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03-07-2013 06:35 PM
Sprouts
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Originally Posted by brittburk View Post
Okay, so I have no qualms about approaching my SIL to get the care switched from their home to mine but I'm looking for a good way to say it? Our original contract (which has already been thrown out the window with the add-on infant) stated that I would give two weeks notice if I decided to quit so...yeah. I also decided to get more into the daycare scene and looking into getting licensed and such. I've also offered a few mamas I know the ability to call me on week days for drop-in care if they need it in a bind so here is what I have:

Dear SIL,

While I really enjoy watching the kiddos I have reached the point where I feel it is necessary to ask to have the childcare moved to my home. There are a variety of reasons for this: First and foremost, I would like to open up a spot for drop-in care for a few mamas I have been talking to and I need to do this from my own home.

Another reason is after speaking to several experienced daycare providers I wanted to try to watch Niece in a new environment. Her behavior of crawling around and crying while looking for you breaks my heart. Others have suggested that having her in a totally different environment can help.

And the final major reasons are simply safety-related. Nephew has a LOT of tiny toys and no matter how hard I try they always end up back out. This is nobody's fault, its just part of having an older kid, but I have pulled small toys out of both Daughter and Nieces's mouths repeatedly, as well as grout from the cracked tiles. As vigilant as I am it is really tough to keep small things out of baby mouths when one is crawling one way and the other is toddling the other way! I feel like I could provide more secure care if I had them at my house where there are no tiny bits for little hands to grab.

I realize that it would mean driving the kiddos to and from my house in the mornings/afternoons but I would be willing to provide both breakfast and lunch for them as well as get them dressed out of their pajamas in order to cut down on worrying about rushing. I would also continue at my same rate of $25 a day for Nephew even if he is here for 5 1/2-6 hours and we could work out something for Niece. I will continue to give daily updates on what we did, meals, snacks, and potty/diapers. I really hope this is able to work because I absolutely love being able to watch Niece and Nephew, they are a ton of fun and Daughter loves the playtime. I also totally understand if this won't work for you and I can continue to come to your house for another two weeks, as per our original contract.

Sincerely,
Me

Anything you would change or suggest?
I think its good, the only thing I would change is getting them dressed out of their pajamas, after a while, I assure you will get tired of doing this and start loathing the fact that they are too lazy to dress their own children.

These small toys are a HUGE safety factor, what if one of the children choke on it tomorrow???? Its not worth the risk, if they decide not to continue with your services but still want you for next two weeks...then I would make it on YOUR TERMS and tell them the small toys CANNOT be around. For the safety of their baby and yours???!!

Its not fair if a child dies or has to have emergency CPR. And it obviously adds too much stress for you. I know how you feel, my moms house is like this, I call it "The BOoby Trap" I am constantly stressed , chasing around my 2 year old bc he gets into every little hazard. SO I couldn't even imagine being there for more then a few hours.

Hope that helps, good luck
03-07-2013 06:20 PM
brittburk Okay, so I have no qualms about approaching my SIL to get the care switched from their home to mine but I'm looking for a good way to say it? Our original contract (which has already been thrown out the window with the add-on infant) stated that I would give two weeks notice if I decided to quit so...yeah. I also decided to get more into the daycare scene and looking into getting licensed and such. I've also offered a few mamas I know the ability to call me on week days for drop-in care if they need it in a bind so here is what I have:

Dear SIL,

While I really enjoy watching the kiddos I have reached the point where I feel it is necessary to ask to have the childcare moved to my home. There are a variety of reasons for this: First and foremost, I would like to open up a spot for drop-in care for a few mamas I have been talking to and I need to do this from my own home.

Another reason is after speaking to several experienced daycare providers I wanted to try to watch Niece in a new environment. Her behavior of crawling around and crying while looking for you breaks my heart. Others have suggested that having her in a totally different environment can help.

And the final major reasons are simply safety-related. Nephew has a LOT of tiny toys and no matter how hard I try they always end up back out. This is nobody's fault, its just part of having an older kid, but I have pulled small toys out of both Daughter and Nieces's mouths repeatedly, as well as grout from the cracked tiles. As vigilant as I am it is really tough to keep small things out of baby mouths when one is crawling one way and the other is toddling the other way! I feel like I could provide more secure care if I had them at my house where there are no tiny bits for little hands to grab.

