It's easy to see all the positive aspects of caring for kids for a living, but as a former daycare worker and nanny, I can say, without reservation, that there are some things I never enjoyed about my role. The smiles, hugs, silly jokes and general wackiness that is a workday spent with kids is ideal, and they can certainly make you smile and make you feel that your job is worthwhile. However, there exists a whole bunch of things no one likes doing with other people's kids.
I have the greatest respect for childcare workers. They have our most treasured, beautiful babies in their care and work long, hard hours for little money. During my years of nannying I worked for some amazing families. Unfortunately, I also experienced some bad treatment at the hands of a few ungrateful parents, including not being paid on time, not having my vacation honored, being shouted at in front of the children, and falling prey to the notion that a nanny is a 24 hour a day commodity.
On my busiest days working in a infant room in a city daycare, I sometimes changed up to 15 diapers. So, yeah, that's not exactly a career high point, and neither were the following because, truth be told, not everyone enjoys being around someone else's kids.