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Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 07-01-2017, 10:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,089
Posted By blandino
I don't know for sure, but I have never heard of...

I don't know for sure, but I have never heard of another state needing a special/different license to change diapers.

A lot of places that don't change diapers, preschools etc, don't meet the...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 07-01-2017, 10:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,521
Posted By blandino
I don't know for sure, but I have never heard of...

I don't know for sure, but I have never heard of another state needing a special/different license to change diapers.

A lot of places that don't change diapers, preschools etc, don't meet the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-22-2014, 07:54 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,681
Posted By blandino
Can I like this a thousand times over. I am...

Can I like this a thousand times over.

I am ANXIOUSLY awaiting the exit to pre-k, by 4 of my DCK this Fall. And the other day I realized the three that I have the most trouble with and who test...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-18-2014, 06:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 761
Posted By blandino
I actually don't mind interviews. Sometimes...

I actually don't mind interviews. Sometimes answering the same old questions becomes obnoxious. Also, I sometimes get annoyed listening to parents tell me the tiny details about their child that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-14-2014, 10:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,492
Posted By blandino
likethislikethislikethislikethislikethislikethisli...

likethislikethislikethislikethislikethislikethislikethis

Honestly, this is exactly the reason I don't like SA kids. The attitude and "know it all" behavior drives me CRAZY.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-30-2014, 01:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 967
Posted By blandino
I am sending out a letter that states we need to...

I am sending out a letter that states we need to start planning for children to leave for preschool around their 3rd birthday. So they will be with us through their twos.

In OK up until two takes...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-29-2014, 11:48 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,103
Posted By blandino
Me too. There seems to be added conflict from the...

Me too. There seems to be added conflict from the sibling relationship.

Most of my DCK are first and only children.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-28-2014, 10:53 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,802
Posted By blandino
We have a 700 square foot sunroom on the back of...

We have a 700 square foot sunroom on the back of the house, and it had it's own entrance. We use that combined with the old master bedroom, attached to the sunroom by French doors, for the daycare...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-27-2014, 10:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 967
Posted By blandino
Infant - 2 Year Old Program

Does anyone specialize in care for 0-2 ? We will be making the transition this fall, after talking about it for almost a year now. All the stars have lined up, and we are able to do it with minimal...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-26-2014, 01:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,581
Posted By blandino
1. It takes a lot of time to acquire...

1. It takes a lot of time to acquire equipment/furniture/supplies. We have been open 10 years, and now I feel pretty happy with all that we have. But I still have a mile long wish list of things I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-15-2014, 08:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,918
Posted By blandino
Personally, I don't think you were mean. ...

Personally, I don't think you were mean.

BUT, I can see how a parent would be upset.

For me, I take the child, do "bye bye Mommy/Daddy", and go play. If the parent wants to play that game, by...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-15-2014, 08:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,002
Posted By blandino
Yes, that is how I take it too. You can't stop...

Yes, that is how I take it too. You can't stop them from seeing their child.

HOWEVER, I don't allow drop offs and pick ups during nap time. I don't know if technically that would constitute "not...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-11-2014, 11:48 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,033
Posted By blandino
I am also at this point with this. Two weekends...

I am also at this point with this. Two weekends ago I had a DCD text on a Saturday requesting a new copy of his tax statement to be emailed. Ordinarily, I would have done it right then. But I told...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-10-2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,294
Posted By blandino
No surprise to me that my state, OK, got a 120....

No surprise to me that my state, OK, got a 120. The only negatives were for provider training hours and no fingerprinting. The fingerprinting has been remedied as of last Nov.

I know this opinion...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 04-02-2014, 01:48 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 54,778
Posted By blandino
It always amazes me that people would never ask a...

It always amazes me that people would never ask a private school for tuition back if they were going to be out, or if the school closed for a snow day. Last year I had a family that was going on two...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-02-2014, 11:45 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,244
Posted By blandino
When I replied, I pointed it out. Only because I...

When I replied, I pointed it out. Only because I didn't want her to see it later and be embarrassed. I use that particular word a lot, without it being typo. :p
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-02-2014, 11:19 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,244
Posted By blandino
Prospective Client Email Made Me Laugh

I'm guessing it was a typo or more than likely autocorrect.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2014, 09:28 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,827
Posted By blandino
"Not at home" is the daycare version of pass the...

