5-25-16

Hi dolls, I have been working on my Goddess Garden every free moment I get. I am firery about it. Becoming a mother tapped me […]

5-16-16

hey sweet loves, We got home late Saturday night from Florida and got settled back in yesterday. 10 days away from home is a long […]

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5-4-16

Hi Yall ūüėČ   Man does it feel good to have that story done and published! (If you haven’t read it yet you can¬†click here […]

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4-28-16

Hi Lovers, Nothing too exciting to report. Just writing to say hello. Also sometimes I just need to write to clear my thoughts. My mind […]

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4-23-16

hi dolls, I just finished writing a piece for an online magazine. They asked me to write about my experience living in the mountains etc. […]

7-14-15

Hello lovers,

I’m back and all I can say is I don’t know how women do it. I understand why women do it, but I don’t know how they maintain doing it. Working while being away from Phoenix was the hardest thing I’ve ever done.

Don’t confuse that statement with the thought that I have never done anything that hard….I have done some amazingly hard things. Leaving Phoenix was still the hardest. I am sad that women who want to be home with their babies can’t and my wish is that every woman who wants to be home with their child can have that opportunity.

Working any job away from your child is hard I imagine, but I feel that working my job away from Phoenix was especially hard.

I was taking care of other peoples children. There is just something that doesn’t sit right in my soul about taking care of other peoples children while I am away from my own.

While there were many reasons why I left my job after only a month or so this was the biggest reason.

The reasons I cannot see myself ever working in this field again are much different. Preschool child care is a very difficult field to work in. You are over worked, under paid, and disrespected on so many levels. You are treated like an uneducated baby sitter by most employers and expected to be a personal nanny by most parents.

Disclaimer: I am sure that there are great moral employers who run child care facilities out there, but I have not come across one.

In my experience employers of these facilities expect you to have top of the line education and experience upon hire, as well as maintain your education in the field out of your own pocket, but by their pay rate you would think you had just turned 16 and taken your first babysitting class.

In an interview I asked about benefits, paid time off, holidays, and insurance. Unfortunately¬†the response was much like every other place I had worked. “We don’t have benefits, and we just assume that you are covered under your husbands insurance.”

Now how is it that in this day and age an employer can even legally say something like that? As a woman I can’t get an education in a field of my choice and then go work in that field and not only be compensated fairly but I can’t get the most basic benefits?

Excuse me for one moment while I attempt to reign¬†in my rage…..

Ok. On to the next.

Employers are not the only problem in this field. Every parent wants different things for their children and they expect you to be able to cater to each individual child as if they aren’t 1 of 10 you are caring for. You are expected to give their child the most leading edge education, while also feeding, diapering, comforting, playing, and getting them to sleep. While this job is doable it is not easy and when a person has the patience and ability to accomplish these tasks with 1-2 year olds they should be compensated justly.

(I haven’t mentioned the behind the scenes tasks that all preschool teachers do on a daily basis. We have many tasks that are done before and after your child has left the classroom. We are cleaners, laundresses, curriculum coordinators, event planners, dish washers, and many times parent coaches.)

I don’t know that many people who have the patience, kindness, and work ethic to work in my field. Yet I am looked at and treated as if I do a job that anyone could do, a glorified babysitter.

My job is one of the most important jobs in the world. Yet the only time it appears in the media is when some deranged woman, who has probably been worked to death and pushed past her emotional and physical, limits has done something terrible.

You never hear about the women who work over time every single week with out pay. Somehow they managed to work only 40 hours EXACTLY every single week. Never going a minute over. (I’m being sarcastic, we work over time every single week.) You never hear about the women who have their paid vacation time and insurance benefits taken away once they go on maternity leave or the women who are forced to be on medicaid because they aren’t married and their employer offers nothing. What about the women who haven’t ever had a paid day off, the women who are¬†forced to leave their children home alone when they are sick in fear of being fired?

Women in my field are taken advantage of. We don’t have a human resources person who is looking out for our best interests. We have no where to go to file a complaint of harassment, or paycheck dispute except to the person who hired the bully and writes the checks.

I raise our future generations, our president, senators, lawyers, doctors, teachers, electricians, scientists, engineers. I impact a persons life in the most critical part. I shape their understanding of the world. I directly help them decide if they can trust the world they live in or fear it. Yet I am paid the same as a Walmart employee, or data entry worker. Pay should reflect education and work done. Women who work in preschools or child care are grossly underpaid in this aspect.

I am baffled as to how the people who care for your children have come to being treated so badly. It is a vicious cycle that can only lead to disaster.

If you are a parent who’s child is in a care facility I do not want to scare you. The women who work in this field are almost always they best kind of people. They have a passion for working with children, that is literally the only reason to work in this field. Make sure you appreciate them. It will make a world of difference to them.

If you are a parent looking to enroll your child in a care facility I encourage you to ask questions about how they are compensating their employees, do they get sick leave, paid time off, benefits? If you are putting your child in the hands of another person you should know how that person is being treated by their employer. If a teacher is being taken care of by their employer chances are that they will do a better job which directly impacts your child. Every child care center will try to sell you on their special curriculum, organic lunches, and spectacular playgrounds, but what really matters is the teacher. A teacher who loves her job, and is going to stick around.

I had to leave this line of work because I found that I could no longer be passionate about caring for children while I wasn’t caring for my own. Aside from being passionate there is no other reason to work in this field. I am underpaid, overworked, unappreciated, harassed, and disrespected. If there is no passion there is only misery.

Since I last wrote we have done some pretty awesome things as a family and I can’t wait for the adventures to come!

XOXO

Haley Anne

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I jumped off the earth today, and it ruled.

I jumped off the earth today, and it ruled.

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