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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-27-2020, 12:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 183
Posted By Snowmom
I threw that $50 paperweight away this morning. ...

I threw that $50 paperweight away this morning.

No amount of calibration ever made it reliable. I went back to tympanic and resigned myself to investing in endless amounts of ear covers.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2020, 06:48 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 302
Posted By Snowmom
I have requested families to bring in one group...

I have requested families to bring in one group supply per month to help offset costs. Luckily, they've been very generous and don't just bring in one tiny box of Kleenex! I've gotten a 12 pack of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-23-2020, 03:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 242
Posted By Snowmom
My personal policy is: if I am open, rates are...

My personal policy is: if I am open, rates are due.

It doesn't affect me financially too much to close unpaid for a couple weeks (since my SO pays the mortgage). But I've been debating coming up...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-22-2020, 07:17 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 499
Posted By Snowmom
This was a big one for me too. I'm in my 40's....

This was a big one for me too. I'm in my 40's. This job has been directly responsible for 4 hospitalizations for me. The MRSA infection (99.99% sure I contracted it from one particular family) almost...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-21-2020, 06:55 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 499
Posted By Snowmom
Thanks all! lovethis If I get the job, I...

Thanks all! lovethis

If I get the job, I will likely still check in every once in awhile. It's a county job with rotating shifts (10-12 hours, 4 days/week).
I still plan on keeping my license...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-21-2020, 04:02 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 499
Posted By Snowmom
I have an interview tomorrow- complete career...

I have an interview tomorrow- complete career change.

How do I know I want to leave:
1. I dread opening my doors in the morning.
2. I have no desire to do activities beyond what's necessary to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-16-2020, 01:30 PM
Replies: 5,951
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 682,209
Posted By Snowmom
It takes FORRRREVERRR to get on. Then you get the...

It takes FORRRREVERRR to get on. Then you get the kids that whine after two minutes to go back inside.

We have lots of "nature-based" preschools around here that require rain gear to enroll. REI...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-16-2020, 08:17 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 491
Posted By Snowmom
Doctor/Nurses kids... oye. Worst of the worst. ...

Doctor/Nurses kids... oye. Worst of the worst.


But yes, be super picky about those teacher families. You'll always find the teachers who feel entitled to get summers free, holidays prorated and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-16-2020, 08:11 AM
Replies: 5,951
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 682,209
Posted By Snowmom
Merrels brand of these are super sturdy and comfy!

Merrels brand of these are super sturdy and comfy!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-16-2020, 07:48 AM
Replies: 5,951
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 682,209
Posted By Snowmom
I wipe my outside play area off before we go out...

I wipe my outside play area off before we go out as well.

But honestly, wet is wet- it wouldn't make a difference if the child was wearing sweats, jeans or leggings to me. If they sit in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-15-2020, 10:31 AM
Replies: 5,951
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 682,209
Posted By Snowmom
I prefer leggings over jeans any day. I have...

I prefer leggings over jeans any day.

I have had several families dress their still-diapered kids in skinny jeans and I will 100% change them as soon as they walk in the door. I hate those...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-14-2020, 01:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 491
Posted By Snowmom
Figure out what's important to you in this...

Figure out what's important to you in this instance.

Some questions to ask yourself:
Do you truly feel it's too difficult or stressful on you to have a child off for 3 months and have to adapt...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-14-2020, 01:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 287
Posted By Snowmom
Absolutely! It's the state of the world right...

Absolutely! It's the state of the world right now. :confused:
I'm open=they pay.
They agreed to pay for any/all sick days when they signed on. Of course, it wasn't 14 days pre-covid and it will...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-13-2020, 01:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 287
Posted By Snowmom
One and done. Feces is one of the #1 disease...

One and done.
Feces is one of the #1 disease spreaders. So many viruses shed through feces!
Not to mention the time it takes to clean up. No thanks. One incident and they're sent home.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-12-2020, 08:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 254
Posted By Snowmom
Good for you! Strengthening that back bone is one...

Good for you! Strengthening that back bone is one of the hardest things to do.


The threads are still great to read even when you've read them a dozen times already! It's such a wealth of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-09-2020, 02:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 309
Posted By Snowmom
Running your own business is a risk no matter...

Running your own business is a risk no matter what product or service you offer.
Daycare in itself is not a huge money maker. So, being that you would be paying rent on an apartment you don't live...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 10-08-2020, 09:10 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 8,962
Posted By Snowmom
I 1000% agree with Blackcat. This is an...