"Not at home" is the daycare version of pass the buck.

It is something parents say for a variety of reasons.

1. The child DOES it at home. They don't want to admit to it, because it means...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 03-25-2014, 06:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,050
Posted By blandino
Honestly, and I mean this kindly. That is the...

Honestly, and I mean this kindly. That is the main reasons providers are frustrated with kids who can't do things themselves. It absolutely takes longer, and is much harder to allow kids to do for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-25-2014, 12:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 897
Posted By blandino
THIS ^^. Baby needs to be hungry, and then will...

THIS ^^. Baby needs to be hungry, and then will drink the bottle. It is easy to refuse it when you aren't hungry.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-24-2014, 02:46 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,272
Posted By blandino
It's hard to say. We only take them from 0-4, but...

It's hard to say. We only take them from 0-4, but we do have a few families that have had one child here all 4 years, and then the next child here the following 4 years, so I would say 8 years is my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-24-2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,675
Posted By blandino
**Bingo**. About a month ago, my favorite daycare...

**Bingo**. About a month ago, my favorite daycare client brought me a nebulizer for her 13 month old. She said it was prescribed for 4x a day. I was a little shocked when she said that DCG needed 2...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-24-2014, 11:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,607
Posted By blandino
Ditto. Warm temps and I are not BFFs. I would...

Ditto. Warm temps and I are not BFFs. I would take the money though. :D
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-21-2014, 10:47 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,916
Posted By blandino
1. I think to get an idea of how many children...

1. I think to get an idea of how many children are around their child's age. If they have a 2 year old, and and your other kids are 5,4, and 5 months - they might want more same age playmates. And...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-19-2014, 08:16 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,572
Posted By blandino
This is my general experience with parents who...

This is my general experience with parents who are teachers. Very few come right after work, and even less keep them home when school is closed.

I have a DCG whose mom is a teacher, and she is my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2014, 06:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,734
Posted By blandino
Don't let their problems become your problems. ...

Don't let their problems become your problems.

Handle situations very matter of factly, and use your backbone.

Do what is best for you and your family and your business. Even if it means...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 03-17-2014, 08:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,839
Posted By blandino
I only do it because our FP says all under 12...

I only do it because our FP says all under 12 months have to eat it, even if they are on table foods. I don't mind mixing it in with puréed food, because that isn't any extra work. But to feed an 11...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 03-17-2014, 07:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,839
Posted By blandino
Yes, I would basically just want a way to serve...

Yes, I would basically just want a way to serve the required cereal, without having to do it in mushy form. Once a baby is on table foods, but still an infant, the cereal is a PITA to me.
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 03-17-2014, 06:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,839
Posted By blandino
Infant Cereal Pancakes

I found this in pinterest. If you could make sure to get the serving size correct, it would be a great way for those on the FP to feed an infant cereal without having to spoon feed them.

I think...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-16-2014, 12:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,470
Posted By blandino
Wow. I had a cousin, who is recklessly...

Wow.

I had a cousin, who is recklessly irresponsible, and has had her children removed by CPS multiple times. Her 6 year old drew a picture of her mommy and a bong, while at school.

Also, a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-16-2014, 12:03 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,814
Posted By blandino
Ours is 8:55-3:35, so 6.5 hours. But they do have...

Ours is 8:55-3:35, so 6.5 hours. But they do have B&A care, which a lot of kids go to. So they could be in school from 7:00-6:00.
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 03-16-2014, 12:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,553
Posted By blandino
Children do adapt quickly. However, in my...

Children do adapt quickly.

However, in my experience 16 months is a hard age to start a new daycare. I would say 12 months - 2, can be rough. They are old enough to know that everything is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-16-2014, 11:46 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,814
Posted By blandino
When I was in K, we had 1/2 days. Our...

When I was in K, we had 1/2 days.

Our school system made K full day, maybe 12 years ago.

Then they had public school 4 Pre-K that was 1/2 day. So if your child needed to nap, you could send...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-16-2014, 11:04 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,361
Posted By blandino
THIS EXACTLY. Sometimes a camera can make it look...

