What You Learn While Working At A Daycare

What You Learn While Working At A Daycare

You love the kids, but you're happy to send them home at the end of the day

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Most people would agree that they love kids. They love the babies, the toddlers, the school aged kids. They are all cute, hyper, and the light of their parents life. For the most part they are cute, lovable children. For the rest of the time they are hellions that make you want to pull your hair out.

Kids are very compassionate. You see so many heartwarming moments from these tiny humans that fill your heart to the brim with joy. They show love and understanding towards their classmates and their actions are nothing short of wonderful. With that being said, they have their moments where you wonder who raised them. They throw their toys at someone's head, bite, and talk back with no fear. Those are the days you just have to pray.

You learn patients on top of patients. You have to when you are dealing with a room full of kids who think that yelling is the only form of communication. You learn how many bathrooms breaks a six year old can make in a hour, and how many animal crackers a two year old can digest during snack. You also learn how to love and appreciate these kids without even realizing.

When the school year is up and your kids have to go on to the next grade you learn about heartbreak. Even though they all make you question why you work there a few times a week, you would not trade the bond you share with your class for anything. (except maybe a day where you do not have to tell someone that they can't eat something random off the ground).

You do not get paid enough. You are not asking to become rich from this job, but if you are changing twenty plus diapers a day, whipping snot, and cleaning up after a lot of kids, you would like a little more than minimum wage. Regardless you still love your kids enough to wipe that nose, but more money would make it way more enjoyable.

You realize that you do not want kids anytime soon. By the end of the work day you are graces to send the kids on their marry way back to their parents. It is a wonderful feeling when that last kid leaves and you get to drive home without all the yelling and screaming and you getting pulled in a hundred different directions. Peace and quite. You do not want to disturb that peace with one of your own. You feel like the kids at work are yours anyways.

Despite all of this, you really do care for the kids. You become a part of their lives and get invested into who they are as a person. You learn about their parents and create bonds with them as well. You have your daycare family that drives you just as much as your real family but both are irreplaceable. You learn that working in a daycare is a new adventure everyday.

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On June 22nd I Celebrated My 22nd

*Insert cliche Taylor Swift song "22"*

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It's about time I turn 22. I've been told that after your 21st birthday, the years begin to fly past you in a blur. I don't know if I agree, but I can definitely say that I don't feel 22. Sometimes I look around at all the people who are freshmen in college, or juniors in high school, and I begin to reminisce about when I was their age. One thing getting older does do is make you a skeptical, cynical person.

I've thought a lot about my birthday as another day that I get to eat cake because let's face it, I'm not really here for anything else, except maybe a shot. I remember celebrating my birthday when I was younger was much different from what it turned into after I turned 20. Back in the day, I would celebrate my birthday with a pool party. Pizza, chips, cake, and soda. A few balloons and candles and that was it. I'd only invite my closest friends and we'd have so much fun.

I miss that kind of birthday. The kind you pick out an outfit for days prior, the kind you get so excited for and can't sleep, the kind that makes you feel special. It doesn't feel like that anymore. What it feels like now is, "welp, there goes another year." This line is also applicable to New Year's Eve, but we'll cross that bridge six months from now.

My birthday is pretty uneventful. It feels like the spark is gone, the excitement is gone. I wish I could feel happy that I'm turning 22, but I also know that it's just a reality that we all get older and things like birthdays begin to feel strange. You're faced to realize that you're supposed to have gained another year of experience and intelligence in the aspects of life, but it's almost like you feel the same.

It's safe to say that this has been a bit of an existential-crisis-themed birthday, but I'm just a little scared of getting older. I think we all reach a point where you realize you aren't invincible anymore. It's time to see what's in store for the future, what your career goals are, where you plan to move to after graduation, how to eat better, and how to feel like you've reached your full potential. It's a bittersweet moment in my life, but I'm ready to see what's next.

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6 Things I Wish I Knew Before Studying Abroad

YES, it is worth it!

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Do not get discouraged, you will get your amazing photos, but just make your study abroad more about the trip and education, rather than your socials.

