My name is Susan St.Pierre and I’ve been a Family Day Care provider since 1975.
I’ve written another blog, for a few years, and enjoyed it very much. When I started it, my hope was to keep a journal of my thoughts, to learn the WordPress “ropes”, and mostly, to practice where to place commas. My actual dream was to start a collection of work-related musings toward the ultimate goal of a book. I’ve finally decided that I am ready to write exclusively about my experiences in my field. Child Day Care, most often referred to as,”When do you expect to get a real job?” by outsiders and, warmly regarded as, “What was I thinking?” by most long-time child care professionals, is what I do.
“What is Family Day Care?”
It is the invitation of a stream of people into your home before dawn… The best way to ensure that none of your window screens will remain intact …and, that you’ll never get rich nor earn a pension or sick days.
If that delicious invitation to the career didn’t already entice you, there are a few personality requirements of the Family Child Care provider.
- A very large and immature sense of humor.
If you do not have the immediate urge to laugh, when you discover your (usually, mostly white) Jack Russell with large blue stripes down his back and, standing beside him, is a 4-year-old with an empty tube of toothpaste (true story). This may not be a career for you.
- An optimistic outlook.
Other than the extra chore of dog bathing, the Crest Caper offers many more optimistic points of interest:
The first is, this bath will be better, “aromatically”, than the one forced upon Ollie two weeks ago because, then, it had been inspired by his rolling on a (not very newly) dead rabbit.
The second is, neither child nor dog got anything in their eyes and the dog calmly allowed the “make over”. The “no one got hurt” scenario is very special at day care.
Third is, that second comic relief when the 4-year-old explained, “I wanted Ollie minty fresh, all over.”
And, fourth, a 4-year-old who values minty freshness, is about 99% less likely to have a toilet training lapse than one who doesn’t.
- Is extremely hard to “gross out.”
I have way too much class to cite examples but Mike Rowe’s Dirty Jobs should rank Child Day Care right after assisting in the birth of Water Buffaloes.
So, if you would join me, I’ll give you a glimpse of what I’ve been doing for almost 40 years.
Oh, the blog title?
I wanted something catchy and intriguing…something clever and that had layers of meaning…something expressing my excitement for retirement.
Yes, I’m all done, if you please… but when my 18-month-old granddaughter says it, it sounds WAY cuter.
Just so ya know…I will be writing about Family Day Care but fully realize that parents of young children, as well as, other types of Early Childhood Educators have experienced most of what I speak.