I 1000% agree with Blackcat.

This is an issue that gets under my skin so much. Just because you can send a text at 3am, doesn't mean you should. If you are up at 3am and don't think you'll...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-05-2020, 02:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 278
Posted By Snowmom
No bleach- you'll wreck your carpet and...

No bleach- you'll wreck your carpet and furniture.
Sanitizing tabs are what these usually use. Like Steramine tablets (Amazon).

Honestly, unless you purchase an electrostatic sprayer, then it's...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-03-2020, 10:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 354
Posted By Snowmom
Personally, I would just leave out that...

Personally, I would just leave out that mid-section about your next endeavor. If they ask, then I wouldn't have an issue telling them. But at this point, it doesn't serve a real purpose and honestly,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-23-2020, 11:05 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 954
Posted By Snowmom
I think it should be expected to address it with...

I think it should be expected to address it with her because it's a liability!
Running around with lax supervision instead of direction... it only takes one car going by to change everyone's family...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-23-2020, 10:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 466
Posted By Snowmom
I'm confused. What do you mean "I don't trust...

I'm confused. What do you mean "I don't trust this"?

Your state should be giving you guidance in what to exclude for in terms of Covid. You can always come up with your own policies as well....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-23-2020, 10:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 578
Posted By Snowmom
Will it offend somebody? Sure, because that's the...

Will it offend somebody? Sure, because that's the way our society is these days. Someone always has to feel they should be offended by different views.
Would I allow it? Yes, of course. I don't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-18-2020, 02:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,127
Posted By Snowmom
The only thing I say now when this kind of thing...

The only thing I say now when this kind of thing happens is: "Is someone hurt?"

No.

The first couple times, I'll respond with "then I don't need to know." After that, I don't say anything else,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-15-2020, 07:03 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 717
Posted By Snowmom
Respectful people would feel bad, yes. To her,...

Respectful people would feel bad, yes.
To her, she got your permission to be late when she did it the first time and got away with it without consequence.
Unfortunately, with these types of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-10-2020, 01:32 PM
Replies: 5,951
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 682,209
Posted By Snowmom
I had a funny thing happen the other day. I...

I had a funny thing happen the other day.
I had scheduled a day off for September (scheduled in July) but later cancelled it (with several weeks notice) since I had to switch some things in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-08-2020, 07:30 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 16,249
Posted By Snowmom
Empathy for what? Clothing is a pretty standard...

Empathy for what? Clothing is a pretty standard requirement.:confused:

If you're unhappy with what your daycare requires, find a different place. It's a pretty easy solution there.

Each...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-03-2020, 04:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 681
Posted By Snowmom
I was going to say this too. Sometimes I...

I was going to say this too.

Sometimes I get snarky and say "Did something happen at home because sometimes they don't want to leave me." :ouch:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-03-2020, 04:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 695
Posted By Snowmom
Is this the same person/situation from months...

Is this the same person/situation from months ago?

OP, unless you are suffering from affects of the situation (ex: they're bad mouthing you or making it difficult to find a new job), there's not...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-25-2020, 08:15 AM
Replies: 5,951
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 682,209
Posted By Snowmom
Wow. I didn't find Dad funny. I think he's an...

Wow. I didn't find Dad funny. I think he's an a**.

Illnesses will be the end of me in this business. I will go bezerk on a parent one day.
I even had one bring in a kid today with 102 temp. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-24-2020, 10:23 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,899
Posted By Snowmom
I'm so sorry she's going through this! I hope...

I'm so sorry she's going through this! I hope they're taking good care of her! It sounds so different for everyone with no rhyme/reason.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-24-2020, 06:53 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,899
Posted By Snowmom
My heart breaks for these stories. I wasn't...

My heart breaks for these stories.

I wasn't sure how to personally answer the poll.
I was sick in March and there wasn't any testing available here. I was told that I had pneumonia from my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-18-2020, 06:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 563
Posted By Snowmom
Any coughing goes home here. Period. And...

Any coughing goes home here. Period.

And allergies always need documentation by a DR with a plan of treatment on file. But I will still exclude for coughing right now- even with allergies.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-13-2020, 09:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 411
Posted By Snowmom
I'm a 7:30-4:30 person. I changed dc hours about...

