State Decides Mom Can’t Babysit

Is it just me, or does this story scare the hell out of you too? Would someone join with me in telling the government to mind the business of running the country and get out of our personal lives?? We’re way past walking a fine line here.

IRVING TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Each day before the school bus comes to pick up the neighborhood’s children, Lisa Snyder did a favor for three of her fellow moms, welcoming their children into her home for about an hour before they left for school.

Regulators who oversee child care, however, don’t see it as charity. Days after the start of the new school year, Snyder received a letter from the Michigan Department of Human Services warning her that if she continued, she’d be violating a law aimed at the operators of unlicensed day care centers.

Snyder’s predicament has led to a debate in Michigan about whether a law that says no one may care for unrelated children in their home for more than four weeks each calendar year unless they are licensed day-care providers needs to be changed. It also has irked parents who say they depend on such friendly offers to help them balance work and family.

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2 thoughts on “State Decides Mom Can’t Babysit”

  1. Wow. It's one thing to have a law about it for enforcement purposes against companies up to no good, but this is just blatant lack of judgment. Are kids not allowed to have sleepovers either?

  2. Yet another example of the "Nanny State" trying to "protect" us from ourselves. It's time for our government to get back to the Constitution. The Founding Fathers' intent was to limit government involvement in our lives and to protect us from unnecessary intrusion into our lives by said government. After all, they had had enough of that with good ol' King George!

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