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10 Crazy Questions People Ask Daycare Providers

You know, travelling around town with 5 toddlers and a baby on your back always draws alot of attention.  Most people assume that the children all belong to one family, and that you are the parent of this tiny hoard of children.  And with most of the kidlets calling you some version of “Mama”, it’s easy to see how they could be mistaken.

Sometimes it’s easy enough to politely correct the well-intentioned curious stranger, but other times, it’s so much fun to play along!

These are all questions that I’ve been asked at one time or another.

1.  Wow, are they ALL yours?

Right now, they are!

2. He has your eyes!

Thank you, but I’m not sure how he got them.

3. Looks like her father is Italian/Asian/Some other ethnicity that you don’t look like.

I’m not sure, I’ve never really met her father.  I mean, I’ve seen him once or twice, but that’s it.

4. How do you take care of so many little ones all day?

Lots of coffee, chocolate, and non-negotiable naptimes.

5. They must keep you on your toes! 

Yep, they keep me out of trouble.

6. How old is he?

17 months.  No wait, 18 months.  Nope — 20 months.  Yes, 20 months.  I think.

7. I hope your husband helps you with all of these children.

Oh no, not at all.  It’s not his job, after all.

8. Aren’t you missing one of your daughters?  Where is she?

Hmm, I’m not sure what she’s up to today, actually.

9. What adorable children, you must be so proud!

Thank you, yes, I am.  I take all the credit.

10. I could never do what you do all day!

I could never do what YOU do all day!


Are you a home daycare provider?  What crazy questions have you been asked while out with your daycare kiddos?

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Megan is a WAHM to 3 (and then some) kids, who spends the majority of her time working as an Administrative Assistant, blogging and washing dishes. She loves to write about her adventures in parenting, running a home daycare, adoption and whatever else strikes her fancy!


  1. listen2mama

    Love you answers! Great way to answer back at many times, inappropriate people!

  2. Susan Maccarelli

    Hahaha! I assume they are all similar ages. Do they think you had octuplets?

  3. 3sonshavei

    This is great-love the husband help as if he is hired help! 🙂 http://www.parentinghealthy.com/

  4. Adult Side of Disney

    Love these answers! Made me chuckle!

  5. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    I have never had my kids in day care, but that sounds like things I would ask 🙂

  6. Mrs. Jilly Fisher

    lol I love how people just assume things sometimes! Made me laugh!

  7. maggiesblog2

    This made me laugh! At least you have a good sense of humor about it!

  8. Louise

    Has your eyes? Love it. I’ll pass this on to my daycare provider – who is amazing – and will get a good laugh at this 🙂

  9. Simple Mama (@simplemama2013)

    It is so easy to make quick assumptions! Love your answers to these!

  10. Yona Williams

    lol..I bet you get a few funny looks after you answer certain questions. In my high school babysitting days, I babysat five kids at one time, but that is as far as I’ve gone for being responsible for a group of children.

  11. eliz frank

    What a riot! I can’t imagine being so calm and collected when these questions get thrown at you.

  12. Aimee fauci

    I’ve had people count my kids as they pass us and giggle and say…wow that’s a lot of kids. I think it’s fun to confuse people .

  13. mommyemjay

    I love “how do you handle all the little ones?” Patience Persistence and Passion

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