Over the years I have been a Day Home Provider I have met and are currently friends with many other providers. Of course the good ones, the ones who are genuine, loving and really care about the health, well-being and development of each individual child are the ones I associate with. We are like minded. It is funny we complain about the EXACT same things we get excited about the EXACT same things so it is neat to have friends like this to talk to and meet for play dates.
It may seem that when a provider who you may try to make friendly at the park is rude and distant. You may find that if you do get her attention and find her to be friendly and a person you can be friends with then she again seems to be rude, perhaps she can’t make contact or seems distracted. This is true, but not for the reasons you may think. When providers get together they are aware of this and in fact they are all like this.
I am constantly aware. I almost consider it spider senses when it comes to children. I hear everything and I see everything and that includes a conversation that I may be having with someone else but I am focused on the kids. I may have to say excuse me but just understand that right now the most important thing is the safety and health of the child I care for. I am distracted for a good reason.
I do this even bringing my own children to the park or if we are meeting a friend at the park. The other evening I was at the park with a friend and sitting down at the park is a rare occasion but I only had two of my own children and they are 5yrs and 10yrs. Regardless I am aware and listening. Some older kids came to the park and I realized they were tormenting my friend’s son on the tire swing (it was quite far from us). Mom not seeming concerned and thought it was cool that her son was playing with some big kids and getting along nicely. I then just said, be aware that’s all I am saying. She asked why you can’t hear what they are saying. I told her that I am reading the body language of her son (10yrs) and he isn’t comfortable and perhaps isn’t comfortable to let you know since we are quite a distance from him.
We often are loud. We are very expressive and perhaps even pretty talkative but that is probably for two reasons. Who do we talk to all day long? You may go to work and talk with co-workers, meet a friend for lunch or make conference calls. I talk to kids under 5 yrs. old all day long. Heaven help you if you are the first to pick-up I definitely don’t do it on purpose I just get overwhelmed by excitement that an adult arrived. Just be assuring that the children here developed LOADS of language.
My name is Louise Roberts, owner of Louise’s Day Home. I have been happily married to my high school sweetheart for almost 14 years. I have 5 amazing kids. My mother has run a daycare for over 25 years. So my passion for childcare has come quite honestly. In high school I did my work experience in a Daycare Centre achieving top scores and Honor’s while doing so. I did marry and have my first child young and started my Day home ASAP. I have been doing this ever since. Meanwhile, I ran and facilitated an early literacy preschool program in my community called the Magic Carpet Ride for 5 years. Through this opportunity I was able take and participate in variety workshops, courses and programs all preschool relevant.
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