And today in the strangest news you’ve heard all day.
A babysitter in Victoria, BC called the police on Monday after the small child she was watching allegedly kicked and tried to strangle her. Say what?
The babysitter, who is an adult, barricaded herself on the apartment’s balcony and left the child inside, alone, while she waited for police.
Constable Mike Russell, spokesman for the Victoria police, said that officers were called to the apartment after the 911 call was placed by the babysitter.
Russell said that the child is suspected to have mental health issues. This could obviously have played a role in the incident. The babysitter was not seriously injured and, due to the child’s age, they are not likely to face any charges.
My knee jerk reaction: what was this babysitter thinking? Was she actually afraid for her safety? Was she overreacting? I spent two years as a nanny and faced my fair share of outbursts, sometimes even physical ones. But not once did I fear for my safety.
My second thought: if this child is suffering from mental health issues, then the parents should have also found a babysitter who was fit to deal with those issues. Children with special needs have, surprise, surprise, special needs. And this includes a care giver that is capable of handling the various situations that may arise.
Also, as a parent, I hate the idea of my child being alone in the house while the babysitter is locked away, anywhere for any reason. It defeats the whole purpose of having a babysitter.
It’s hard to judge the situation with so little information available but I have a hard time getting behind the babysitter on this one… finding a good, reliable sitter really is so hard!