Now, I guess all of you do.
I get emails from people interested in our facility---they ask about enrollment, fees, wait lists, the usual.
Sometimes, I get strange emails. Emails that lead me to believe that some people are a little off (that's nice talk for batshit crazy).
It happened the other day, as a matter of fact.
I got the first email, requesting info. No biggie:
Crazy lady: I would like to know approximately how long your wait-list is as well as your current tuition rates.
Me: Attached is our tuition rates for 2013.
What is the age of your child/children?
(Already, a teeny little flag flew----why wouldn't you indicate the age of your child? We don't have "a spot" available, any spot we would have would be very specific: "we have a spot in our infant room", or "Little Johnny would have to wait until Spring for a spot in our Pre-K classroom". This isn't a crane game situation, where we just chuck 'em in, and let the older ones sort it all out. We are a SCHOOL. Not an overhead bin in an airplane.)
Crazy lady: She is 19 months old. Does your center offer potty training or just diaper changing services?
Me: (Wha? Where would she send a child, where it would be expected that, one day her little angel would just arrive in panties, instead of diapers? am I over-thinking this? Are my teachers working too hard? Or do they potty train out of laziness, not wanting to deal with diapers? Flags are a-flyin' at this point. Now, I want to meet her just out of curiosity.) Each age group works to potty train, with assistance from parents. Currently, our toddler room is full. However, spots do open up from time to time, so please fill out the wait-list if you are interested, to get your place in line. Attached is the wait list, you can email it over. Our Infant/tod program director is Ms. (redacted) , she is cc'd in this communication so she is aware you are interested, and so that you have her direct email for inquiry.
Also, you are invited to stop by at any time for a tour to see our program.
(The tour is where they get to decide if we are for them, and, sometimes most importantly, are they right for us. I would rather have a family NOT enroll and potentially lose that money, than deal with someone that throws up red flags. Not enrolling a potential problem for my staff is ALWAYS prudent. No amount of money compensates for a crazy parent that expects perfection from group care.)