1. 1. IF YOU AIN'T TALKING MONEY, I DON'T WANNA TALK

When you decide you want to study abroad everyone will start discussing the payment plan for your adventure and, let me tell you that there is a good reason for the never-ending money talk. Studying Abroad is expensive and colleges will make sure you pay for every little step that will be made throughout your time abroad. I suggest savings, scholarships, or loans to help cushion your financial fall. Besides the amount of money it takes to travel abroad (my Maymester to Paris was an average of $3,000 + spending), I was educated on currency and exchange rates. Of course, the currency is different in about every country, and so are the exchange rates that will be charged every time you purchase something abroad. This exchange rate will be a 2-8 percent tax added to every debit/credit card purchase made while you are studying abroad. For example, if you bought a five-euro Coke (YES, their Cokes are five euros), then it would convert into about 7 US Dollars, then an added 2% tax, would make your coke around 7.14 US Dollars. However, they do not charge for cash exchanges at booths you will see all over the city or tax. However, the luxury tax is real and if you are planning on buying the $500-2,000 luxury item to carry home with you, there will be a higher tax on that item that you can get refunded back to you at the airport when headed home. I like to think of myself as a girl with financial wits, however, when it comes to studying abroad, my philosophy was "experiences are an investment that will always be worth it".

2. FRIENDS... OR LACK THEREOF

Yes, I went into my study abroad not knowing everyone that would be attending the same one. However, I made friends fairly quickly and my experience became a whole lot more enjoyable. If you are worried about not making friends during your study abroad, I have full faith that you will, because no ordinary, boring soul chooses to do a study abroad. Also, if your study abroad is for a semester, then do not be scared to reach out when you are feeling lonely. I suggest making a phone plan so that you can talk to your friends and family back home, it will make everything so much easier. I struggle with anxiety, so being able to talk to my mom 5,000 miles away, was something that brought comfort to my mind.

3. THE MOVIES ARE LYING TO YOU

If you are expecting a Hollywood movie, Lizzie McGuire study abroad trip...ERASE that from your mind. Go into your study abroad with no high expectations, because yes, the cities are endlessly gorgeous and a never-ending feeling of history and life that you see in all of the movies. However, it isn't as magical as you make it out in your head to be. The pictures you see online, probably took all day to make happen, because you are not the only one trying to snatch those likable Instagram pictures. Do not get discouraged, you will get your amazing photos, but just make your study abroad more about the trip and education, rather than your socials.

4. FASHIONISTA, HOW DO YOU LOOK?

I think a lot of people try to avoid being seen as a tourist, especially when traveling to Europe. However, the French and others know that you are a tourist. There is just no denying it, no matter how good you look in a beret. So, wear what is going to make your trip and days better. A lot of girls/guys on my study abroad dressed business casual, and others dressed in athleisure, either way, the locals knew they were a tourist. If you're studying abroad for a whole semester, your style will probably adapt to where you are, and the friends you make as well.

FYI, all Europeans dress like they just walked out of a fashion magazine, which defiantly encouraged me to dress better when getting ready for the day.

5. AND I OOP.. MY WALLET IS GONE

Yes, pickpocketing is real and not just something people write articles about because they want you to be over-aware. You really do need to be overly aware, there are tons of people panhandling in other countries to try and get money from the tourist that had enough money to travel there. Only one out of the forty students I went with, unfortunately, got pick-pocketed while eating lunch, when her purse was on the floor. So, clutch your bag and sit anywhere with your belongings between your legs.

6. WE HAVE THE BEST FOOD

America, hands down, has the best food. I was basically running to the Chick Fil A when my flight touched US soil. Therefore, our clothing sizes are different. When you are searching for the perfect item to take back home with you after this memorable experience, remember that America is a pretty obese nation compared to the others, and when they say it is an extra-large sweatshirt, it is probably medium or large. So, even if it makes you feel so much bigger than you actually are, go up a few sizes if you want it to be an oversized fit, and make it a size up if you want it to fit true.

7. BONUS

Make your study abroad memorable, go out and have fun, do not be afraid to try new things, talk to new people, and love the life you are living while studying. YES, take lots and lots of pictures, however, do not forget to set your camera down and just be there, be all there. No matter where the plane is taking you when you head out, you will enjoy this moment, so make the most out of it.



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