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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-10-2018, 06:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 229
Posted By Lissa Kristine
Sometimes, bringing normal indoor activities...

Sometimes, bringing normal indoor activities outdoors is enough. Bring out the toy blocks and cars that the kids like playing with indoors. The children can drive cars in the grass and build on the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-07-2018, 05:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 251
Posted By Lissa Kristine
She isn't the most verbal in the class, but she's...

She isn't the most verbal in the class, but she's also not the least.

She typically bites when she doesn't get her own way. We are trying to discourage the kids from playing behind the changing...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-04-2018, 06:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 251
Posted By Lissa Kristine
Self-Biting Issues

I am an assistant teacher in a two-year-old class (either newly two or nearly two). We have one girl in particular, M, who is a challenge. M (who will be 2 at the end of this month) is a biter....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-16-2018, 02:29 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 582
Posted By Lissa Kristine
I would probably have too much fun punishing a...

I would probably have too much fun punishing a child who tried to pull this on me.

First off, any dairy products are now off-limits. No milk. No cheese. No yogurt.

No sweets or treats of any...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-15-2018, 11:32 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 472
Posted By Lissa Kristine
I'm sure some of these have been suggested... ...

I'm sure some of these have been suggested...

- Frame kid artwork (OR have kids paint on canvas)
-Display classic artwork ("Starry Night" something by Andy Warhol, etc)
-Cheap IKEA prints...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-09-2018, 06:07 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 848
Posted By Lissa Kristine
Funny story: A friend and I were shopping at...

Funny story:

A friend and I were shopping at a store. There were no signs labeling fitting rooms as being for one gender or another, nor were there any fitting room attendants. He wanted advice on...
Forum: Curriculum 05-08-2018, 05:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,451
Posted By Lissa Kristine
I love Signing Time videos. Even if you choose...

I love Signing Time videos. Even if you choose not to have your kids watch the videos/clips, they can be a great way to teach yourself the signs. Then, you can bring the signs and songs into your...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-10-2018, 11:52 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 830
Posted By Lissa Kristine
So, fill a pitcher with enough milk to fill each...

So, fill a pitcher with enough milk to fill each glass with the required amount of milk. That way, you're not wasting any more milk than you would if you filled individual cups.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-24-2018, 04:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 539
Posted By Lissa Kristine
I have a nap playlist that I LOVE. It's primarily...

I have a nap playlist that I LOVE. It's primarily a mixture of instrumental worship songs (including Hillsong Kids piano lullabies).

And because they are instrumental, I am allowed to play them...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-05-2018, 09:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 676
Posted By Lissa Kristine
That's what I did at my interview this morning...

That's what I did at my interview this morning (before my last shift at the daycare from h***). I mentioned that I was the last one in, so I was automatically the last one out.

The new owner did...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-05-2018, 09:47 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,090
Posted By Lissa Kristine
It's a center, but it's a very SMALL center...

It's a center, but it's a very SMALL center (under 20 kids), so it does have a family/home daycare vibe. And even in a large chain, they wouldn't replace every staff member in the school overnight...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-04-2018, 04:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,333
Posted By Lissa Kristine
I definitely agree with a balance in giving...

I definitely agree with a balance in giving notice. Give the families enough notice so they have time to find care, but not so much notice that they jump ship and leave you without clients and an...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-04-2018, 04:35 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,090
Posted By Lissa Kristine
Would You EVER Do Something Like This?

My current job is changing ownership after this week.

Parent were informed of the change on Tuesday and Wednesday. In addition to the director/owner leaving, about half of the staff has been laid...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-04-2018, 04:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 676
Posted By Lissa Kristine
That's kind of what I was thinking when I saw the...

That's kind of what I was thinking when I saw the new director's other school, but I don't think that's going to work out.

The new owner/director came by yesterday after my shift ended. It just...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-04-2018, 01:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 676
Posted By Lissa Kristine
Approaching New Employment

I'm looking for some advice as to how I should approach new employment opportunities after my last daycare disaster.

My last day at my current daycare is tomorrow (January 5). I am not leaving...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-21-2017, 02:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,209
Posted By Lissa Kristine
I am actively searching for employment elsewhere,...

I am actively searching for employment elsewhere, but I'm stuck until I find another job. Even getting underpaid for the hours I work is STILL better than earning NOTHING. Hopefully, I'll be able to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-21-2017, 10:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,209
Posted By Lissa Kristine
I'm one of five staff members (including the...

