Is Your Toddler Boxing at Daycare?

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“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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Is Your Toddler Boxing at Daycare?

Sara McTigue is a secret agent, cupcake chef, award winning author, photographer, and PTA mom. At least, that is how things look in her mind. When she isn’t testing the bounds of her imagination, she is a mom to three amazing and hilariously funny children, wife to a charming and handsome man, and thoroughly addicted to reading. With a BS in English Education and an MA in English Literature, words – and their ability to shape our lives and thoughts – are an everyday fascination. Af ... More

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  1. Profile photo of Sarah Sarah says:

    One of the reasons I’m hesitant to let my son go to day care. I’m scared that something like this will happen while I’m gone. Makes me shutter.

  2. Profile photo of Natalie Natalie says:

    And people wonder why I choose to say no to daycare. This is Horrible!!!!!!!!

  3. Profile photo of ErinF ErinF says:

    Oh wow, that is unconscionable. I can’t believe that grown women would do such a thing–they should never be allowed near children again. I don’t know how we could know that this kind of thing would be happening at a daycare, as they most likely would clean things up for any observing parents. In looking for childcare services, I’d get recommendations from like-minded friends, check up on the center’s reputation online, and observe a session, keeping an eye on the behavior of the kids.

  4. i want to have my baby already

  5. can’t wai to see what my baby is going to do


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