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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-20-2018, 07:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 242
Posted By Pestle
Hey, your version of Johnny Rebeck is sanitized!...

Hey, your version of Johnny Rebeck is sanitized! I grew up singing what I assume is the original version:

"Oh, once there was a Dutchman/His name was Johnny Rebeck/He was a dealer in sausages and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-19-2018, 01:51 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 410
Posted By Pestle
Exactly! My Mimi was my great-grandma. In my...

Exactly! My Mimi was my great-grandma. In my family, we've had Mimi and Papa (equal emphasis on both syllables), Nana and Grandfather, Bamps and Memaw, Granee (emphasis on the 2nd syllable) and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-10-2018, 02:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 346
Posted By Pestle
My mother has been on Zoloft for nearly 20 years....

My mother has been on Zoloft for nearly 20 years. It makes her drowsy but she has no other side effects.

I was on Paxil for five years as a teenager. I had no side effects. If I ever let my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-07-2018, 07:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 509
Posted By Pestle
Ditto to all this. I've only terminated three...

Ditto to all this. I've only terminated three times so far, and it's an even split between nonstop screaming, behavior that endangered the other kids, and parental issues.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-06-2018, 09:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 314
Posted By Pestle
I keep a parent-provided tub of formula as...

I keep a parent-provided tub of formula as backup.

When I was sending DD to day care, I had a lipase enzyme issue that made the milk taste like drinking straight dish soap. Even frozen, the milk...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-06-2018, 02:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 314
Posted By Pestle
I just put them back into the little sack with...

I just put them back into the little sack with the ice pack they came with.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-06-2018, 01:51 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 471
Posted By Pestle
I'm a snackaholic. I don't ever seem to sit down...

I'm a snackaholic. I don't ever seem to sit down and EAT. I do drink tea like I breathe air. Mostly decaf or herbal, to stave off the inevitable caffeine addiction, but one cup of black tea a day. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-06-2018, 01:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 545
Posted By Pestle
No diaper bags here. I learned it from you guys,...

No diaper bags here. I learned it from you guys, the day I reached into a diaper bag and came out with a bloody tampon applicator in my hand.

Breast milk comes in a little bag with an ice pack,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-03-2018, 07:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 319
Posted By Pestle
With the toddlers, I ignore it as long as it's...

With the toddlers, I ignore it as long as it's only verbal.

Here's the latest hot button topic in my day care:

Kid 1: "Oh I play Play-Doh now. I got it. It gween? Miss Pestle, it gween? Oh yeah...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-30-2018, 01:10 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 593
Posted By Pestle
Cat Herder, I was speaking to a particular power...

Cat Herder, I was speaking to a particular power dynamic in America--one that my family has participated in. I may have read it into this situation, but it does exist.

I have a couple of photos...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-30-2018, 09:31 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 593
Posted By Pestle
She probably enrolled because racist white...

She probably enrolled because racist white Americans still think of black Americans as a servant class. :mad: You can treat somebody like trash, think they're a lower form of life than yourself, and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-29-2018, 08:49 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 593
Posted By Pestle
If their child is using racial slurs, you need to...

If their child is using racial slurs, you need to guard your own dignity and value, make sure the kids in your care learn to do the same thing, and send that family a wake-up call. It's absolutely...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-25-2018, 03:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 342
Posted By Pestle
Is he his usual self in between the naps? Does he...

Is he his usual self in between the naps? Does he have a healthy level of energy? If not, you might warn the parents that you'll refuse drop off and/or call for immediate pick up if he seems...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-25-2018, 01:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 902
Posted By Pestle
It is your choice to play a part in a dangerous...

It is your choice to play a part in a dangerous and illegal operation. Nobody is pulling you out of bed, tying your arms behind your back, dragging you into an unmarked van, and dumping you at this...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-25-2018, 07:47 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 902
Posted By Pestle
Correct me if I'm wrong, but: -You regularly...

Correct me if I'm wrong, but:

-You regularly work alone with 16 or 17 children

-You don't know how many children you have when you've got them

-You aren't doing a regular head count to make...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-24-2018, 12:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 326
Posted By Pestle
Aren't all of those symptoms signs of a milk...

