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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-24-2019, 12:37 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,149
Posted By Puddleduck
I don't cook! My daycare has a sink, a microwave...

I don't cook! My daycare has a sink, a microwave and a small fridge but no real area for cooking and my upstairs isn't child proofed enough for daycare kids to be playing while I cook. I also have so...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-24-2018, 06:44 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,437
Posted By Puddleduck
I try not to close even when I'm quite ill and...

I try not to close even when I'm quite ill and I'm a very light sleeper so I will nap on those days so I'm better able to care for the children when they're awake. The other option would be to close...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-08-2017, 03:13 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,533
Posted By Puddleduck
I feel so incredibly lucky right now! I work 8:15...

I feel so incredibly lucky right now! I work 8:15 (9 on Mondays) to about 4:30.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-26-2017, 05:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,139
Posted By Puddleduck
Sorry about that- I could've explained it better....

Sorry about that- I could've explained it better. The dcd has a history of being verbally and emotionally abusive to both DCM and to his mother so when DCM left, dcd's mother chose to stick with her....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-25-2017, 02:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,139
Posted By Puddleduck
Thank you for your help! The father is not...

Thank you for your help! The father is not allowed to pick up on the days the mother has custody (according to their custody agreement) so I've told the dad that he will need to talk to his lawyer...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-23-2017, 04:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,139
Posted By Puddleduck
Who Gets To Pick Up?

Hello! I have a question I was hoping you could please help with. Daycare parents are in the process of divorcing and they have a custody arrangement. The mother, the father, and the father's mother...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-16-2017, 10:20 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,067
Posted By Puddleduck
I've decided to completely walk away from the...

I've decided to completely walk away from the situation. I had thought if boundaries were clear, if there was a real custody agreement, it would all work out and I could keep on caring for the little...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-16-2017, 05:22 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,067
Posted By Puddleduck
The lawyer sent him a letter yesterday setting...

The lawyer sent him a letter yesterday setting boundaries at home and with me. He sent me another threatening text last night after receiving it.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-15-2017, 03:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,067
Posted By Puddleduck
You guys are amazing. Thank you for the words of...

You guys are amazing. Thank you for the words of support! In regards to licensing and laws, I'm in Canada and I'm legally unlicensed so there's no one to report to. The police said I don't have to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-14-2017, 05:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,067
Posted By Puddleduck
I needed to make my mind up today about how to...

I needed to make my mind up today about how to handle the situation and I decided to terminate care. I'm going to leave the spot open for a little while and the mother is going to start working on a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-14-2017, 05:44 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,067
Posted By Puddleduck
Dealing With One Parent But Not The Other?

Hello all! Hope you're having a great weekend.
I've had a situation seriously escalate recently and I'd really like your suggestions on how to deal with it. DCM and DCB are AMAZING. She follows...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-07-2017, 02:56 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,677
Posted By Puddleduck
I've talked to a number of...

I've talked to a number of friends/clients/interviewees in the past year who believe unlicensed daycare providers legally need to have their first aid/cpr and background checks. This may be why...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-16-2017, 11:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 911
Posted By Puddleduck
I'll definitely give that a try! Unfortunately,...

I'll definitely give that a try! Unfortunately, cognitively, I don't think he'll understand. When he plays with the girls he mostly just follows them around and he has a very hard time understanding...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-16-2017, 10:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,386
Posted By Puddleduck
I think Tom's system is United States specific (I...

I think Tom's system is United States specific (I may be wrong).
Ariana, here's what we can deduct according to the CRA.
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/bsnss/tpcs/slprtnr/bsnssxpnss/menu-eng.html
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-16-2017, 10:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 911
Posted By Puddleduck
Help With 2 Year Old DCB

Hello everyone! I was hoping to get some ideas or suggestions please.
My daycare consists of 2 girls who are both 17 months old, a girl who will be 3 in March, and a boy who will be 3 in May. They...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-16-2017, 06:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,386
Posted By Puddleduck
I think you absolutely can- If I buy something...

I think you absolutely can- If I buy something for daycare and my kids use it after hours it's still a daycare expense. You use your driveway for business. You need to keep it clear for daycare so...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-10-2017, 06:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 955
Posted By Puddleduck
My only kid who eats them has thrown up twice...

My only kid who eats them has thrown up twice since Saturday. No one has the flu. Everyone else is healthy. I'm pretty sure it was the food. :(
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-30-2017, 09:18 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,957
Posted By Puddleduck
We use clay daily. I tell potential daycare...

We use clay daily. I tell potential daycare parents during the interview that I'm a huge fan of messy play so parents who aren't okay with it just move on to different providers. Most parents love it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-24-2017, 12:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,016
Posted By Puddleduck
I lived in NS near the NB border for a decade, up...

I lived in NS near the NB border for a decade, up until 3 years ago. So pretty close to the Moncton area. Realistically I don't think they would be open minded about a male daycare provider which is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-23-2017, 05:32 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,280
Posted By Puddleduck
The more I think about it, the more I'm convinced...

