Learning Through Work: One Girl's Thoughts on Working in Childcare

Monday, April 9, 2018

I believe we should take every experience we have in life and use it to learn something. So, hence a new series about some of the things I've been learning through the various jobs I work at.

I've worked in childcare (officially) for the past two years with two different Classical Conversations groups. It's great because the moms are on site if I need them, but there's also space where we're distinctly separate.

 Do I love working in childcare? Absolutely! Are there still plenty of things that I'm learning and will continue to learn in regards to it? Definitely.


Childcare sometimes comes with interesting connotations. I think that most people don't consider it a real job. And although it may not pay as much as a job that requires a college degree, it's probably paying more than TacoBell.

These days, it seems pretty hard to find people who are willing to work in these kind of jobs. Because childcare is not only physically taxing, but also very emotionally taxing sometimes as well. And there's not a lot of people who are up for that.

I'd like to share a few things I've learned through working in childcare that can also be a good lesson to learn in every day life as well.
We as humans can't control everything, especially when it comes to kids. Kids are known to be messy. So, sometimes it's okay that you don't have everything under control. Sometimes messes get made. We can't try to force these kids to behave a certain way. Things happen, and you can't always control those things. Our main goal isn't to control; it's to care for and love. Because that is something we can do.
For a kid, the smallest act of kindness can turn their whole day around. Just a smile, some attention when they're talking, or a compliment can really make them feel special. We don't give kids very much thought sometimes, so when an adult makes it a point to do each of these things, kids take notice! Kids are just like us; they want to be seen and heard as well. Maybe something that seems small to us is actually giant to a kid.
Kids will act out. They'll say things they don't mean and do things they shouldn't. And sometimes there needs to be consequences for their actions. But something to remember is "I'm not the parent". Ultimately, the authority you have over a child is given to you by his parent. And the parent has got to make the final say in things. And when the time comes when you don't agree with the parent; well, it's not your kid. We've got to give grace to each other.

It's awesome to be able to work in childcare. Kids are such a blessing, even though they can be difficult sometimes. :)

"But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven." ~Matthew 19:14 KJV


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2 comments:

  1. Great lessons through everyday life! Your points are very thought provoking, thanks for sharing!:-)
    -Brooklyne

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    1. I'm glad you thought so Brooklyn! Thank you for reading and leaving me a comment :D

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