28 PM
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This wasn't during an interview but I once had a parent ask me if she could pay me "a little extra" if I would reinstate her school age DS's privileges to go outside without my direct supervision......he had lost them the day before for throwing rocks at passing cars.

Um, no.
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Old 03-12-2013, 01:38 PM
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The woman who threatened to take us to small claims court, after she wanted her non-refundable deposit back because we refused to get extra vaccinations that she demanded that we have. BTW All our staff are vaccinated, these were just superfluous vaccines (flu, whooping cough, chicken pox - etc).

A phone call from the mom whose child was so highly allergic to milk that if he mouthed a toy that had been touched by the saliva of a child who had recently had a bottle - he would go into anaphylactic shock. So could we wipe out each child's mouth after each bottle and wait 15 min before they play with toys.

The mom who wanted her child brought to the potty, undressed, and sat on the potty every 15 min. A process that would easily take 10 minutes.
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The woman who threatened to take us to small claims court, after she wanted her non-refundable deposit back because we refused to get extra vaccinations that she demanded that we have. BTW All our staff are vaccinated, these were just superfluous vaccines (flu, whooping cough, chicken pox - etc).

A phone call from the mom whose child was so highly allergic to milk that if he mouthed a toy that had been touched by the saliva of a child who had recently had a bottle - he would go into anaphylactic shock. So could we wipe out each child's mouth after each bottle and wait 15 min before they play with toys.

The mom who wanted her child brought to the potty, undressed, and sat on the potty every 15 min. A process that would easily take 10 minutes.
OMGoosh! I think you win!
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This was the most uncomfortable question - "So how do you feel about little Johnny having 2 moms?" This was at the end of the interview, after this other woman had been sitting through the interview not really contributing. Hello? How about introducing yourself that way? I have no problem with it, my MIL has a partner, but the way they went about bringing this up was totally weird.
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I was once asked to spoon feed a perfectly able 4 year old. Mom also asked if she could stop by throughout the day and "hang out". NEXT!
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This was the most uncomfortable question - "So how do you feel about little Johnny having 2 moms?" This was at the end of the interview, after this other woman had been sitting through the interview not really contributing. Hello? How about introducing yourself that way? I have no problem with it, my MIL has a partner, but the way they went about bringing this up was totally weird.
Why did they wait until the end of the interview?? Why not just say , hi I'm so and so and this is my PARTNER. No big deal.
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*I was allowed to 'spank' a child when they were bad.
*Was my rate of $125 per week or PER MONTH? Ok that one busted me up! Yeah I will feed your child, watch them all day and do activities with them and learning things and supply it all for less than $7 a week!
*Can I make their child breakfast...as in scrambled eggs, toast, etc all while accepting other children and putting school kids on a bus.
*Would I take a children on a trial run for free for a week....or two

My fav interview was when the person wanted to know what church I attended, my hobbies were and what I did on the weekends during my free time. My husband told me I should respond with "Well, I don't believe in God, I like to do drugs outside of the local strip joint and on my free days I stand on a street corner selling, well, anything anyone wanted". I didn't think that would go over well so I just stopped emailing back and told her I was full! What I do outside of my work time isn't their business.
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*I was allowed to 'spank' a child when they were bad.
*Was my rate of $125 per week or PER MONTH? Ok that one busted me up! Yeah I will feed your child, watch them all day and do activities with them and learning things and supply it all for less than $7 a week!
*Can I make their child breakfast...as in scrambled eggs, toast, etc all while accepting other children and putting school kids on a bus.
*Would I take a children on a trial run for free for a week....or two

My fav interview was when the person wanted to know what church I attended, my hobbies were and what I did on the weekends during my free time. My husband told me I should respond with "Well, I don't believe in God, I like to do drugs outside of the local strip joint and on my free days I stand on a street corner selling, well, anything anyone wanted". I didn't think that would go over well so I just stopped emailing back and told her I was full! What I do outside of my work time isn't their business.
I was also told to spank a child when they were bad. I couldn't believe it. But looking back... Those were some naughty kids. Lol
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I am a Christian woman and my business is Christian operated (it even has CHRISTIAN in the name!).

I had a woman interview here who asked, "Do you cram Christianity down their throats?" verbatim. I was so shocked that all I could do was blink for a couple of seconds. I eventually answered that I am a Christian who teaches the children from a Christian viewpoint, we do read the Bible daily, we memorize Bible verses, we memorize the 10 Commandments, we do sing Christian songs, we do pray at every meal, etc. She didn't like that.
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A first time mother of a baby asked me several times during interview if I was SURE I knew how to measure formula........I had already told her I had been doing daycare longer than she had been alive and have 4 kids of my own......

When she wanted me to to prove I knew how by making a bottle right in front of her, I showed her the door.
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