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Old 06-17-2004, 06:36 AM
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Provider Poems!!!!

The Provider

There is no job more important than yours,
no job anywhere else in the land.
You are the keepers of the future;
you hold the smallest of hands.

Into your care you are trusted
to nurture and care for the young,
and for all of your everyday heroics,
your talents and skills go unsung.

You wipe tears from the eyes of the injured.
You rock babies brand new in your arms.
You encourage the shy and unsure child.
You make sure they are safe from all harm.

You foster the bonds of friendships,
letting no child go away mad.
You respect and you honour their emotions.
You give hugs to each child when they're sad.

You have more impact than does a professor,
a child's mind is moulded by four;
so whatever you lay on the table
is whatever the child will explore.

Give each child the tools for adventure,
let them be artists and writers and more;
let them fly on the wind and dance on the stars
and build castles of sand on the shore.

It is true that you don't make much money
and you don't get a whole lot of praise,
but when one small child says "I love you",
you're reminded of how this job pays.
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Old 06-17-2004, 06:37 AM
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WITH APOLOGIES TO NONE

When I am asked what I do, I usually get the following reaction: When I say, "I work at a day care center (or home)" I generally hear a very flat "Oh". I have never been certain whether it is an expression of pity, sympathy, disgust or perhaps disinterest. Always I wish I had the time to explain to them like this:


Yes, I work at a day care center, "With Apologies to None." Where else would a handsome and very young man put his arms around me and ask, "Do you know that I love you?"

Where else could I see a fashion show daily and keep up on the latest trends for the very young"

Where else could my limited wardrobe be complimented or my earrings thought beautiful?

Where else could I walk into a crowd and have warm little hands reach to touch me?

Where else could I have the privilege of wiggling the loose teeth and receive the promise that I may pull them when they're loose enough?

Where else would I guide a chubby little hand that may someday write a book or an important document?

Where else would I forget my own aches and pains because of scratched knees, bumped heads and broken hearts that need care?

Where else could I forget taxes and even "The State of the Nation" because Bill isn't adjusting as he should and other methods must be tried?

Where else could my mind stay so young as with a group whose attention span is so short that I must always keep a "Bag of Tricks" up my sleeve?

Where else could I feel so close to my Maker as I do each year when because of something I have done, little children learn and grow?

Yes,I am a Home Day Care Provider, Mr. and Mrs. America. . .and. . . I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 06-17-2004, 06:38 AM
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Provider Who Lived In A Shoe
--Author unknown--
There was a provider who lived in a shoe
But being professional, she knew what to do.
She made best use of the space she could spare
And set up her home for family child care.
She registered with the state, called USDA,
Checked in with her R & R the very next day.
She knew she would need help in her situation,
The answer was joining a provider association.

She took CPR and First Aid classes, too
And brushed up on all the things kids like to do.
She advertised, interviewed, contracted, and then
She counted the kids carefully -- no more than ten.

She fed them good foods and recorded it, too.
She potty-trained Jake; helped Mark tie his shoe.
Collected art items and made a new batch of clay
And cut out cute pictures for a new theme's display.

She diapered, she bandaged, she wiped every nose.
She comforted Tim when Sue stepped on his toes.
She cooked and she washed, scrubbing floors, scraping glue.
She recorded attendance; did her bookkeeping, too.

She wrote parents notes home 'bout the kids in her care,
Anecdotes and concerns that they'd want her to share.
She read to the children while they sat in her lap
And she sang to them softly when they started to nap.

She called a provider who was feeling depressed.
She spoon-fed the baby, then got him redressed.
She picked up and dusted when they went out the door.
She updated records, picked up toys, mopped the floor.

She started the laundry, checked the mail, made a list
Of the groceries she needed and the chores that she'd missed.
She collapsed in a chair and put up her feet,
Then in came her family wanting something to eat.

She fed them all quickly, heard their stories, gave them hugs,
Then she rapidly washed up all the dishes and mugs.
As the family retired at the end of the day
She got out some books to study for her CDA.

She reflects on her day, in her eye there's a gleam,
For this provider is developing pride and esteem.
She works a long day and the pay isn't fair,
But the kids that she works with get quality care.

Their parents commute to their work sites each day,
Concerns about child care aren't in their way.
They are free to produce at a marvelous rate,
Which benefits business all over the state.

If you live in a big house or even a shoe,
Great is the work a provider can do.
Be proud, stand up tall, wear a smile on your face,
You are helping "tomorrow" be a much better place!
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Old 06-17-2004, 06:39 AM
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22 Reasons to do Child Care
1. You don't have to fight 5:00 traffic.

2. You don't have to worry about your boss getting mad because you missed a deadline.

3. The cafeteria always has your favorite foods.

4. You can wear shorts or jeans to work every day if you want to.

5. You can go barefooted if you want to.

6. You don't have to sit at a desk all day. You can get up and down and move around whenever you want to.

7. You don't have to ask someone if you can go to the bathroom or go get something to drink.

8. You can go outside whenever you want to.

9. It's okay for the people you work around to hug you and kiss you and tell you they love you all day long.

10. If your children call because they forgot something or need something you don't have to deal with a boss just to take care of it.

11. You know all the latest in kids songs, fashions, sayings and health issues. Which is only helpful and amazing to the person you're standing next to in line at the grocery store and they're holding their first child...they'll be amazed at how much you know. LOL

12. You usually know more than the people you work around. You will notice I didn't say smarter...it's just that we've been here longer so life's experiences have taught us a lot. If it was boiled down to year for year the odds are we may be losing some ground in the smarter than department!!!! LOL

13. NAP TIME!!!!!!!

14. No one gets onto us for answering our email.

15. We can take personal calls without getting in trouble.

16. When we are having a bad day no one says, "Well what's wrong with you? PMS?"

17. We can pass gas without having to light a match!!!! I know...GROSS...but true!!! =o)

18. Don't have to put up with all of the office politics!!!

19.I get paid to play with play doh and finger paint.

20.We hold all our office meetings at the zoo and the park. LOL

21. You can actually eat with your fingers and enjoy it.

22. You don't have to drive to your job in the snow and ice!

~author unknown
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Old 07-03-2004, 07:32 PM
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Hi Julie

I don't have any poems to share right now but I love all yours

I get the same reaction you do sometimes where people look at you as if "oh" when you say what you do. I love doing daycare even with the down sides at times. I just wish everyone else could realize that I do this because I want to ...not because i have to......

I'm going to keep my eye open for more poems.

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Julie,

I really enjoyed your poems too. I find it funny how when I tell people that I am purchasing a day care center(I have done it in my home for the past 4 yrs but am in the process of purchasing a center outside home) I always get the same reaction "good luck"!!! I love what I do and am so glad to have found this message board to be able to talk about it!!

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Although I don't work as a "daycare provider", I also get negative comments and looks when people find out what I do. I'm a Head Start Preschool Teacher. Even my husband calls it "glorified baby-sitting".

We do so much more than just baby sit children. What do you all do when people are negative?
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Old 08-04-2004, 11:54 AM
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Hi there! I often ask people if they think they could do my job....most of themsay no especiallly when I give them a run down of my day. I also let them know that I love having the opportunity to help shape these little ones minds for their future. I spend more hours of a day with them than their parents do...I get to play and be a kid myself! I know this is not a job for everyone but neither is working in a mine ,or fixing computers but we all picked our profession for a reason......mine is simple I love kids!!!

Most people can't argue that!

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Deb,

I feel the same way, I really love my job. Kids are great to be around, they make me feel like a kid again!

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