1. You smell like poop more frequently than you’d like to admit.
When you’re on the way home from work and you realize you smell like a diaper pail. Showering after work is a must!
2. Your S.O. and friends have to remind you not to use your “teacher voice” at home.
The bossiness is real. Even when you’re being kind, adults aren’t really into hearing “that’s not nice,” or “we don’t do that.”
3. When you ask if anyone pooped at least a dozen times a day.
There are not many jobs that give you the opportunity to ask a question like this on the daily.
4. You sing children’s songs at home.
“If you’re happy and you kn-… Dang it! Not again!” After hearing nursery rhymes on repeat all day, of course you’re going to mindlessly sing Mr. Golden Sun while you wash the dishes.
5. You get as excited as the parents when you see kids hitting new milestones.
Watching a baby learn to walk for the first time is magical, especially when you’ve been taking care of them for 40 hours a week for most of their life.
6. Your work clothes consist of active wear and t-shirts.
Name ONE job that allows you to wear jean shorts, jeans, yoga pants or running pants to work. Being a daycare teacher means you get to wear comfy clothes while doing something you love, AND get paid for it!
7. You laugh at yourself when you realize how crazy you sound.
“Let’s not put Oliver’s toes in your mouth!”
“Please don’t climb on the table and take off your clothes.”
“Don’t eat your shoe!”
8. You can think of 15 different crafts you could use your toilet paper roll for.
Let’s not talk about the fact that you probably have a box in your closet full of items that would be trash for the typical adult.
9. You’ve been a 3 year old’s “valentine” at least once.
Maybe more than once…
10. You’ve seriously reevaluated your life based on something a child has said to you.
“Miss, why don’t you have a husband? You’re old.” …Ouch!
11. You’ve received a dirty look (or 50) from a parent.
You know, the look. When they come to drop-off or pick-up their kid and they throw that dirty glance your way. This look can mean, “We didn’t sleep well, but I won’t admit my child is less than perfect.” or “Are you qualified? Maybe I can be a better teacher to my child in my own at home… Do I need my day job?”
12. You’ve been complimented on your ability to get a room full of toddlers to nap at the same time.
You have the magic pat and calming lullaby down!
13. You hear “I don’t know how you do it.” from parents and friends at least a few times a week.
Sometimes you don’t even know.
14. You say “No thank you,” 52029383 times a day.
When one kid isn’t handing you every book from the bookshelf, another is handing you every toy in the room. You say yes a lot, but when your hands are full with another child, it’s not always possible.
15. You’re a pro at rewording phrases and being patient.
Instead of “Don’t do that,” you say “Aww, let’s not do that.” It blends into your life outside of work too! Instead of saying “No, I would NOT like to apply for your store card with the idiotic interest rates that I know I’ll never use,” you simply say, “No, thank you.” When you’re used to being around impressionable, innocent kids who soak in your tone and demeanor like a sponge, you take that patience home with you.
16. You catch yourself cutting up your own food at home.
You’ve lost count of the amount of times your S.O. has asked you why you’re cutting his food into bite sized pieces. When you’re exhausted and making dinner, it’s easy to mindlessly start preparing your meals the way you’re used to doing it. Whoops! Big bites, complicated spices and even a beer are A-OKAY!
17. It takes 10 minutes to find someone to watch your kids while you go to the bathroom.
It’s no one’s fault, but let’s hope you can hold it! You also now refer to this as “going to the potty,” even when you’re talking to other adults.
18. You spend most of your free time looking up new activities that fit into your lesson plan.
Well, you can’t do it while you’re at work! You love looking things up on Pinterest anyway, admit it.
19. You read the same books so many times you could recite them in your sleep.
You know what the caterpillar ate, in the correct order, by memory.
20. You feel like you’re going to rip your hair out by the end of the day, but as soon as you’re home, you miss the kids.
They’re so cute when they’re not screaming at you! Really, you love them and as soon as you have a minute to collect yourself and breathe, you miss their sweet faces.
Being a daycare/preschool teacher is extremely rewarding, and loads of fun! Comment below if you have any other ways you know you’re a preschool/daycare teacher, or tweet us @mymomtasticlife and @lovinglifeblogg.