I'm one of five staff members (including the assistant director) and I'm the only one who didn't get a bonus.

I'm not too surprised since I don't actually get paid for all the hours I work anyway,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-21-2017, 09:54 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,205
Posted By Lissa Kristine
The main concern people have here is the kids...

The main concern people have here is the kids being outside in the cold.

If it's a drill, they'll only be outside for a minute or so at most.

If it's an actual emergency situation, we'd...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-20-2017, 03:03 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,205
Posted By Lissa Kristine
Fire Drills

We had our second fire drill today. Definitely NOT what I think a fire drill should look like.

We had 7 babies under 2 years old who were put into cribs for evacuation (the 3 youngest in one crib,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-07-2017, 01:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,634
Posted By Lissa Kristine
Are you prepared to pay my bills for me if I up...

Are you prepared to pay my bills for me if I up and quit tomorrow?

I don't have the financial security to quit my job without having a backup plan in place. Right now, this job is my SOLE income-...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-07-2017, 11:07 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,360
Posted By Lissa Kristine
Again, I thought it was an all-purpose cleaner-...

Again, I thought it was an all-purpose cleaner- not vinegar. I was using it to get the visible mess off of the table before going over with bleach and water like the state says we are to do.

I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-07-2017, 10:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,634
Posted By Lissa Kristine
I am looking for something else, but I can't quit...

I am looking for something else, but I can't quit until I have another job lined up. I have bills to pay, and being out of work simply isn't an option.

My current director has one foot out the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-07-2017, 04:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,634
Posted By Lissa Kristine
Legally, I'm not allowed to be alone with the...

Legally, I'm not allowed to be alone with the children until I am fingerprinted. Despite that, I was sent outside alone yesterday.

When am I going to be fingerprinted? I have NO idea. I have been...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-07-2017, 04:20 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,360
Posted By Lissa Kristine
Oh I totally get that, and I DID use bleach on...

Oh I totally get that, and I DID use bleach on the tables afterwards. However, our state requires a two-step procedure beginning with using soap and water. I had no idea the one bottle contained...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-06-2017, 06:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,000
Posted By Lissa Kristine
It's definitely important to have "book time"...

It's definitely important to have "book time" with all of the kids even if it's only under direct supervision. Otherwise, they'll never learn how to care for books.

"Bath books" from the dollar...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-06-2017, 06:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,360
Posted By Lissa Kristine
Why Are People So Afraid Of Vinegar?

This morning at work, I went to clean up a table one of the three-year-olds made a HUGE mess at while eating (and playing with) his breakfast.

Now, despite state regulations requiring a two-step...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-06-2017, 03:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,140
Posted By Lissa Kristine
We aren't on a food program. Parents provide...

We aren't on a food program. Parents provide their own food.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-05-2017, 07:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,140
Posted By Lissa Kristine
We served it to him. Needless to say, he had a...

We served it to him. Needless to say, he had a LOT of less-than-fun diapers today.

My bosses are more into "do whatever the parents want" because we're small and cheap, so we have to cater to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-05-2017, 07:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 834
Posted By Lissa Kristine
Call and Response/Circle Time Openers

Just wondering if anybody has any fun "Call and Response" things they do when trying to get the kids' attention.

A few I've done in the past include:

Me: "1, 2, 3, eyes on me."
Kids: "1, 2,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-05-2017, 07:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 691
Posted By Lissa Kristine
I agree with the "Super Simple Songs." I've also...

I agree with the "Super Simple Songs." I've also gotten my kids into a few songs from "Signing Time" (especially "The Silly Pizza Song"- they all know the signs for APPLE, COOKIE, BREAD, BANANA,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-02-2017, 12:04 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,133
Posted By Lissa Kristine
That's my approach. I figure at the very least,...

That's my approach. I figure at the very least, it gives them something to do while they wait their turn for me to help them if they can't.

I also question the 1:4 ratio for infants under 18...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-02-2017, 11:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 808
Posted By Lissa Kristine
Toddler Feedings

My current boss is a tad overcautious when it comes to things like children choking.

Now, I spend much of my time with friends who primarily did baby-led weaning with their kids. At 13 months old,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-22-2017, 09:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,564
Posted By Lissa Kristine
He's not a first-time parent. He has another...

He's not a first-time parent. He has another child.

I'm not even sure how to go about mentioning anything to this parent. He refuses to acknowledge my existence when I greet him and his two kids....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-21-2017, 12:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,564
Posted By Lissa Kristine
I can’t confirm the exact weight, but he is a...

