I was preparing to speak to a group of childcare workers and I was a bit nervous. I knew these folks had worked hard all day, then had a staff meeting, and then they still had to stay into the evening to listen to me. They would be pooped!
Thinking how they must be feeling, I thought it may be helpful to write them a note (which turned into a poem, actually) of appreciation and encouragement. This is the result. If you would like a PDF to share with your special childcare professionals, email me at [email protected] and I will happily send it to you.
Dear Childcare worker – forgive me
I’ve been very neglect
You see, I’m wrapped up in my own world – it’s a bit of a wreck
For grabbing my child and not stopping to say
How many things I should thank you for today.
For taking my child, leaving me guilt-free
For instilling the values that are important to me
For cleaning up spills and wiping up messes
For cleaning the boo-boos and baring my stresses
For putting up with the sneezes, the dribbles and cries
For staying here late when I neglected the time
Dear childcare worker, how would I manage
If you didn’t bare the burden of this challenge
Because you do this job, I can have peace
Go to my work and earn my families keep
I know your job is quite under-valued
Quite under-appreciated, quite under-salaried
So my only guess why you do what you do
Is for the love of the kids, who also love you
Thank you for being my daily ‘right arm’
And keeping my children away from all harm
For caring and loving and sharing and more
For all that you do, it’s a calling for sure.
Written, with appreciation, by Stephanie Staples www.YourLifeUnlimited.ca
Thank your childcare professional today and often!
Again, if you would like a PDF to share with your special childcare professionals, email me at [email protected] and I will happily send it to you.
Stephanie Staples is the author of When Enlightening Strikes – Creating a Mindset for Uncommon Success and an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker and coach. She helps audiences & clients across North America bring their ‘A’ game to work and to life. Stephanie has a special interest in working with and empowering nurses and healthcare providers. She happily calls Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada home. You can get loads of complimentary resources to help with issues such as work/life balance, wellness, stress management and happiness in general, as well as find out more information about her coaching and speaking services at http://www.YourLifeUnlimited.ca.