Five Minutes With … a day care leader
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Name: Kwynn Kyd
Occupation: Day care leader at Kid Kare at the Glenwood Springs Community Center
Lives in: Glenwood Springs (originally from Missouri)
What makes you want to work with children? Actually, I’ve always worked with children. My first job was in a preschool, and that was a summer job, and one of the moms asked me to be a nanny. There was a little boy and a little girl who wasn’t born yet, and I took care of them for seven years.
(When she moved here, she thought she was going to take a break from children, she said, but her friend saw an opening at Kid Kare, and so Kyd met with the coordinator, Barb Park, and the two hit it off.)
So, a couple of days later, she offered me the job.
What’s the best part of working around kids? They are who they are. There’s no pretending. If they like you, they like you. If they hate you, they hate you. It can change from day to day, but they’re always straightforward. I had a lot of magic in my childhood, and working with kids sort of brings me back to that. If a kid smiles at you, it makes everything better.
What’s the hardest part of your job? Sometimes, when they haven’t been left before, it’s hard to get parents and children to understand that if children are left for short periods of time over the course of a week, it’s better.
What’s it like knowing you’re helping shape these kids? It’s pretty cool. It’s really fun to know that in a special way, you’re helping shape these kids for the better, hopefully ” probably. It some ways, it’s kind of odd, because it’s just me, and it’s interesting that I touch so many lives, because I just I do what I do.
If you could go back and give your “child self” advice, what would it be? Maybe not to take things so seriously. I don’t so much anymore, but for a while everything was serious and a big deal. Overall, I think life is pretty much amazing, and if you don’t worry so much about it, it’s good, because it eventually has a way of working out.
What’s the most important thing in your life? Loving what I do and where I am at the moment. If you love what you do, everything works out pretty nicely for you.
Favorite movie: “The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus”
Favorite author: Timothy Zahn
Favorite musical artist: Enya
Favorite spot in the county: Hanging Lake
Favorite spot in the world: Ireland
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