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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-26-2015, 09:07 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 8,763
Posted By Missani
I do think most of the changes are fine and won't...

I do think most of the changes are fine and won't affect me much. I love the idea of adding proteins for breakfast, but the "no frying" rule would make it very difficult for me. Ideally, I try to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-26-2015, 02:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,253
Posted By Missani
Sorry, typed quick with her on my lap. Lots of...

Sorry, typed quick with her on my lap. Lots of autocorrect on my phone. Sorry!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-26-2015, 02:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,253
Posted By Missani
Baby Who Won't Eat Anything

Helli, I used tone a regular poster but have been gone for quite awhile. I have a baby in care who I've had since September. She still cries nearly all day, but we are getting by. Until now, mom...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-27-2012, 01:32 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,581
Posted By Missani
Yes! They make things to chew on that should...

Yes! They make things to chew on that should stay intact! It might be worth it to save the rest of your toys!

I've never heard of such a thing in a child so young! Good luck!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-27-2012, 01:21 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,543
Posted By Missani
Clueless or Rude?

Okay, I'm not sure if it is just the day I've been having, if this parent is just a little clueless, or if she is being downright rude, but something is really rubbing me the wrong way. I want to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-27-2012, 01:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,748
Posted By Missani
I honestly just put this in my newsletter! My...

I honestly just put this in my newsletter! My daycare is in my basement, but they enter through my front door, walk through my living room and kitchen, and come down the stairs. I keep the house as...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-20-2012, 04:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,189
Posted By Missani
I nurse my new baby girl. I do use a cover most...

I nurse my new baby girl. I do use a cover most of the time, but if it's naptime, sometimes I'll just cover the part of my tummy that shows with a blanket. The kids have never asked. I've never...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-20-2012, 01:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,386
Posted By Missani
Out Of Control Behavior-From The WHOLE Group

Okay, I have been a provider for only 2 years, but I have 15 years of center experience (including center director) and 2 years of nannying before that. I have NEVER, in my almost 20 years...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-06-2012, 07:32 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,818
Posted By Missani
Major Vent-Sorry

Sorry for the vent and sorry this will be long. I am just at my wit's end and have to get the frustration out somewhere! I am so annoyed today that I am in the worst mood ever.

So, today's...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-19-2012, 08:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,659
Posted By Missani
I have one that is very similar from One Step...

I have one that is very similar from One Step Ahead (can't find the link right now). It wasn't too expensive, and I really like it.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-17-2011, 12:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,264
Posted By Missani
Minnesota-Servicing Fire Extinguishers

Okay, I know a lot of you live in Minnesota, so I really need an answer to this one! My first renewal is coming up soon (before Oct. 1), and I know that fire extinguishers need to be "serviced"...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-10-2011, 01:07 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,122
Posted By Missani
I have 8 (all under SA) and I am comfortable with...

I have 8 (all under SA) and I am comfortable with that. In the fall, I have an assistant starting 3 days/week and we will likely run 10 on those days. I think it's perfect. Enough to have a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-10-2011, 01:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,893
Posted By Missani
Breakfast Question

Another dreaded breakfast question. I know this has been posted before, I just want your opinions-new faces, new answers.

I serve a good breakfast every morning: Hot food, fruit, milk/juice. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-10-2011, 12:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,286
Posted By Missani
Mmmoooooooooooooooose!

Mmmoooooooooooooooose!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-10-2011, 12:45 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 11,020
Posted By Missani
I provide the bottles and will use whatever type...

I provide the bottles and will use whatever type they would like me to use. Right now I have babies on Avent, Dr. Brown's, and Tommee Tippee. They all seem to work fine. I don't particularly love...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-26-2011, 09:01 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,972
Posted By Missani
OMG, Catherder! I'm convinced you have seen...

OMG, Catherder! I'm convinced you have seen EVERYTHING! That certainly counts!

I also like the one about the craigslist ad. That is so funny...but I would have been kind of mad, too!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-26-2011, 11:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,073
Posted By Missani
I can have 10 but only 8 under school age. So far...

I can have 10 but only 8 under school age. So far I haven't had any SAs, but I do run at capacity for under 5s. Until recently, I was licensed for 6 under SA and ran with 6. Then one of my families...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-12-2011, 11:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,213
Posted By Missani
My twos are really into bristle blocks right...

