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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-16-2021, 05:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 277
Posted By Pestle
We took the school hermit crab over winter break...

We took the school hermit crab over winter break and it was a pain in the backside. We had to monitor its temperature all the time, and there were two different chemical treatments for the water, and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-09-2021, 03:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 277
Posted By Pestle
I've had mice in a terrarium. The kids loved...

I've had mice in a terrarium. The kids loved them! They were fun to watch and easy to care for. Cleaning the bedding and sanitizing their environment just got to be one more chore I hated doing,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-09-2021, 02:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 270
Posted By Pestle
I don't supply up epinephrine autoinjectors, no....

I don't supply up epinephrine autoinjectors, no. They are very expensive and have a short shelf life.

I don't supply diaper ointment or powder. Some parents swear by it but they always swear by...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-09-2021, 01:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 178
Posted By Pestle
Raspy/Wet Breathing--Would You Ask For a Note?

I have a 4mo who just started and whose breathing is ALWAYS soggy/labored/rattling. The parents say it's just allergies. For liability's sake, would you ask for a doctor's note supporting this, to go...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-06-2021, 01:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 195
Posted By Pestle
Oh, that's good. Do you have a weather radio?...

Oh, that's good. Do you have a weather radio? Could you do an occasional tornado drill like you do a fire drill? And just a brief statement like:

In the event of a tornado we will shelter in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-06-2021, 11:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 195
Posted By Pestle
I don't have a good spot and I'd like the group's...

I don't have a good spot and I'd like the group's opinion. I have a weather radio with battery backup, so there's that. I'm doing fire drills monthly so the kids are learning to hop to it when...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-05-2021, 10:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 560
Posted By Pestle
I am a small operation so it's easy for me to...

I am a small operation so it's easy for me to send a quick text.

Good morning! Is Mildred joining us today? We are about to head out for our walk so we probably won't be home when you arrive.
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-31-2021, 05:59 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,004
Posted By Pestle
I'm not a fan of making additional rules and...

I'm not a fan of making additional rules and sending notes to the whole group every time one person has an undesirable behavior. It needs to be said just to them, in private, with no arguing or...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-31-2021, 05:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 196
Posted By Pestle
There are vinyl inserts that close the holes up....

There are vinyl inserts that close the holes up. You lose visibility--I have chain link inside my yard, not just around the perimeter, so it's not a good option for me.
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-25-2021, 11:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 258
Posted By Pestle
I have a Discord server where my friends chatter...

I have a Discord server where my friends chatter during their lunch breaks, and everybody who was in the path of the fatal tornado last year is on right now discussing weather radios and taking a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-15-2021, 09:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 268
Posted By Pestle
Delete the voice mail and forget about it....

Delete the voice mail and forget about it. Anything unsolicited is an attempt to get more out of you than you get out of them. Anything promising something super-awesome is a scam. You can adjust...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-12-2021, 06:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 490
Posted By Pestle
"Not allowed to use cell phones at work" = got...

"Not allowed to use cell phones at work" = got too sucked into work to say "I need to contact my daycare provider to let them know about the schedule change." I have worked jobs where we weren't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-05-2021, 07:50 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 715
Posted By Pestle
And grammar is still nascent, so my most-verbal...

And grammar is still nascent, so my most-verbal girl uses female pronouns to refer to every person, and my most-verbal boy uses male pronouns to refer to every person. Does that mean they flunk...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-25-2021, 08:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 437
Posted By Pestle
The manga series Bleach has violence toward...

The manga series Bleach has violence toward exciting monsters, not hideous rotting human corpses, and no sexual content that I can remember. The middle grade horror novel series that begins with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-25-2021, 08:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 437
Posted By Pestle
The books you're suggesting as substitutes held...

The books you're suggesting as substitutes held my daughter's interest . . . at age 6. If the high stakes and complex social conflict of graphic novels are within his comprehension, he needs middle...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-25-2021, 07:28 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 6,261
Posted By Pestle
I've had my first dose. I took the day off as a...

I've had my first dose. I took the day off as a precaution since I've been reading about rough first-dose experiences from friends who were infected before their vaccination, but it turned out to be...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-16-2021, 01:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 331
Posted By Pestle
Don't forget that there's already a window of...

