Like everything, day care has it's downside too. I work 60 hour weeks, don't go anywhere that we (me and five kids) can't walk to, my grocery bill is a little insane, I feel guilty when anyone gets sick, and I have very limited adult interactions and conversations through most days. But overall, it's the best job for me and it's about as close to being a stay-at-home-mom and I'm going to get. I wish I could be more involved with my kids' school and go to events that happen during the day or take Samantha to ballet but this wonder job just doesn't allow for that. At least while I have a small sedan.
I meet a lot of... interesting people in my line of work. Years ago I had family who felt day care was a waste of money if they didn't use my services to the full extent. This family would drop their kids off as soon as my door opened in the morning and wouldn't pick those kids up till exactly closing time. Even if they had the day off their kids would be with me from opening to closing.
When I first got licensed I had a family that was made up of a single mom, her two daughters and the father. The girls would see their dad on the weekends but if he was mad at the mother for whatever reason he would intentionally pick the girls up late. On a Friday. I'm not sure how that was was going to teach the mother a lesson, he was the one who was charged the late fee.
For me, the worst part of having an opening (other than the money that's not going into my bank account) is the interview process. I really don't like strangers in my house and a lot of the people I meet are not people I wish to ever see again but they know where I live. I've never had any problems so I guess I'm just paranoid. What can I say, I watch a lot of Law & Order. On the other hand, I've had to tell people over he phone that I will not enroll a child until they come in and meet me face-to-face before hand. Those people scare me. They don't know me, have never seen my house and they're ready to just hand their kid off to me. Those are the kind of parents you hear about running away out of town and no one knows till it's closing time and their kids are still at day care.
I have really lucked out when it comes to the families I've had. With only a few exceptions, I would say I have, both now and in the past, a group of world class parents. To make it even better, they truly appreciate me and what I do. I feel spoiled. I swear, I'm not kissing ass either. I don't even know if they read my blog. That's how I truly fee.
If your kids go to some sort of day care let the provider(s) know how much you appreciate them. It's not an easy job.