My twos are really into bristle blocks right now-and of course, Duplos. I have a few little plastic bikes (trikes with no peddles) that they also love, and the cardboard blocks are a big hit. And,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-12-2011, 08:22 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 19,485
Posted By Missani
Just to keep this point from running rampant...

Just to keep this point from running rampant AGAIN, I am going to say ONE MORE TIME that I am NOT asking for compensation from the family. In fact, it has been offered and I am REFUSING it. I won't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-12-2011, 06:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,211
Posted By Missani
I use the Lakeshore ones. I wish you didn't have...

I use the Lakeshore ones. I wish you didn't have to buy 6, but they are affordable so it works.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-11-2011, 07:39 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 19,485
Posted By Missani
Oh, and since you don't have the layout of my...

Oh, and since you don't have the layout of my home, I can *sort of* see into the bathroom from the stairs. I can hear, the door is left open, and I can see more than half of the bathroom. I cannot...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-11-2011, 06:57 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 19,485
Posted By Missani
Okay, I just have a few comments on these posts,...

Okay, I just have a few comments on these posts, but feel free to keep the responses coming.
1) I did not allow more than one child to go to the bathroom together. One child was in the bathroom....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-11-2011, 12:49 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 19,485
Posted By Missani
Nanny, I do agree with you in that I will need to...

Nanny, I do agree with you in that I will need to directly supervise. However, this child is old enough to follow the basics of going to the bathroom. He will be starting kindergarten in less than...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-11-2011, 12:28 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 19,485
Posted By Missani
Oh, and yes, I do have it in my policies that...

Oh, and yes, I do have it in my policies that intentional damage is the parents responsibility.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-11-2011, 12:25 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 19,485
Posted By Missani
No, I'm not mad at all, melskids. You are right....

No, I'm not mad at all, melskids. You are right. I guess I thought that because we had discussed it so many times and had made some changes and that I was supervising so much more that we were...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-11-2011, 12:05 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 19,485
Posted By Missani
Also, I forgot to mention that my own 4 year old...

Also, I forgot to mention that my own 4 year old was not innocent in this. He was sitting at the top of the stairs and said that dcb told him there was water coming out of the toilet and they both...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-11-2011, 11:54 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 19,485
Posted By Missani
Okay-Here's A Good One! So Mad!

So there have been a few threads lately about rude parents and people forgetting their manners. I have one. Before I say more, let me say that I love these kids and their mother and the dad might...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-06-2011, 12:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,258
Posted By Missani
My 4 year old was concerned about his brother,...

My 4 year old was concerned about his brother, but the first thing he said was, "Oh great, now I'm going to have to go to timeout FOREVER!" It was hard not to giggle a little bit, but I explained to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-06-2011, 11:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,258
Posted By Missani
First Daycare Injury

Had our first injury today! Thank goodness it was my own child...not that I ever want my own children to be hurt, but I would feel even more terrible if it was someone else's child. My son (2) was...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-04-2011, 01:17 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,809
Posted By Missani
Yes, those are Pampers Cruisers. I also use baby...

Yes, those are Pampers Cruisers. I also use baby dry since my DS had a severe allergic reaction to a formula change in Cruisers. I used to like them better, but I've gottone used to the Baby Dry...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-02-2011, 01:40 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,277
Posted By Missani
Both of my children went to daycare as infants...

Both of my children went to daycare as infants (DS1 was full time as an infant, DS2 was 3 ten-hour days/week) and we had a great experience. If I could have stayed home with them, I would have, but...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-28-2011, 12:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,336
Posted By Missani
Yes, I have one and yes they love it!!

Yes, I have one and yes they love it!!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-28-2011, 12:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,160
Posted By Missani
I did hold one for a family. I found out when...

I did hold one for a family. I found out when they enrolled here in October that they would need infant care in May. I had a spot become available in April so I held it no problem. They aren't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-28-2011, 12:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,045
Posted By Missani
BF Moms-Quick Question

My new little teeny is here today. He is being a perfect angel...eating, sleeping, smiling and is so cute! Anyway, I should know this because it's only been a year since I stopped BF my own kids...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-27-2011, 01:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,956
Posted By Missani
I've had that myself before. About 2 years ago I...

