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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-27-2014, 03:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,222
Posted By harperluu
I am also a gamer. And I do enjoy Minecraft. ...

I am also a gamer. And I do enjoy Minecraft. But I prefer more mature games. I even have a live stream on TwitchTV. I will be in line for Dark Souls 2 release at midnight. But we should treat...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-04-2014, 11:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,932
Posted By harperluu
I think most doctors recommend waiting until one...

I think most doctors recommend waiting until one because of the iron found in formula. I have heard some doctors okay whole milk at 10 mos. but the infant would need to be confidently eating solids...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-14-2014, 11:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,329
Posted By harperluu
I do preschool activities as well, but very few...

I do preschool activities as well, but very few "projects." More open ended art. I usually come up with one structured activity each morning. Floor puzzle, sorting, a simple game, etc. I let them...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-14-2014, 08:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,371
Posted By harperluu
If a child is ready, I have introduced high...

If a child is ready, I have introduced high frequency words through matching games and spending a few minutes each day reading a book that contains lots of high frequency words. Other than that, I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-13-2014, 10:58 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,843
Posted By harperluu
While I can understand why a client might be...

While I can understand why a client might be upset that they have to find alternative care and I don't know the specific contract that was signed, I do feel that once the contract has been signed...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-13-2014, 10:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,702
Posted By harperluu
Here is a great site for freezable crockpot...

Here is a great site for freezable crockpot meals. Many can be adapted for a larger crowd.

http://www.mommysfabulousfinds.com/2013/10/easy-crock-pot-freezer-meals-2.html
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-10-2014, 11:05 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,375
Posted By harperluu
Although the family may say they haven't made any...

Although the family may say they haven't made any changes to products like shampoo or detergent, many families like mine use generic brands for many things that the child might come in contact with. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-09-2014, 03:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,329
Posted By harperluu
Okay. I missed the part in your OP that said he...

Okay. I missed the part in your OP that said he was screaming it, or saying it in the same way you are now describing. Sorry about that. ;)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-09-2014, 01:33 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 18,561
Posted By harperluu
We are not allowed to hold babies while they...

We are not allowed to hold babies while they sleep, and are to put them down once they have fallen asleep. So silly. I do wear babies, but not all the time. The problem is people in charge of the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-09-2014, 12:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,841
Posted By harperluu
I did this exact thing a few years back. My own...

I did this exact thing a few years back. My own children had activities at 6:00pm that we were consistently running late to attend. It was because parents skated in at 5:28 and took forever getting...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-09-2014, 12:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,329
Posted By harperluu
When my own children or dck's say "I'm bored." I...

When my own children or dck's say "I'm bored." I usually say, "That's okay. It's okay to feel bored sometimes." Usually they're saying it because they want to get some reaction. It IS okay to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-19-2013, 02:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,964
Posted By harperluu
I would stay out of it entirely. If the dcd asks...

I would stay out of it entirely. If the dcd asks about the child, I would give specific OBJECTIVE responses about the child. I would also refrain from giving unsolicited advice to the dcm that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-18-2013, 03:10 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 8,875
Posted By harperluu
I haven't had a chance to read through the entire...

I haven't had a chance to read through the entire thread, but in the pic with puzzles is a magnetic base for revolving gears. I have that game, but the base is chipped and it's too unsafe for me to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-18-2013, 11:18 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,873
Posted By harperluu
The thing my group plays with the most is waffle...

The thing my group plays with the most is waffle blocks, duplos and wooden cutting food. Also a few basic bead tracks, I have a few of varying sizes.

As far as the duplos go, invest in a set...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-18-2013, 08:20 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,279
Posted By harperluu
UTI's can occur in very young children, and is...

UTI's can occur in very young children, and is typically a result of the "valve" (sorry can't think of the word) that controls urine flow to be malformed or not working properly. There is surgery to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-16-2013, 03:46 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,345
Posted By harperluu
When I've had this problem, I redirect with a...

When I've had this problem, I redirect with a "thanks for sharing that, now go talk to your friends about it."
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-13-2013, 09:03 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 12,534
Posted By harperluu
In my state light bulbs have to be above 5ft. Or...