Don't forget that there's already a window of hellish separation anxiety, pandemic or no pandemic, which affects all kids somewhat, some kids a great deal, and most kids who haven't been cared for by...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-09-2021, 02:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 305
Posted By Pestle
They won't sit on the potty for me… But mystery...

They won't sit on the potty for me… But mystery solved. The parents told me at pick up that the child was horrified when they did produce a poop on the potty a while back, and recently pooped in the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-09-2021, 12:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 305
Posted By Pestle
How to Respond to Child Who Constantly Says They've Pooped

I have a chatty nearly-two who reports all day that they've pooped. They come over and wait for me to check. This will happen several times in a continuous row (as in, in under a minute), then stop...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-03-2021, 07:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 409
Posted By Pestle
I think diapers are your only stopgap measure....

I think diapers are your only stopgap measure. It's on the parents to decide if they're going to talk to a pediatrician or not, and it's on you to decide if you want to deal with the hassle of a big...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-02-2021, 06:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 371
Posted By Pestle
Say "Since everybody else has confirmed they're...

Say "Since everybody else has confirmed they're snowed in and I haven't gotten confirmation from you, I will be closed today."

Do it this one time, and from then on, either she makes up her mind...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-31-2021, 01:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 377
Posted By Pestle
That's good advice. I've told the parent to...

That's good advice.

I've told the parent to contact the health department hotline in the morning for further instructions. The parent is saying that there was a problem with the test, but I'm not...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-31-2021, 01:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 654
Posted By Pestle
GOOD LORD this is going to be one of those...

GOOD LORD this is going to be one of those stories that circulates forever, like the "knives and prescription painkillers in the diaper bag" stories. (For the record, I reached into a diaper bag and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-31-2021, 11:18 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 6,261
Posted By Pestle
My state is still on the second group and my city...

My state is still on the second group and my city keeps running out of vaccines so it's gonna be awhile for me--I'm in the third group and my husband and MIL are two groups after that (which sucks,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-31-2021, 10:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 377
Posted By Pestle
Child with "Inconclusive" COVID Test Result

I've been closed with (very very mild) COVID. I suspect that either my husband brought it home a few weeks ago, or my weakest-link daycare family brought it in--that kid's dad, and my husband, are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-18-2021, 06:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 694
Posted By Pestle
That's the part that all of us need to remember!...

That's the part that all of us need to remember! We don't have to close if the person who tested positive is not a person within the daycare or the provider's household, but we need to give people a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-14-2021, 12:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 410
Posted By Pestle
You'd say something if they were sending in an...

You'd say something if they were sending in an infant in clothing too small, right? The same goes for bigger kids.

"Mindy's growing so fast! Looks like it's time to buy clothes in her current...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-07-2021, 10:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 426
Posted By Pestle
Okay, I finally got through on the state...

Okay, I finally got through on the state hotline--they dropped my call twice--and they said that:

They don't know what they meant.

They said that they do not have any details or current plan...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-07-2021, 08:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 426
Posted By Pestle
Unfortunately, I'm still working on getting my...

Unfortunately, I'm still working on getting my license--I didn't start really pushing it until the pandemic, and there have been paperwork issues on DHS's part and I'm having to get some things...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-07-2021, 07:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 426
Posted By Pestle
Vaccine Rollout is a Grand Mystery

The Tennessee vaccination rollout plan got reshuffled a few weeks ago (I think maybe somebody noticed that they had children scheduled to go ahead of some populations, and there is no vaccine for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-19-2020, 12:49 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,467
Posted By Pestle
OMG same. My own 8yo is the worst perpetrator of...

OMG same. My own 8yo is the worst perpetrator of this. "Are you dying? You are screaming like you're dying. Should I be calling an ambulance right now?"
"Sorrrrrrrry."
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-19-2020, 12:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,081
Posted By Pestle
Describe An Inexplicable Thing A DCK Did Today

Last week, I had a 3yo drop-in who approached a fence, took a long hard look at it, and carefully threw her ball behind the shed, where there's no way to get it back.

"Oh, bummer," I said. "Why...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-19-2020, 12:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,034
Posted By Pestle
I won't take doctor's notes because I've had kids...

