10 Foolproof Ways To Spot A Childcare Worker
Start writing a post
Student Life

10 Foolproof Ways To Spot A Childcare Worker

They try their best to blend into normal society... but alas, there are some key identifiers that give them away.

10 Foolproof Ways To Spot A Childcare Worker

Childcare is not a job for the weak.

Working day after day with young'uns takes a very special type of person. After spending a lot of time in the position, there are some pretty specific indicators that almost never fail to identify these individuals. Here are 10 qualities that are very likely to be shared by childcare workers alike:

1. They go from being single to "having" about 15 kids.

Even if they don't have actual children, a spouse, or even a significant other, they will shamelessly refer to the children that they watch or teach as their very own kids... and probably treat them as such, too.

2. You'll find them perusing the kids' section during a shopping trip.

Even if they set out on a grocery or personal shopping trip, once they've spotted a new book or toy that they know their kids would love, you've lost them for a solid 15 minutes. It's best to just leave them be at that point.

3. If you're having trouble describing something to them, they'll encourage you to "use your words."

If that condescending phrase wasn't enough, they'll probably accompany it with a baby voice and a pat on the back.

4. Every single person they meet is automatically their "friend."

Hey friends!” has become an extremely normal phrase in their everyday life. Every group of people are termed “friends” and greeted as such.

5. They’re almost TOO comfortable with talk concerning bodily fluids...

...and are probably covered in at least one after every shift. Spit up, snot, slobbery tears, urine, feces. You name it; they are probably low-key saturated in it and hoping that no one looks too closely at the clothes that they didn’t have time to change out of after work.

7. They always pause for a second too long before saying "bathroom" or "restroom."

They are well aware that saying "potty" would get them a really odd reaction and/or a judgmental stare (as it probably has in the past when they've let it slip into normal conversation), but it has been conditioned into their vocabulary and takes a LOT of willpower not to say.

9. They are always finding some excuse to burst into random song.

In response to any conversation involving trains, bumble bees, teapots, the alphabet, or buses, they probably have a full, choreography-included musical number for ya.

10. They have the utmost patience.

Listening to a two-year-old [try to] tell a story will test your patience unlike any other circumstance in the world. And let me tell you, childcare workers have LOTS of practice...

Now, let’s be real; kids can be a nightmare. The fact that childcare workers have to deal with their ridiculousness nearly every day astounds me, especially knowing that they will probably not receive the recognition they deserve. I have had the privilege to work part-time as a student helper at the Vanderbilt Child Care Center, and just a few hours with those energy-filled little ones leaves me exhausted. I could not imagine doing it full-time every day, but there are so many that do. Shout out to all you awesome childcare providers out there! You are seen, appreciated, and loved.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

To The 'Best Friend' I Decided I Couldn't Be Friends With Anymore

Most of all, thank you for being the person who finally pushed me to choose myself.

The CW / YouTube

Dear Old Friend,

Keep Reading... Show less

7 Tips For Traveling

Don't miss any of these ideas to make your trip complete!

7 Tips For Traveling

Whether it's a day trip, an out-of-state journey, or an experience leaving the country, here are some tried and true traveling tips.

Before any trip, we all think about what to pack and what to bring. We may have a strict itinerary, or we may have looser guidelines for what to do when. But we should also consider the following - make them goals:

Keep Reading... Show less

Writer of the Month: Hunter Johnstone

As an aspiring author, Hunter knew writing for Odyssey would be a great fit for her.

Writer of the Month: Hunter Johnstone

Response writers are what make the world go round at Odyssey! Using our response button feature, they carry on our mission of sparking positive, productive conversations in a polarized world.

Keep Reading... Show less
Allison Fishman

1. Why is Wilson Hall so complicated to navigate? Even as a senior, I still get lost in Wilson. As a freshman, I was warned about the unnecessary complexity of the building, was laughed at by upperclassman for my confused looks on the first day of school and walked and rewalked the whole hall before finding my classroom. #annoying.

Keep Reading... Show less

Blair Waldorf For governor of new york

What life would be like if the people were led by Queen B.

Blair Waldorf For governor of new york

Cynthia Nixon, a.k.a Miranda from Sex and the City, is running for governor of New York. I think that this would be the best decision that has been made in a while solely based off of the fact that almost no one knows New York like the cast of Sex and the City. This got me thinking about who else would be a good candidate to take over the city of dreams. Then I realized that Blair Waldorf, if she were a real person, would be my number one choice for governor. Here are five reasons why Queen B would be an excellent ruler.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments