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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-23-2012, 11:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,697
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
I have a 10 year old, and she plays with my group...

I have a 10 year old, and she plays with my group just fine. I have kids that are 2,2,3,4,6,6, and then the 10 year old.

I LOVE having her home from school because she keeps the little ones...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-23-2012, 05:57 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,414
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
A lot of the time, the quick test is negative,...

A lot of the time, the quick test is negative, but the culture they grow later is positive. So it may still be strep. I'd close another day just to be sure.

But to answer your question, I usually...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-23-2012, 05:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,697
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
I have a group of schoolagers, 6, 6, and 10. I...

I have a group of schoolagers, 6, 6, and 10.
I LOVE having schoolagers. Especially in the summer. THere are so many fun things you can do.

Some of my kids favorites are
Board games, perler...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-22-2012, 01:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,086
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
Is there anyway they can let the public know when...

Is there anyway they can let the public know when he will be out walking? Like every Tuesday from 10-11, or every Tuesday morning. Then you can avoid the area during that time?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-21-2012, 10:48 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,905
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
I know its not your business, but why would they...

I know its not your business, but why would they not give him bananas? THat is one of the foods you are SUPPOSED to give kids when they have diarrhea!

I can see staying away from milk, but not...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-21-2012, 09:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,235
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
The kids absolute favorite area is the baby/doll...

The kids absolute favorite area is the baby/doll center. I have a wooden crib, with several dolls, clothes, spoons and bowls, bottles, receiving blankets, small washcloths and an infant tub. They...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-18-2012, 12:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,487
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
I know people have the right to sell to whomever...

I know people have the right to sell to whomever they want.
But isnt that discrimination? We cant discriminate against daycare clients
because of religion!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-17-2012, 12:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,295
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
I dont think its that the parents are punishing...

I dont think its that the parents are punishing him, but he probably knows its something he isnt supposed to do. He most likely hears from mom and dad "dont poop in your pants, poop in the potty". I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-16-2012, 08:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,470
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
NO flip flops or open toe sandals are allowed at...

NO flip flops or open toe sandals are allowed at my house.
Tennis shoes only.

We play at the park almost every day, and its covered with chopped
up mulch. Its sharp and pointy and gets in their...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-16-2012, 08:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,485
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
I want to know how she affords all that and only...

I want to know how she affords all that and only charges $100 a week!
Projects and activities cost $, and fees that low dont support much.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-14-2012, 11:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,136
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
I do. I typically get them a book, or activity...

I do. I typically get them a book, or activity book. Its had to know what toys they have at home. So I try to do books instead.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-14-2012, 11:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,915
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
I've had several over the years, and they are...

I've had several over the years, and they are worth every penny. We use ours all the time. I use it for a sensory table sometimes too.

We have this one, and DONT like it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-03-2012, 10:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,011
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
Have the parents had him evaluated for sensory...

Have the parents had him evaluated for sensory disorder? I had a boy like that in care a few years ago. He had sensory issues, and I believe autism, but he was not diagnosed yet. He was with me for 2...
Forum: Curriculum 04-27-2012, 07:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,697
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
Mother's Day?

Looking for some great ideas for something the kids can make for Mom. Something for 2-4 year olds that will make the moms go Awwww.:p
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-19-2012, 11:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,197
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
Yeah, this one is 3 1/2: wont share, takes toys,...

Yeah, this one is 3 1/2: wont share, takes toys, unlocks and opens door, goes outside, wont pick up toys, wont lay down at naptime (parents requested he must nap), spits, says words that arent...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-19-2012, 10:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,197
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
I totally agree!!!!!!!!!! Its the parents lack of...

I totally agree!!!!!!!!!! Its the parents lack of discipline and load of excuses that are adding to the problem.
We're on day 12 today, not sure how much longer this will last. I'm extremely...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-19-2012, 10:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,197
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
No Excuses!

Sorry.... your child is not

tired
having an off day
didnt sleep well
doesnt feel good
was up late
didnt eat breakfast
woke up on the wrong side of the bed
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-18-2012, 09:18 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,365
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
An article in my Family Circle magazing was...

An article in my Family Circle magazing was talking about teenage babysitting. It said the national average for what teenage sitters get paid is $12 an hour for collage age, $10 an hour for high...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-18-2012, 09:13 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,955
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
I've had families that picked me, in part,...

I've had families that picked me, in part, BECAUSE I had a dog. Their kids loved animals, and they wanted a home with animals.

