How to Ensure a Parent Will Never Enroll Her Child in Your Day Camp Ever Ever Again

On day one, make sure the four-year-old falls off the playground equipment. Be sure it leaves a nasty red mark on her side and a very painful blister on her hand between her thumb and first finger. When her mom picks her up, don’t bother to mention what happened. When the parent notices anyway and asks, be evasive. Instead tell the parent how shy the child was and how she didn’t interact with anyone else in the group.

On day two, discipline the entire group for the misbehavior of a small handful. Don’t bother to mention it to the parents, but wait for the child to tell the mother that she doesn’t get a treat the next day because they were all bad. When the parent comes over to ask you about it, be clear in saying that, no, her child wasn’t bad, in fact she was very very good, but that yes, the rest of the group was very very bad so everybody loses the gym play time the next day.

Okay, I know I’m being a bit harsh. But to say I’m not that impressed with the local community center’s day camp for preschoolers would be an understatement.

On the other hand, the day camps being done by Westminster have been fantastic. Chloe and Katie went last week and I was really impressed with their program. The girls loved it too. Maddie is going this week and is having a blast. Kudos to WCA for exceeding both my expectations and the local community center’s camp.


4 thoughts on “How to Ensure a Parent Will Never Enroll Her Child in Your Day Camp Ever Ever Again

  1. Margaret says:

    That is RIDICULOUS! Not only unfair (punishing all for a few) but also developmentally inappropriate to take away play time because 4-year-olds were probably acting like 4-year-olds.
    I think *I* need to attend Westminster’s day camp, but the drive is a little daunting.


  2. CanCan says:

    Aww. What a bummer for your little one. I really got mad when my son’s teacher didn’t tell me that he had been “disciplined” when I picked him up. Instead she sent home a note crammed into his school bag (hoping I wouldn’t notice?)
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  3. Megan says:

    Three strikes, they are out. I understand seperation anxiety in a child on the first day or two – then it usually goes away. In our case, she didn’t mind being dropped off the first two days. She even agreed to try it again today. We went and as soon as we walked through the door she started crying and began clinging to me. I tried to convince her today would be fun (this was hard to do considering the first two days). The look on her face was very hard to leave there.
    So I crossed her off the sign-in sheet and brought her home. The teacher aide cheerfully suggested we try again tomorrow. I simply said, “No, don’t expect to see her tomorrow.”
    We left. Boo on the Imagination Station. More like the Deflation Station.
    I asked for an evaluation form and was given a little comment card. I said it wouldn’t be long enough…


  4. Nana says:

    Why don’t we arrange for M4 to have some time at Nana & Papa’s house. I’m thinking she “might” have a better time than the community center day camp. (Oh, my mind locked up on me. We live over 350 miles apart and gas is now $4.05 a gallon. This would make an impromptu visit a little expensive. But the thought was nice while it lasted.)


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