The more I think about it, the more I'm convinced it would qualify as home child care and she would have to follow the Child Care and Early Years Act.
If she was providing the service to people for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-23-2017, 05:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,280
Posted By Puddleduck
How often is she offering the service? I think it...

How often is she offering the service? I think it has to be consistent in order to be called daycare...but with the new unclear regulations I'm not entirely sure.
I do know that having an assistant...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-23-2016, 06:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,329
Posted By Puddleduck
Response from parent- They are "too busy" to go...

Response from parent- They are "too busy" to go back to the doctor. I'm seriously unimpressed. Will be calling for pick up after half an hour.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-21-2016, 12:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,329
Posted By Puddleduck
It's breaking my heart.

It's breaking my heart.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-21-2016, 10:05 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,329
Posted By Puddleduck
WWYD Poop Issue

Hello you lovely providers, you. I was hoping to get some support/ideas on an issue that's progressively getting harder with one of my dcks. DCB is 3yrs and has had chronic constipation for over a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-25-2016, 08:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,089
Posted By Puddleduck
https://well.ca/products/munchkin-7-oz-miracle-360...

https://well.ca/products/munchkin-7-oz-miracle-360-trainer_100253.html?gclid=Cj0KEQiA39_BBRD0w-_rmOrc__8BEiQA-ETxXd-7vzeE5yeLKH2KPtm6XbcELw0YrZi7hsOEhG5ewD4aAhyF8P8HAQ

I'm a fan of these cups for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-03-2016, 02:12 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,433
Posted By Puddleduck
Sorry! -10 meaning 14 Fahrenheit

Sorry! -10 meaning 14 Fahrenheit
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-03-2016, 01:53 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,433
Posted By Puddleduck
I'm in Ontario, Canada and I'm a total wuss when...

I'm in Ontario, Canada and I'm a total wuss when it comes to cold weather. We go out till -10 but stay in when it's colder than that or if I think the snow is too high. Ive spent a lot of money on...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-05-2016, 11:10 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 809
Posted By Puddleduck
Not entirely sure, but my daughter who has...

Not entirely sure, but my daughter who has Childhood Apraxia of Speech, sounded like a deaf person trying to speak for the first few years. She also has word final disfluency which is a stutter that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-13-2016, 05:00 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,440
Posted By Puddleduck
Yup. Tried to cheat on his wife with me. I told...

Yup. Tried to cheat on his wife with me. I told the wife who said "Oh don't mind my husband, he was just drunk."
I termed.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-12-2016, 04:59 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,348
Posted By Puddleduck
Three in 8 years. I had a 2 year old who napped...

Three in 8 years. I had a 2 year old who napped wonderfully but her parents asked me to keep her awake. I tried to keep her up but she would just end up exhausted and cranky and wasn't able to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-19-2016, 11:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,204
Posted By Puddleduck
I only accept e-transfers. It's very common in...

I only accept e-transfers. It's very common in Canada (where I am) but if I understand correctly the process is a bit more difficult in the US. All the parents need is my email address. So easy!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-01-2016, 06:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,315
Posted By Puddleduck
Thank you all so much for your kind words and...

Thank you all so much for your kind words and support! :hug:
I'm going to be making an appointment to get some help this week and I'm going to start asking for more help with the baby. Also going...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-29-2016, 05:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,315
Posted By Puddleduck
Doing Daycare While Dealing with PPD

Hi! I'm wondering if anyone here has dealt with postpartum depression while providing child care, and if so how they coped with it. Any advice would be very helpful. Thanks!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-10-2016, 10:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,076
Posted By Puddleduck
For those of you who fudge the truth, what do you...

For those of you who fudge the truth, what do you say if the parents ask outright "How long did my child nap today?"
This dcm asks every day if dcg napped and if so for how long.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-09-2016, 01:34 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,076
Posted By Puddleduck
Thank you for your help everyone! I had it...

Thank you for your help everyone!
I had it written in my contract that there is a rest period every day and I assumed people would understand that all children must rest. I was wrong and I have now...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-09-2016, 11:18 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,076
Posted By Puddleduck
Keeping Child Awake at Nap Time-Suggestions Please?

Hello! I have a 4 year old dcg who LOVES her naps but her parents don't want her napping anymore. I try to keep her awake but every day it's a struggle.
We watch movies, she brings a tablet to play...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-04-2016, 11:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,666
Posted By Puddleduck
Oh, and both kids have issues with not eating...

Oh, and both kids have issues with not eating enough food.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-04-2016, 11:41 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,666
Posted By Puddleduck
I have two families that are obsessed with their...

I have two families that are obsessed with their kids getting milk (is this an Ottawa thing? LOL) and I make them bring their own. I refuse to spend money on milk, it's way too expensive. One family...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-21-2016, 11:06 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 813
Posted By Puddleduck
We're working on our social/emotional skills...

