27 March 2008

The Baby Whisperer

Gabriel is enrolled in tap dancing.

Gabriel's daycare provider mystifies me.  She has, at any given time, up to 5 2-year-olds, a 1-year-old, and a six month old baby.  Today she took four of those 2-year-olds and the 1-year-old to see Horton Hears a Who.  By herself.  And they were good.  They sat through the movie.  They enjoyed it.  They behaved.  I believe this.  Because I have been to her house, and I have seen the rowdy toddlers completely in line - very happy, but coexisting peacefully with one another, not shouting "no" or "mine."  Playing, well-behaved.  

My sister and I go over this regularly.  Our kids don't act like they're drugged.  They love it there, and are always happy to see her, and toddlers don't exactly hide their feelings well.  

But someone please explain to me what it means when she says that they have tap dancing on Tuesdays, and not to worry because she has tap shoes for all of the kids.  And what does it mean when she says that they join a summer bowling league?  And that they all do swim lessons together?  And that they go out to lunch?  And that they run errands, to the bank, to COSTCO?!?!?  That she's going to potty train all of them this summer, provided their parents agree to go along with it at home?

I can barely handle one two-year-old.  Let alone five tap dancing two-year-olds.


  1. I'm always impressed with daycare workers. She's probably been doing it for years and knows what works. Plus, kids always act better when they aren't around their parents for some reason.

    And she's going to potty train them?! That's awesome!

  2. Wow. This makes me think of a few things. 1) Zack took tap when he was little and looooved it. 2)I'm constantly told that the kids I watch are a completely different animal when I'm not around- and I can see it just when the parents are around for more than five minutes or the grandparents show up. I don't think it's because I'm "better" at controlling them or anything- but I do think there's something to the theory that it's easier to stay consistently patient when you know you get to go home at the end of the day to a child-free zone.