I've had that myself before. About 2 years ago I ran a high fever (103-104) for 3 days, but I felt totally fine. I was a little tired and looked pale, but I didn't feel sick. I didn't work in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-19-2011, 04:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,268
Posted By Missani
Expect to be really tired in the evenings, too. ...

Expect to be really tired in the evenings, too. I don't think I was ever so tired in all of my life as my first 2 weeks of daycare. I had worked long days before, but it's just a different kind of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-18-2011, 11:43 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,011
Posted By Missani
I have two kids of my own (so there's 2 spots...

I have two kids of my own (so there's 2 spots right away), and I started doing this because my friend was having a baby, so I have her child. In my state we are allowed 1 unrelated family, so I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-15-2011, 08:30 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,609
Posted By Missani
I say 288 as I always enjoyed math. I asked my...

I say 288 as I always enjoyed math. I asked my DH and he agreed without my input, but we googled it to be sure. There is a big long blog about it. Everyone disagrees, but the sort of consensus is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-15-2011, 08:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,609
Posted By Missani
Kind of off the topic, but my mom has one of...

Kind of off the topic, but my mom has one of these tables at her house for my kids. She says that the game's over when you can't tell anymore which side was sand and which side was water to begin...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-15-2011, 08:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,851
Posted By Missani
Oh wait, I forgot about the doing nothing part! ...

Oh wait, I forgot about the doing nothing part! The money just pours in as I do nothing. I love it! Too bad this poster found a site where we already do this...otherwise it would be a great...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-15-2011, 07:58 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,437
Posted By Missani
I have thought about this. I was pregnant but...

I have thought about this. I was pregnant but also had a miscarriage last month. :( Luckily for me, my doctor has evening appointments one night per week. Most of my appointments could be scheduled...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-15-2011, 02:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 8,927
Posted By Missani
I know what you mean. I will either have a much...

I know what you mean. I will either have a much shortened work week (at least 20 minutes/day or 1 hr. 40 min./week) or will get a significant raise from enforcing this policy. This week I would...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-15-2011, 01:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,027
Posted By Missani
I had a loss this year, so I know it can happen. ...

I had a loss this year, so I know it can happen. I don't know why the tax person would tell you that, but it doesn't sound right to me.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-15-2011, 12:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 8,927
Posted By Missani
The Dreaded Late Pick Up

My family handbook states that I charge $1/minute late fee after my closing time. However, I like to give parents the benefit of the doubt and felt in the past like they are making every effort to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-15-2011, 12:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,500
Posted By Missani
I've tried this and it didn't work. I close at...

I've tried this and it didn't work. I close at 5:30 and had a dr. appt. a couple of weeks ago at 6:00 AND I had to pick up a baby-sitter first for my own kids. No phone call, no pick up at 5:45!!!!...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-15-2011, 11:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,498
Posted By Missani
My state also requires bleach and water. I would...

My state also requires bleach and water. I would love to be able to use something else, but it is non-negotiable.

I have a lady who repeatedly calls me to "offer her disinfecting product that is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-15-2011, 11:50 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 11,955
Posted By Missani
My kids are 4 and 2 (my baby is 2 on Monday!). I...

My kids are 4 and 2 (my baby is 2 on Monday!). I do not allow special priveleges. I expect them to be part of the daycare in every way. Yes they are here 45-50 hours a week (sometimes my DH gets...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-14-2011, 11:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,448
Posted By Missani
Am I the only one that laughed at this? I love...

Am I the only one that laughed at this? I love it! Pretty much sums up the rules of life, Blackcat! :lol::lol::lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-14-2011, 11:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,531
Posted By Missani
It happens to me, too. I even try to give them...

It happens to me, too. I even try to give them awake time after lunch to "work things out" before nap. They still wait until they are in their crib. I just had it again today! I was trying to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-13-2011, 10:49 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,140
Posted By Missani
Just wanted to say, sahm2three, that I hope you...

Just wanted to say, sahm2three, that I hope you are feeling a lot better today or that you are closed and are enjoying a nice nap!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2011, 12:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,368
Posted By Missani
My DH is my back-up/emergency person, and I don't...

