Nannies, senior care companions, housekeepers, babysitters; just to name a few, provide and invaluable service in today’s society and allow many other professionals, their employers, the ability to work. However, stigmas about these professions still exist, because non-practitioners and frankly ignorant members of the society still believe that these jobs are reserved only for the illiterate immigrants. The wise Dr. Martin Luther King said “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well; No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”
Therefore caregivers perform your duties with pride and excellence understanding that you are not defined by the job you execute but in fact, the fabric of your character. Your service, the love you provide a child, the care you provide an elderly person, the positive impact you may have on a family is immeasurable.
Tomorrow is Monday, so whether you are caring for a child in Los Angeles, pushing a double stroller in New York City or doing homework with a child in Montclair, do it with excellence and never allow the unfounded opinions of a selected few to define who you are.
Let’s start a dialogue about the stereotypes which exist about caregivers; poke some fun at the perpetrators and then educate them.