I Babysit for My Friend and They Haven’t Provided Anything, How Should Address This Situation?

A mom writes in asking for advice after she started babysitting a friend’s 1-year-old child last week but the mom has yet to drop her child off with any sort of supplies like food, clothing, or diapers. Now the mom is wondering if she should contact CPS because there are times when the mom doesn’t even check on the child.

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A member of the community asks:

“Hi! I have a question and would like to be anonymous. I have a friend who works as an entertainer. She has a 1-year-old daughter who I have started watching this past week. The mother didn’t provide any food, clothing, or diapers for this child. I have had to purchase the baby’s food last week. The mother hasn’t even come to see the child or brought me her playpen. The mother also drops her child off at another babysitter. I feel like she wants me and my husband to raise this child for her because she doesn’t really want the responsibility. Should I contact CPS to ask what I should do?”

– Mamas Uncut Community Member

Community Advice for This Mom Who Watches a Friend’s Child, But the Mom of That Child Drops Her Off With No Supplies

To see what advice the Mamas Uncut Facebook community has for this mom in need, read the comments of the post embedded below.

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Many of our community members agree that she shouldn’t call CPS until she’s talked to her friend first. One commenter wrote, “No, don’t call CPS on her. Talk to her and find out what’s really going on with her, and take it from there. After all, you did say she is your friend right? So be a friend to her.”

Another person added, “If you are more concerned that she doesn’t provide anything for her for the day. I’d tell her you will have to charge her more for the stuff you have to go by yourself. Or if you are doing this out of the kindness in your heart. I would then tell her she will have to pay for however much it costs for the items you buy for her. Good luck mama!”

And one mom said, “Is this her first child? You’re probably going to have to be very direct and frank with her about what she’s doing/not doing. Instead of repurchasing items when they run out, tell her what you will need in order to continue caring for this child. Just be straight up and honest and knock some sense into her.”

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