Confessions of a Provider

I have been doing home day care for many years. I believe providing care for Lil’ Ones requires a sense of humor. Here are some of the humorous confessions I have come up during my days.

Sometimes during naptime I make Chocolate No-Bakes. I tell myself that I am making these for my loving family for after dinner. My children will probably never sink their teeth into these cookies! Truth is I am stressed and need to calm myself.

Two out of the three times I manage to use the bathroom during the day I am sitting on the toddlers’ potty seat. It saves me three seconds and it is padded!

I have donated some of our day care books to the local library because they were too long or the pictures weren’t fun. I consider this recycling so it is a good thing!

I have lied to children. Let’s call it a fib. I have told them fish sticks were “chicken sticks”. I have told them that yogurt is really “breakfast pudding”. I also enjoy coming up with clever ways to disguise vegetables in their food. The little darlings don’t have a clue that there is zucchini in the chocolate muffins they just ate. I usually confess afterward. If they act disgusted I will be obligated to fib, again, in 2 weeks when the “yucky” food is served.

I have a stockpile of three items in my pantry. These items are ketchup, Ranch dressing, and peanut butter. Offering one of these items in dippable or spreadable form,I have found,¬†children will eat most foods. If these “special sauces” are offered but they are still not convinced refer to the last paragraph and make something up.

I had sweatshirts made with my day care name and logo on them. I did not do this for the tax write off or advertising perks. I did this because I am not a morning person and I don’t really want to coordinate an outfit at 5:30 in the morning!

These are just some of my confessions-they make me laugh and laughing keeps me sane!

Diane Jones

A is for Apple Day Care

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