THIS EXACTLY. Sometimes a camera can make it look like things have happened differently than they did. The other day I went to move a DCG away from somewhere she wasn't supposed to be, and when I put...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-16-2014, 10:57 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,361
Posted By blandino
I don't believe we have anything about security...

I don't believe we have anything about security cameras in our licensing regulations.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-14-2014, 10:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,361
Posted By blandino
ITA with the bolded. But I am talking about those...

ITA with the bolded. But I am talking about those who KNOW they made a mistake, and don't want to be honest about it. Could they force them to show the footage ? It seems like you would be...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-14-2014, 12:52 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,717
Posted By blandino
23 month old wasn't allowed to touch the babies ...

23 month old wasn't allowed to touch the babies

25 month old wasn't allowed in the ever saucer.
Same 25 month old had to eat her fruit and veggies before getting more pizza


I had the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-13-2014, 09:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,331
Posted By blandino
I don't know how many children you plan to be...

I don't know how many children you plan to be licensed for, but here is a blank form for 7 children.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-13-2014, 09:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,331
Posted By blandino
Yes, most of us do charge more for PT. However,...

Yes, most of us do charge more for PT. However, it is mostly because we are making up for the loss of income that allowing a PT child to take up a FT spot. If you have two children who come opposite...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-13-2014, 07:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,369
Posted By blandino
I take your second week of daycare as a deposit....

I take your second week of daycare as a deposit. And with the deposit is a small (30.00) registration fee. I really didn't come up with it ,clearly, as a safeguard for the last two weeks of care. My...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-13-2014, 06:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 955
Posted By blandino
I joke about this ALL THE TIME. Or the Hanes...

I joke about this ALL THE TIME. Or the Hanes commercial where they dipped their feet in a vat of white goo to make socks.

My DCK act like they are being tortured if they have to keep their socks...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-13-2014, 06:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,361
Posted By blandino
True, and conveniently have the things that would...

True, and conveniently have the things that would help you out recorded... but the things that incriminate you (if that were the case) you just happen not to have.

I know a local center has...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-13-2014, 06:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,361
Posted By blandino
Hypothetical Question About Security Cameras

Please don't jump all over me, this is a purely hypothetical question.

This was brought on by an incident that happened a few months ago, and the recent conversation about cameras in the daycare....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-13-2014, 04:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,808
Posted By blandino
Wow. My DCB who is HUGE is 11 months and 24...

Wow. My DCB who is HUGE is 11 months and 24 pounds. So I ccant even imagine how big yours is. I would say, that is probably too big. But I always go by of their weight for heigh percentile is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-13-2014, 12:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 628
Posted By blandino
It depends on the situation. We all go right...

It depends on the situation. We all go right before nap, so there really isn't much do an excuse. Sometimes it happens, and I just judge accordingly. I wouldn't allow it more than 1x/ nap. And I do...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-13-2014, 12:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,369
Posted By blandino
I wish that was the case here. In my area, it's...

I wish that was the case here. In my area, it's unheard of to take two weeks deposit. I think I would definitely lose potential clients if I decided to. Because I have definitely thought of it. But I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-13-2014, 05:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,202
Posted By blandino
I totally get it. I have a DCG with a severe milk...

I totally get it. I have a DCG with a severe milk protein allergy.

Say that had happened at my daycare. The child might have pulled the cheese out of his/her pocket while playing, and I don't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-12-2014, 04:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,301
Posted By blandino
I totally thought of that. I talk with...

I totally thought of that. I talk with EntropyContolSpecialist very often, and love it. One of these days we will meet halfway, for a glass of wine :)

I also talk with Patches all the time. We...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-12-2014, 04:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,301
Posted By blandino
I replied above :)

I replied above :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-11-2014, 04:15 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,658
Posted By blandino
Yes, that can be quite annoying. But it is simply...

Yes, that can be quite annoying. But it is simply their misplaced anger/frustration. They SHOULD be irritated at themselves for causing this whole fiasco. However, people are quite horrible at...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-11-2014, 12:39 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,717
Posted By blandino
I must say "I know, I know, Im the meanest lady...

I must say "I know, I know, Im the meanest lady in the world", at least 10 times per day. :D When I get sick of that I start using "i know you are new here, and don't know the rules". :D
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-11-2014, 12:25 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,017
Posted By blandino
Nan, I love this. I have one who is just...

