Pros And Cons Of Having An In-Home Childcare

As most of you know, I have an in home daycare.  Maybe you are considering opening your own daycare? Or maybe you want an inside on what your provider might feel. Either way, this post is going to give you an inside on the 5 things I love and the 5 things I do not love about my job. We are going to start with the Pros first.

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1.) I become a special person for them.

We have those mornings when a child is screaming because they just do not want their parent to go. It can be rough, children naturally want their parents over anyone else in the world. But, that doesn’t mean that mommy and daddy can quit their jobs. I get to be the person they confide in during the day. For each child this is different. Some of my kids all they really need is a smile across the room to know that I love them, others need hugs and high fives. Truly one of the most amazing things is them talking to me. They allow me into their own world, they tell me what they find funny or what makes them scared. So the next time a child or your child opens up to you, remember that is a privilege, and don’t take it for granted.

2.) I am home with my own daughter, and I am working at home.

Now, I will be totally honest. I want to say staying home with your own child is magic and rainbows. It’s not. In fact it’s really hard. Lexi pushes me to my limits on a daily basis, she is hands down the hardest kid in my daycare. That is to be expected because she is opening her home up as well.  With that being said I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

One advantage of working at home is that the days I feel tired, or I’m fighting a cold. I get to do it in the comfort of my home. Also, if Lexi is sick from school next year I can set her up in our living room. Or on summer breaks I am home.

3.) Their parents picked me to be there.

I feel honored that a parent chooses me to watch, and teach their children during the day.  I know for me and any parent out there, the most precious thing I have is Lexi. And they choose me to be there when they cannot. It sounds simple, but it truly is special.

4.) I get to play

Part of my job is playing on the floor. I get to cuddle adorable babies, and I get to build legos.  Hands down one of my favorite things is to really engage with them. There is nothing better than a little kid opening their arms out for a hug

Kids are so smart, and so interesting even at two and three years old. They have a lot to say if you listen.

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1.) They grow up.

This one is an obvious, we know kids grow up. Although no one prepared me for how hard it would be. Most of my kids I have from infancy to five years old. ( I teach preschool so most of them don’t go to a formal one) So when these kids leave me and go to kindergarten, it is rough. There has not been one kid to leave that I didn’t cry over. I get to be a daily person in their lives until one day I am not. I don’t think this one will ever get easier.

2.) It is LONG hours.

I work five days a week, and usually eleven hour days. Now I have gotten used to it.  I would be lying if I said some times those long days get to me. The plus side to this is pro #3… I work from home.

3.) I have had parents scam me out of my money.

Yes for real. It has only happened twice. But those families are on my shit list. They know who they are.


  1. Natasha

    May 9, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    I love how you explain this. I have my own kid but I never understood people taking care of others. I mean I see why but I don’t think I could do it – but becoming that special person for a child , now that is so appealing 😍 It makes a bit more sense to me now

  2. Harmony, Momma To Go

    May 10, 2017 at 11:49 am

    seems like the pros out weigh the cons you can get scammed out of money in any job + long hours! Im not sure i can deal with other people’s little ones all day 🙂

  3. Lisa

    May 10, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    You are an absolute saint. So much respect for anyone working with kids! I would get so emotionally attached so that would be a definite con for me too!

  4. Brianne

    May 10, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Ah perfect timing! I am finishing my Early Childhood Ed certificate this week, so I can do this one day! For now I’ll have to work at a child care center, we have too much to fix in our home before I can watch kids here. But thank you for the inside perspective!!

  5. Leila

    May 10, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    Once upon a time, I wanted to be a teacher… then I realized I don’t have patience for other people’s children! LOL I did in home care for a little bit but I’m not made for the SAHM thing with my own kids, none the less other kids! I’m glad it works for you though!!!

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