Aren't all of those symptoms signs of a milk intolerance? Has that already been discussed and ruled out?
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 01-24-2018, 09:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 244
Posted By Pestle
Good thought. I'm thinking about trying to do...

Good thought. I'm thinking about trying to do some savory oatmeal lunches. I grew up eating from cans so I'm very new to cooking, but I'm doing my best! It's not so good. :D

Right now, I'm just...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 01-23-2018, 06:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 244
Posted By Pestle
Help Me Out With Snacktime Protein Ideas

Got 2 kids with lactose intolerance (1 full-time)
3 with severe egg allergies (1 full-time)
1 with severe fish and severe nut/peanut allergies (she lives here!)

:lol:

I'm finally getting...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-18-2018, 01:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 430
Posted By Pestle
It doesn't matter what the cause is; vomit is...

It doesn't matter what the cause is; vomit is unsanitary and he cannot be in your care where other children are.

I've dealt with this with a family who insisted their kid's runny blowouts were due...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-17-2018, 12:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 578
Posted By Pestle
Welp. . . it was 11 degrees this morning. I still...

Welp. . . it was 11 degrees this morning. I still took them outside, because the dusting of snow was melting as the sun crossed the yard and I wanted them to have this rare experience. There was...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-17-2018, 07:51 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 578
Posted By Pestle
I stay open. The nice thing? I get quiet, paid...

I stay open. The nice thing? I get quiet, paid days with fewer kids, and more one-on-one time with my kid. lovethis

The crummy thing? The kids wanna go play in the snow and I'd rather lie down and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-12-2018, 11:03 AM
Replies: 973
Views: 178,247
Posted By Pestle
Tryin' again. . . from Fake Science on Facebook.

Tryin' again. . . from Fake Science on Facebook.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-12-2018, 11:01 AM
Replies: 973
Views: 178,247
Posted By Pestle
Blech--it won't let me post the image. ...

Blech--it won't let me post the image.
https://www.facebook.com/fakescientist/photos/a.438554613985.225339.390138978985/10157141147133986/?type=3&theater
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-12-2018, 10:50 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 844
Posted By Pestle
likethis

likethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2018, 07:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 766
Posted By Pestle
On the plus side. . . think of all the lessons...

On the plus side. . . think of all the lessons you're learning at the same time instead of gradually as you deal with only-slightly-horrible families. This will save you a lot of suffering further...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2018, 07:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 766
Posted By Pestle
Whoa whoa whoa I missed that one. "Awake...

Whoa whoa whoa I missed that one.

"Awake and alert drop off." Never accept a sleeping or groggy child into your care. If they're in the midst of a medical emergency, you could be liable. And that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2018, 01:43 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 844
Posted By Pestle
You're up near Knoxville, right? I just had a...

You're up near Knoxville, right? I just had a disaster--got to the last 8 inches of the border on a shawl I was knitting and ran out of yarn at pick up time yesterday. :lol: Called the yarn store in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2018, 12:51 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 844
Posted By Pestle
And the second link is a first-rate example of...

And the second link is a first-rate example of confusing correlation with causation. There are many, many, MANY factors that lead to disproportionate and often unfair expulsion of impoverished and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2018, 12:42 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 844
Posted By Pestle
:confused: So. . . if I were in any other...

:confused:

So. . . if I were in any other profession, and a client physically abused me or another client while on my property, I could refuse service. This doesn't make sense to me.

From the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2018, 12:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 326
Posted By Pestle
Yeah; we've reverted back to two naps. In the...

Yeah; we've reverted back to two naps. In the morning, I say, "Oh, bummer. You hit me. We do not hit. Nap time!" And sometimes he naps, and sometimes he doesn't. I also try to give him a snack, but...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2018, 12:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 451
Posted By Pestle
Cleanup is a multi-step process, so I try to...

Cleanup is a multi-step process, so I try to voice text the parents as soon as the kid is cleaned up enough that they aren't smearing the vomit/feces around in the time it takes me to hit the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2018, 12:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 547
Posted By Pestle
Yes, send home. I've got a guy who had...

Yes, send home.