I won't take doctor's notes because I've had kids whose doctors misdiagnosed communicable illnesses. If the symptoms are on my exclusion list, they can't come back until until they've been...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-19-2020, 12:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 589
Posted By Pestle
I would bring it up and I wouldn't be embarrassed...

I would bring it up and I wouldn't be embarrassed about it. If they're filling their home with that stink, whether to mask another odor or because they just love Fresh Linen Ocean Spice or whatever,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-19-2020, 11:27 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,467
Posted By Pestle
I'm not plugged into the gaming community, but I...

I'm not plugged into the gaming community, but I know that gaming headphones are a big industry, and they might be a partial solution that's worth the investment. There are all kinds of headphones,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-19-2020, 09:12 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 923
Posted By Pestle
Childless Boomers are on the internet going on...

Childless Boomers are on the internet going on about how the kids these days have their every move controlled by their parents and have no freedom to explore and are manipulating their parents into...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-19-2020, 08:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 753
Posted By Pestle
We don't celebrate holidays here. Just birthdays....

We don't celebrate holidays here. Just birthdays.

It helps that I worked retail long enough to really really hate Christmas! :ouch:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-19-2020, 08:32 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 707
Posted By Pestle
I'm in a hotspot, in a city with no enforced mask...

I'm in a hotspot, in a city with no enforced mask mandate, restaurants are open, and we're 15 minutes from two other states with laxer policies and higher infection rates. The adjacent county's...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-28-2020, 09:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 589
Posted By Pestle
Your Pet's Favorite Thing About Your Home Daycare

I have a disabled cat (kitty cerebral palsy) who wobbles past the baby gate a few times a day to see if anybody has thrown something interesting out of the daycare area. He really likes hard plastic...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-15-2020, 04:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 766
Posted By Pestle
I'm a knitter/crocheter. You may have gotten the...

I'm a knitter/crocheter. You may have gotten the booties at a discount because you're a family member, or the person who made them may have been undercharging, because there's not a lot of demand for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-13-2020, 06:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,679
Posted By Pestle
Families enter the house through the living room,...

Families enter the house through the living room, which is shallow and wide, with the furniture grouped so that the seating and conversation area is at the far end, away from the cubbies and sign-in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-14-2020, 01:16 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,317
Posted By Pestle
The kind of compass with the stabby point?!

The kind of compass with the stabby point?!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-12-2020, 01:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,331
Posted By Pestle
That's so sad. Our neighbor's 8yo has extreme...

That's so sad. Our neighbor's 8yo has extreme ADHD and wets/soils himself often. He simply won't break from an activity to relieve himself, and even though it distresses and embarrasses him, he can't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-12-2020, 01:50 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,317
Posted By Pestle
Why why why why why would you be in a situation...

Why why why why why would you be in a situation in which throwing the sex toy into the diaper bag seems like a reasonable move
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-11-2020, 10:52 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,317
Posted By Pestle
Homemade muffin with nuts in it. My kid had a nut...

Homemade muffin with nuts in it. My kid had a nut allergy and no outside food was allowed in, but that family kept trying to sneak things in. Right after that, bloody tampon applicator. I had it in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-02-2020, 12:40 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 7,844
Posted By Pestle
The mayor just pulled the trigger--I'm closed as...

The mayor just pulled the trigger--I'm closed as of this Saturday. I've sent out a message to my families that I'll be charging partial tuition. I only have two enrolled families right now so I'm...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-31-2020, 10:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,134
Posted By Pestle
I waited too long to term a child for aggressive...

I waited too long to term a child for aggressive behavior and screaming. Lost my best client when their kid picked up the disruptive kid's behavior.

Don't wait.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2020, 07:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,020
Posted By Pestle
My husband has ADHD and has been working in an...

My husband has ADHD and has been working in an open office for three years. He's finding the living room just the right balance of activity and accountability vs. sitting alone in a silent room. He...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-05-2020, 12:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,361
Posted By Pestle
"Only kids who don't have accidents can wear...

"Only kids who don't have accidents can wear undies here. DCK is going to need to go back into pull-ups until we've been two weeks without an accident."
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-05-2020, 12:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 922
Posted By Pestle
I liked them for my own kid, because it made...

