posted on Jul, 9 2008 @ 06:43 AM
I'm a little leery to tell everyone what my job is after I tell everyone that I totally HATE it right now...but I'll jump right in.
I run a home daycare and currently have 6 kids enrolled. I haven't always hated my job, in fact I once loved waking up every morning and planning
our activities for the day. Watching the kids get excited over a field trip, or in awe over a simple science experiment. Their smiles when they
finally figured out how to tie their shoes, or zip their jackets was the highlight of my day.
But I think I'm getting burnt out now
I started the daycare when my own kids were still at home, and now that they're in school full time I feel
like there's no more need for me to be at home. Also, my original kids have all gone now...moved to other places, or old enough to stay home on
their own now. The new ones I have here are all pretty much out of control to put it in a nutshell. Most of them have no consistency with their
rewards, punishments, and rules, so their kids come here thinking it will be the same. And then I'm the big mean lady that won't let them jump from
the sofa to the coffee table, or hit someone over the head with a truck! Makes for a very long day constantly reprimanding someone.
As bad as the kids can be, the parents are WORSE! The parents try everyday to take advantage of me and it's just become tiresome. I feel like I
have to fight them off everyday like wild animals! They bring their kids too early, pick them up too late, call at the last minute to change
schedules, or worse..don't call at all and I'm left waiting for hours for their kids to show up..and they are keeping them home that day. Most of
them have no respect for my time, myself and my family.
I think it may be time for me to move on, as I would never want someone caring for my own children that was burning out and not giving 100% to my
kids. The sad part is...I've been doing this long enough to pretty much null and void any "real" job experience and education I have...so I'm
kind of stuck.
Time to put on my happy face and get through another day!