I realize that it would mean driving the kiddos to and from my house in the mornings/afternoons but I would be willing to provide both breakfast and lunch for them as well as get them dressed out of their pajamas in order to cut down on worrying about rushing. I would also continue at my same rate of $25 a day for Nephew even if he is here for 5 1/2-6 hours and we could work out something for Niece. I will continue to give daily updates on what we did, meals, snacks, and potty/diapers. I really hope this is able to work because I absolutely love being able to watch Niece and Nephew, they are a ton of fun and Daughter loves the playtime. I also totally understand if this won't work for you and I can continue to come to your house for another two weeks, as per our original contract.

Sincerely,
Me

Anything you would change or suggest?
03-06-2013 09:48 AM
mbullette I would tell them they need to come to your house or they need to find someone else. If they really want you to watch their kids they will make the drive. I wouldn't be taking my child there if the environment is not safe and clearly its not safe. When something happens its going to be your fault even though it's their home and clearly not a place to be watching kids. What happens when you are not there is not your problem.

Personally I dont watch friends or families kids. When situations come up its a lot harder to deal with because you are friends or family and dont want to hurt feelings. You also tend to break rules for them because you know them and it just doesnt work out. Can you advertise and bring in other kids?
03-05-2013 04:47 PM
MNMum
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Originally Posted by brittburk View Post
Okay, awesome, thank you for your help! I will get tough 'in a polite way' of course and get something figured out here. I was also able to talk with my mom (who did daycare for a number of years) and she was able to give me a few pointers as well.
It really sucks in the moment, and it is a drag to think about doing. But you will feel so much better after you talk to them. There is no reason that you should have to suffer through the next few months
03-05-2013 04:37 PM
brittburk Okay, awesome, thank you for your help! I will get tough 'in a polite way' of course and get something figured out here. I was also able to talk with my mom (who did daycare for a number of years) and she was able to give me a few pointers as well.
03-05-2013 04:30 PM
LK5kids
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Originally Posted by butterfly View Post
I would have the kids come to your house. I see you said it's too far out of the way for them, but if you are able to make the drive to their house, why can't they drive to your house?

I bet the behavior would be different in your home as well. Your home, your rules. There would be less safety concerns - I assume. You could prepare meals that are healthy, etc.
Agree...Agree...Agree! Exactly what I thought. If it's not too far for you it's not too far for them! And you won't have to worry about the small toys.
03-05-2013 04:13 PM
MNMum You are just going to have to say it. Due to the increase in # of kids it needs to be on your turf. Also, with both babies now crawling it changes everything.

You can have a more controlled environment and ensure everyone is safe and taken care of more easily in your own home. Give them the option to opt out, but not the option for you to continue in their home. Give them specifics - this needs to happen by March 11 or 18 (if you want to be nice). Stop being the nice guy - it will only make you more upset when the situation continues on as it has, and it won't miraculously change if you don't take the initiative.
03-05-2013 03:37 PM
brittburk Okay, so if you were in my position how would you say that you need to start watching the kiddos at your own home and nicely explain the reasons? :3
03-05-2013 01:05 PM
brittburk I would LOVE to drive back and forth but the husband and I are tight on money (hence the reason I am even watching the kids in the first place) and he gets pretty upset if I do that because our mini-van is not kind on gas usage. If I were to drive back and forth each day I would have to fill up twice a week, its a 15-20 minute drive there depending on traffic. Also I only have one extra carseat for the 3 year old to take him to the music class. So that would require the parents getting another carseat, for the dad to get the kids up and ready to go in the morning while he is getting ready for work and for the mom to pump even more milk for the time the baby would be at my house. I'm also not sure if this would help the infant? Would she maybe be less stressed and fussy if her mom weren't just out of reach in the next room and at my house instead? I don't even know.