I liked them for my own kid, because it made travel easy, but for my daycare I use only open cups and bottles. No point in training them on one thing after another after another.

I also wouldn't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-25-2020, 01:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,707
Posted By Pestle
Since you don't have much info, I'm not sure how...

Since you don't have much info, I'm not sure how useful reporting it would be, but you do know there was a foreign object forcibly inserted into his rectum and you don't know for a fact that it was...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-25-2020, 01:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,130
Posted By Pestle
Since I'd still be working in the same industry,...

Since I'd still be working in the same industry, I'd see a relationship with her as a threat to my own employability.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2020, 10:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 835
Posted By Pestle
Noses and Lawn: Everything is Soggy

Both my infants have mild colds and are fussy. One of them keeps curling up on the floor and the other won't sleep at all and screams with rage about it. I had one out for three days with this but...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-04-2019, 10:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,421
Posted By Pestle
Swaddling's illegal in daycare here in Tennessee.

Swaddling's illegal in daycare here in Tennessee.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-19-2019, 11:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 999
Posted By Pestle
I'm on tenterhooks. I've never even used the word...

I'm on tenterhooks. I've never even used the word "tenterhooks" before and I'm on them.

Edit: You posted before I did! Wow. She even failed at being terminated. What a disaster.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-18-2019, 06:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,608
Posted By Pestle
This is horrible, and also funny in a "This...

This is horrible, and also funny in a "This sounds like the 2/3 point in a movie, where they finally find the production factory where the villainous communist ninjas are making their weapons, except...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2019, 06:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 767
Posted By Pestle
The Infant with Separation Anxiety Who Shoves Everything and also Hates Me

I've got that kid. 13 mos, only child, parents seem typical of this generation of white-collar American parents--a little too clingy but not over the top.

Infant has been here for two and a half...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-30-2019, 06:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,204
Posted By Pestle
Naptime would be beyond challenging.

Naptime would be beyond challenging.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-19-2019, 06:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,058
Posted By Pestle
Ditto--I have a new 10mo who's been here nearly a...

Ditto--I have a new 10mo who's been here nearly a month and isn't adapting. He doesn't want me to touch him. His parents rock him to sleep. He's fussy and it's driving the other kids up the wall.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-17-2019, 08:23 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,426
Posted By Pestle
Parents' Desperate Phrases Coming out of DCK's Mouths

So what have your daycare parents been saying lately that's coming out of the kids' mouths? Today I'm chuckling at:

"THAT is NOT gonna happen!"

"You just worry about YOUR food and I'LL worry...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-15-2019, 02:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,328
Posted By Pestle
I don't permit carseats. Even if I did, I...

I don't permit carseats.

Even if I did, I certainly wouldn't buckle the kids myself. Too much room for a lawsuit if they were in an accident afterward.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-14-2019, 10:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,770
Posted By Pestle
Yeah, we're not seeing improvement three weeks...

Yeah, we're not seeing improvement three weeks in. 10 mos, doesn't hold own bottle at home, is rocked to sleep, still on hunger strikes most of the day here and fussing continuously if not in the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-10-2019, 12:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 921
Posted By Pestle
I've had two foster kids in my program. The first...

I've had two foster kids in my program. The first was a disaster; the second was great.

The first was with the same parents from birth, but birth mom was on drugs and the child, at 4, had...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-04-2019, 09:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,770
Posted By Pestle
Jesus Take the Wheel: I Have Infants Again

Two of my toddlers aged out and I've got two infants right now so's I can grow some more toddlers. One is 7 mos and transitioned in smoothly. The other is 10 mos, we're at the end of our first...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-04-2019, 03:21 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,398
Posted By Pestle
You need to find out who's responsible for...

You need to find out who's responsible for licensing and oversight in your area. The Department of Human Services might be it--Google your state (if you're in the US) and "daycare licensing".

In...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-23-2019, 04:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 984
Posted By Pestle
Maybe she needs to be isolated to a small gated,...

Maybe she needs to be isolated to a small gated, carpeted area that's very boring every time she does this. "Oh, bummer! This floor is too hard for you. This table is too hard for you. Looks like you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-23-2019, 04:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,748
Posted By Pestle
I simply don't take phone calls during my...

I simply don't take phone calls during my operating hours. Only call during an emergency.

