Often, I feel, we as humans judge one another based on what we think the other does at work. I have a home daycare and I'm used to the judgmental comments, but I don't like them.
Do you know what my day is like?
Do you know what I do?
I don't sit back and eat bonbons and watch soap operas
I don't stick the kids in front of the television all day while I'm on my computer
I don't do the things that a lot of people think I do
Yes, there are some days (ie, rainy or snowy) where we watch a movie and maybe a few cartoons, have an indoor picnic and just act lazy. Is that so wrong? Don't judge me by that.
This is what I do. Or rather, my husband and I do, as he is currently my partner in this daycare.
Our day starts at 6am as we walk the dogs early and eat breakfast before preparing for kids' arrival (as early as 7:10am).
Husband vacuums while I stack up diapers and other needs for the day
Kids arrive, coffee time (for me) and free play and a show/movie (for them)
The rest of the day consists of:
Clothing changes (spit up, poop blowouts)
Outdoor play (whether permitting)
Hugs, kisses to boo-boos and assurances
Breaking up arguments
Teaching letters, numbers, colors and shapes
Teaching to share and take turns
Crafts (though not too often, I am terrible at crafts!)
To name a few!!
Our day doesn't end when the last child leaves. Our day ends when - after the last child leaves - toys are picked up, furniture and toys are wiped down (clean), and my numbers are logged for the day (how many kids, how many meals, etc...for tax purposes).
So before you go judging a home daycare owner/worker, step in their shoes. It's not all fun and games. I love my kids. I don't take on a lot because I want each of them to get the attention that they deserve.
I am not the child's parent and don't expect to be asked to do parental duties but I do treat the kids as if they were my own. Their parents drop them off at our house while they are working or in school and expect my husband and I to show them the love and attention that they would get if they could be home with the kids themselves.
It's not easy watching other people's kids all day, 9-10 hours a day, especially when each parent has their own parenting style. But we do our best.
Walk in our shoes for one day. Walk in the shoes of a school teacher for one day. Or a secretary. Or a Ward Clerk or Paralegal OR stay-at-home mom! Don't judge based on stereotype or what you think other people are doing.
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