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Yvonne Bisk
July 2008

I love, love, love what I do as a J.O.B.
Yes, really I do. I have found my passion. Or should I say re-found my passion. As a high school student I had big dreams. I wanted to work with children. Children all ages, but mainly toddlers. I knew I had the patience and the dedication to be good at it.

Then life happened. All through my high school years I struggled to improve the relationship with my parents. Being an only child is not as much fun as some people think it is. All the attention, all the expectations are focused just on YOU. You are the oldest AND the youngest child and you need to be perfect.  

I was all set to continue my education after high school and I was accepted at the school of my choice. But, I also wanted to find some peace in my life. I chose to find a job and rent a small room in a private home. For years and years I worked office jobs. Oh, it was not at all that awful, but I missed something. I was not as happy as I would like to be.

At the young age of 35 I jumped in the deep end, packed my bags and moved to the Dominican Republic. I had fun, but when the opportunity arrived to come to Long Island, NY, I grabbed it with both hands. NY, here I come, I am ready for it happy

Back to re-finding my passion. I arrived as a live-in nanny, got married, was not needed as a nanny anymore (dad got re-married) and found myself looking for a way to help pay the bills. Craigslist.org brought the answer: part-time daycare assistant needed in Levittown. I live in Levittown and that is exactly what I always wanted to do. The perfect job for me.  

When Halloween comes this year, I will celebrate my 2 year anniversary with the little people. After a long journey, I finally do what I always wanted to do. It's rewarding, it's intense, it's exhausting at times, it takes patience, it takes tact, it takes common sense, it... I could go on and on. I don't want to pat myself on the shoulder, but I know I am good at what I do. The parents tell me so over and over.  

Example 1. Home work. I start doing 'home work' when they are about 2 years old. Last February Sydney M turned 3 years old. Her older sister is in school and does homework every day. Sydney is one of my most eager students. She does not even give me the time to take of my jacket and she is already asking for homework. Sydney's mom usually copies her 5 year olds homework, so Sydney can do homework also when her sister does hers. One day mom mixed up the spelling homework and sent the older sister to school with the 2 years olds work. Sister came home with a note saying 'excellent work'!!

Example 2. Randall has been with us for about half a year now. When he first came to the daycare center, all he did was yammer and cry. He is now 15 months old and laughs when I come in. He dances with me when I turn on the radio and is happily exploring his world. Mom is surprised each and every day when she experiences some of the new things he does. He deserves my attention. He spends more (waking) time with me then with mom.  

Learning is not all about grammar, math or marketing. Learning starts at birth. It starts as a baby. As a baby learning is to recognize your own hands, to hold up your head or to follow a sound.

Are you a working mom/dad couple? Do you take your child to a daycare center? Please, make sure they spend time with your child teaching them. Not just 'no, don't touch that'. I hope your child learns WHY not to touch it. And I hope your child gets enough cuddles and hugs. It's so important. For babies, for toddlers and even for the ones that just visit the daycare after school.

It's my passion to take care of your child.
I hope you make it your passion to find the right care for your child for the times you are unable to be with him/her.

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Take care and stay happy and healthy,
Yvonne
Levittown, NY
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“Do just once what others say you can’t do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again.” - James R. Cook

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