I started doing this job in June 2002, after finishing up my fourth year of teaching sixth grade. That was such a bad year that I told my principal at my end-of-year interview that I would rather drive a garbage truck than have another year like that. I'm not always very diplomatic, I'm afraid. But she forgave me and I actually ended up taking care of her grandson two years later so it all worked out. This job is where I belong.
I worked with my mom at her house from 2002-2005, and then we split the business. (that's why one of my email addresses still has bb in front of it- we were called Bright Beginnings at her place.) I brought Duchess and her big kid friends home when she was two and I did toddler/preschool daycare by myself for almost two years. After that my parents moved in with us and Mom helped me out for about eight months while I was pregnant with O'Malley. Fall of 2007 she got a job outside the house and I was alone til April of 2009 when Kanga started. Kanga had to leave in December 2012 and so it's been just me again for the past eight months.
Everyone has been asking if I planned to hire someone else to come in and I've been pretty hesitant about it. Working with Kanga was really smooth and easy and I just wasn't sure if it would be the same with somebody different. Also, I definitely didn't want to hire a stranger, and I didn't know anybody who was interested. But it's been pretty lonely- I forgot how much difference it makes to be able to have some adult conversation during the day. I love having someone to bounce ideas off of, and to have a person who knows your strengths and weaknesses and can fill in the gaps. At the beginning of the summer I toyed with shutting the daycare and going back to teaching. No worries- it's not happening. I would like the schedule now that my kids are in school, but I don't actually love elementary school the way I do the littles. I started thinking about what my favorite things were about teaching. It was the good kids- the ones who really were fun to have in class and liked to learn. I'm friends with some of them on facebook because now they are grownups. Turns out my very favorite one (for real, even then) is looking for a job. She has previous daycare and nanny experience. I've known her since she was eleven and I am excited about working with her.
The problem is just trying to get the timing right. Do you remember that commercial a few years back where the guy was sitting in a park and the ambulance comes screeching up? Paramedics jump out and start yelling about the limb. Where's the limb? Get the ice! The guy is just looking at them like they're insane, so they apologize and leave. As they turn the corner, a crazed gorilla with a chainsaw comes running out of the woods right at the guy and the voiceover says, "Timing is Everything."
I wanted to find it on youtube but I'm having trouble, I think partly because I don't know what product they were trying to sell. Anyway, that is totally how I feel right now. I really would love her to come work with me, but she can't just quit her job and sign on till I have enough kids here to support two people. So! If you are thinking about starting, please get in touch with me! I've got fresh young help and that is exciting! If I can't find some more kids soon, she might have to give up this idea and look for something else, and that would make me sad.
The fabulous two year olds I was keeping are driving away in the ambulance, so to speak. If I'd had any idea this was going to work out the way it is, I would never have said I wanted to graduate them. I miss Remy, and I will miss Perdita in a few weeks. Hoping to hang onto Alice a little longer but she very well may go too, since *I* was the one who kicked off this whole "I'm only going to keep infants" thing. One age group was the best plan for me when I was thinking I'd be alone, but with two people I wish I'd kept my mouth shut! Argh. Yup, timing is everything.