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Are men frowned upon in childcare?

User in Smyrna, GA
Jan. 22, 2018

I have been working with children since I was 16 years old. I have eight years of experience working with kids from newborn to teenager. Ive been praised by parents, and have made great connections with them. As I have noticed, a lot of business and parents on here have either looked passed my resume or simply questioned my ability because I am a guy. I take the same CPR and first aid classes as females. Along with the same background check. At what point does one person look at this as anti-discrimination based on sex. I find it offensive and hypocritical especially with all the women movements of equal rights, me too, and times up. My question is why or why not would you consider a male to watch your child?

 

"The next move in the women's movement will be to make it also a men's movement."

-Anne-Marie Slaughter

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Honestly it is just being sexist. I know very few people that would allow a male to watch their children. It's sad and very unfair but it's the way it is.

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As a male educator I am very interested in this topic. I would like to say right away that there is a reason why parents are wary of male educators. The fact is that more child predators are men rather than women. This is a truth that I face every day as an educator. I simply have to take extra precautions so that I can build trust with parents and other educators. I have been in the education field for 10 years and have taught as a faculty teacher as well as worked privately in family homes. So let me give my best answer to your question. Men are not frowned upon in childcare if they are careful and respectful about the concerns that families have around male educators. Let me give you some examples of ways that I am careful. When working in schools, I only use Adult bathrooms. I am also careful to build trust with Parents and Educators before spending time alone with a child. This is also to protect myself. I have to make sure that there is no suspicion about my conduct or it could severely hurt my career. Given all of this, I have built extensive trust with families even to the point where I could bathe a special needs five year old with the family gone. I appreciate all the trust that families have given me and I have earned it through building my reputation. I fully support men being educators as long as they are willing to be respectful about this issue.

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