Nan, I love this.

I have one who is just starting to try out voicing her opinion when she doesn't like what is going on. The other day at lunch, we were on trip 3 back and forth from her...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 03-06-2014, 04:15 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 54,778
Posted By blandino
THIS !!! likethislikethis But the only...

THIS !!! likethislikethis


But the only childcare they are going to find to fit that kind of money belief system, is probably going to be unlicensed daycare, a SAHM "sitter", a sitter that comes...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-06-2014, 01:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,263
Posted By blandino
We use the tadpoles app. (www.tadpoles.com) ...

We use the tadpoles app. (www.tadpoles.com)

It isn't free, and it doesn't necessarily connect you to the parent, i.e. you can't see any information coming from them. But it allows you to fill out...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-05-2014, 04:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 966
Posted By blandino
I think some people really look at it like they...

I think some people really look at it like they are the boss. Once I had a lady astonished I when she said she would need me on a Saturday, and I told her that I wasn't open on the weekends. Umm, I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-05-2014, 04:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 966
Posted By blandino
I get that ALL the time. My ad clearly says...

I get that ALL the time.

My ad clearly says where we are located, because we do live on the very far side of a town, so I am specific about that.

I will get calls asking my location, and when...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-04-2014, 04:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 595
Posted By blandino
https://www.facebook.com/ExplorationsEarlyLearning...

https://www.facebook.com/ExplorationsEarlyLearning/photos/a.700852593267368.1073741857.112475372105096/756239397728687/?type=1&theater

This is our picture ! We would greatly appreciate anyone's...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-04-2014, 04:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 595
Posted By blandino
Explorations Early Learning Makeover

Mods, I know advertising isn't allowed - so I am not sure if this counts. Please do whats needed if this type of thing isn't allowed.

I'm not sure if anyone else entered the Explorations Early...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-03-2014, 11:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,530
Posted By blandino
We stopped allowing it. Granted, this DCM found a...

We stopped allowing it. Granted, this DCM found a way to bicker about anything. But there arose issues of, percentages owed (they didn't have the customary 50/50), and then she was using daycare when...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 03-02-2014, 11:39 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 60,608
Posted By blandino
In my state, centers have to remain in the same...

In my state, centers have to remain in the same room when children are asleep ,and homes don't. I would assume that it has to do with the setup. In a center, if you leave the room, you are closing...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-27-2014, 09:41 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,193
Posted By blandino
Mine are 0-3, and we do process art. But I don't...

Mine are 0-3, and we do process art. But I don't leave my supplies out all day.

We have a time each day for art. When we do process art, I will typically put an array of mediums out and let the...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 02-27-2014, 09:38 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 60,608
Posted By blandino
I understand both sides. As a provider, allowing...

I understand both sides. As a provider, allowing a child to have "quiet time" instead of nap, still means a good deal of attention and responsibility. During nap time, I need to do dishes, finish...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-27-2014, 04:16 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,660
Posted By blandino
One time a day would be a lot for me. I...

One time a day would be a lot for me.

I have on high-maintence, worried, DCM, whom I LOVE and can identify with on an anxiety level, who will call if DCG has been sick or had a rough drop off....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-27-2014, 01:04 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,300
Posted By blandino
I love that I am my own boss and running a...

I love that I am my own boss and running a business.

I too, love that I make good money. I put in enough hard work, that I wouldn't be doing this if I didn't reap the rewards.

I love being a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-27-2014, 12:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,412
Posted By blandino
I am about to get out our garden sensory bin next...

I am about to get out our garden sensory bin next week.

I made it last year. I used pinto beans as the medium. I bought tiny plastic flower pots from the dollar store, and artificial flowers, and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-27-2014, 08:54 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,193
Posted By blandino
I think I do a mixture. I will give them...

I think I do a mixture.

I will give them the materials to paint, say a green shamrock. I will give them a ton of materials, and I would say thats process art. But the paper is cut into a ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-26-2014, 12:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 816
Posted By blandino
I have a 2 week accident free policy, but I don't...

I have a 2 week accident free policy, but I don't include naps.

