My sister in law gave birth to a healthy baby in January. She stopped working a couple of weeks before the birth. While she worked and before the birth, my niece who just turned two, was sent to daycare from 7:30am until 4:00pm. My SIL had a C section and couldn’t pick up the 2 year old so she continued to go to day care for the 8 weeks. Or that was the impression I got. Now that my SIL has been cleared, they are still sending my niece to be babysat all day, every day.
SIL feels that nursing and watching the two year old is too much for her. They also worry about my niece losing her place in the day care facility if SIL decides to go back to her teaching job after the summer.
I have no problem with kids that have to go to daycare when both parents work but this situation bugs the heck out of me. Why is my niece stuck with strangers up to ten hours per day (My sibling has to drive and pick up most days and doesn’t get out until 5:30pm so she is there even longer).
Now my problem. If they left me out of it, this would be none of my business and they could do what they want with me disapproving silently from afar. The issue now is they want me to take her one to two days a week as my sibling has early meetings. It is not a huge issue for me to take her, a minor inconvenience, but I feel like I am encouraging something I don’t approve of and my niece should be home with her mommy and her new brother.
Does this seem a bit screwy to anyone else?
Do I say anything or just shut up and help out with the drop off?