I run my own in-home care. I do not BABYSIT. A babysitter is someone that works sporadically for someone else. They are employed to keep children fed, safe, and entertained while parents are gone.
I am a caregiver. My entire life is wrapped up in my daycare. My home and family reflects my career choice. Nothing we do for the home, to the home, or in the home happens unless it works with the daycare.
The positives- I love what I do, I live what I do (meaning it's my life, not just a job) I am in charge of my time, I get great tax breaks for using my home and being open 7 days per week 24 hours per day, my children benefit from me working at home. 3 of my 4 children are grown and now one of them has her child with me in my daycare. I look forward to another 20+ years in the business helping to raise my grand babies as they come a long.
The negatives- While I am in charge of how I spend my days, it's hard to get the laundry done or take a shower without getting help because I don't leave the children alone for anything. My entire family helps with the daycare which is both a blessing and sometimes a cursing because there isn't enough money in the daycare business to pay my family for their contributions. These days the biggest negative is the fact that just about anyone and everyone is jumping into the daycare "business". Most have zero experience and no idea of what they are getting themselves into. They under cut our prices and make people think that those of us that are old timers in the business are greedy. Then they do bad things making all daycare providers look bad. It's also hard to stand up to people, demand advance payment and get reimbursed for bad checks.
This is just a small fraction of things I could say. But I'm tired and that's one of the negatives. It's not an easy job.