As Laura Mazza points out, she doesn’t even have to tell you which set of instructions came from her and which came from her husband.
As the mom from Australia, who blogs at Mum on the Run, wrote on Facebook, she and her husband were on their way to a wedding. That meant leaving their children with a babysitter. And that meant leaving behind instructions.
“Oh the anxiety of leaving your children with someone is real, right?” Mazza wrote. “I’m almost tempted not to go out but it’s a wedding so we have rsvp’ed.”
Mazza shared her instructions side-by-side with her husband’s in an image that perfectly encapsulates the difference between moms and dads.
Her husband’s instructions are just a set of three emergency numbers.
Mum vs dad in information for the babysitter.I don’t even need to tell you which is which. Oh the anxiety of leaving…
Mazza, however, has emergency numbers, bedtimes, and notes about each child’s bedtime routine. There’s a warning to check James’ diaper if he’s restless at bedtime because “he’s a secret pooper.”
There’s a warning not to let the children move the cushions on the couch. (She later explains it’s because they pull off all the cushions, jump on them, and destroy them.) There are notes about each child’s bathroom habits, dinner plans, and acceptable snacks. And there are also instructions for finding toilet paper, diapers, wipes, cutlery, and adult snacks.
Mazza admits that there are still more babysitter instructions that aren’t in the photo:
I’d like to say that those notes are the only ones, but I’ve labelled everything around the house, including the bathroom. I’ve also made her come two hours earlier so I can run through everything.
Poor girl. I should label the wine as well, she’ll need it. (I’ll also write “not too much,” as I need her to be sober, of course.)
Mazza isn’t the only one who noticed the stark difference between her approach and her husband’s:
My husband thinks I’m crazy, but this is just preparedness. Tell me I’m not alone?
Several of the commenters sympathized with the mom’s anxiety, and a few babysitters agreed that detailed instructions can be helpful.
However, others gently pointed out that Mazza had gone a bit over-the-top.
The mom is aware that her detailed instructions are just a sign of how anxious she is to leave the kids behind. She ended her post with, “I’m chanting *its all going to be fine, all going to be fine, all going to be fine.*”