Michigan - Each day before the school bus comes to pick up the neighborhood's children, Lisa Snyder would watch the children of three of her fellow moms for about an hour before they left for school.
This would simply never do.
Regulators who oversee child care 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.
The law 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."
State Rep. Brian Calley, R-Portland, said he was working to draft legislation that would exempt situations like Snyder's from coverage under Michigan's current day care regulations.
"Situations like Snyder's"... this isn't a situation it's an issue of life for people who have kids.
A spokesperson did admit that the law "gets in the way of common sense," but one has to wonder how such a law gets in the books to begin with.
Now as much as I dislike children, as much as I find them to be vile and deplorable creatures who spread disease and auditory discomfort, I do realize the necessity of such beings. Do we really want to discourage those who are gainfully employed, want to stay that way, and want to have children? What do we get otherwise? Welfare moms popping out more and more, dumber and dumber kids driving the collective national IQ toward zero and America back to a time before man was smart enough to use simple tools. Why would such a law be in place? Simply so "day care" agencies can extort more money out of people who don't have it in exchange for shitty mass produced service.
(i.e. throw your kid in a room with 40 other diseased little bastards and pay them no mind for the next 8 hours.)
This is no different than the union thugs who have helped to bankrupt every other industry they get their grimy paws into. If parents trust the person they should be able to leave their child with any person who is reasonably responsible and willing to care for them (with some exceptions obviously but you get the point) for pay or not. There couldn't possibly have been any good intent, poorly faked or otherwise, in the drafting of such a ridiculous law.