I've got a guy who had frequent conjunctivitis until the doctor said it was allergic conjunctivitis and told the parents to take him off dairy. Apparently the lactose is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2018, 11:53 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 326
Posted By Pestle
20mo DCB With 'Roid Rage

Okay, not ACTUAL 'roid rage. But basically. :ouch:

I've had the little guy since he was 3mo. He's on the cusp of talking--has about six words, uses them appropriately, babbles with lots of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-08-2018, 07:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 319
Posted By Pestle
I use the Me Do It chairs as soon as they can sit...

I use the Me Do It chairs as soon as they can sit up unassisted. Before that, I have a Mamas and Papas Baby Snug.

I avoid spoon-feed foods unless the parents send them in; I give them soft foods...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-28-2017, 03:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 627
Posted By Pestle
When I close due to sickness, I refund because...

When I close due to sickness, I refund because the families must then scramble for alternate care with no warning.

When I exclude a child due to sickness, I still charge because I had that space...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-21-2017, 05:06 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,073
Posted By Pestle
I sometimes use my Chromebook to pull up folk...

I sometimes use my Chromebook to pull up folk songs (I'm home schooling my preschooler, and Language & Literacy for the first couple of years is mostly nursery rhymes, fairy tales, folk tales and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-21-2017, 05:04 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,354
Posted By Pestle
I understand the expectation, but kids that age...

I understand the expectation, but kids that age scream as loud as they can just for the fun of making a sound. There's no way you can keep them quiet without drugs or, yes, physically sealing up...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-19-2017, 01:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 895
Posted By Pestle
Yep yep yep. My kid was in a Montessori school...

Yep yep yep. My kid was in a Montessori school from age 1-4, so they taught her all that, and now I'm working to teach it all to another batch of kiddos. :D It makes me aware of the life skills I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-19-2017, 12:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 748
Posted By Pestle
We've only spoken three or four times in the last...

We've only spoken three or four times in the last couple of years--I think they keep odd hours (she's a doctor). We both own our single-family houses. Our gable vent is very close to their back...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-18-2017, 06:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 748
Posted By Pestle
Neighbor's Smoke Is In My House!

Our next door neighbor smokes in his back yard. It hasn't been an issue while we're playing outside--I can smell it, but it hasn't been very strong--but over the last few days, his cigarette smoke...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-18-2017, 02:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 895
Posted By Pestle
Cake For Shoes: Suddenly Losing A Life Skill

What skills do your kids suddenly regress out of when they want attention?

My 2yo who says "Hewp pease!" instead of doing things himself or trying new things. . . is very distressed because...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-14-2017, 02:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 618
Posted By Pestle
Yep. . . I need a consequence for un-knocking as...

Yep. . . I need a consequence for un-knocking as soon as she thinks she can get away with it.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-14-2017, 12:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 618
Posted By Pestle
Licensing in my city is pretty strict about where...

Licensing in my city is pretty strict about where the kids can be. The issue I'm having with using the dining room is that I have my own child (five years old) who doesn't nap and shouldn't be sealed...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-14-2017, 12:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 618
Posted By Pestle
Fake coughing. Today she was fake coughing as...

Fake coughing. Today she was fake coughing as loudly as she could when the other girl started to dose off. Also yawning "OhhhhWAH". Right now I've got her sitting in a chair while I get some...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-14-2017, 11:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 618
Posted By Pestle
Oh, and I should say: She resists sleeping and...

Oh, and I should say: She resists sleeping and eating both here and at home, but the parents have her on a good schedule and healthy diet, and she's here every day and has been for months. The...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-14-2017, 11:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 618
Posted By Pestle
2yo Who Wakes Others, Flops Around Like A Fish During Nap Time

I know there are lots of threads about napping issues; I'm just too lazy to wade through more than a page of them looking for one relevant to my issues. :ouch:

I have a 2yo who can only sleep if...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-12-2017, 10:22 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 756
Posted By Pestle
It bothers me that people either neglect their...

It bothers me that people either neglect their kids' real medical needs or add something unnecessary that's dangerous. Like, why should I have to check to see if you've strapped a cord around your...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-12-2017, 09:07 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 756
Posted By Pestle
I just take them off immediately after drop off...

I just take them off immediately after drop off and put them with the child's things. Nobody's made a fuss about it.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-11-2017, 09:42 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 583
Posted By Pestle
Is he still bottle feeding? How much in one...

Is he still bottle feeding?

How much in one go?

How soon before he's vomiting/spitting up has he had his last bottle?

