Inspirations & Such

The Inspirations page is a special place where providers share their positive thoughts, poems and ideas with other providers...a place to give each other much needed inspiration in our professions working hard each day with the children we love and dedicate our lives to.

We hope you enjoy reading through our special thoughts...

If you have something you would like to share with your PPO Sisters, please submit them to Laura and we’ll add them to her area!

Provider who lived in a Shoe

There was a provider who lived in a shoe
but being professional, she knew just what to do.
She made best use of the space she could spare,
and set up her home for family childcare.

She registered with the state, called USDA,
Checked in with her R&R the very next day.
She knew she would need help in her situation;
the answer was joining a provider association.

She took CPR and First Aid Classes too,
and brushed up on all the things kids like to do.
She advertised, interviewed, contracted, and then
She counted the kids carefully--no more than ten.

She fed them good foods and recorded it too,
She potty-trained Jake; helped Mark tie his shoe.
Collected art items and made a new batch of clay
and cut out cute pictures for a new theme's display.

She diapered, she bandaged, and she wiped every nose.
She comforted Tim when Sue stepped on his toes.
She cooked and she washed, scrubbing floors, scraping glue
She recorded attendance; did her bookkeeping, too.

She wrote parents notes home 'bout the kids in her care,
Anecdotes and concerns that they'd want to share.
She read to the children while they sit in her lap
and she sang to them softly when they started to nap.

She called a provider who was feeling depressed,
She spoon-fed the baby, then got him redressed.
She picked up and dusted when they went out the door,
She updated records, picked up toys and mopped the floor.

She started the laundry, checked the mail, made a list
of the groceries she needed and the chores that she'd missed.
She collapsed in a chair and put up her feet,
then in came her family wanting something to eat.

She fed them all quickly, heard their stories, gave them hugs,
Then she rapidly washed up all the dished and mugs.
As the family retired at the end of the day
She got out some books to study for her CDA.

She reflects on her day, in her eye there's a gleam,
for this provider is developing pride and esteem.
She works a long day and the pay isn't fair,
but the kids that she works with get quality care.

Their parent's commute to their work sites each day,
Concerns about childcare aren't in their way.
They are free to produce at a marvelous rate,
which benefits business all over the state.

If you live in a big house or even a shoe,
Great is the work a provider can do.
Be proud, stand up tall, wear a smile on your face,
you are helping tomorrow be a much better place.

~ by Sandi Dean

PPO’s Favorite Child Related Quotes

‘We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today’.  ~Stacia Tauscher

‘Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing’.  ~Phyllis Diller

‘The only thing worth stealing is a kiss from a sleeping child.’  ~Joe Houldsworth

‘There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child.  There are seven million.’  ~Walt Streightiff

Quotes on Friendship and Sisterhood

‘Friendship isn't a big thing - it's a million little things.’  ~Author Unknown

‘A true friend is one who thinks you are a good egg even if you are half-cracked.’  ~Author Unknown

‘Strangers are just friends waiting to happen’.  ~Author Unknown

‘The best time to make friends is before you need them.’  ~Ethel Barrymore

‘How do people make it through life without a sister?’  ~Sara Corpening

‘A sister is a gift to the heart, a friend to the spirit, a golden thread to the meaning of life.’  ~Isadora James

What inspires us to keep going after a bad day/ week?

Copperrr -  The fact that I know that I am making a difference in the life of these children. And when one of them come to me and tells me that they love me and then hugs me with those little arms......... well, thats all it takes to know that I am doing what I am suppose to be doing~!!!!!! 

Renae - I think about the differences I am making in each child's life, and some of the parents lives too.  There also seems to be that one child who does something cute at the right moment that makes my heart melt.

Fergie - Hang onto your seats. The money. LOL. Sorry but its true- I think of the hugs as the perks but they don't keep me in business.

Laura - What keeps me going when I hit burn-out or feel like quitting is knowing that some of my dc children wouldn't get the quality care and interaction that they receive in my home.......they have so much fun, learn so much.........I even have children learning sign language and they love it so much.  It's the look on their faces when they've learned something for the first time......but especially when they are excited to come in my door each morning to see me and their friends......or when mom says "Katie couldn't wait to come this morning, she was bugging me to hurry up and take her to Laura's".  LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL, that's what keeps me going.........and my love for children!