In my state light bulbs have to be above 5ft. Or else. Your state is clearly doing it wrong.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-12-2013, 06:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,894
Posted By harperluu
I always have puzzles or other small...

I always have puzzles or other small manipulatives on my kitchen table where the toddlers cannot reach them to dump them. I also have some open ended puzzles (they are picture tiles that can be...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-06-2013, 10:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,852
Posted By harperluu
I once termed a family because instead of the mom...

I once termed a family because instead of the mom asking me to clarify a policy, she would have her 4 year old son ask me. As in, "Ask Harper if it's okay that you had a little Tylenol this...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-05-2013, 02:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,038
Posted By harperluu
I've always put socks over an infant/toddlers...

I've always put socks over an infant/toddlers hands rather than wrangle them into traditional mittens. But socks over mittens to keep them from pulling them off/keep snow out of their sleeves is a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-05-2013, 09:16 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,063
Posted By harperluu
My husband and I are avid gamers as well. Once...

My husband and I are avid gamers as well. Once the kids are in bed, we enjoy cooperative games where we both can play at the same time. We've played Borderlands 2 together for months and months. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-04-2013, 11:29 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 21,080
Posted By harperluu
I think as human beings first, we want to feel...

I think as human beings first, we want to feel validated, appreciated and valued. The nature of our job is such that we have massive influence over the lives of each of the children for which we...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-03-2013, 10:55 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 27,325
Posted By harperluu
Not even interact for 10 minutes. How about if...

Not even interact for 10 minutes. How about if your child learns to sit there quietly and look out the window. We wonder why children have the attention span of a gnat. It's because adults are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-25-2013, 09:10 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,240
Posted By harperluu
I would also let her nap. Give her breakfast and...

I would also let her nap. Give her breakfast and let her go back to sleep. Sometimes my own dd will be up late on the weekends, and I let her sleep in on Monday morning until 9-9:30. Your dcg will...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-25-2013, 09:05 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 7,217
Posted By harperluu
Well she could have used her big girl words and...

Well she could have used her big girl words and asked you if you were closed. Too much notice. Now that's a laugh.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-25-2013, 09:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,404
Posted By harperluu
One thing I have found that helps with runners,...

One thing I have found that helps with runners, is "sit down and play." If they are not standing when they play, they cannot run. I have a couple of wonderers for which this technique works well,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-25-2013, 08:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,561
Posted By harperluu
I'm a provider that will not potty train with...

I'm a provider that will not potty train with pull-ups. Underwear only. It has worked well for me. I'd say it's not overly rare to have a just under two year old potty training. I just wouldn't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-18-2013, 05:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,365
Posted By harperluu
Thanks everyone, for your input. I will speak to...

Thanks everyone, for your input. I will speak to the dcm this week outside of the incident, so we are removed from the immediate heat of the situation and let her know that until further notice, she...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-18-2013, 07:48 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,365
Posted By harperluu
I'll Feel Better After This Vent

I have two girls in care, and my own dd that attend preschool together. The two moms and me made arrangements at the end of last year to share transportation so the girls could get the preschool...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-12-2013, 09:46 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,536
Posted By harperluu
I had a parent that asked me to make sure her...

I had a parent that asked me to make sure her kids hair was laying flat under her hat before I transport to preschool so her hair wouldn't be messed up for her preschool pictures.

I told her...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-07-2013, 09:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,941
Posted By harperluu
How much is she sleeping? My daughter is 4.5...

How much is she sleeping? My daughter is 4.5 years and is finally coming out of all her emotional frustration and crying. It started right around the age of 3.5, when she began to nap sporadically...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-04-2013, 11:23 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 12,888
Posted By harperluu
This lady has some serious boundary issues. Does...

This lady has some serious boundary issues. Does she think up these things in her sleep and then jots them in the notebook she keeps by her bed?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-04-2013, 11:20 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 12,888
Posted By harperluu
I would have ruined that turkey. What's she...

I would have ruined that turkey. What's she going to say? I brought this turkey to my kids daycare and she ruined it? lol
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-01-2013, 03:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,267
Posted By harperluu
I feel like I want to hear more about this! :eek:

I feel like I want to hear more about this! :eek:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-01-2013, 03:02 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,801
Posted By harperluu
Without going into much detail, I'm going to say...