Is it coming out forcefully or is it a little "blurp" and a dribble?
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-11-2017, 09:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 578
Posted By Pestle
I don't use high chairs, either. I have a couple...

I don't use high chairs, either. I have a couple of the Me Do It chairs from Community Playthings for the really little toddlers and a Mamas and Papas Baby Snug chair for the ones who need support.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-09-2017, 01:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 915
Posted By Pestle
I learned from this forum that no diaper bags is...

I learned from this forum that no diaper bags is standard policy. I learned that the day I reached into a diaper bag and came out with a bloody used tampon applicator in my hand.

:ouch:

I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-08-2017, 01:32 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 790
Posted By Pestle
07:00-17:30. (My five key is broken. :lol:)

07:00-17:30. (My five key is broken. :lol:)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-08-2017, 08:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 636
Posted By Pestle
The great irony? His "Camp Crystal Lake" thermal...

The great irony? His "Camp Crystal Lake" thermal tee is now bloody. :ouch: Mom says Dad will think that's awesome.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-08-2017, 07:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 636
Posted By Pestle
:) Thank you, all! The mom decided to come...

:)

Thank you, all! The mom decided to come for pick up. It was bothering me that I didn't know the right solution, so it's good to know there isn't really one in this situation. :lol: I needed...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-08-2017, 07:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 636
Posted By Pestle
Mom is a nurturing schoolteacher and dad is a...

Mom is a nurturing schoolteacher and dad is a physical therapist. He's a one-and-done but they're very grounded.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-08-2017, 07:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 636
Posted By Pestle
Thanks so much, Blackcat! The dad thought...

Thanks so much, Blackcat!

The dad thought no pick up needed, but the mom is checking to see if she can get coverage at work to come pick up. He has cheered right up and is eating applesauce for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-08-2017, 07:23 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 636
Posted By Pestle
Cut Lip Help

Kid came bolting up the two steps from the playroom, slipped, and put an upper tooth through his lower lip from the outside. The gouge is narrow but deep. I don't think it goes all the way through,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-08-2017, 05:15 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,822
Posted By Pestle
Old thread bumped by a spammer linking to bottle...

Old thread bumped by a spammer linking to bottle brushes. :rolleyes:

But on that note--MAM bottles. Sweet Mary. Were they invented just to make me lose my mind?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-07-2017, 07:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 715
Posted By Pestle
If she's picking on the baby when you're holding...

If she's picking on the baby when you're holding the baby, she doesn't get to have access to you, either! :D She still gets popped over the gate.

I like Happy's solution, because redirection and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-07-2017, 07:03 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,044
Posted By Pestle
We kept our kid's room babyproofed with a gate on...

We kept our kid's room babyproofed with a gate on the open door, and she slept on the floor instead of in a crib. So if she woke up, she was free to wander around all she wanted.

Now that she's a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-07-2017, 04:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 715
Posted By Pestle
You've used the words "I tell her X" a bunch of...

You've used the words "I tell her X" a bunch of times. I can feel your frustration. Loss of control is the worst experience for me, for sure. But in your situation, listening is ABSOLUTELY a choice,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-07-2017, 01:32 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,044
Posted By Pestle
Surcharge of one yurt for letting your child...

Surcharge of one yurt for letting your child sleep in until 9:30 am and sending them in with no breakfast and no chance they'll nap today.

Yes, a yurt. By close of business, I'm going to need a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-07-2017, 10:44 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,044
Posted By Pestle
THIS. This with pants and shoes especially.

THIS. This with pants and shoes especially.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-07-2017, 08:10 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,044
Posted By Pestle
:( Maybe we need a billing chart that...

:(

Maybe we need a billing chart that cross-references "physically taxing," "emotionally taxing," "unsanitary," and "wastes time."
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-07-2017, 07:46 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,044
Posted By Pestle
Oh, yeah, for sure--but instead of money, a mini...

Oh, yeah, for sure--but instead of money, a mini bottle of Jack Daniels at pick up for every instance of bodily fluids that got onto MY body! :lol:

Yeah, my first month in this job I learned...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-07-2017, 06:58 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,044
Posted By Pestle
Surcharges You WISH You Could Add

It's fun to dream, right?