My DH is my back-up/emergency person, and I don't have anyone else. I really need to get a substitute/assistant, though. I've realized this week how nice and needed it can be to have one. I'd have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2011, 12:20 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,064
Posted By Missani
My DS4 says this all the time, but it's not true!...

My DS4 says this all the time, but it's not true! He'll tell me that daddy doesn't make him flush and tell DH that mommy doesn't make him wash his hands, etc. I'm sure that he's told others, too. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2011, 11:58 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,251
Posted By Missani
I don't know, but I have 2 boys. Before doing...

I don't know, but I have 2 boys. Before doing daycare, I worked in a small office with about 15 women (and one man-poor thing!). Of all of us that were mothers, only one had boy-girl. All the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2011, 11:55 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,770
Posted By Missani
Thank you, Greta! I will definitely be doing...

Thank you, Greta! I will definitely be doing this!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2011, 11:33 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,770
Posted By Missani
I fell into the same trap! I signed the card for...

I fell into the same trap! I signed the card for "more information." I especially hate their phone calls. They call during naptime, and if you happen to not pick it up and listen for long enough,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2011, 11:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,140
Posted By Missani
Feel better! I know how miserable it is because...

Feel better! I know how miserable it is because I'm right there with you! I don't think I've been this sick in years, and it's horrible. I normally am the "oh I'm fine, it'll be okay" kind of girl...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-08-2011, 10:46 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,524
Posted By Missani
I agree on the steam mop! I've said over and...

I agree on the steam mop! I've said over and over again that it is the one thing I probably could not do without!

For the kids, I'd say the sandbox, the sensory table, and probably the Little...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-07-2011, 11:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,895
Posted By Missani
I wouldn't worry too much. Usually that type of...

I wouldn't worry too much. Usually that type of parent is "out to ruin your business" because "you took THEIR money." It's about money that they think they should have, and they know that the only...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-06-2011, 08:10 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 10,097
Posted By Missani
When I went to the second licensing class (so the...

When I went to the second licensing class (so the lady was almost through the semi-long process), I had a lady who wanted to know if she could continue to collect her child care assistance to take...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-04-2011, 11:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 11,298
Posted By Missani
Make Special K bars! Yum! You mentioned...

Make Special K bars! Yum!

You mentioned painting with it. I've heard that adding it to paint makes the paint really shiny looking. You could paint anything, but if you celebrate Easter at all...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-31-2011, 12:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,331
Posted By Missani
Biter! My Child!

My DS is a biter! He is almost 2 (23 months) and has been biting for exactly a year (since 11 months). He used to bite at the center he went to, and he has continued to bite at home. He has gone...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-29-2011, 11:17 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,951
Posted By Missani
Less than one year as a home daycare provider. ...

Less than one year as a home daycare provider. More than 10 at a center before that and about 10 years in the non-childcare world (some of them overlapped). I started my home daycare in August 0f...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-28-2011, 12:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,306
Posted By Missani
I do like that kitchen. The toddler room that I...

I do like that kitchen. The toddler room that I worked in had it, so it brings back great memories.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-28-2011, 12:13 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 25,250
Posted By Missani
I don't have a problem being tested. Test me if...

I don't have a problem being tested. Test me if you want to, but you will need to pay for it and provide back up care for the children while I go.

And, I agree, I am the employer. I am...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-28-2011, 11:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,687
Posted By Missani
Our plants are HUGE already. I already have to...

Our plants are HUGE already. I already have to repot them into individual pots. I cannot believe how much they have grown. The kids love to do it, and it's great fun! Now, if only Spring would...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-24-2011, 12:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,747
Posted By Missani
Thanks. I'm from the midwest and had never heard...

Thanks. I'm from the midwest and had never heard of them either. Don't feel bad Sandee, it's not just you.

Seeing as my backyard was a sea of mud/standing water earlier this week, I could have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-24-2011, 12:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,315
Posted By Missani
Non-Napping Infant

I have a child here who is really frustrating. I love her dearly, but she always has new tricks up her sleeves...constantly! She is almost 10 months old and has been here since she was 3 months. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2011, 07:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,375
Posted By Missani
Yep, we have one. A neighbor gave it to me and...

