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Just A Babysitter

After a couple of recent conversations, I decided to put down a few thoughts.  Maybe this should be titled “Things I Shouldn’t Blog about #2”.

I never thought I’d be “babysitting”. That’s not what I call it, but some people do. I don’t care either, if that’s what you want to call it {really riles some providers up but not me} but what I do is certainly more than that.  I won’t bother to say more, I know I go above and beyond that title.  When I was younger, I actually said “I will not be a babysitter” or work in child care. Yes, I did plenty of it to know if that’s not what I wanted to do for a job! Nope, didn’t think I’d end up here.

That said, I don’t under value what I do. I do think it’s an important work and that I’m good at it. Really, it’s mostly about being caring, creative and putting hard work – things that come fairly natural to me. Other parts I’ve learned – professionalism, early childhood philosophies and concepts. I don’t think less of myself because I’m not working at a “better” job.  I’m not here today because I’ve failed at everything else.  Actually, I think everything else I’ve done has prepared me for where I am today.  I own my own business. I help families. I touch little lives. I get to do creative things. I’m my own boss (which really stinks sometimes). I’m home when my child needs me. I get to be home everyday. I like it!

I have an Associate degree in Interior Design and about 20 credits of ECE but nope, not a 4 year degree.  Sure, I could have gone to college for a 4 year degree, and sometimes think it would have been “fun” or a good experience, but I really don’t think it would have affected my actual work history unless I moved out of the area, maybe even the state.  Oh yeah, I did that too. Winking smile Any of the jobs I have done could have been done without a degree. Of course any education is better than none and supports what you do but did I *need* it? Probably not.  I’ve always made a decent income so it’s not about that.

I don’t think college is a waste of time at all. I just didn’t feel I would make it through 4 more years of school. I wanted to go live – get married, work.  I value education and I’d like to finish my ECE degree but it’s not going to benefit me at this point. Sure, I would attain a higher level on The Registry and I’d learn a lot, but time is so limited and classes are so expensive. It wouldn’t provide any monetary benefit once I do complete it, it’s not worthwhile at this point in my life. 

The word “dumb” actually came up. Seriously?  No, I wasn’t too dumb to do a different job. I wasn’t interested in a different job. It wasn’t my primary focus to get 4.0 {I was an A/B student} in high school and I decided {yes I had a choice} not to go to 4 years of college, but I’m far from dumb.  Maybe I should have been more concerned about perfect grades, but honestly, I was bored. Couldn’t wait to be done. So much of it seemed like a waste of time and some of the kids so immature. 

I do wish I could still continue in the interior design field, but it’s basically sales. That doesn’t scare me but I’m done working nights and every weekend. It’s not like I’m doing child care because I can’t get a job in interior design. Although around here, options are limited. I still have my degree, work experience and success in the field. I did that.  I worked selling window treatments  doing shop at home sales – which I loved – sold furniture and then worked at a higher end store selling furniture and designing rooms. It was fun! Great fun.  And high stress. Think about – working with a bunch of women on commission? Nightmare!

Someday I hope to go back to it but for now I’m doing what’s best for my family and that’s to be at home.  Really, I’m not sure what I want to do in the future. I don’t expect to provide child care for the rest of my working years because it’s so much work and it’s easy to get burned out. I’d really like my house back one of these days! While I don’t know that I want to do child care “forever”, I can’t imagine working out of the house or for someone else any more! For now I’m happy. I don’t have any regrets.  I don’t need anyone to say how great I am at my job, etc, just needed to write down a few of these things.


The Papendorfs

Monday 4th of June 2012

Amen. You are amazing at your job, and it's not easy I know. Being a good daycare provider not only entails teaching, feeding, and yes "babysitting", but also lots of love and attention on top of being a good mom and wife. It's no easy task and definately takes a pile of patience. Much more than most people have. Keep up the good work as long as it's right for you and your family. Good luck :)


Thursday 24th of May 2012

Ohh Stacy I loved this post because I completely agree with every word. Someone once told me that they did not want to be a teacher because it's like being an underpaid babysitter. It has stuck with me for such a long time. Yes teachers are underpaid that is VERY true but they are NOT babysitters (at least the good ones are not) they shape our kids and help them learn and grow. What you do for families and children is TRULY amazing these kids are very lucky to have you. You are there for them in their most precious time when they learns about things for the 1st time and you are there to help them with that. It takes patience, perseverance, kindness, multitasking, organization, dedication, and SO SO much more. You are amamzing and what you do is amazing DO NOT let others tell you otherwise.


Thursday 24th of May 2012

For what it is worth when I look at your blog I always think...if for whatever reason my kids had to go to daycare I'd want to find one exactly like yours :)


Thursday 24th of May 2012

That's very kind, thank you!


Wednesday 23rd of May 2012

Good thoughts.

You don't know how many times it's been stated directly to me- "...and you didn't have to have any education/schooling for your job...?" Do they wonder if I'm really qualified?? Do they know my whole educational background?

I feel like asking, "And why do you ask?" Instead I inform them of what the requirements are in the state of WI now and changes that may be coming. I also inform them of what I've done to become certified. Hard work, common sense and motivation have gotten me farther than many with higher education!

The other line I get is, "Well, that's retail." Like what I's nothing important. Ok, you try it!! It's no small thing.

I realize it's ignorance.


Wednesday 23rd of May 2012

True, true. All of the above!