Brightwheel is free for the basic service. They get live updates on meals, naps, and toileting. You can...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-22-2019, 05:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,712
Posted By Pestle
Only tell the kids to do something if you have...

Only tell the kids to do something if you have the ability to immediately back it up. So if you tell the big kids to put their electronics away, don't give them a second warning; confiscate the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-20-2019, 08:27 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,548
Posted By Pestle
I used to feel guilty. Then I started taking more...

I used to feel guilty. Then I started taking more time off so I could be present at my kid's school events, and I actually feel less guilty, because I'm paying attention to how often the school is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-20-2019, 06:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,065
Posted By Pestle
I respond to "I WANT X!" with "I hear you. You...

I respond to "I WANT X!" with "I hear you. You want X. How are you going to get it?"

SCREAMING that you want something gets the something immediately put out of the daycare area. We try again...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-20-2019, 06:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 817
Posted By Pestle
Can you text them this weekend? "I can accept...

Can you text them this weekend? "I can accept Jimmy into care Monday morning if he's got all his supplies and the forms come with him."

The only reason you need to give is "I legally must have the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-20-2019, 06:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,300
Posted By Pestle
DHS is the regulating agency, not the employer....

DHS is the regulating agency, not the employer. Home daycare providers are self-employed.

"License Exempt" means she's not providing care at the level that kicks in the requirement for a license....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-23-2019, 09:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 872
Posted By Pestle
Thoughts, Feelings, and Actions after Terming for Behavior

I have termed a 4yo and have one more week with him. Throughout each day, I'm alternating between "Why did I term? We're going to be fine, and all it took was a can-do attitude from myself," and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-20-2019, 06:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,063
Posted By Pestle
I'm not sure what you are asking. Are you...

I'm not sure what you are asking.

Are you talking about a particular child, or about a behavior that you're seeing in many children?

Are you talking about a child that you don't like, or a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-19-2019, 05:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,050
Posted By Pestle
I was told by the fire inspector I have to keep...

I was told by the fire inspector I have to keep my exterior doors unlocked at all times daycare kids are inside the house, unless I change my doors so they open from the inside while locked.
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-13-2019, 07:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,230
Posted By Pestle
Okay. They just picked it up and haven't...

Okay. They just picked it up and haven't administered it to her at all before, so I'll send it home today.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-12-2019, 05:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,230
Posted By Pestle
Enfamil Iron Supplement Drops

Had a new parent drop off infant (6mo) this AM and tried to drop off iron supplements. I said I needed the medication form filled out, so they took the drops home and brought them back at pick up....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-07-2019, 08:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,810
Posted By Pestle
You definitely don't want to punish a family for...

You definitely don't want to punish a family for giving notice. Negative reinforcement of following policies is a bad idea! But this isn't exactly giving notice; it's vague. I'm in the same boat and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-02-2019, 11:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 792
Posted By Pestle
If you ever retire but want to pick up a few...

If you ever retire but want to pick up a few bucks, you should start a charge-by-the-minute daycare hotline. Like Miss Cleo, but for standard practices and developmental milestones. "I'm getting . ....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-02-2019, 10:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 792
Posted By Pestle
Thank you! likethis This is what I come here for.

Thank you! likethis This is what I come here for.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-02-2019, 10:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 792
Posted By Pestle
Skin color is good, breathing and snotty nose...

Skin color is good, breathing and snotty nose were normal for crying baby before falling asleep. Yes, full-on hysteria for a good 10 minutes before falling asleep. Doesn't want to be held by me when...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-02-2019, 10:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,498
Posted By Pestle
It sounds like you don't feel this is a good fit...

It sounds like you don't feel this is a good fit for you. It sounds like your heart's not in it. It sounds like you don't like the workplace culture.

It sounds like you don't need us to tell you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-02-2019, 10:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 792
Posted By Pestle
Crying/Gasping in Sleep--Periodic Breathing?

Got a brand-new infant, just turning 6mos now, is rolling and getting ready to crawl. It's their second day so they're not pleased. Lots of screaming yesterday, more today. Napped for 20 minutes...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-16-2019, 07:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,399
Posted By Pestle
Only in my husband! He has ADHD. The ODD is...

