Why passion makes the best providers (It’s not what you think)
“I could Never do what you do all day.”
How many providers have heard a friend, family member, or parent say this to you? For me, knowing I do a job that isn’t for everyone creates a special sense of pride in my job and the passion I have for my work. I know that childcare is a job that takes a special person, with a special passion for Early Childhood Education- and a lot of patience.
It’s not for everyone. Some days, I feel it’s not even for me (and I know every childcare professional has thought the same thing.)
Let’s look at the true definition of passion; it’s not what you think.
I’m gonna throw some word-geek knowledge down. The word “passion”, while in it’s current context, is defined as a “strong and barely controllable emotion”. But keep scrolling, it gets better. You see a few more definitions.. a mention of Jesus (where we get “The Passion of the Christ”… and land on the literal root of the word.
So the word passion, roots from the the ancient latin word, “pati”, meaning: to suffer.
Keep going along that train of thought. Throw back in the crucifixion (the biblical version that Christ loved us so much, he suffered for us), the now current definition of the word passion, and suddenly we realize the depth of the word. (Stay with me, I’ve got a point here.)
Passion means that you love something so much, that you’re willing to suffer for it.
Wait, What? I’m raising tiny humans here, not getting nailed to a cross!
But that’s the point here, isn’t it? Don’t we sacrifice ourselves for these tiny humans? For the gift and privilege of getting to raise these spectacularly innocent human beings? Really, when you think of it, this doesn’t necessarily apply strictly to childcare, either. Motherhood, parenting, requires us to be passionate about our “jobs”, too. Think of what we as providers and parents give up for our kids! We have to deal with
- Dirty carpets (i’m terrified of what’s living in mine)
- Long Hours
- So. Much. Noise.
- constantly cleaning
- toilets without pee all over them
- working through sickness
- Mom guilt over sharing care of Daycare children over your own
I’m sure I can go on and on (feel free to add to the list in the comments!).
But the point is, when you choose to become a childcare provider, you choose to give up a LOT.
To be okay with that level of sacrifice requires passion for your job, a commitment to your kids, and a love for getting up WAY too early to greet those sleepy faces cheerfully. Think of all the GREAT things there are about getting to run your own family childcare:
- So. Many. Hugs.
- Seeing the world new, through kid goggles
- Experimenting with new crafts (because you know you love it as much as they do!)
- Playing in dirt
- Unconditional love
- Children’s Books- I mean, some of them really are adorable!
- The honor that comes with being trusted to raise someones most beloved little people
- Knowing that you have a hand in shaping the future
- That look on their faces when they conquer a new task, knowing you helped
- Again with the hugs (even when it’s really just an excuse to wipe their nose on your shirt)
We need it. Childcare providers need the good to weigh out the bad. And maybe, just maybe, childcare providers spending a litany of hours with children day after day, need to identify the sacrifices they make, so they can truly appreciate the amazing parts of running a daycare. It’s what makes for a passionate career, and a damn good childcare provider.
And thank God it’s worth it! Because getting to spend your days playing with Little people is the best privilege I know.
And if you’re struggling? That’s okay. Sometimes, we feel the chaos more than the privilege. Maybe, every so often, the wear and tear of the daily sacrifice that you make for your Littles eeks out in unpretty ways. (I may or may not have said screw it to a bra and hidden the face behind an oversized hoodie today.) Sit down. Re-evaluate why you decided to run a daycare in the first place. Practice some self-care. Try a new experiment with the kids. Take one of your coveted days off and enjoy the silence. Deep Clean your home and feel the satisfaction, even if it doesn’t last.
But most importantly, never forget the passion you feel for these kids. Because they’re worth it.
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