But I know kids who are terrified of dogs, and wouldnt do well in a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-17-2012, 03:27 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,287
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
Parents should know that their children would be...

Parents should know that their children would be better off if they spent less time complaining, and more time parenting their children.happyface
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2012, 06:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,582
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
I have a scrapbook of daycare pictures. The kids...

I have a scrapbook of daycare pictures. The kids LOVE to look at it and see pictures of themselves, and other friends that are no longer here. Its by far our most used book!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2012, 06:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,865
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
A recent party we went to gave each child a bag...

A recent party we went to gave each child a bag filled with bubblebath from the dollar store, they were cute girly and boy superhero themed, and one of those washclothes that you put in water and it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-29-2012, 10:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,338
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
Thanks. happyface I guess I just feel guilty...

Thanks. happyface

I guess I just feel guilty because it will be 2 weeks off in April, then another 4 days just 2 1/2 weeks later.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-29-2012, 10:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,411
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
I dont think you are necessarily wrong, but if it...

I dont think you are necessarily wrong, but if it were me, I wouldnt have said anything. It was only 10 minutes. If it snowballs, becomes a habit, or starts to be come frequent, then yes, address the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-29-2012, 10:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,338
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
Too Much Time Off?

Wondering if this is taking too much time off.

Background, last time I took any vacation was last April, I took 3 days off when family came to visit. I have worked every day since.

My contract...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 03-28-2012, 06:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,347
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
Breakfast for lunch for us today. Turkey...

Breakfast for lunch for us today.
Turkey Sausage, Hashbrowns, Pancakes, Bananas and Milk. Tomorrow is Dirty Rice, Green beans, cantelope and milk.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2012, 06:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,471
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
Not sure about a white noise machine, but I use...

Not sure about a white noise machine, but I use music at naptime too.
I play soft classical music, it helps the kids settle, and drowns out any noise so they can keep sleeping. Cds are cheap and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2012, 10:28 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,779
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
I'm horrible at growing things. But a daycare...

I'm horrible at growing things. But a daycare provider friend posted this, and it looks fun.

http://www.southernplate.com/2009/05/raised-bed-gardens-in-30-minutes.html

kiddy pools are super...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2012, 08:43 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,637
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
I'm opposite of everyone else. :-) I'm open...

I'm opposite of everyone else. :-) I'm open Friday, closed Monday.

I'm a provider for military families, and most of them are off Monday for the observed Easter holiday, so I close Monday. Most of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2012, 10:35 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,609
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
Honestly, I think its totally normal. I've...

Honestly, I think its totally normal. I've watched a lot of kids through the years, and many of them had shown the exact behaviour you are describing.

My kids love to strip the clothes off the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-22-2012, 06:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,802
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
Why Can't Parents Clothe Their Kids?

I just dont understand parents sometimes.

This morning its 55 degrees outside. I walk my group to the bus stop every morning. I have a 2 year old here with short sleeves, capri pants and no...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-22-2012, 05:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,582
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
I would continue to ignore him. Sooner or later...

I would continue to ignore him. Sooner or later he will learn that he is getting no attention, and missing out on all the fun you and the other kids are having. Chances are Mom gives into his crying,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-16-2012, 10:44 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 9,170
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
Mac 60 didnt mention anything about spanking. I...

Mac 60 didnt mention anything about spanking. I think you are jumping to conclusions a bit. She said children are lacking discipline. Discipline is not spanking, its concequences for your actions,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-15-2012, 12:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,080
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
Our backyard is a complete mud pit when its wet...

Our backyard is a complete mud pit when its wet outside. It takes days to dry out. On days like that we take walks outside, or color with chalk in the front sidewalk instead.
Not sure if those are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-10-2012, 05:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,635
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
I would go with the new family too. And in the...

I would go with the new family too.
And in the future, have families sign a "termination" letter when they give notice.
I have a short for that just states when their last day of care is, and what...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-09-2012, 05:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 16,653
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
I looked at it too, it looks great, but I'm too...

I looked at it too, it looks great, but I'm too cheap to pay for it.

We use lots of free sites.
www.starfall.com is our favorite.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-06-2012, 06:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,495
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
I laminate my stuff, and use 3m stickys to stick...

I laminate my stuff, and use 3m stickys to stick it to the wall. Then boarder it with colorful bulletin board stuff to make it look kid friendly.
For the things I want on the wall that I change,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-06-2012, 06:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,168
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
Have you tried asking a Dr about Melatonin...