Without going into much detail, I'm going to say that from personal experience in my own childhood that excessive masturbation can be used as a form of comfort from stressful life events, or a way...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-31-2013, 03:00 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,321
Posted By harperluu
Actually I DO have a dcm that gives her kids two...

Actually I DO have a dcm that gives her kids two large marshmallows each morning. It makes them happy, she says. I don't do much for the holidays. We did playdoh today and sang some pumpkin...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-29-2013, 11:20 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,006
Posted By harperluu
Sometimes I lie on their charts and say we had...

Sometimes I lie on their charts and say we had group time when we didn't, or there nap lasted 2 hours instead of 2 hours 15. All the things that parents stress out about, sometimes I tweak it just...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-24-2013, 06:55 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 12,006
Posted By harperluu
Buy generic. Except for produce and meat, nearly...

Buy generic. Except for produce and meat, nearly everything you can buy has a generic counterpart. I don't have time to coupon, so this is how our family saves money on food/cleaning supplies, etc....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-23-2013, 01:21 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 14,806
Posted By harperluu
This would actually be considered libel, as the...

This would actually be considered libel, as the false statement is published. Also, I believe it falls under your state's tort laws. Screen shot or print each of these ads in case you need them...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-16-2013, 10:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,337
Posted By harperluu
I use the app also and really like it. It helps...

I use the app also and really like it. It helps me with checking infants while sleeping since I can see how long they're napping.

It's nice that parents can check it without paying for the app....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-15-2013, 03:28 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,079
Posted By harperluu
This reminds me of a facebook "article" that has...

This reminds me of a facebook "article" that has husband coming home to a trashed house, dirty children wandering around in the yard, a missing dog, laundry piled to the ceiling, crayon on the wall,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-11-2013, 11:19 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 7,068
Posted By harperluu
My concern is whether they are regulated for...

My concern is whether they are regulated for safety for use with children under a certain age. If they are indeed meant to break away under pressure and the beads don't fall off the necklace, then...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-09-2013, 07:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,910
Posted By harperluu
My dd just had this exact thing. She ran a mild...

My dd just had this exact thing. She ran a mild temp around 99 and had a mild clear runny nose. But all of a sudden she was hoarse. It did develop into a cough a few days later. Just throwing in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-08-2013, 10:27 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,038
Posted By harperluu
For non nappers, once they have "rested" for 45...

For non nappers, once they have "rested" for 45 minutes I have lots of quiet activities for them to use. Small "big kid" legos, magnets, colorforms, comic books, puzzles, maze and other activity...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-25-2013, 03:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,230
Posted By harperluu
You need some time to yourself. I know that...

You need some time to yourself. I know that seems super obvious, and may seem impossible but that is what you need. For me, when I'm feeling like this (like if one single person/child/infant...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-25-2013, 11:37 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 18,526
Posted By harperluu
Running an unlicensed daycare is a big deal. ...

Running an unlicensed daycare is a big deal. Around here, if you're caught running an unlicensed daycare you don't get to just get a license, you are shut down. There are licensing guidelines for a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-25-2013, 09:17 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,072
Posted By harperluu
I have a parent that asked to use it once when...

I have a parent that asked to use it once when she was pregnant, so I said yes. Now she asks constantly, like she plans it in to her day. It drives me bonkers. Once she commented that my bathroom...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-24-2013, 08:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,510
Posted By harperluu
If you are in Dakota County, there have been...

If you are in Dakota County, there have been several retirements, some moving around of licensors and case loads, training in new people, etc. etc. If not, then I have no help for you. ;)

Try...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-24-2013, 06:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,377
Posted By harperluu
I have a two marshmallow a morning kid. His big...

I have a two marshmallow a morning kid. His big sister announces all the junk they eat before they get here. Mom also uses treats to get him to leave my house without kicking his sister. Good luck...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-23-2013, 08:38 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,969
Posted By harperluu
Same for me. I switched to an off brand and it...

Same for me. I switched to an off brand and it went away. Now that my children are older I still find that most shampoos cause build up on my son's scalp. We use a good dandruff shampoo to keep...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-23-2013, 06:20 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,119
Posted By harperluu
I guess I read this a little differently than...