We're working on our social/emotional skills right now after going through a bit of a rough patch with playing nicely together. Lots of collaborative play- collaborative art, building towers...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-13-2016, 05:11 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 823
Posted By Puddleduck
Opinions on Contracted Hours, Please

I currently have it set up that my hours are 7:30-5:00 and although I have a rough idea of when each family will pick up, there are no guarantees. I find this leads to chaos and confusion for the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-13-2016, 03:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,013
Posted By Puddleduck
Home childcare provider in Ottawa, Canada with a...

Home childcare provider in Ottawa, Canada with a background in Early Childhood Education.

In Ontario you can only care for 5 children (even with an assistant- 5 is the absolute maximum...) and you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-12-2016, 11:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,035
Posted By Puddleduck
We hibernate. I hate being cold and I make it...

We hibernate. I hate being cold and I make it clear during interviews that we spend a large portion of the winter inside and to compensate for that I make sure the kids get a lot of gross motor play...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-20-2015, 04:16 AM
Replies: 5,609
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 608,816
Posted By Puddleduck
DCM is ALWAYS complaining about not seeing enough...

DCM is ALWAYS complaining about not seeing enough of dcb...And yet, dcm has every second Friday off (working the Saturday instead) and still chooses to send him to me. So instead of having two days...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-06-2015, 04:15 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,475
Posted By Puddleduck
20 degrees (68) in Ottawa yesterday! So lovely!

20 degrees (68) in Ottawa yesterday! So lovely!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-28-2015, 10:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 786
Posted By Puddleduck
Yes! If she was my child I would let her learn...

Yes! If she was my child I would let her learn from this naturally, but she's not mine. My backyard is INSANELY small and the deck takes up most of the space.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-28-2015, 08:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 786
Posted By Puddleduck
How Would You Deal With This?

DCG 2.5 doesn't normally put things in her mouth but she has recently started licking my deck outside. I think she's mostly doing it for a reaction so I've been gently saying "no, this could hurt...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-06-2015, 04:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,477
Posted By Puddleduck
Hi! I think you should probably double check your...

Hi! I think you should probably double check your information about ratios. As far as I know every province has a maximum amount of children you can care for even if you're legally unlicensed. For...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-05-2015, 06:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,284
Posted By Puddleduck
I'm not sure about in the US, but in Canada you...

I'm not sure about in the US, but in Canada you can do e-transfers from one bank account to another simply by using the person's e-mail address. No account details are shared at all. All my parents...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-14-2015, 04:31 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,535
Posted By Puddleduck
I'm in Canada (no food program as far as I know)...

I'm in Canada (no food program as far as I know) and I do the same as Sugar Magnolia. For 4 years I provided lunch and it was always a battle. So many picky kids and kids with sensory issues and I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2015, 01:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,361
Posted By Puddleduck
I just moved from NS to Ontario so when I read...

I just moved from NS to Ontario so when I read your post my first thought was "I bet she's in the maritimes." Our winter was insanely cold (-20 to -40) but I would rather deal with these temps than...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2015, 08:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,192
Posted By Puddleduck
My first year of doing child care I had brothers...

My first year of doing child care I had brothers who had herpes. You wouldn't know unless you saw them during an outbreak. No kissing at daycare. Ever. Not even kissing me.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-03-2015, 10:55 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,892
Posted By Puddleduck
YES! It's been -40 here for almost 2 months. My...

YES! It's been -40 here for almost 2 months. My poor kids are going BONKERS.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-19-2011, 04:03 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,642
Posted By Puddleduck
I Would Be Livid

http://mommyish.com/stuff/5-year-old-girl-gets-ears-pierced-at-daycare-710/
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-16-2011, 12:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,561
Posted By Puddleduck
BOOKS! Lots of books! I'm from a Canadian town...

BOOKS! Lots of books! I'm from a Canadian town with a population of 700, all Caucasian. The kids at my daycare don't see a lot of diversity so I try to talk about things like different cultures and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-16-2011, 12:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,774
Posted By Puddleduck
I'm in Nova Scotia and it's been so cold this...

I'm in Nova Scotia and it's been so cold this summer that the kids are still wearing jackets outside. Send some of that heat thissaway please!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-28-2011, 10:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,817
Posted By Puddleduck
Love the overalls idea! Thank you!

Love the overalls idea! Thank you!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-28-2011, 09:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,817
Posted By Puddleduck
Just Curious How You'd Handle This

I have a dcb who will be 4 next month. He is potty trained BUT his dad taught him that it is okay to pee outside at their house. Of course it is very much NOT okay for him to pee outside here but he...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-08-2011, 08:20 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 983
Posted By Puddleduck
Bugs

I have a 2.5 year old dcb who is TERRIFIED of bugs. This started about three months ago and every time he sees an ant, spider, beetle, etc. he freaks out. It's making things very rough when we go...
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