Kaja - When I have had a really tough day with the kids and tell my husband in the evening that I am questioning myself and might want to quit daycare then he turns on the news and there is always something on there about some kids who don't get all the love and care that they need and all my thoughts about quitting vanish into thin air. I know that I make a difference in the children's lives when they come in the mornings with a great big smile on their faces and give me a big hug as soon as I open the door. Even the ones that gave me trouble the day before

Shelly F -  On the bad days I always try to remember that I have more good days than bad and that what I am doing has more rewards and perks than most jobs. I usually try to remember how much I hated working outside of my home and how much I missed with my own children because I wasn't home for them.  I love my job and I know I'm making a difference in each child's life that I touch and that's what's important what's more important is remembering that on the bad days.

Griselda - When I see my kids learn new things from me or my mom.  And the parents notice this and I know this because they will call me that evening and say thank you or they say something to me the next morning.  Also, they are the future of this world we have.  Hopefully, they can make it better for us when we grow old/older.  I just get joy out of watching them grow up.

Analisa - Many things keep me going, the fact that I can be home when my children get home from school is a big one, or not having to worry about what to do with the kids if they are sick.  I love the money I make ( can't Lie about that) and the fact that I do make a difference in these children's lives.

What is the most rewarding moment you ever had in your childcare experience?

Analisa - When a military family called up and said they were trying to pcs to a base we were at so I could watch her kids again. 

Griselda - I would probably have to say when my analyst said that he would love to refer me to parents who are interested in childcare. 

Shelly F -  have had many great moments too but my most recent was when I told my families that we are leaving, one cried, the other asked "and your follow on will be nellis" and the other one said "well that's ok because we are leaving for Germany in may so you can leave now!"

Another great moment was when a dad arrived one morning to drop off and told me that its a great feeling when your child starts laughing and clapping as soon as she sees her providers home when they turn on our street. He said its the best feeling to know that your child knows they are loved and cared for when you are at work. He said going to work isn't as bad when you leave your child in such a happy environment.

It feels good to know that I'm appreciated even though I may not hear it often.

Kaja -  I have had sooo many rewarding moments in my time as a provider but the most rewarding has to be when we moved from our old house to this one. We moved almost 15 miles and I did not loose one single child. They all drove the extra long miles to bring their children to me and kept doing that until the children were old enough to leave my care and go on to school.

Laura C - The most rewarding moments for me are when the parents tell me how much I mean to them and their family......and I have a parent now that is planning on having another baby  because they don't want to lose me as their daycare provider!  That says it be appreciated means so much!

Fergie - One day I received flowers from one of my dcm's.  And when she came to pick up her son I thanked her for the nice surprise and wondered why she sent them.  She said that she had been in the employee break room that day and her coworkers were complaining about their daycare woes and she didn't have anything to contribute to the conversation because she was so happy with her son's childcare, so she sent me flowers.  That really made my day.

Amy A - I've had lots of great moments too. One that comes to mind is I watched a little girl when I first started doing childcare and she was about 6 years old. She is now 18 and she stopped by to visit me and we talked about the times when she was in my daycare she had great memories of me and the other kids. It really makes me feel good to know that she is still thinking of me after all these years and that I had a positive impact on her life. She said when I have children I want to bring them to you.

Renae - I guess the ones I remember the most are the ones where I can keep in touch with the families after they have left my care.  One child I had from 6weeks old until his first birthday, then his parents moved two hours away, yet we kept in touch through email with pictures etc.  I still get to see him grow up.   

Copperrr - There have been so many, but the one that comes to mind first and foremost is the time I watched a little guy from the time he was about 6 months old up until he was almost 3. Well, my husband got orders and we had to leave to move to another state. Well, this little guy meant so much to us and we to him that his mother officially made us his godparents~!!!!! THAT meant the world to me and still does. There have been so many, but the one that comes to mind first and foremost is the time I watched a little guy from the time he was about 6 months old up until he was almost 3. Well, my husband got orders and we had to leave to move to another state.  thWell, this little guy meant so much to us and we to him that his mother officially made us his godparents~!!!!! THAT meant the world to me and still does. is little guy meant so much to us and we to him that his mother officially made us his godparents~!!!!! THAT meant the world to me and still does.


Arnold H. Glasow
A loyal friend laughs at your jokes when they're not so good, and sympathizes with your problems when they're not so bad.

Euripides (480-406 BC) Greek Playwright
It is a good thing to be rich, it is a good thing to be strong, but it is a better thing to be beloved of many friends.

A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.

Randolph S. Bourne (1886-1918) American Writer
Good friendships are fragile things and require as much care as any other fragile and precious thing.

Wilma Askinas (1926- ) American Author
A friend is one who sees through you and still enjoys the view.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American Poet and Essayist
The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him with his friendship.

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Children are...

