As most of you probably know, I own my own home daycare business. I love being able to have my own business while also being able to stay home with my girls. I found a joy of working for kids while I was a paraprofessional at a preschool program while being pregnant with Adalee. I decided that once I had Adalee, I would open my own daycare and continue working with kids. I’ve never been the type of person that really wanted to work for someone else and this seems to be working for me so far.
There are days, though, that are harder than others. Not necessarily because running a daycare is hard (although don’t underestimate the difficulty of that), but because it is hard to have to put my family into some of the positions we have to in order to make it work.
We have to open our home to multiple different people and during daycare hours, it is no longer our home. It’s a business. My kids are not allowed in their own rooms, my room, the kitchen, basically anywhere. Not only that, but due to the stipulations of owning a home daycare, my kids are no longer considered my kids. I can not do what I would normally do in MY home with MY kids.
On top of all that, kids are just plain mean. I honestly never expected kids so young to be so vicious, but they can be. And they don’t care. They don’t necessarily have the capacity to care. When I have to watch my daughter be shunned by other kids in my own home, my heart breaks into a million pieces. I know I can tell the kids “that’s not okay,” but that does not glue my heart back together.
I see Bella as such a sweetheart (I may be a bit biased). As a kid myself, I remember being treated that way and seeing Bella being treated the same makes me just want to wrap her up in my arms and protect her from the entire world. Unfortunately, we as parents can’t do that and let me tell you, it sucks!
We need to teach our kids what is right. Help them understand that this world can be a cruel place, but we can make it a better place each and every day. We need to not only tell them, but show them how to treat people and things, the RIGHT way. The way we all want to be treated. We need to do our best to make sure this world is a better place after we are gone and the only way to do that is through our children. As parents, let’s make sure that happens…for EVERYONE!