Yep, we have one. A neighbor gave it to me and it's on the older side, but it's perfect for outside. The kids love it and were happy to rediscover it under the snow.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2011, 12:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,003
Posted By Missani
Actually, a lot of schools are closed. I was...

Actually, a lot of schools are closed. I was surprised to see it. A high school very near me is closed and I noticed several metro districts are closed. I didn't think it was that bad, but easy...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2011, 11:50 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 12,198
Posted By Missani
Okay, I agree with you that she shouldn't have...

Okay, I agree with you that she shouldn't have lied. However, there is a lot of miscommunication about RSV. RSV can be very dangerous in infants and immune compromised patients. However, it is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2011, 11:28 AM
Replies: 141
Views: 36,706
Posted By Missani
Here's a story for you. I am in my 30s and have...

Here's a story for you. I am in my 30s and have a younger sister in her mid-20s. My mother was a single mother who had worked as a secretary and a teacher and always planned tosomeday be a SHM. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-22-2011, 11:58 AM
Replies: 141
Views: 36,706
Posted By Missani
I worked 10.5 hour days when I used to work away...

I worked 10.5 hour days when I used to work away from home-with a 30 minute commute each way. The thing is, I only did this 3 days per week and did this so I could be home with my children more...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-22-2011, 11:35 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,910
Posted By Missani
As far as the winter coat goes, I don't think you...

As far as the winter coat goes, I don't think you were wrong. Where I live 70 degrees is summer!

Anyway, I totally see what Blackcat is saying about putting them in what they come in and I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-21-2011, 11:42 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 29,360
Posted By Missani
If you send me your email, I will send you mine. ...

If you send me your email, I will send you mine. :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-21-2011, 11:41 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,174
Posted By Missani
Nope...no baby food meat of any kind in this...

Nope...no baby food meat of any kind in this house! Sticks, jars, whatever...it's just too gross looking to consider, and it scares me that it is shelf safe. And, I agree, to "chokable" for a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2011, 11:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,553
Posted By Missani
Nature Based or Outdoor Classroom

I know some of you do or are thinking of doing a nature based program, so I'm hoping you have some ideas for me. Right now I do a traditional indoor (with plenty of outdoor playtime) program with a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2011, 11:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,563
Posted By Missani
I set up the stroller by the front steps, get the...

I set up the stroller by the front steps, get the kids ready, then take them all outside. Everyone sits on the front steps while I load the 4 kids riding in the stroller from youngest to oldest. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-17-2011, 12:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,680
Posted By Missani
I do make a lot of my baby food, too. While I...

I do make a lot of my baby food, too. While I love to do it because I can give a wider variety of foods, I'm not sure that I've saved money. One thing that is nice, though, is that if there are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-16-2011, 08:38 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,532
Posted By Missani
Mmmmm....I love Cracklin' Oat Bran. Definitely...

Mmmmm....I love Cracklin' Oat Bran. Definitely try it-it tastes MUCH better than it looks!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-16-2011, 08:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,001
Posted By Missani
That's what I'm doing now. Maybe I'll just keep...

That's what I'm doing now. Maybe I'll just keep doing it. I just have a hard time figuring out what's on my plate plus what's on her tray plus what's in the bib/on her face/still clenched in her...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-16-2011, 08:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,680
Posted By Missani
I usually introduce rice cereal first, and when...

I usually introduce rice cereal first, and when they seem to "get the hang of it" then I add the other cereals and start vegetables. It seems that for most babies, it takes about a month. I don't...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 03-16-2011, 08:03 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 9,674
Posted By Missani
Nope! No cleaning up vomit! Not acceptable. ...

Nope! No cleaning up vomit! Not acceptable.

I am a provider, though, and I do have a child in care who throws up on purpose. It is frustrating to me because I wish I could figure out a way to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-16-2011, 11:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,001
Posted By Missani
Suction Plate?

Do any of you have a divided plate that suctions to a high chair that you would recommend? I have never used anything like this with my own children, so I don't even know if they work well, but I...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 03-16-2011, 11:35 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,270
Posted By Missani
Tom: Energy Credit

Hi, Tom! I'm the "idiot of the class" so to speak, and I'm finally getting a handle on this tax stuff for the first time. (And just in time, I know...)