I'm a 7:30-4:30 person. I changed dc hours about 5 years ago and will never go back to earlier or later.

My husband usually takes our son to hockey. Mainly because I hate helping with hockey...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-09-2020, 08:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 842
Posted By Snowmom
:lol: Badmouthed? She was being a diligent...

:lol:
Badmouthed?

She was being a diligent customer by asking for other's opinions and experience. IMHO, consumers NEED to be weary of online companies and question their authenticity. There are...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 08-09-2020, 07:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 835
Posted By Snowmom
Replied in red. What this boils down to: ...

Replied in red.


What this boils down to:
If you really feel you're entitled to your deposit back, ask for it. If they say no, refer to your contract. The contract is what a court of law is...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 08-09-2020, 01:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 835
Posted By Snowmom
1. I can guarantee you that your preschool lost...

1. I can guarantee you that your preschool lost money, even with families that still paid last Spring, hence why they likely had to lay off employees.

2. The PPP has perimeters for the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-16-2020, 05:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 641
Posted By Snowmom
My late fee policy: Arriving AT or AFTER...

My late fee policy:

Arriving AT or AFTER your contracted deadline is considered late and you will incur late fees equal to $1 per minute for every minute you are on the daycare premises.


I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-16-2020, 05:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 697
Posted By Snowmom
Short answer: No. You're not unreasonable at all....

Short answer: No. You're not unreasonable at all.

Long answer: We're living in a global pandemic.
During this pandemic, you as the caregiver of a large group of children are responsible for...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 07-07-2020, 08:36 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 667
Posted By Snowmom
How Do We Fill Out This PPP Forgiveness Stuff?

My brain is hurting!
I opened the form(s) from PayPal on how to apply for forgiveness and I'm seriously in tears trying to figure this stuff out! I've read and re-read all this at least a dozen...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-30-2020, 09:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 778
Posted By Snowmom
You should have gotten direction on what's...

You should have gotten direction on what's needed, if anything. Most grants either expect you to submit receipts OR simply just agree to use the funds for your business.

If there was no outlined...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-30-2020, 09:53 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,263
Posted By Snowmom
Nope, never. Unless I made an error, I...

Nope, never.

Unless I made an error, I don't apologize.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-29-2020, 12:58 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,069
Posted By Snowmom
It depends on how your contract is worded. ...

It depends on how your contract is worded.

If you contain everything that a contract needs to contain but refer to it as your handbook and contract (like I do), it is 100% enforceable in court.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-29-2020, 10:11 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 931
Posted By Snowmom
Like Cat herder, only if I actually know the...

Like Cat herder, only if I actually know the provider.

Otherwise, I usually give a few resources that may be helpful.

I have a neighbor who is also licensed. I actually like her and have no...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-29-2020, 10:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 624
Posted By Snowmom
I wouldn't bring in anything like that. ...

I wouldn't bring in anything like that.

Focus your interview on what you want in a job. Meaning: "I am looking for a position with a quality employer that will support employment with me...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-25-2020, 07:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,069
Posted By Snowmom
I used to have 2 (handbook and also a contract). ...

I used to have 2 (handbook and also a contract).
I had them sign the contract and also sign a handbook release that states they received it and will follow all policies as outlined.

Now, I just...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-25-2020, 05:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 702
Posted By Snowmom
Honestly, I'd just give them notice now. I...

Honestly, I'd just give them notice now.
I refuse to be on edge with families. Communication is essential and it sounds like they don't feel the same.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-25-2020, 06:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 856
Posted By Snowmom
Unless you're going to restrict families from...

Unless you're going to restrict families from coming inside (which I am in TOTAL support of and do it myself), then you are going to have to address it to her directly.

"Mom, the best approach to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-22-2020, 08:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 883
Posted By Snowmom
Not here. I had two out last week. Diarrhea...

Not here.

I had two out last week. Diarrhea on one, coughing for another. Another out this week with rashes.

Still have the same "allergies" excuse. Which I do not believe since these are kids...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-19-2020, 03:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,126
Posted By Snowmom
Yes, I'd be concerned too. You mentioned...

Yes, I'd be concerned too.

You mentioned she's 4.5. What are the plans for the upcoming school year? Have the parents mentioned if she'd be going to kinder or preschool? Are they planning another...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-15-2020, 06:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 877
Posted By Snowmom
It is much harder when they are all the same age...

