State to mom: Stop baby-sitting neighbors' kidsLaws gone wild!
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|Carlos44ec - Since 1980!|
|interesting. You do realize this is Michigan we're talking about- they're strange there.|
|Jeremy - 9263 Posts|
I don't think this story is nearly as big of a deal as people are making it out to be, for a couple reasons.
1) Unless you don't think daycare centers should need to be registered/licensed you think that there should be a line somewhere that separates babysitting from daycare. That line isn't nearly as clear cut as people reacting to this story are making it out to be. Even if you said that the line was accepting money, would this situation really be that different if this woman accepted $50 from her friend for doing this every morning*, or even went so far as to ask them to kick in a recurring $10 a week for the kid's share of breakfast?
2) Every level of Government that was notified of this story had the immediate reaction of recognizing that, while she might indeed be in violation of the letter of some law, she clearly didn't violate the spirit of it, and began the process of changing the wording. No one stood up and played the "well, that's the law" card. If anything the angle here is that the government is on her side, and willing to go to bat for her to tweak the wording of a hard to define line.
*Edit: $50 once for watching the kids every morning, not $50 per morning.
|Jeremy screwed with this 2 times, last at 09/30/2009 8:47:02 am|
|Alex - 3619 Posts|
Maybe it would make more sense if the registration/licensing was optional? More of an accreditation type thing.
I'm sure the story is getting blown out of proportion (as long they aren't considering prosecuting her), but I think it just highlights that every one of us probably breaks 10 laws a day unknowingly.
|Matt - Washington Bureau Chief|
|Well, at least three.|
|Scott - 6225 Posts|
Speaking of breaking laws, my apartment complex has a pool with posted rules of use. Without going and checking it right now, I would guess that it consists of about 10 or 12. I counted day the following rules being violated by all the guests:
Glass bottles in the pool area
Food and/or beverage in the pool
One guest per tennant
There were a few more that I can't think of, but at any one time over half of the posted rules were being violated. This just made me think of that.
|Micah - 584 Posts|
Welcome to our OOL. Notice there is no P in it....please keep it that way.
As long as they weren't breaking that one...