Today is National Child Care Appreciation Day – the designated day to recognize daycare providers. Ridiculous really. These miracle workers deserve recognition every day, after all, they keep my child entertained and alive in my absence. And in the process, they take him off my hands so I don’t kill him!
Having had at least one child in daycare for 12 years straight, I’ve learned a thing or two. And not to brag, but those day care providers love me! Not that it matters, but it has translated to them paying a little bit of extra special attention to my kids over the years!
My secret? Five easy things….
Learn their names…and use them!
I cannot tell you how many times I’ve watched parents snub the daycare teacher. For the love of God, they are people too! And they just spent their entire day watching your little
fucker, angel! Show that you care by just learning their name.
Spend a few minutes chatting with them.
While you’re at it, talk to them. They spend all day babysitting a bunch of kids they have no reason to like. Trust me on this one…it’s worth your time to act like a decent human being and chat them up for a few.
Teach your kids some manners
Their job is much easier when their class is filled with kids who act like decent little people. When their job is easier, they tend to be better engaged and frankly happier.
Say thank you
Every single time you drop off and pick up your child. There is no easier, cheaper, truer way to appreciate someone than a sincere thank you. Especially someone in a thankless, underpaying job. While you’re at it, teach your child to do the same (see previous point).
Buy a dozen bagels
Doesn’t have to be bagels…cookies, candy, flowers, Starbucks gift cards, alcohol, alcohol is always a hit, it doesn’t matter, it’s the thought that counts! Trust me, they make far less than you do and just a little bit of appreciation goes a long way. And really, who doesn’t love a random treat? Bonus idea: include a note thanking them for being a part of your family’s village. Seriously, could you do it without them? A note takes no time at all…here, borrow my template. “It takes a village…thanks for being a part of ours!”
So there you have it, my secrets to appreciating those saints dressed up like day care teachers! And if you, like me, didn’t do anything for them this morning, well work on the basics and try the bagels another time.