We originally worked out a contract for me to watch the 3 year old. The baby was never in the agreement but was added on because the mom was awake for nearly half of the time I was there, kind of negating the whole point of me watching the kid. And the 2 year old was added on at the very same time that the baby was because my other sister-in-law's daycare notified her that they wouldn't accept her 1 day only anymore. The 2 year old is a sweetheart and really no trouble at all, potty trained and really gentle and polite. She was also used to her mom doing daycare for a few months so she knows the routine.

So there is no new contract for the extra kiddos. I HAVE mentioned the small toys and a variety of other things via hinting at them, I leave notes for the mom about our day, etc. I haven't really sat down and talked much about them because a lot of this is really new after the add-ons. The small toys always end up back out on the ground everywhere. :| I guess I am looking for a nice way to put my concerns to words because I'm honestly so stressed out I don't even know where to begin.

I had no problem with the 3 year old, as wild as he can be, pooping pants and all because it was just him, my daughter and I. I mean sure he really drove me a little crazy when he was hopped up on sugar but I wasn't anywhere near the point I am now. I was able to get up and out of the house so he wasn't so ridden with cabin fever. But now with the baby I can't go anywhere as long as she is awake (and crawling around and crying).

Oh goodness, I don't even know where to start. I know working for family can be troublesome but I really don't feel like anything is going to be a problem here as long as I can bring it up in a good manner. Or find solutions and suggest these things to the parents instead of them trying to figure something out.
03-05-2013 01:04 PM
NeedaVaca I agree with the PP, if you are ready to have a career in this business then it's time to get things on YOUR terms. I would never watch kids in the environment you described, way too many safety hazards-if ANYTHING happens regardless of who's house it is, you will be the one responsible.

Your house, your rules-this will probably help in so many aspects, behavior, naps, food etc...

Time to make a change and honestly I don't think caring for family is ideal-too many issues can come up-you are already seeing them. If they are not willing to come to you consider advertising for new kids and start over doing things your way My guess is you will make more money too!
03-05-2013 12:44 PM
cheerfuldom is it possible to come pick them up and drive them back to your house during the day? it might be worth it just to have a safer environment for your 12 month old and spend some of your earnings on gas money. just trying to make it work till may.

the issues could be solved by the parents adding some more structure and routine and consistency to the household. I am assuming you have not approached them with your concerns or that you have, and they have disregarded it. The parents are not setting up you or their kids for success when the house is trashed, their preschooler is in diapers and the baby is confused and upset. If it was a regular daycare family, you could insist on changes or quit but with family, things are complicated. I would highly suggest trying to get out of this gig sooner and not working for family in the future.

The best you can do is what you are already doing. Cleaning up as you can, trying to keep the kids busy and happy. You really arent going to make a huge dent in these issues without the parents help and support. you are there 20 hours a week so yes you are important, but you cant overcome the obstacles that the parents have set up.

I'm sorry. I wish I had the solutions for you.
03-05-2013 12:32 PM
butterfly I would have the kids come to your house. I see you said it's too far out of the way for them, but if you are able to make the drive to their house, why can't they drive to your house?

I bet the behavior would be different in your home as well. Your home, your rules. There would be less safety concerns - I assume. You could prepare meals that are healthy, etc.
03-05-2013 12:21 PM
brittburk I'm new here and have thankfully found a few awesome solutions to past questions via browsing the forums. Now, however, I have some more questions/rants about things happening.

A little background, I'm a 26 year old (well, in two weeks) stay-at-home mama to a 12 month old girl. I've always been a little interested in watching kids at my home. I've done daycare center (at my university) childcare, and also childcare as part of another job with a women's shelter. I babysat when I was a teenager and I'm the oldest of four kids. SO, I have had my fair share of experience watching kids, providing guidance, troubleshooting, etc.

Right now I'm providing daycare for both of my sisters-in-law. I watch my nephew (3 1/2) and niece (7 months) 4 days a week for 5 hours. I also watch my other niece (2 1/2) on Wednesdays for 5 hours. My hours are from 7am to noon.

I have some major gripes right now and I need some suggestions on how to approach each situation with understanding and maybe find a solution.