I allow diapers/ pull-ups at nap. We don't allow pull-ups for regular use. But it is a lot easier to have a child out them on by...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-26-2014, 12:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 920
Posted By blandino
I have a list, and it includes husband & wife's...

I have a list, and it includes husband & wife's name. And how long heir children have been in care, and their phone number.

I have thought about using email addresses instead, because I think...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-25-2014, 06:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,493
Posted By blandino
I mean, technically she can. She can charge...

I mean, technically she can. She can charge whatever she wants. If your contract says your current rate, and doesn't make any provisions for the lowering if the rate at a certain age, then that price...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 02-25-2014, 06:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,579
Posted By blandino
Yes ! Every spring we get a few kids who have it....

Yes ! Every spring we get a few kids who have it. Spring is the peak season.

I don't allow them to return until all fever is gone, and all sores are gone/scanned over.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-25-2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,178
Posted By blandino
Oh yes, we definitely have the two extra cubbies...

Oh yes, we definitely have the two extra cubbies - space isn't the issue. It's more of an issue if DCM sends one tube of cream, where does it go ? I mean obviously we could just look in the other...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-25-2014, 12:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,178
Posted By blandino
EXTRA binkies, that we keep in the cubbies for...

EXTRA binkies, that we keep in the cubbies for back-up. They are always cleaned after we use them. But chances are IF they take binkies, they will take the same style and therefore DCM will probably...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-25-2014, 12:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,178
Posted By blandino
See that's one of the reasons I feel like giving...

See that's one of the reasons I feel like giving them their own. But with diapers and wipes, I guess I could just split them down the middle when they're sent ?!? And just pass the diaper cream back...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-25-2014, 12:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,178
Posted By blandino
Yes ! Definitely would have their own cubbie for...

Yes ! Definitely would have their own cubbie for shoes/hats/clothes.

But we have diaper bins in the changing table, that hold diapers/cream/etc. and then each child has their own box of wipes...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-25-2014, 12:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,178
Posted By blandino
Set Up For Multiples...

This is kind of silly - and i know there isnt a "right answer", but I am just curious about everyones thoughts.

We have twins starting in April, this is our first time caring for multiples.
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-24-2014, 01:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,302
Posted By blandino
Our DCB had weak tooth enamel, was generally on...

Our DCB had weak tooth enamel, was generally on the crabby side, was late walking (18m) and late talking, he had poor hair growth, and got diaper rashes very easily. Of course his mom didn't agree...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-24-2014, 12:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,360
Posted By blandino
Yep ! I love that this mom does all organic. And...

Yep ! I love that this mom does all organic. And she loves that we don't do processed. She is one of 3 families we have that send their own milk. I always applaud them, I wish we could - but the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-24-2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,476
Posted By blandino
Do you realize how crazy that sounds to me ?...

Do you realize how crazy that sounds to me ? Right now our rates are $140-160/ weekly, average for the area is $125-150. The state reimbursement rate is $68.00/week AND we are not allowed to charge...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-24-2014, 12:49 PM
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Posted By blandino
So funny you mention this... I ran into a past...

So funny you mention this... I ran into a past DCM at a liquor store :o Friday night, and she told me she was going to get her license. Her oldest son (that was our DCB) is 10 now and she has been a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-24-2014, 12:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,360
Posted By blandino
Irritating Ignorant Comment

We do very little processed food, and do conventional milk at the daycare. We have one DCF who does no processed at home, mostly organic, and sends organic milk for DCG2.

This morning DCD drops...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-22-2014, 01:30 PM
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Views: 2,302
Posted By blandino
I had a DCB who was just like that. At least 5-6...

I had a DCB who was just like that. At least 5-6 BMs a day, at almost 2. They were never formed/ loose, not watery and gave him HORRIBLE rashes.

Turns out that between the milk he was getting at...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-21-2014, 05:25 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,441
Posted By blandino
I am the daughter or a daycare provider, and now...

I am the daughter or a daycare provider, and now currently a daycare provider.

My mom always made sure that our bedrooms were off limits, and the toys inside them were too. There were "the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-21-2014, 04:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,262
Posted By blandino
My mantra when kids do that is "I WILL win, every...