Only in my husband! He has ADHD. The ODD is undiagnosed but certainly there. It's often comorbid with ADHD.

It's not helpful for friends, family, or care providers to diagnose a child. We are not...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-07-2019, 11:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,334
Posted By Pestle
If he starts it again after he's done teething,...

If he starts it again after he's done teething, it's very common for kids to bit when they're on the cusp of becoming fully verbal. They get aggressive and frustrated when they want to communicate...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-24-2019, 10:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,362
Posted By Pestle
You don't want it to be too stimulating. Can you...

You don't want it to be too stimulating. Can you offer a choice? Maybe some fine motor skills activities (sorting, puzzles, nesting/stacking), with the option of sitting and listening to a story...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-24-2019, 05:09 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,703
Posted By Pestle
Had a dropoff today with "They haven't had an...

Had a dropoff today with "They haven't had an accident in two days, so they're in underpants." The parent was horrified when I said, "Sure, we can try that, but if they have an accident here they'll...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-24-2019, 05:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,461
Posted By Pestle
One of the first laws of daycare is that if the...

One of the first laws of daycare is that if the parent says a given symptom is allergies, they've got a child with a communicable infection. I just went through this last month. And I think it's...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-19-2019, 04:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 944
Posted By Pestle
I washed anything washable on high heat with a...

I washed anything washable on high heat with a little bleach and dried on high heat, and vacuumed/bleached everything else as applicable. I also bought a bunch of metal lice combs, marked them with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-19-2019, 06:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,627
Posted By Pestle
Melissa and Doug is the very lowest-end of all...

Melissa and Doug is the very lowest-end of all wooden toys. They're sort of okay for home use with only one or two kids who are gentle with toys. Crummy with regular use. If you have the money to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-05-2019, 06:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 989
Posted By Pestle
Zoinks! We sure do wear ourselves out fast, don't...

Zoinks! We sure do wear ourselves out fast, don't we? I'm only 35. I was thinking back over what my physical activity was the day before this started. "I didn't fall or feel anything happen to it! I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-04-2019, 09:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 989
Posted By Pestle
Water on the Knee

I imagine this is a common complaint among people who are down on the floor with small children all the time. This knee has given me trouble for a few years, since before I was doing daycare....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-04-2019, 05:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,286
Posted By Pestle
American popular culture is only starting to...

American popular culture is only starting to recognize that spanking is not a disciplinary tool but a spirit-breaking tool. It's legal in the home but illegal in public schools and daycare--go...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-28-2019, 01:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,107
Posted By Pestle
My contract says "$1.00 per minute per child" for...

My contract says "$1.00 per minute per child" for late fees and "$15 per day per child" for late payment fees.

You're still caring for multiple kids when they don't pick up on time. They need to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-28-2019, 01:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,852
Posted By Pestle
WHAT en garde! Seriously. Grits, like...

WHAT

en garde!

Seriously. Grits, like baked potatoes, are a medium for cheese, salt, butter, and bacon. CLEARLY. :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-26-2019, 07:39 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,598
Posted By Pestle
Okay, sure, if we were all rich we might go for...

Okay, sure, if we were all rich we might go for that. Amazingly, we ALL need that much sleep. :rolleyes:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-24-2019, 01:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,620
Posted By Pestle
I try to do at least an hour in the morning and...

I try to do at least an hour in the morning and somewhere between half an hour to an hour in the afternoon. It depends upon the weather. Right now, in late May, it is already hitting the 90s in the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-24-2019, 01:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,273
Posted By Pestle
Anxiety definitely manifests as rigidity and...

Anxiety definitely manifests as rigidity and rage/terror. But what can you do about that? I put up with a child like this for months and it only got worse. I came up with a behavioral plan, read...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-24-2019, 01:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,852
Posted By Pestle
A third of the items on that list are ethnic...

A third of the items on that list are ethnic foods that haven't yet fully made it into the mainstream. But which are very common and useful where they are popular. I wonder if the slowness to approve...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-24-2019, 07:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,664
Posted By Pestle
So, I did this. I sent the parent a link to a...

So, I did this. I sent the parent a link to a page that listed red flags for emotional development, and said this is the time to address issues, before public school begins.

Pediatrician said the...
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