Writer, musician and comedian Em Rusciano has penned a column for News Ltd this week in response to one mum asking her for a bit of advice when it comes to navigating the child care centre landscape. What's normal? What shouldn't be tolerated? What about receiving a bag of poo home with your child? Where does that fall on the acceptability scale? Does it even register?
"Em — help me," the mother wrote. "I am a young mum with kids at daycare. Today, I was greeted with a plastic bag with an entire poo wrapped in princess pink undies with 'Ellie 16/03' written on it.
"Yes my daughter is named Ellie but surely this isn't her soiled undies packaged from three days prior after sitting in a communal 'turd' bucket for all that time! Can I please ask, what would have you have done?"
Rusciano, who is a mum of two, was pretty flabbergasted when she read the above comment. Poo? In a bag? No, thank you very much!
But, as it turns out, this is not all that uncommon, with loads of mums saying that they, too, have received the dreaded poo bag from their little one at the end of a day at child care.
Em says she'd storm into the headmaster's office demanding that it never happen again. But come on, let's face it, child care centre staff do a heck of a lot of work with children and cleaning poo from undies shouldn't be added to the list. My only suggestion is that maybe the undies are chucked in the bin rather than sent home. But that's just a thought.
Poo bags are just half of the story. Here is what else child care centre workers have to deal with.
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