My mantra when kids do that is "I WILL win, every time". To me, if they see a weakness, if you were to let her get up without putting the socks on, then she knows she can win and it will increase her...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-20-2014, 04:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,346
Posted By blandino
I don't think parents get it at all, how little...

I don't think parents get it at all, how little things like that make a difference.

I also, don't do chaos. It is my nightmare. So we are either outside when the parents come, which makes is 100x...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-20-2014, 03:42 PM
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Views: 1,346
Posted By blandino
That is my life.. :) We don't do contracted...

That is my life.. :) We don't do contracted times, and have 12 families. Most of the time 10 pickups occur from 4:50-5:30. It is a madhouse :). I would LOVE to have them spaced apart, so I would...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-20-2014, 12:58 PM
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Views: 1,535
Posted By blandino
Wait, I totally don't remember the back story of...

Wait, I totally don't remember the back story of this family. If they were rude or difficult, that would change my tune.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-20-2014, 12:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,535
Posted By blandino
If I am understanding everything correctly... ...

If I am understanding everything correctly...

So he will leave in September for good ? But until September, you will be making 3x as much for his spot. So those 6 months of payments will really...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-20-2014, 12:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,070
Posted By blandino
I have had one low, and I LOVED allowing the kids...

I have had one low, and I LOVED allowing the kids to play on it - however it/they create a TON of chalk dust. And they would always rub up against it and their clothing would be covered in chalk dust.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-20-2014, 11:52 AM
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Views: 1,277
Posted By blandino
I think the same way about mall playgrounds and...

I think the same way about mall playgrounds and even Sunday school. People think it's just for a few hours so no big deal. My most common day for kids to come down with an illness in Tuesday, and I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-19-2014, 11:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,722
Posted By blandino
In OK, we are legally responsible (a licensing...

In OK, we are legally responsible (a licensing reg) to contact a family if they don't come in for the day. It irks me, because in the midst of everything else that DHS wants us to do, we also need to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-19-2014, 11:49 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,546
Posted By blandino
Cold turkey is also the method we prefer....

Cold turkey is also the method we prefer. However, she can start that on a Friday night - and take care of those first few horribly messy days at home.

I stipulate, if a child is showing success...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-19-2014, 05:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,111
Posted By blandino
Yes, and I have. I have read the info from the...

Yes, and I have. I have read the info from the one closest to us - but I don't think they will be very helpful - because despite being in a different city, they have asked all providers in my area to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-18-2014, 09:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,111
Posted By blandino
Local Daycare Associations

Last time my monitor was out, she mentioned that because I speak frequently and am close with 4 providers in close proximity, that I look into starting an association. Tulsa has one, but not our...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-16-2014, 11:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,028
Posted By blandino
I am in the same boat, just with a lot less...

I am in the same boat, just with a lot less children. I have 3 leaving for the summer, one leaving in June for preschool, three leaving in August for preschool, and during all that we have three who...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2014, 09:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,130
Posted By blandino
We use the 2x2 foam mats. I ordered the from...

We use the 2x2 foam mats. I ordered the from amazon, but spent a fortune on shipping since I had to pay it twice when I didn't order enough. But I love them !
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2014, 05:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,623
Posted By blandino
Okay, so clearly I am the odd man out. My kids...

Okay, so clearly I am the odd man out. My kids are allowed to kiss each other, they don't do it too often though. But I kiss my DCK ALL THE TIME. I mean, we joke if they had kiss meters on them, they...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2014, 12:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,099
Posted By blandino
Our regs only require attendance, so I use this...

Our regs only require attendance, so I use this weekly sheet with times only. I have the names filled out in a PDF. So I don't have to hand write.
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2014, 09:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 972
Posted By blandino
I do the heart shaped crayons every year, and...

I do the heart shaped crayons every year, and they turn out fabulously.
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 02-12-2014, 08:58 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 54,778
Posted By blandino
So I have read most of the responses, and I just...

So I have read most of the responses, and I just want to add my two cents.

I close for snow days, when it is declared "a state of emergency". I do this because in case of an emergency, I would...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2014, 08:27 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,245
Posted By blandino
We have been open for 10 years, so I am not sure...

We have been open for 10 years, so I am not sure how much of a "veteran" that makes us - but we will provide our answers.

When you first started:
What was child care like? Childcare was much...
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