another long good-bye
September 3, 2013 7:38 AM Subscribe
Little Llama's grandfather takes care of her for a few hours after school some days, before me or Mr. Llama get home from work. What are some sensitive, deft ways to get your beloved family member childcare provider to go home at the end of the day?
posted by A Terrible Llama to human relations (17 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Grandpa Llama is not a keen observer of social cues. The typical things one says to get people to leave: 'Well, thanks for helping us out!' or starting to do the dishes or redirecting Little Llama to a new activity, or just standing around like I'm waiting for something -- all of these do not trigger the 'I'd better get going' response that 99% of the rest of the population would pick up. He'll just get distracted and he and Little Llama will spend another half an hour looking for rocks and squinting at mica flecks. Or Little Llama will start talking about a feather she found and drag him upstairs to look at the feather. Or out to the backyard so they can stare at mushrooms.
Directness is a non-starter. That family doesn't do that (I would, with my family, but we are different.) It would be rude for me to be direct about it, and Mr. Llama can't pull it off.
We love Grandpa Llama, we are grateful for his help and his strong relationship with and influence on Little Llama. We also love rocks, feathers, mushrooms, worms, and interesting dirt, but the end of the day is a tightly wound series of events that sits on Pause until Grandpa leaves, and it is a tight schedule with an 8PM bedtime for Little Llama.
Is there some secret code I'm missing here? Is there a Guess culture way to say 'Hey, party's over!'