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If You’re A Daycare Teacher Venting That You ‘Hate Kids’ You Might Not Want To Vent On Facebook

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Here is a topic that hits a little close to home for me and for any parent who leaves their child at daycare while they go to work everyday. A single mother in Texas had just started a new job working as a teacher in a daycare center and took to Facebook immediately to report how much she didn’t like it and also, that she hates kids. Nice, right? The post was shared by enough people that it got back to the daycare center and she was fired. This might make me sound cruel but firing her was the exact right thing to do.

Kaitlyn Walls was actually fired the day before she even started for being a complete moron on Facebook. We could defend her and say the privacy settings are confusing but I’m not going to. If you’re dumb enough to do what she did, you shouldn’t be trusted with small children all day. From Jezebel:

Kaitlyn Walls, a 27-year-old mom who lives in the Colony, a suburb north of Dallas, told CBS-DFW that she was fired the day her new job was supposed to start, over a post that read, “I start my new job today, but I absolutely hate working at day care.” She followed that up with, “Lol, it’s all good, I just really hate being around a lot of kids.”

Oh, that really clears things up! She just really hates being around a lot of kids, guys! That’s why she took a job at a DAYCARE. I’m sorry, but no. I understand venting about work and feeling like your Facebook page is a private place for you to do as you please but firstly, it’s not. If you don’t have your privacy settings locked down, it is definitely not private. And if you work with children, maybe you should, I don’t know, LIKE THEM? I realize sometimes people get a degree in education and discover down the line that it’s not their thing but it makes me highly question a teacher’s judgment if she’s telling her Facebook world she hates kids right after taking a job working with them.

Apparently, Kaitlyn’s social media faux pas became an issue after her post was shared in a neighborhood yard sale page with over 8000 people. Sure, it sounds like this happened in a rather gossipy way and according to Jezebel, insults were lobbed her way, which I don’t think was at all necessary. However, the daycare absolutely did the right thing in letting her go. If this was out there for parents to hear about, they had to take firm action immediately.

When I used to send my kids to daycare, I literally prayed their teachers were kind to them. They were too little to tell me if they weren’t so I just took the giant leap of faith that all parents do when they trust someone else to care for their child and hoped for the best. Luckily, we had mostly wonderful teachers who clearly loved what they did (or at least didn’t make a show of saying otherwise) and we felt secure leaving our kids in their care. We had one instance of a disgruntled teacher who left me with an awful feeling every day when I dropped our son off and as it turned out, I was not the only parent who sensed her discontent. After several parents interviewed with the director, this teacher was let go and it was unquestionably the right thing to do.

Taking care of little ones all day is not folding shirts at a retail store or answering emails in a cubicle. These teachers do have a very difficult job and they have all of my respect for doing it but it’s not an occupation you can carelessly complain about in a somewhat public way and not expect repercussions. The director owed it to the parents leaving their kids at the center everyday to let Kaitlyn go. It’s hard enough to worry about your child in daycare without having to think about them being with someone who doesn’t even like being around them.

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