I guess I read this a little differently than rewarding for paying on time. I offer accumulated vacation time. I used to give 10 days right up front, but I've had several families start, take two...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-20-2013, 11:19 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,348
Posted By harperluu
Shopkick is great too!

Shopkick is great too!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-20-2013, 11:10 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,896
Posted By harperluu
I think they'll get a dose of reality once their...

I think they'll get a dose of reality once their child starts school. Or they won't. Just smile and nod. While I posted earlier that my son is identified as gifted, he is fairly average in lots of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-20-2013, 09:21 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,896
Posted By harperluu
My son was identified as twice exceptional at the...

My son was identified as twice exceptional at the age of 8 (gifted with a learning disability) and we are also from MN. I personally believe he's a strong visual/spatial learner. He is now 9 years...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-20-2013, 09:09 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,319
Posted By harperluu
This reminds me of a Seinfeld episode or maybe it...

This reminds me of a Seinfeld episode or maybe it was a Jerry Seinfeld stand up routine. He says he asks the telemarketer to give him their home number and he'll call them at a better time. When...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-11-2013, 02:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,605
Posted By harperluu
I do it with each finger individually. Juveniles...

I do it with each finger individually. Juveniles and adults have attached that meaning to that finger. It is a part of their bodies and they should have no shame in any of their body parts. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-11-2013, 11:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,208
Posted By harperluu
Here's one that's right from the NAEYC. ...

Here's one that's right from the NAEYC.

http://families.naeyc.org/learning-and-development/child-development/10-things-every-parent-should-know-about-play
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-05-2013, 07:22 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 9,170
Posted By harperluu
I am not anti-tv, but the children in my care...

I am not anti-tv, but the children in my care rarely watch TV here. For the 1/2 hr in the morning before breakfast as children are arriving they can choose books or another quiet activity like...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-23-2013, 02:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,332
Posted By harperluu
For all day school agers I charge by the hour. ...

For all day school agers I charge by the hour. My rate is $7/hr. If he is there an hour and 20 min. I'd charge for 2 hours, etc. I also charge for full release days at my daily school age rate of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-21-2013, 05:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,128
Posted By harperluu
I barter with a family for lawn care service, but...

I barter with a family for lawn care service, but we exchange money. I wouldn't normally use this service but it provides our family a perk. And he gets discounted childcare. Once he no longer needs...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-21-2013, 05:45 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,141
Posted By harperluu
I need to use the term gongshow daycare more...

I need to use the term gongshow daycare more often, as in I'm not sure what type of gongshow daycare you think I'm running here, but...

Also, walking into someone's home unannounced while people...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-14-2013, 03:00 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,873
Posted By harperluu
Funny, this same exact thing happened to me this...

Funny, this same exact thing happened to me this morning. Except they called 10 min before they left this morning. I didn't answer her text or the door. I just hopped in the shower like I normally...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-09-2013, 11:44 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,602
Posted By harperluu
BBM: I definitely like this. And I can say it...

BBM: I definitely like this. And I can say it without seeming annoyed because I'm addressing the child vs. the parent. Thanks!

If the parent said it frequently, then I would definitely say...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-08-2013, 05:48 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,602
Posted By harperluu
Child Not Wanting To Come Here

I was going to title this thread, "Things Parents Say at Drop off That Annoy Me," but I decided to narrow it down to just one thing. Sometimes, at drop off parents will make a comment or mention...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-02-2013, 11:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,767
Posted By harperluu
BBM: I am totally onboard with this philosophy. ...

BBM: I am totally onboard with this philosophy. Our daycare friends sort my socks. They love it! They helped me rearrange my living room and dust and choose new toys on toy swap day. We had a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-15-2013, 03:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,056
Posted By harperluu
The laws under the ADA specifically state a...

The laws under the ADA specifically state a program does not have to accept a child that poses a direct threat to others. Prior to termination, be sure to document in objective terms any incidents...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-15-2013, 02:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,705
Posted By harperluu
This is also what I do. I have a couple...

This is also what I do. I have a couple halloween costumes thrown in that originally belonged to my own children. Mittens and boots are also a hit.