Anyway, I finally got your books, and I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-15-2011, 12:27 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,532
Posted By Missani
We switch between Kix, Cheerios, and Life. Those...

We switch between Kix, Cheerios, and Life. Those are the only 3 ever offered, and we have one cereal on the menu once per week. I serve cereal with fruit (usually banana.) We also have oatmeal...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-12-2011, 07:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 74,357
Posted By Missani
My child care has a nature focused name. I use...

My child care has a nature focused name. I use "Sprouts" and "Seedlings" to distinguish the littles (infants and toddlers) from the bigs (preschoolers) when we separate into groups.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-12-2011, 07:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,894
Posted By Missani
This is what I do. I just make it daily for the...

This is what I do. I just make it daily for the baby with whatever we are having. If for some reason I don't have time, I will make the leftover fruit/veggies/whatever and use it for the next day. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-28-2011, 12:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,601
Posted By Missani
Okay, Here's A Potty Training Question For You!

Okay, so DCD brought his child in today and said, "DCG went potty all weekend and even told us when she had to go. She's pooping on the potty and doing really well, so we expect that you will work...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-25-2011, 11:54 AM
Replies: 262
Views: 40,759
Posted By Missani
Wait, now she didn't even know how many children...

Wait, now she didn't even know how many children she had? She thought there were 9? I understand that an emergency can do strange things to your brain, but to me, that's first and foremost. Always...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-25-2011, 11:28 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,880
Posted By Missani
It's Friday...Where Are This Week's Funny Stories?

Maybe it's because I have a few this week, but does anyone else? If so, let's hear 'em! Before I post, though, I will tell you that one is about poop and the other two about breastfeeding, so if...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-24-2011, 12:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,521
Posted By Missani
[QUOTE=SilverSabre25;86118]We get around the...

[QUOTE=SilverSabre25;86118]We get around the "really cold" part by having a nice fleece blanket in the car--she gets covered up as soon as she's strapped. She has to wear a light fleece in the seat,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-24-2011, 11:28 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,521
Posted By Missani
I once followed a dcm out to her car and put the...

I once followed a dcm out to her car and put the handle of the infant carrier down. I probably shouldn't have done that because of liability reasons, but I couldn't handle the guilt if something...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-23-2011, 12:10 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,207
Posted By Missani
Funny that this just came up. I just went to a...

Funny that this just came up. I just went to a preschool open house for a preschool that I was thinking of sending my son to, just out of curiousity. (If it matters, we decided not to send him...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-23-2011, 11:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,822
Posted By Missani
I hate that word, too, but sometimes it's the...

I hate that word, too, but sometimes it's the only one that fits the bill. Lol!

I have the same problem. I have a 4 yr. old that is usually a delight who has been having recent similar problems...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-23-2011, 11:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,815
Posted By Missani
All of my dcks live outside of my school...

All of my dcks live outside of my school district, so right now I will probably lose them all in Kindergarten. Of the parents I have spoken to, none of them plan to take their child to "real"...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-23-2011, 11:19 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 10,476
Posted By Missani
Old School! I am in my early 30s and my...

Old School!

I am in my early 30s and my friends probably think I'm a mean mom. My children are not allowed to hit/hurt/talk back to me or to other kids. They have to dress themselves and eat...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-23-2011, 11:04 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,223
Posted By Missani
Congrats to you! I forgot you were due this...

Congrats to you! I forgot you were due this soon! Enjoy him...there's nothing better than newborn snuggles!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-22-2011, 06:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 9,209
Posted By Missani
I tried to edit my response but was unable to...

I tried to edit my response but was unable to post my edited material. Anyway, according to the rule, mesh sided pack and plays/play yards are not acceptable for sleeping newborns and infants. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-22-2011, 06:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 9,209
Posted By Missani
Here is the wording for the MN requirements: No...

Here is the wording for the MN requirements:
No heights of the rail and end panel are less than 26 inches when measured from the top of the rail or panel in the highest position to the top of the...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 02-22-2011, 12:50 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,009
Posted By Missani
So overwhelmed with taxes

I just started daycare in 2010. Up until this point, I've always done my own taxes with no problem. Now I am completely overwhelmed.

I did a lot to my home to start this business. I finished my...
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