It’s not easy to leave your kids in the hands of another person all day long. As a mother, there’s a level of guilt that will never cease to pierce our hearts when it comes to balancing work and life.
It’s a struggle that Heather Chisum knows all too well.
The single mom from Sanibel, Florida works a full-time job to provide for her two young babes, Fin and Milo. She relies heavily on the care and nurturing of others so that she can financially provide for her kiddos.
But this week, Heather took to Facebook outraged after her children’s daycare sent her child home with a message WRITTEN ON HIS CHEST, for the young mom.
“Am I right to be furious about this? Or am I over reacting? I really need your opinions guys, because I’m about to barge in this daycare tomorrow morning and have some words,” the 23-year-old wrote on Facebook Monday night.
Heather says that everyday, the daycare center fills out a memo with various information about the child’s day.
“It says what mood he was in for the day, what times they changed his diapers, and if he needs diapers or wipes.”
“I guess yesterday they wrote on his report that he needs diapers, and I failed to see that. I’m a single mom with a full time job and two very young children,” she continued, “SUE ME FOR NOT READING THE REPORT EVERY SINGLE DAY.”
Heather says that she sees several teachers at drop off and at pick up each and every day, but none of them said anything about her son needing diapers either.
“If I failed to see that he needs diapers a simple, ‘Hey Heather, your son needs diapers, maybe you missed the report,’ would have done the trick,” she says, “From any of the many teachers there I see daily.”
Unfortunately, that was not the way things were handled.
Instead, Heather found a note from the daycare WRITTEN ON HER SON WITH MARKER when she went to change his diaper yesterday afternoon.
The note, which was written across the entire front of the young boy’s body read: “Mom I’m out of diapers pls read my report.”
Heather says after scrubbing several times with baby wipes, the note failed to come off.
“Why a big long message needed to be written across my sons stomach is beyond me,” she said, adding that this isn’t the first time this has happened to her.
Overnight, Heather’s post garnered hundreds of comments and nearly 30,000 shares from appalled parents across the internet.
In a statement, the director of the daycare center said the incident was a breach of professional efforts, and the teacher involved has been fired.
“We are aware of the incident at the school, and we are terribly sorry for the distress it has caused the family involved as well as all of our families. It was a breach of our professional ethics on the part of the teacher,” said Cindy Carter DeCosta, executive Director of the Children’s Education Center of the Islands.
“The school has taken immediate action to remove the teacher from the school. We are reviewing protocols already in place to ensure that nothing like this occurs again. We are proud of our school, love our students, and are eager to make our school a better place as we move forward.”
Heather has since pulled her kids from the daycare center, but is struggling because it’s the only place on Sanibel Island that will take a child her son’s age.
“There’s no other place on the island for someone as young as he is,” she said.
Her post brought hundreds of responses from mothers who are outraged FOR her, many of which have commented with encouragements for the young mom.
A spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Children and Families said the agency is looking into the incident, along with the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida in Fort Myers.