Amazing, acknowledge them.
Believable, trust them.
Childlike, allow them.
Divine, honor them.
Energetic, nourish them.
Fallible, embrace them.
Gifts, treasure them.
Here Now, be with them.
Innocent, delight with them.
Joyful, appreciate them.
Kindhearted, learn from them.
Lovable, cherish them.
Magical, fly with them.
Noble, esteem them.
Open-minded, respect them.
Precious, value them.
Questioners, encourage them.
Resourceful, support them.
Spontaneous, enjoy them.
Talented, believe in them.
Unique, affirm them.
Vulnerable, protect them.
Whole, recognize them.
Xtraspecial, celebrate them.
Yearning, notice them.
Zany, laugh with them

© 2001, Meiji Stewart


What Inspires Us as Child Care Providers...


“Probably the most important thing is knowing that I can make a difference in a child's life. That I can play an important role in getting a child off to a good start in life.  That I can be there for a child when his or her parents isn't able to. That I can be as important to that child as they become to me. I love knowing that I actually make a difference.”



“I am inspired by the fact that I can help shape a little person to make sure he/she can be the best person possible. I am inspired by the fact that he/she depends on me to guide them thru all the learning stages. I am inspired by the fact that his/her parents trust me to do all of this and also ask me for advice. Rewards are plentiful. Hugs, kisses, smiles and lots of love.”


Michelle B.

“What inspires me to be a daycare provider is to know that I make a difference in a Childs life. To know that I have helped shape a child in a positive way is very inspirational. When children remember how I took them to the library every day and encouraged them to love books, or how we would walk to the park everyday.  These simple things I find very inspirational.”  



“What inspires me to be a daycare provider is I have made a difference in their lives. It is very inspirational to me to see a child's face light up after he/she has accomplished a task that they were working on so hard that they thought they could not do very well, but with my help and guidance they were able to. It is inspirational to me to see former daycare children all grown up and doing well in their lives, knowing I played a Big part when they were in my care when they were younger.”



“What inspired me the most to quit my job as an office nurse was to provide care for my new baby granddaughter. I did not want her going to any other day care or be cared by anyone else. Selfish I guess, but that was how I felt. My mom watched her for awhile, but I knew she couldn't do it forever. I decided since I was a nurse, that I could really make a difference to parents who were possibly looking for care for their special needs child along with children who did not require such needs. I KNEW I would be of great service to them, because not many providers will take these kids!!!! So why not...with my profession and training behind me, I went for it. I know I make a difference in their lives plus put the parents at ease during their work day, knowing their kids are safe and should an emergency pop up they would be in good hands. I felt a strong conviction that this was the road I needed to take in my profession, so I made the change. I hope I do make a difference...”



“What inspires me to be a provider?  To know that I am making a difference in at least one little life. That I can watch a child grow and learn in his/her own way and I have a part in it!  I also am inspired to keep doing child care with all the hugs and kisses from the children.  I know I am doing something right when they show their appreciation with hugs and kisses.  It's also great when the children finally "get it" when we are working on a big project or something that takes time to learn.  It's great to see the "click" when it connects!  Children are truly the greatest thing and I am blessed to be a part of their lives!” 



“What inspires me most about child care is the unconditional love I have received from so many children over the years.   It is the most wonderful feeling in the world to know that you have made a difference in the lives of children.”


Children Need...

Appreciation, for all they bring into our lives
Balance, somewhere between too little and too much.
Commitment, it's the little things we do each day that matter.
Dreams, to touch the future.
Empathy, remember what it was like to be a child.
Family And Friends, everyone needs someone to love.
Guidance, actions speak louder than words.
Healthy Habits, to nurture body, mind and spirit.
Inspiration, to explore beauty, wonder and mystery.
Joy, sprinkle laughter and happiness daily.
Kindness, to learn to care for others as they are cared for.
Limits, set boundaries and consequences together.
Mentors, to give wings to their aspirations.
Nature, to delight in rainbow butterflies and shooting stars .
Opportunities, to discover what truly makes their heart sing.
Play, the "work" of childhood .
Quiet Time, to recharge their batteries.
Responsibilities, to build self-esteem and self-confidence.
Security, feeling safe is essential for growth.
Traditions, keep the family tree alive & sprout new branches.
Unconditional Love, for who they are , not for what they do.
Values, live yours and encourage them to find theirs.
Words Of Encouragement, You can do it, I believe in you.
Xoxoxo's, hug and kiss them each and every day.
You, your presence more than your presents.
Zzzzzzzs, a good night's sleep.

Permission was granted by Meiji Stewart to reprint on the PPO site!
© 2001, Meiji Stewart
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