The hardest job to get right, and the easiest job to do wrong
Yesterday at training for work, something clicked in my head. That I was really blessed to have gotten the job at Anna Bing Arnold Children’s Center last summer. Where about 30 people applied and there was one 3 spots open and I actually was one of the three that got the job. It still blows my mind. But anyway being at the training yesterday I realized that I made the right decision to go for this job. And that I made the right decision to change my major to Child Development.
I learned through the guest speaker we had Steve Erwin, that our center is one of the best ones out there. I know that a lot of people say that about their job, lol but how many people can say that their center is accredited and licensed? That we have teachers with child development units, bachelors and masters? Any who I finally understand that for right now, I am where I belong. I’m here to make a difference in these kids lives and that I’m here to give them something that I never had. Something that a lot of people out there don’t give children.
For everyone out there that wants to say “Your job is easy” “all you do is babysit kids.” F U! None of you can last a day at my job. The things that I learn in class for my major actually apply a whole lot to my job and what I do there. We’re shaping these children’s lives. We’re giving them love and care and a friendship for a life time. We also get to know their parents and build great relationships with them. I know that I never thought that I would be working with children ages 0-3 but once it happened I fell in love with my job. To randomly get ambushed with hugs and kisses from these kids it totally makes you heart melt and your day. T see them smile or laugh and having a great time with the other children and with you it really does warm your heart. And I know there are people out there who can’t handle working with kids of all ages, but you also have to understand those of us who do, we love it. Its one of the most rewarding jobs out there. It’s also one of the hardest jobs out there that really tests your patience and you as a person.
It was amazing to know that Steve Erwin felt how most of us in this profession feel, we’re underpaid and not taken seriously. YES GUYS this is a profession! We actually make a difference in these children and family’s lives. But I guess people on the outside don’t see that. And most of the time we are taken advantage of. And its because of all the stereotypes from back then when teaching was a woman’s job. That we don’t do much and for that we shouldn’t make that much either. But in my opinion, I really do believe that we do as much as doctors do. Yeah we can’t prescribe medicine or heal the sick, or perform surgery and what not, but we DO make an impact on these people’s lives. And we can save lives too. We’re able to reach out to people and help them.
None the less, I love my job. I love my major. And I’m starting to learn that this is who I am. I love helping people and I love making a difference in someone’s life as well as being able to see them grow. I know that this job at the child care center is just for now. I know that I want to get my masters in family and marriage therapy and that I want to work with everyone that needs and wants it. I want to be able to work in the high school environment or open my own practice. So maybe I will end up getting a PhD. But we shall see. I guess being in a place where you work with so many passionate people you start to learn a lot about yourself too. And I’m learning that this is something I’m passionate about.