First poop of the day is free. Second poop is $2. Third poop is $4. Fourth poop and any thereafter are $10 per poop. If I have to change it, I might as well turn it into...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-06-2017, 10:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 674
Posted By Pestle
I don't feel guilty at all about removing all the...

I don't feel guilty at all about removing all the books when there's a child who damages them. A love of books can't be cultivated when the kids are allowed to treat them like garbage.

I provide...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-06-2017, 07:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 505
Posted By Pestle
I'll look at those. I usually prefer wood for...

I'll look at those. I usually prefer wood for toys and furniture, but for a piece of furniture that's going to get dragged around, tipped over, wobbled and generally put through a workout on a daily...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-06-2017, 07:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 505
Posted By Pestle
Particularly, the Kidkrap chairs have no splay...

Particularly, the Kidkrap chairs have no splay whatsoever to the legs so they are extra-tippy. I also saw a newer version recently and they're omitting the stretcher now. Garbage.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-06-2017, 07:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 505
Posted By Pestle
Recommendations For Sturdy, Non-Tippy Toddler/Preschool Dining Chairs

So I've been using cheap Kidkraft flat pack chairs that I had before I opened the day care, plus a couple of nicer chairs I found at an antique mall. One kid threw one of the Kidkraft chairs at me...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-28-2017, 03:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 920
Posted By Pestle
Black magic. Seriously, if active play,...

Black magic.

Seriously, if active play, followed by a cool-down period with dim lighting, and a freshly-full belly, don't work for this one. . . I got nothing. :D

Even my usually-good sleepers...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-28-2017, 09:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 856
Posted By Pestle
Screaming fits, not eating, not napping. . . and...

Screaming fits, not eating, not napping. . . and these are my good kids. :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-22-2017, 09:29 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,030
Posted By Pestle
Medical reason?

Medical reason?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-22-2017, 09:28 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,030
Posted By Pestle
:lol: Now it's my turn to laugh. Down here, you'd...

:lol: Now it's my turn to laugh. Down here, you'd be indoors from 9am onward basically June-September.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-21-2017, 07:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,081
Posted By Pestle
At every workplace I've been at, we only got...

At every workplace I've been at, we only got notified of new coworkers; the fired ones didn't get an official send-off. :lol: Only people who were retiring or leaving voluntarily with a lot of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-18-2017, 07:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 831
Posted By Pestle
The county schools and the Montessori school here...

The county schools and the Montessori school here use it, so I use it, too. It's useful but not so much for toddlers; if you pick up "Love & Logic: Magic for Early Childhood," what they mean by...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-16-2017, 12:55 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,818
Posted By Pestle
You have a bad counselor and a bad spouse. Get a...

You have a bad counselor and a bad spouse. Get a new counselor or find one to go to solo, so you can sort out your plans and possibilities on the spousal side.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-16-2017, 12:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,096
Posted By Pestle
The first thing to consider in any design is...

The first thing to consider in any design is whether it meets the functional needs of the end user.

DCM is a crappy designer, is what I'm saying.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2017, 03:45 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,818
Posted By Pestle
"You left the car door open when you got home...

"You left the car door open when you got home tonight."
"It's not a problem."

"You said you were going to the grocery store up the road but you went across town to a gaming store, and we were at...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-13-2017, 03:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,444
Posted By Pestle
Mine refuses to eat almost anything but starches....

Mine refuses to eat almost anything but starches. He eats cereal multiple times a day. He manages to find chicken nuggets on the menu at every restaurant we go to. So I just don't shop for him. He's...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-12-2017, 12:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 861
Posted By Pestle
I don't do veggie straws unless I was already...

I don't do veggie straws unless I was already going to buy potato chips. :rolleyes: It's the same stuff.

But I do sometimes offer those green pea crisps from Aldi and Whole Foods; they're 70...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-10-2017, 02:52 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,030
Posted By Pestle
Are you licensed, and is outdoor play required?...

Are you licensed, and is outdoor play required? I'd tell the parents at pick up that they must provide weather-appropriate clothing at the next drop-off. If they don't, figure out whether you want to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-10-2017, 11:49 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,030
Posted By Pestle
I'm on the Georgia state line, so it never gets...

