Taking the huge leap from finance into childcare was without a doubt something which changed my life forever. Along the way, I’ve constantly worried if I made the right choice, and I’ve had to face countless fears and challenges, including:
- Resigning from my well-paid job at an investment bank
- Trying to fit into a female-dominated industry
- Being (wrongfully!) perceived as paedophile/sissy/failure in finance
However, once I finally got my foot in the door and started work in a childcare setting, guess what my greatest fear was? Dropping a baby was a close second, but what frightened me the most was having to deal with pooey nappies!
Pooey nappy phobia may seem silly to most, but I’ve always been extremely obsessive compulsive about hygiene. I mean, what could be worse than poo!?
Someone else’s poo, that’s what!
The human brain is capable of processing thoughts at an amazing speed. Well, that amazing processing power went into overdrive the first time I was undoing the straps to a nappy I KNEW was filled with poo. All kinds of delightful images of poo flashed through my mind.
What would it be? Liquid soup? Squishy chocolate paste? Horse-style chunks?
The correct answer was, chicken McNuggets. The 9-piece variety, not the Kiddy Meal. Many many dry pieces of lovely poo that rolled about as I moved the nappy. Did it stink? I don’t know, I held my breath the whole time.
Since then, I’ve changed a lot more pooey nappies and seen a lot more kinds of poo (Are you jealous?). I’m more used to it, but it still grosses me out. Now, my next greatest fear is getting poo on me.
How about you? What’s your greatest fear when dealing with young children? Please share it in the comments section below!