I can’t confirm the exact weight, but he is a chunky baby.

I don’t think we have any handbooks or manuals here. This place is a mess.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-21-2017, 09:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,564
Posted By Lissa Kristine
Are Your Parents This Dense?

DCB is 11 months old. When dad carries his carseat in, he is bundled up in a thick winter jacket and at least 2 shirts (sometimes 3)- often one, if not all, of the layers are thick...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-21-2017, 09:33 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,433
Posted By Lissa Kristine
I agree. I understand that at 5pm, parents are...

I agree. I understand that at 5pm, parents are probably not going to be able to get there any earlier than they were originally planning, but they should at least be informed before picking up.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-21-2017, 09:30 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,433
Posted By Lissa Kristine
I'm a relatively new hire; I'm still waiting on...

I'm a relatively new hire; I'm still waiting on my universal fingerprinting form so I can get fingerprinted (even though I was just fingerprinted for another job in early October- unfortunately, it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-21-2017, 06:21 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,433
Posted By Lissa Kristine
It wasn’t “naptime.” She was falling asleep while...

It wasn’t “naptime.” She was falling asleep while playing, so we put her down for a second nap. (She does often take two naps still, so this wasn’t anything unusual).

DCG is in today because her...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-21-2017, 04:20 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,433
Posted By Lissa Kristine
Unfortunately, I don't have any say in whether we...

Unfortunately, I don't have any say in whether we call parents or not. (We didn't call when we saw she had pinkeye either). Though, seeing as it was within 45 minutes of the center closing, the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-20-2017, 08:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,078
Posted By Lissa Kristine
Do You Call It "Diarrhea?"

6 month old who hasn't fully started on solid foods (save for an occasional Gerber puff) has a blowout. Would you call it diarrhea?

My boss says 'yes.' I disagree. It's only watery/liquidy because...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-20-2017, 08:11 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,433
Posted By Lissa Kristine
Toddler Fever: What Would You Do?

One of the DCGs (just under 15 months old) at my job came in this morning with Motrin in her lunchbag. Dad said that she wasn't feeling well over the weekend, but they attributed it to a reaction to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-17-2017, 09:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,001
Posted By Lissa Kristine
I agree with waiting until after the holiday...

I agree with waiting until after the holiday craziness is over and everyone has readjusted to normalcy after vacations, etc to implement any major changes at daycare. I also agree with finding a way...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-16-2017, 09:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,457
Posted By Lissa Kristine
Um, if it were up to me, no Pampers Easy Ups...

Um, if it were up to me, no Pampers Easy Ups UNLESS the child has made significant progress towards being toilet-trained and doesn't need to be changed out of a wet pull-up every 1 to 2 hours- I'll...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-16-2017, 09:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,391
Posted By Lissa Kristine
Baby Talk

Am I the only one who can't stand baby talk?

I'm not talking about speaking in a higher pitch. I'm talking about adults using "cutesy" words.

"Drink your milky."
"Yum! Someone has eggies for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2017, 09:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,433
Posted By Lissa Kristine
That's often the reality of some daycares. You're...

That's often the reality of some daycares. You're not allowed to do any kind of prep-work (like preparing an art project) while working because you're supposed to be watching the kids, so coming in a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2017, 09:28 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,964
Posted By Lissa Kristine
My current boss doesn't allow kids outside if...

My current boss doesn't allow kids outside if it's under 40 degrees outside (we're in New Jersey). We have one child who isn't allowed out under 60 degrees. Only the 18 month+ crew gets to go outside...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2017, 09:20 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,133
Posted By Lissa Kristine
Evacuation plans make me laugh. If the fire...

Evacuation plans make me laugh.

If the fire is in the front of the building, use the middle and back exits.

If the fire is in the back of the building, use the front and middle exits.

If the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-12-2017, 02:24 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,133
Posted By Lissa Kristine
It's not even a case of "have they ever worked...

It's not even a case of "have they ever worked with toddlers before?" It's more of a case of "have they ever SEEN a toddler before?"

The general consensus is, no, they have not.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-12-2017, 09:34 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,133
Posted By Lissa Kristine
Reasons You Question How Well The State Knows Kids...

Ever look at state regulations and question whether your state knows ANYTHING about kids.

For example, in NJ, you can have 6 18 month to 2 year olds per teacher. At 2-1/2, it jumps up to a 1:10...
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