The childcare business is much like other businesses in that there are sure to be good days – and down ones. The difference is that you may not be able to go into your office, shut the door and cheer yourself up sending emails and playing games on the computer. And, you can’t decide to just go back to bed and forget about going to work. Parents and kids depend on you to be there – and you don’t get paid if you’re not there.
So, how do you stay up when you’re having a down day in the childcare business? First, assess the situation and figure out why you’re depressed, sad, frustrated – or simply “down.” Did you have a frustrating morning getting yourself and your family ready for work and school? Perhaps you’re facing situations within the childcare business that leave you feeling angry and helpless. Maybe you simply need to find a way to take some time off.
After you zero in on what’s bothering you, the problem can be solved – perhaps not immediately – but you can get yourself back on track and in a positive frame of mind. Anything you can do to develop confidence in yourself and how you’re running your childcare business will keep your spirits up and your business on the road to success.
Realize that you’re providing a service that is the most important commitment a person can make – that of caring for the bodies and minds of young children. Keep in the forefront of your mind why you got into the business in the first place. Did you want to carve out more time for your children and family? Do you simply love and adore children and feel that you have a wealth of knowledge and patience to share with them?
Whatever the reason(s) you got into the childcare business, think those positive thoughts when you’re having a down day. Also, think about what you can do to solve a situation that may be causing the problem. Are you dealing with difficult parents or a child that just tries your every nerve? When a situation like that gets to the point that you’re having lots of bad days, it’s time to take action.
The first thing to do is to create an action plan for yourself around how you are going to deal with the issue. A serious talk with the parents about the problem is a good place to start. You’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll feel when you develop a plan of action. No one wants a confrontation about a difficult situation – especially when it involves children – but you simply have too much at stake to ignore the problem and let it cause eventual anger and frustration.
Finally, when you’re having a down day, think about what Albert Einstein once said, “In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” Find the opportunity in your difficulties and always remember that when it comes to a childcare business — you’re the single most important asset.