I go to my sister-in-law's house to provide daycare. My sister-in-law is sleeping while I am there (she works until 2am) and up until recently the 7 month old was asleep with her also.

Major problem is that their house is constantly messy. As in they don't sweep the floor, the husband leaves his beer can from the night before out, etc. Light sockets and power strips are also uncovered. And my nephew has those darn Squinkies and Zinkies. I absolutely LOATH those things. Since my niece and daughter are both young babies I must be constantly vigilant because no matter how hard I try to explain to the 3 year old that he can't have his tiny toys outside of his room they still end everywhere. Even if I pick them all up and put them in his room, in a bin, up on a shelf he will a)find a way to get them down and dump them all over the floor or b) his dad will let him take them anywhere in the house. I am at the point where I'm going to start throwing them away because I'm so annoyed over the fact that I've pulled them out of my daughter's mouth countless times and now that the 7 month old is crawling I've pulled them out of her mouth too. And it isn't that I'm not paying attention, but when you have two babies, one walking in one direction and the other crawling you can't catch everything. :| AND not even two weeks ago the 3 year old brought me his toy with a mousetrap on it. I asked him where he found it and he showed me it had been behind the couch. Within easy reach of ALL of the kids. Frankly their house is just dangerous to have my daughter in and I'm constantly stressing about it. My house is way out of their way to bring the kiddos to though.

The second thing is the 3 1/2 year old is not potty trained. He's honestly closer to 4 years old. I feel like a lot of it is that the parents are super inconsistent with the situation. I showed up late one day (after a snow storm the night before) and my sister-in-law informed me that she decided to be lazy and put the 3 year old in diapers for the day. Had I had no self control I'm sure my jaw would have been on the floor. :| Yesterday the kid pooped in his underwear three times in the four hours he was awake. THREE. TIMES. And he knows when he has to go. I wanted to cry by the time I left after scrubbing poop out of the bathroom rug.

Aaaaaand now for the 7 month old. I've been watching her consistently now for about a month. She's been getting worse and worse about being fussy, and it isn't just with me, its with her dad at night too when her mom goes to work. Yesterday she cried nonstop for 3 1/2 hours until she finally fell asleep. No matter what I did, she wasn't happy being held, being on the floor, being played with (I tried a variety of things), nothing. Today she cried even harder for nearly 2 hours before I finally got irritated enough that I took her in to lay down with her mom. She must have exhausted herself and slept for two hours. I feel terrible because I'm very much an attachment parent so listening to her cry while she crawls around looking for her mom is heartbreaking and super stressful for me. On top of it her brother is making terrible high pitched laughing noises at her because he thinks its hilarious that she's crying/he's probably uncomfortable with the crying and doesn't know how to cope. That also drives me freaking crazy. SO I'm stressed, her kids are stressed and I know my daughter is stressed because she starts signing that she wants milk and gets really clingy.

And finally, back to the 3 year old boy. He had a terrible diet, full of sugar. (I have to bring food for my daughter and I because we don't eat 95% of the items they have in their house.) Now I'm not going to poo-poo on anybody's diet choices but I notice HUGE differences between when I feed him breakfast and when his mom feeds him. If she's feeding him he gets a granola bar (with chocolate chips and sugar galore) and chocolate milk for breakfast and he. Is. Insane. When he gets frustrated after he's eaten this way he simple can't seem to control his hands or focus when I'm talking to him. Like his really...violently? wiggling and moving his hands and arms? He jumps all over the furniture. Ugh.
When I'm there I give him plain milk and a piece of fruit and he is still an energetic kid but he is a lot less aggressive towards my daughter and a lot less crazy.

He really can't focus at all on anything, I'm sure because of his diet. I can't do activities with him. My 1 year old daughter has a longer attention span than he does. :| All this kid wants to do is watch t.v. and jump on the couch.

We go to a music class on Fridays and as energetic as he is at home when we are there and he's supposed to be following along with the teacher he just sits there staring off into space.

I am at my wit's end. I have until the end of May before I am done and I need some suggestions on how to deal with these issues before I throw my hands up and quit. I really love these kids but oh man, I dread going over to watch them every day. Any advice at all would be most appreciated.

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