I almost choked on my drink when I heard my oldest told me that my ex husband said I’m just a glorified babysitter and it’s an easy job… HA!!! I would love for him to come into my class room and deal with 10-14 2 1/2-3 years olds. Now I LOVE LOVE LOVE my job but when you first get a new class there is about a month where it is exhausting because everyone is getting to know each other and their surroundings. Most of these angels have seen me for awhile during music class or outside playing etc it’s still stressful. I come home totally spent, why? I give them all of me my love, my care, my attention, my affection, my protection. I spend more time with them than their parents do. I teach them to use their words, use manners, their abc’s and 123s. I know their off days, their humor, their sad days. My career is from my heart, I wanted to make a difference in children’s lives because I was once a parent that had to put her child in daycare and it broke my heart. I take the time to make sure I have activities to help nurture them. Have you every heard a 2 1/2 year old say the Pledge of Allegiance? Yep I teach them that too, it’s the cutest thing ever! The days of the week, months of the year, counting, shapes, colors, good characteristics, yep those too. I do it in a very fun way. Which is why I walk around singing the silly songs I do. I would take my angels over most adults any day of the week. The look in their eyes and the hugs they give a priceless.
So I wouldn’t say that my job is easy but it is very rewarding. I love to sit back and watch them play, the things they come with have me laugh. I have a spiral notebook of the crazy stuff that comes out of their mouths. To be in my field you have to really love what you’re doing or you can do some damage to a little spirit and that is never acceptable. I take care of myself so I’m on top of my game for them (yes of course my family too), I have to recharge myself so I can be the best teacher I can.
I’m proud of my daughter for sticking up for me, yet it’s comical that my ex is clueless. If you have your child in daycare/preschool I pray it’s a good one that loves your child like I love all mine. I have kids still running to me that haven’t been in my class for 2 years because I loved them that much and they knew it, they trusted me.