I love my agency worker. I love the fact that I can be completely honest with her and she doesn't even flinch.
She half-heartedly said that she should probably double check how I store our cleaning supplies today. I smiled and said that I'm breaking one rule. I can't bring myself to store the dishwasher detergent anywhere but under the sink. Putting it out of reach in our laundry closet wasn't practical and keeping it on a shelf in my kitchen cupboard above the sink ended up being too messy as the box would leak.
She said she needed to see where I do our laundry to I took her to the laundry closet. The laundry soap is on a small shelf above the washer and drier where my own mother has a hard time reaching. I showed her the lock boxes that I purchased for things such as toilet bowl cleaner and the like.
Our worker then informed me that the laundry soap is supposed to be locked up too. Not just out of reach. But completely locked up. She couldn't confirm if this is a State standard or something our agency is doing that is "above and beyond".
I looked her in the face and said I understand -- but I'm not going to do it.
We then went into the bathroom where she told me I'm supposed to have paper towels for the children to dry their hands on. I said I'm too environmentally conscious to allow that in my home. She seemed to think that if I had a separate towel for each kid that I would be under minimum standards. I smiled and did not indicate I would be changing my single hand towel out for any other system.
Thankfully she agreed that our home would not be shut down for the "violations" if we were to be inspected. Then she went on to say that she's had to shut down two of her homes recently. She said that you just "know" when a home isn't right. Then she apologized for always having such short visits when she comes here. But she knows that we're OK and not doing anything wrong. I'm glad she trusts us.
We both agreed that these silly rules don't prevent abuse or neglect of children. They are just a pain in the neck for all parties involved!!