How To Fight Daycare Discouragement

Got any Daycare Discouragement?

Running your own daycare business can be tricky because things change quickly. You go through many seasons that are not always pleasant and it’s easy to get discouraged.

Seasons when you have full enrollment and seasons when enrollment is almost non-existent. 

Seasons when you have lots of energy and seasons when you are burnt out and ready to be done for good.

Seasons when you have fantastic families to work with and seasons when you have horrible families to work with.

Seasons when everything goes smoothly and seasons when it’s pure chaos.

How do I know? Because I experienced all of those seasons. Guys, at one point I only had one child enrolled in my daycare. It was pretty awful and super stressful. I was ready to throw in the towel and find a new full time job. I was SCARED.

Friend, what are you scared of? What is keeping you up at night?

These are some of the things I often hear from daycare providers:

I am scared…

… to raise my prices

… to terminate a family

… to interview my potential families aka clients

… that I won’t fill my spots

… that I won’t make enough money

… that families will quit on me

… that I am not good enough

… that I have chronic daycare discouragement!

Can you relate to any of these?

Loves, no matter how crazy and stressful things are at the moment, please don’t believe the lie that things will never get better.

They will. 

It may take time. It may take courage. It may take some work but things WILL get better. They did for me, and they will for you.

Fight fear and discouragement about your daycare business with everything you have. It’s not going to be easy. It will take effort. But YOU CAN DO IT.


Here’s a simple list that will help you get started.

  1. Take a closer look at your daycare business and make a list of things that are going well and things that you are thankful for. A visual list makes a huge difference. Trust me it does. 
  2. Celebrate your business wins no matter how big or small they are… because it took courage to do whatever it was and you did it. Way to go, my friend!
  3. Learn from mistakes. It’s ok not to have it all figured out.
  4. Give yourself permission to fail. Nobody is perfect. 
  5. Rest. It’s not optional. Taking care of yourself is a MUST if you want to run a successful daycare business. 

I hope this simple list of tips and tricks will get you out of your daycare rut. Post is somewhere and read it daily.

Don’t give up on your daycare business that you’ve worked SO hard to build. 

You’ve got this girl! 



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