I was a "Mother's Helper" from the age of about 5 or 6 or so, then I did child care from about 10 or 11.
My first "job" was writing an Advice Column for teens for our local news paper. I was about 12 or 13.
At 16 I got a summer job at the park district at the Baby Pool. I would turn on the water in the morning and add the chlorine and fill the pool. Then I would spend all day telling parents they couldn't leave their babies and toddlers there alone, it wasn't a Day Care Center. It was a park! People would swear at me. We had a sign saying this but people don't read.
Why have kids if you need to dump them on others all the time? People would always try to sneak and leave their kids there. I would hold the babies until the cops came. Nice parents, huh? I finally starting telling parents that if they left their kids there without parents, we would
call the cops and their kids would end up in the care of DCFS. Some people still continued to do it. WTF?