I'm on the Georgia state line, so it never gets too cold to go outside--the only issue is weather-appropriate clothing. (I don't think it really ever dips below the 20s here unless there's a strong...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-09-2017, 10:32 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,444
Posted By Pestle
"What did we do today, Mama? Oh, we ate...

"What did we do today, Mama? Oh, we ate paper."
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-09-2017, 10:21 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,444
Posted By Pestle
Is Fruit the New Soda?

When I was growing up in the '80s, I rarely drank anything but soda, and nobody gave it a second thought. My parents taught me good oral hygiene, so I ended up with crowns on my baby teeth but no...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-06-2017, 04:09 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,895
Posted By Pestle
I don't discipline kids for acting out towards...

I don't discipline kids for acting out towards their parents--I watch to see what the parents do. It goes a long way toward learning why the problems occur at all. :rolleyes:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-03-2017, 09:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,299
Posted By Pestle
Sounds like it's time for disposable changing...

Sounds like it's time for disposable changing table liners. :(

I don't change toddlers on the table at all! Since we do a lot of our activities Montessori-style, any child who can stand is changed...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-03-2017, 08:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,296
Posted By Pestle
The loss of the books is sad, but when you think...

The loss of the books is sad, but when you think about it, no situation that merits the title "Quick Pee Question" is going to have a good answer.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-02-2017, 10:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,414
Posted By Pestle
Yeah, this sounds like a food intolerance to me....

Yeah, this sounds like a food intolerance to me. Maybe a fructose intolerance (https://www.mayoclinic.org/fructose-intolerance/expert-answers/faq-20058097), or celiac, or lactose intolerance. I have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-02-2017, 08:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,299
Posted By Pestle
Ohio regs...

Ohio regs (http://emanuals.jfs.ohio.gov/ChildCare/ChildCareCenter/Rules/5101-2-12-23.stm) just say:

(e) No child shall be left unattended on the diaper changing table.

(f) If...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-02-2017, 08:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,299
Posted By Pestle
That is odd. Not allowed to be "unsecured"--does...

That is odd. Not allowed to be "unsecured"--does that mean the child you are currently changing must be secured? That's usually a requirement. I find it hard to believe the state wants all the kids...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-02-2017, 07:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,639
Posted By Pestle
What ever happened to the concept of "growing...

What ever happened to the concept of "growing room"?

I'm not a fan of shoes that tie; there are a couple of years there where kids have the motor control to put on a shoe, but not to tie it. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-31-2017, 12:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,639
Posted By Pestle
B-but. . . why doesn't she just buy the next size...

B-but. . . why doesn't she just buy the next size or two up from the pair that's getting snug? :confused:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-31-2017, 12:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,559
Posted By Pestle
Mine won't eat until she's so hungry that she...

Mine won't eat until she's so hungry that she goes apes*** on us. But she gets it; she'll eventually stop screaming and flailing, and she'll melt onto me while sobbing, "My body is sad because it's...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-31-2017, 10:46 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,639
Posted By Pestle
Shoes That Are Too Small

I'm on my second family that buys brand-new shoes a size too small for their kid. They both insist that the shoes are fine and they have no trouble putting them on.

Anybody else have this problem?...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-30-2017, 10:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,113
Posted By Pestle
I wanted to do just older kids, but needed...

I wanted to do just older kids, but needed whoever I could get when I first started. I quickly learned that most of the older kids on the market for a new care provider are on the market for a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2017, 11:38 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,559
Posted By Pestle
I have a child who periodically starts wailing....

I have a child who periodically starts wailing. She does this at home, also. The best solution I've found is to say, "I'm sorry you're sad. You can come sit with me if you'd like to be quiet and sad....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-24-2017, 08:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,307
Posted By Pestle
I wouldn't put her in a bed, no. My quiet corner...

I wouldn't put her in a bed, no. My quiet corner is a nook with a cushion and a few touch-and-feel books and a small bin of toys.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-24-2017, 08:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,307
Posted By Pestle
I'm turning into you o_O

I'm turning into you o_O
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-24-2017, 07:57 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,307
Posted By Pestle
40 percent of the days she cries, it makes her...

40 percent of the days she cries, it makes her buddy show up. Maybe restrict her access to him on the days he's in care? "I'm sorry, but you were shouting for Billy, and we don't shout, so today is a...
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