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storybookending 07:15 AM 11-11-2018
Just a fun question.

How often do you guys have a dream and it ends up being about daycare or one of your dcks is in it?

Iíd say this happens to me about once a month maybe. And then I just wake up feeling exhausted when I feel like Iíve just had them and then have to have a whole day with them too. I know dreams are subconscious but man if I could turn off daycare dreams that would be lovely.

Thankful last nights dream was a weekend and I have all of Sunday to rest and recharge before Monday.
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Gemma 08:03 AM 11-11-2018
I've had dreams about the kids in my care but it doesn't happen often at all
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Unregistered 09:23 AM 11-11-2018
I donít think I have ever dreamt about daycare! That is definitely weird since I am doing it 50 hours a week.
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e.j. 09:53 AM 11-11-2018
When I first started doing day care, I had frequent dreams about it and I felt the same way - exhausted when I woke up. I also used to hear babies crying even after the kids went home for the night. Both eventually became less and less frequent over the years and up until last week, I hadn't had a dream about day care in years. Hopefully, I'm not going back to that.
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Unregistered 11:47 AM 11-11-2018
I have the occasional stress dream where I leave the house forgetting that there is a daycare baby still here. Once I realize it, I panic trying to get back to the house. Every obstacle known to man gets in my way but I eventually get there to find the baby crying. Oh, man. I'm stressed just talking about it.
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Annalee 11:52 AM 11-11-2018
Originally Posted by Unregistered:
I have the occasional stress dream where I leave the house forgetting that there is a daycare baby still here. Once I realize it, I panic trying to get back to the house. Every obstacle known to man gets in my way but I eventually get there to find the baby crying. Oh, man. I'm stressed just talking about it.
Here lately, things have been so busy that when I close for the day, I am immediately heading to do something else on the run and I have that quick thought "oh no, were all the kids gone".
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MomBoss 01:06 PM 11-11-2018
Close to my inspection time, I have a dream my licensor comes and its all bad news lol
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Rockgirl 01:29 PM 11-11-2018
I have a recurring dream....actually a nightmare. Itís naptime, and I have 10-12 kids running wild. No one will go to their matsóitís just total chaos.
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Josiegirl 02:05 PM 11-11-2018
I've also heard the ghost babies crying when nobody is here. As far as dreams, I have dreams about the different kids but not in the dc setting, if that makes sense.
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flying_babyb 07:41 PM 11-11-2018
i have. It was disturbing. Mine was totally a way for my subconcious to deal with the feeling I had towards this child (a mean, naughty child).
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DaveA 03:28 AM 11-12-2018
I'm sure I have, but I don't remember a specific dream about the daycare or the kids.
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rosieteddy 07:43 AM 11-12-2018
I retired 3 years ago.I dream about DC weekly.Always to many kids,parents don't pickup on time,I loose one everything that can happen happens.I wake up tired and stressed.Harder than when I actually ran DC.
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Homebody 07:44 AM 11-12-2018
I can't remember if I have or haven't, but my sister who also does daycare had one recently. She heard a lot of crying, and went into her living room and found it full of babies still in their car seats that parents just dropped off and left without a word!
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Cat Herder 08:15 AM 11-12-2018
I have had the "left behind sleeping baby" nightmare many times. It has various endings, none good. I find it happens more often when I have too many chronic "last minute" pick-up families in care. More specifically, when I have to rush out the door behind them, to my second job, too often because they waited until the last minute.

It has improved greatly since changing hours to allow a 30-minute buffer.
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Bluemoon5 10:52 AM 11-12-2018
Originally Posted by Rockgirl:
I have a recurring dream....actually a nightmare. Itís naptime, and I have 10-12 kids running wild. No one will go to their matsóitís just total chaos.
Here I call that a Tuesday.
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Flowerchild 06:57 AM 11-14-2018
All the time 😂😂 yesterday i taught the kids about what makes teeth healthy or unhealthy and i had a dream last night that my teeth were rotting 😨
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Flowerchild 06:58 AM 11-14-2018
Originally Posted by Bluemoon5:
Here I call that a Tuesday.
That used to be my reality
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Flowerchild 07:01 AM 11-14-2018
Originally Posted by Josiegirl:
I've also heard the ghost babies crying when nobody is here. As far as dreams, I have dreams about the different kids but not in the dc setting, if that makes sense.
Ghost babies?
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storybookending 07:36 AM 11-14-2018
I am glad I am not alone. And I have deff heard the phantom baby cries as well.

When I used to nanny the family that I nannied for was a very crunchy granola hippie dippy type family. Love them but wouldnít raise my kids the way they are. Anyways they co slept at night and when the youngest was a baby they didnít want her napping anywhere but someoneís arms so I held her her entire nap, every nap. It was fine bc I got snuggles and the Netflix remote and they didnít care if I also napped. Any time I did nap though I always had the same dream. That the mom came out of her office and woke us up but that I was unable to open my eyes but consciously aware of everything that was happening. I stopped napping with her after that happened 3-4 times. It felt so real it was scary.

Also if anyone was wondering said coddled child is now 6.5 and last I checked still slept in her parents bed and has hella anxiety and struggles in school a ton when it comes to appropriate social interaction. Iím not saying itís their parenting style but for sure that I would not raise my own children they way they chose to raise her.
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Unregistered 07:50 PM 04-19-2021
I had a dream about a Norfolk Virginia daycare owner someone that is random to me her name miss Anne I simply have not met her.
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Josiegirl 03:08 AM 04-20-2021
I know this is an old topic but I find it funny(worrisome maybe?) of how life-impacting this job is(was for me) when I still have very vivid dreams often even having been out of the biz for awhile.
I dream about former dcks more often than anything else in my life. I have come to realize I do miss some of it; the projects and planning, the fun and excitement, even the noise. At the time I sensed a lot of dread....oh no, another holiday we need to plan for, that type of thing.
But these days, in my dreams, children are *usually* having fun, laughing, listening and never a dirty diaper.
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CenterTeacher20 06:41 AM 04-20-2021
My entire life seems to be my job. I dream about it every night.
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rosieteddy 06:53 AM 04-20-2021
Wow my answer is the same as 3 years ago.I have been retired since 2015 and at least twice a week dream about DC same as before .LOL
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Snowmom 07:22 AM 04-20-2021
Originally Posted by Josiegirl:
I know this is an old topic but I find it funny(worrisome maybe?) of how life-impacting this job is(was for me) when I still have very vivid dreams often even having been out of the biz for awhile.
I dream about former dcks more often than anything else in my life. I have come to realize I do miss some of it; the projects and planning, the fun and excitement, even the noise. At the time I sensed a lot of dread....oh no, another holiday we need to plan for, that type of thing.
But these days, in my dreams, children are *usually* having fun, laughing, listening and never a dirty diaper.
I had a restaurant job more than 20 years ago. I still have frequent nightmares of being "in the weeds".

It's nice to hear that you miss (some) of it though. I keep trying to get out of this biz, but it never works in my favor. Either it's too hard to give up grant money, tax write offs or being home with my kids. I am convinced I will not miss it one bit.
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Annalee 07:31 AM 04-20-2021
I have dreams sometimes where I close and forget a child is in the daycare room and I struggle all night to get back to the child before their parent comes???
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