Is Your Toddler Boxing at Daycare?
“He pinched me!” “She tried to bite me!” I hear these things from my children often enough to know that kids sometimes try to resolve their issues physically. However, as a responsible adult, I step in and redirect them to better behaviors.
At a daycare in Dover, Delaware, things were handled much differently. In a cell phone video, taken at the daycare, “police say one child can be heard crying and yelling, ‘He’s pinching me,’ while a daycare worker responds, ‘No pinching, only punching.’” Not exactly the kind of redirection the parents sending their kids to the daycare were hoping for, I’m sure.
Three women, Tiana Harris, 19, Lisa Parker, 47, and Estefania Myers, 21, are facing charges of Assault, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Reckless Endangering and Conspiracy for their involvement in the incident, which pitted two 3 year olds against each other in a fight. Despite the tears and protests of the children, the women encouraged them to continue fighting, with one of the toddlers “pushed back into the fray by one of the adults,” according to Police Captain Tim Stump.
The video has not been released to the public, as it is being used for evidence in an ongoing investigation. Not that it needs to be seen to feel disgust and dismay at the choices made by these so-called caregivers. It is sad to see grown women who care so little about themselves and the lives that they are entrusted with that they will stoop to this level for their own entertainment. These toddlers are not toys to be played with – they are the treasured children of families who trusted these women to watch over them.
There are many wonderful daycare facilities out there, with workers who respect and adore the children in their care. Unfortunately for these families, the staff in question was more Fight Club than Mary Poppins. And it will take more than a spoonful of sugar to make these families feel alright about trusting someone to care for their child again.
What steps do you take to ensure the safety of your child while they are being cared for by someone else?
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