Like others on the board, I only have the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-21-2013, 04:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,565
Posted By harperluu
When I make a rate change, the change affects...

When I make a rate change, the change affects incoming (new) clients. For current clients, the change affects them as they move through the different age brackets. For instance, if I had toddler...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-13-2013, 05:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,888
Posted By harperluu
I use an app on my phone for daily reports, but I...

I use an app on my phone for daily reports, but I just started using it. It has worked pretty well. Otherwise, I hadn't done them in quite some time because I found the same things others were...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-11-2013, 08:15 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,295
Posted By harperluu
I'm not sure what others mean by shadowing, but...

I'm not sure what others mean by shadowing, but this is what my shadowing looks like:

The biter is always with me, wherever I go the biter goes. And I mean everywhere. And when they are with me,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-17-2013, 10:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,701
Posted By harperluu
I have a stash of comic books & graphic novels...

I have a stash of comic books & graphic novels (age appropriate), complex maze books, oragami kits/paper, puzzle books, sudoku, word find, paper dolls, sticker books, etc., that the school age kids...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-15-2013, 10:08 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 12,173
Posted By harperluu
I've never used a high chair in child care for...

I've never used a high chair in child care for the very reasons you describe. Young infants are fed in a bouncy seat on the floor and once they can sit up well the are transistioned to a booster...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-04-2013, 07:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,025
Posted By harperluu
I agree with this. I find it hard to believe a 7...

I agree with this. I find it hard to believe a 7 month old is hungry at 7:20 after having eaten at 5:30. I have 2 part time infants that are both 6 months and one full time that is 7 months. All...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2013, 03:06 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 7,105
Posted By harperluu
No. MN is the same. Although our county will...

No. MN is the same. Although our county will allow sleep sacks.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-28-2012, 09:29 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,100
Posted By harperluu
I had a family that had very long, difficult...

I had a family that had very long, difficult pickups. There were 3 of them under the age of 5. We did goodbye outside for a long time. Once the 5 year old went to kindy this year, I thought it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-12-2012, 11:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,801
Posted By harperluu
My oldest dd (now in college) and my youngest dd...

My oldest dd (now in college) and my youngest dd (3 years) are exactly like this. It can be exhausting.

Curbing socially unexceptable behavior is okay. Constant talking is not socially...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-09-2012, 11:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,134
Posted By harperluu
I have a 24 hour wait following the start of...

I have a 24 hour wait following the start of antibiotics in my policy, but I also add that a child must also be fever free without fever-reducing meds and beable to participate in daily activities...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-29-2012, 10:09 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,145
Posted By harperluu
Dave, my husband works until 8 pm. Because I am...

Dave, my husband works until 8 pm. Because I am providing childcare and freelance writing on the side, and with kids evening activities I am too tired to cook dinner at night. My solution, which...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-22-2012, 11:00 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,104
Posted By harperluu
Great thread. Now if I could just think of a...

Great thread.

Now if I could just think of a way to turn this into a PowerPoint presentation that would have parents walk away with understanding and compliance.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-19-2012, 11:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,776
Posted By harperluu
I've used goodbye outside for dck that have...

I've used goodbye outside for dck that have difficulty with the transition from my care to their parents care at the end of the day. Maybe these parents need some goodbye outside. Ugh!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-08-2012, 02:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,082
Posted By harperluu
My dd needs lots of sleep (just like her dad!) or...

My dd needs lots of sleep (just like her dad!) or she is a bear. She is nearly 4 years old now, and can nap from 12:30-3:00, in bed by 7:30 and sleep until 9:00am.

Her transition to one single...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-01-2012, 12:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,765
Posted By harperluu
Call the police immediately, and report this man....

Call the police immediately, and report this man. Trust your gut instincts on this. The police can patrol the area for the vehicle description over the next few days/weeks to see if he is casing...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-26-2012, 11:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,387
Posted By harperluu
This week has been difficult here as well. Lots...

This week has been difficult here as well. Lots of behavioral issues. Many, many reminders. Crying, whining. Toilet regression. I did not think we would make it through yesterday. LOL. They...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-26-2012, 10:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,472
Posted By harperluu
My dd is also the naughtiest one in daycare. ...