It is much harder when they are all the same age and temperament. One of the reasons I prefer mixed age groups honestly. They learn empathy and leadership better in mixed age. But I digress. :D

I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-11-2020, 06:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 655
Posted By Snowmom
Yes/No. DCB has been here 6 months now. Mom...

Yes/No.
DCB has been here 6 months now. Mom does 100% of the drop off/pick up.
Last Friday, She came with DCD to pick up and I said "Hi, I don't think we met before". He didn't laugh and said, "I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-09-2020, 04:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 835
Posted By Snowmom
I'm sorry, that sounds frustrating. If I...

I'm sorry, that sounds frustrating.

If I may give a little advice: next time, stick with your gut. You knew it didn't feel right. Don't try to force it. Actually, even giving "benefit of the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-09-2020, 06:47 AM
Replies: 5,951
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 682,209
Posted By Snowmom
I truly don't get the Miralax trend. Someone...

I truly don't get the Miralax trend.
Someone explain this to me, since it's so common these days.

Why not just try to correct the issue naturally, with diet?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-08-2020, 01:48 PM
Replies: 5,951
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 682,209
Posted By Snowmom
Have a changing pad, diapers and wipes right next...

Have a changing pad, diapers and wipes right next to the entrance tomorrow (and for about a week).
The child comes in needing a change, they do it right then and there.

But yes, your center...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-08-2020, 08:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 20,993
Posted By Snowmom
:lol: Been there. Yarn and balloon bowls. ...

:lol:

Been there. Yarn and balloon bowls.
Big sticky mess.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-06-2020, 01:48 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,923
Posted By Snowmom
Yea, I mean, how they dare they expect any break...

Yea, I mean, how they dare they expect any break during a 10-12 hour work day in a family daycare?

Your $150 a week should have them groveling at your feet to be grateful for the opportunity to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-05-2020, 09:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 677
Posted By Snowmom
Honestly, you're lucky they even told you. ...

Honestly, you're lucky they even told you.

I'm close to Mpls too. I'm sure some of my families have gone too. They'd never tell me though.
If I did know, I would exclude for 14 days.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-28-2020, 10:47 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 20,993
Posted By Snowmom
Next week, we are doing these 1-breath windbags. ...

Next week, we are doing these 1-breath windbags.
I've never tried them before, so we'll see how it goes!...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-21-2020, 06:43 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,699
Posted By Snowmom
I'm getting so burnt out on this drop off/pick up...

I'm getting so burnt out on this drop off/pick up procedure.

I do wear a mask for those times, but not inside with the kids. I have two washable masks and I end up those every day (hate laundry)....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-20-2020, 06:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 704
Posted By Snowmom
I have nap mats similar to these:...

I have nap mats similar to these:...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-18-2020, 10:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 955
Posted By Snowmom
I'm jealous. We still have over two more...

I'm jealous.

We still have over two more weeks.
My 2nd grader has totally checked out of doing anything.
My 6th grader is in tears. She's an over achiever and gotten A's in every single class...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-14-2020, 01:30 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,699
Posted By Snowmom
Yea, northern states hate him too. :lol: ...

Yea, northern states hate him too.
:lol:

Both of them actually.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-13-2020, 10:04 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,171
Posted By Snowmom
I think it's pretty cut/dry. If she isn't paying...

I think it's pretty cut/dry. If she isn't paying for a spot, you're free to offer it to someone else.
No contract sign=no guarantee.

If you find someone else, just tell her that since she didn't...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 05-08-2020, 06:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,716
Posted By Snowmom
I'm not following a lot of what you are saying...

I'm not following a lot of what you are saying here, but again, it's going to come down to what your contract says you are bound to.
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 05-05-2020, 10:18 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,617
Posted By Snowmom
I applied for the EIDL grant in March and then...

I applied for the EIDL grant in March and then again in April (around the 7th) and still haven't seen or heard anything beyond the general "we have a high volume... yada yada".

I did apply for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-30-2020, 04:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,393
Posted By Snowmom
Parents who NEVER spent their time off with their...

Parents who NEVER spent their time off with their children are now getting a lot of face time. That = better behavior.

I don't let parents inside right now. So, my house can be messy and I don't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-30-2020, 04:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 665
Posted By Snowmom
Rural is a tougher market. Although you might...

Rural is a tougher market.
Although you might be surprised. It's all in how you market it.
Research contracted hours here to get some ideas on how other providers market shorter hours.