My dd is also the naughtiest one in daycare. However, I can tell that a lot of her behaviors are related to trying to get more attention from me. She is 3.5 years and I know it will be better for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-25-2012, 02:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,317
Posted By harperluu
The food program is the bain of my existance. ...

The food program is the bain of my existance. I've always felt like we should have more rights than we do. Why is it, that they can show up whenever the heck they feel like it and licensing is only...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-12-2012, 10:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,225
Posted By harperluu
I had an exclusively breastfed baby that refused...

I had an exclusively breastfed baby that refused a bottle last year. The baby was often hungry and cranky. I expressed my concern with mom, but she was very non-chalant about it. Once the baby...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-06-2012, 10:11 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,564
Posted By harperluu
Here is my take on this. This child sounds like...

Here is my take on this. This child sounds like he hasn't been completely comfortable and settled in childcare since he began coming. As he grew to trust his caretaker and his environment, a very...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-05-2012, 02:22 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,564
Posted By harperluu
My own dd has this same innate sensitivity to...

My own dd has this same innate sensitivity to loud sounds. We have taken a similar approach, telling her that the train can't come in the backyard. The garbage truck stays on the street and won't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-31-2012, 12:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,457
Posted By harperluu
Both my youngest children spit up excessively. ...

Both my youngest children spit up excessively. Because my son did not seem overly bothered by it, they diagnosed him with reflux but did not treat. It was more of a laundry problem. With my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-14-2012, 01:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,818
Posted By harperluu
I thought I was the only one that didn't allow...

I thought I was the only one that didn't allow playing on your feet. It's a safety rule, and I've had a few parents look at me funny when I say find something to play with and sit. We have lots of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-02-2012, 01:37 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,673
Posted By harperluu
I find that lots of parents (including myself!!)...

I find that lots of parents (including myself!!) tend to do things the same way if it's working. They get stuck in a rut. And then it moves past the time when the transition would be easiest. It...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-02-2012, 01:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 12,015
Posted By harperluu
Children can definitely misconstrue the things we...

Children can definitely misconstrue the things we say, and they can also tell fibs to gain attention from their parents. I've had both of these things happen.

I have one very picky eater, that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-18-2012, 09:44 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,688
Posted By harperluu
Mine is similar to this. I charge a daily rate...

Mine is similar to this. I charge a daily rate of $45/day. A weekly rate of $170/week. Or a half day rate of $25 for 1-4 hours. My contract says whichever is less. But they must contract for days....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-10-2012, 01:55 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,038
Posted By harperluu
I love this and so true! I always let first time...

I love this and so true! I always let first time parents especially know, that baby food is for practice. It shouldn't be substituted for nutrition or take the place of feedings. I frequently see...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-21-2012, 01:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,042
Posted By harperluu
I think this is an important distinction. If I...

I think this is an important distinction. If I have more challenging children, or lots of very young two's for instance, I keep my numbers lower through attrition. Keep in mind, the 10 in Minnesota...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-23-2012, 09:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,921
Posted By harperluu
I say the exact same thing, and my husband once...

I say the exact same thing, and my husband once mentioned that I say it ALL the time. Haha. Well when they are wondering around in a circle or running from the front dooor through the living room,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-23-2012, 09:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,875
Posted By harperluu
I suspect the additional time with you is the...

I suspect the additional time with you is the culprit. But maybe not for the reasons you think. Sure, kids will miss being with their parents and may act up because of it, but in my experience when...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-23-2012, 09:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,223
Posted By harperluu
I am a firm believer in helping out others when...

I am a firm believer in helping out others when you are able. My only suggestion would be to check with an accountant or other financial planner or attorney to be sure that any "donations" you...
Forum: Curriculum 04-05-2012, 04:37 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 10,621
Posted By harperluu
This is perfectly stated, and my philosophy...

This is perfectly stated, and my philosophy exactly. For me, early childhood is about nurturing and life skills. When someone asks if I have a preschool program, I always say that we do preschool...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-03-2012, 04:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,187
Posted By harperluu
School agers can be a handful. Mostly I feel...

School agers can be a handful. Mostly I feel like it's because they disrupt my routine with the little ones, that makes it feel so exhausting. I have to switch gears to make things run like the...
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