When I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-30-2020, 10:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 665
Posted By Snowmom
Are you sure you want to quit altogether? I bet...

Are you sure you want to quit altogether?
I bet shortening those hours would make a huge difference.

I don't open until 7:30 and I only take on families who need until 4:30. I switched that a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-30-2020, 06:44 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 560
Posted By Snowmom
PPP Loan Planning

If anyone here has gotten a PPP loan, how are you planning on documenting your expenses for loan forgiveness?

How do you prove that you pay yourself?

What if your mortgage is usually paid out...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-29-2020, 06:33 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,693
Posted By Snowmom
happyfacehappyfacehappyface Congratulations....

happyfacehappyfacehappyface

Congratulations. I bet that must feel freeing.

I've never participated. I went to a couple trainings of theirs and walked out of one. The trainer was giving...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-27-2020, 09:50 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,557
Posted By Snowmom
Yikes! We did go buy a gun. I never thought...

Yikes!

We did go buy a gun. I never thought my husband and I would. But, peace of mind and all. Still makes me nervous.

Cleaning supplies are still sparse around here too.
My licensor has...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2020, 12:10 PM
Replies: 5,951
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 682,209
Posted By Snowmom
I really hate that I keep learning new things I...

I really hate that I keep learning new things I need to put into my contract. Always by a "lesson learned" experience with jerky clients.

On a related note: I never thought I'd have to term...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 04-23-2020, 05:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,716
Posted By Snowmom
Ok, this puts a different spin on your legal...

Ok, this puts a different spin on your legal options.
Is your state mandating that only essential workers can use daycare?
If not, you could win in a court of law because they broke the contract...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 04-23-2020, 05:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,716
Posted By Snowmom
You said "like everyone, we stopped sending our...

You said "like everyone, we stopped sending our kid to daycare".
So, they were open?

If they were open, it was your choice to keep your child home. Your choice to leave too. You were still bound...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-23-2020, 02:46 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,441
Posted By Snowmom
There was a car line nearly a mile long at our...

There was a car line nearly a mile long at our neighborhood Taco John's last night. It's safe to assume potato olÚs are essential! :D
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-22-2020, 06:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,215
Posted By Snowmom
I wouldn't take them back. And I'm petty enough...

I wouldn't take them back. And I'm petty enough to keep that information to myself too.
I assume they think you will just take them back when it's all said and done (without communicating with you)....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-16-2020, 06:59 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 3,861
Posted By Snowmom
I'm curious as to why?

I'm curious as to why?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-14-2020, 11:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,277
Posted By Snowmom
I'm not MD, but if it's like my state, you need...

I'm not MD, but if it's like my state, you need to input "self-employment" under work history (we had to search that specific title with the hyphen and all). Then continue on with your business info....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-07-2020, 06:49 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,557
Posted By Snowmom
Isn't it funny how most of us feel it's not a big...

Isn't it funny how most of us feel it's not a big deal to stay home, we do that anyway. :)

I'm open but low enrollment. Honestly, I really thought I would close. I still contemplate if I'm doing...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-03-2020, 06:25 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,183
Posted By Snowmom
It is for me. I'm making up my mind this weekend....

It is for me. I'm making up my mind this weekend.

I go back/forth about it. I'd love to stay open in one regard (for a few families) because our state is generously offering grant money to those...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-01-2020, 07:52 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 14,217
Posted By Snowmom
Agree- who is "we"? Unregistered: ...

Agree- who is "we"?

Unregistered:
"Cameras cannot be used to monitor children while in other areas of the home or center"
Yes, they can. It's called a baby monitor and approved here as long as...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-31-2020, 06:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,094
Posted By Snowmom
In my eyes, you are covered too. "DCM, as...

In my eyes, you are covered too.

"DCM, as your contract states, deposits are not refundable. You are required to give notice, which your initial deposit will cover. If you wish to wait until the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-24-2020, 06:32 AM
Replies: 310
Views: 65,746
Posted By Snowmom
Before disinfecting procedures on Princess Cruise...

Before disinfecting procedures on Princess Cruise Ships (Diamond & Grand), CV19 survived on cabin surfaces for 17 days!
The science of this virus is going to be quite amazing for researchers.
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-24-2020, 06:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 544
Posted By Snowmom
Well, I guess I won't feel guilty that I haven't...

Well, I guess I won't feel guilty that I haven't done or planned anything over the past week. :lol:

99% of my enrollment has stayed home. I should be grateful but I honestly feel strange about it!...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2020, 08:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 544
Posted By Snowmom
Keeping Connected

Brainstorming:

What kinds of things are you doing with or for your families that are staying home to keep connected during this time?

Are you posting any activities?
Reaching out through...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2020, 10:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 752
Posted By Snowmom
Wait, so the child had 2 diapers on? Wow,...

Wait, so the child had 2 diapers on?

Wow, bold.

Personally, I have a low tolerance for disrespect and would just say "see ya" today. Especially given the circumstances of the world today. She...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2020, 07:11 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,449
Posted By Snowmom
Set the expectation NOW. How do you...

Set the expectation NOW.

How do you normally communicate with your families?
Individually? As a group email? Website/Facebook group?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2020, 07:09 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,371
Posted By Snowmom
Omg, I am so, so sorry. That is beyond...

Omg, I am so, so sorry. That is beyond devastating and I can't even imagine how they are feeling.

Hugs to you too! :hug:

I think texting is ok right now. Shock is likely what state they are in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2020, 07:01 AM
Replies: 310
Views: 65,746
Posted By Snowmom
It will. I give it 3-5 more days. Because...

It will.

I give it 3-5 more days. Because the stupid is real in this country.

I had to go to the drive thru to get my prescriptions yesterday and was ASTOUNDED at how many people are out!...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2020, 06:47 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,979
Posted By Snowmom
It's so surreal to see how processes have changed...

It's so surreal to see how processes have changed in such a short time!

Like everyone else, I asked IF families are able to stay home with their kids, they do it (I'm open- tuition still due). ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-16-2020, 07:55 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,615
Posted By Snowmom
Oh, that's so sweet! I'm so grateful that I...

Oh, that's so sweet!

I'm so grateful that I did not have to chase down any payments today given all but one daycare child is home.
I did not expect that. I figured I'd likely have to explain the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-13-2020, 07:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,737
Posted By Snowmom
I also remember there being a immunization fairly...

I also remember there being a immunization fairly quickly.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-13-2020, 07:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 982
Posted By Snowmom
I get what you're saying. Question though:...

I get what you're saying.

Question though: given the fact the family has traveled overseas (OP- 3 weeks ago?), warrants mandatory testing?
Personally, I do.
The DR's offices are asking all...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-13-2020, 06:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 982
Posted By Snowmom
Personally, I would likely require a DR's note to...

Personally, I would likely require a DR's note to return at all.
And I'm the one who hates going to the DR for ANYTHING.
Given the over seas travel, a DR would likely do a C19 test with those...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-12-2020, 12:45 PM
Replies: 310
Views: 65,746
Posted By Snowmom
My letter goes out tonight. I'm placing...

My letter goes out tonight. I'm placing additional temporary exclusions to my illness policy.
In it, I did ask everyone to tell me if they are traveling over Spring Break (2 weeks from now) as there...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-11-2020, 10:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 635
Posted By Snowmom
Out of about 40 kids I've had come/go, I've only...

Out of about 40 kids I've had come/go, I've only really connected with 2.
Same with their parents too. I've only actually liked 3. Funny how 2 out of 3 are from the same families too.

I remind...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-11-2020, 07:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 623
Posted By Snowmom
Dang!:eek: Last Friday was a dcb's 4th...

Dang!:eek:

Last Friday was a dcb's 4th birthday. The mom took the day off. Not to spend with the boy, because he was here open-close... to the dot. But she wanted to bake and decorate for his...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-11-2020, 07:23 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,277
Posted By Snowmom
Most cases aren't showing any symptoms for a...

Most cases aren't showing any symptoms for a week. By then, you've already exposed others.
Most kids infected are showing only cold symptoms. So tightening policies is a good idea, but again, by...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-10-2020, 11:10 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 631
Posted By Snowmom
Anytime toy hoarding happens here, they lose that...

Anytime toy hoarding happens here, they lose that toy for the day. That tends to work well for the kids 3 yrs +.

Unfriendly play= their own separate space (also known as the "baby" space!)....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-09-2020, 04:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,014
Posted By Snowmom
"Mom, you caught me a little off guard yesterday...

"Mom, you caught me a little off guard yesterday when you informed me of your work hours that are changing. I won't be able to accommodate the later hours. If you need to put in your notice, please...
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