Have you tried asking a Dr about Melatonin supplements? They are completely natural, not a medication, and really help with sleep patterns.
I havent used them, but know several friends who swear...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-05-2012, 12:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,025
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
I think its super cute. If you're worried about...

I think its super cute. If you're worried about it, you could label them "Friend 1, Friend 2, etc" instead of thing.
You can get tshirts really cheap at Micheals if you hit a sale.
Several...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-05-2012, 12:22 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,761
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
I agree, they are glorified bottles. But I refuse...

I agree, they are glorified bottles. But I refuse to deal with the mess from 7 kids spilling juice and milk on my floor.
In my house all the kids use the disposable straw cups with lids. Even the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-04-2012, 02:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,278
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
I would make sure all the kids and you had their...

I would make sure all the kids and you had their shoes on. And yes, we practice tornado drills just like we do with fire drills.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-04-2012, 02:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,406
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
I fill mine with a mix of dried beans. I use...

I fill mine with a mix of dried beans. I use white and black for a color contrast.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-02-2012, 06:50 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,924
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
I change mine out for the season too. Get most of...

I change mine out for the season too. Get most of the stuff from the dollar store or walmart. THen I keep the season stuff in a zip lock bag for the next year.

Right now we have easter/spring. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-02-2012, 06:46 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,716
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
We are required to use paper towels too. You...

We are required to use paper towels too.

You could get cloth towels, and have one for each child. Get their name embroidered, or have a certain color for each.

Then hang them on a stick on hook...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 03-02-2012, 06:44 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,924
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
You also have to remember how many feet come in...

You also have to remember how many feet come in and out that door on a daily basis.
I have 7 kids in care, and 6 families including my own. That means 22-25 people coming in and out of my house 2...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-29-2012, 07:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,594
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
So you charge $650 a month for one child, but...

So you charge $650 a month for one child, but siblings is $950 for both kids? That is WAY too much of a discount!
I offer a 10% discount for siblings, and that is it!

In your case, I would charge...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-27-2012, 11:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,365
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
Crappy Monday! LITERALLY!

2 1/2 year old was sitting on the couch reading books, and had a HUGE diarrhea diaper, all over the couch!

What a way to start out a Monday! YUCK!
Thankfully my couch is brown.:lol:
Forum: Curriculum 02-26-2012, 07:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 23,742
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
I used to purchase a program, but for the last...

I used to purchase a program, but for the last few years I just do my own. I am strict about planning ahead, and plan my lessons at least 2-3 weeks ahead so I can gather the materials to have on...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-25-2012, 06:06 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,698
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
I dont give medicine unless I have a Drs...

I dont give medicine unless I have a Drs prescription. NO exceptions.
Its just too much of a liability.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-24-2012, 05:06 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,292
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
We're of course reading tons of dr seuss books, ...

We're of course reading tons of dr seuss books,
doing goldfish sorting (buying the different colored goldfish and sorting them by color for one fish two fish, red fish blue fish)
Making green eggs...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-23-2012, 11:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,795
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
What Are You Doing, What Are You Doing, What Are You Doing....

How do I curb this? I have a little boy, just turned 4, who asks this a million times a day.
"what are you doing"
cleaning up from snack
"now what are you doing"
still cleaning up from snack...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-23-2012, 11:07 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,150
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
I dont think more is better, but I do think extra...

I dont think more is better, but I do think extra activities are good for kids. My kids are 5 and 9. They are each in one activity. They can choose the activity, but only one at a time. My son does...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-22-2012, 05:36 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,173
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
Anyone State Licensed In Virginia?

I have a fellow friend who is a daycare provider that is looking for a contact to ask some questions about becoming state certified in Virginia.
If anyone can help out I'd appreciate it.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-17-2012, 04:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,610
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
Honestly I think you cant blame illnesses on any...

Honestly I think you cant blame illnesses on any one person.
The boy could have had something totally different from what your assistant had. She could have caught it from anywhere, not necessarily...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-15-2012, 08:18 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 11,854
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
This is where a detailed illness policy is so...

This is where a detailed illness policy is so important.
It doesnt matter if the dr said the kid isnt sick, sometimes kids are too sick to come to daycare, but not sick enough to go to the dr. This...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-15-2012, 08:00 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,812
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
We also use the floride rinse, we use ACT, its...

We also use the floride rinse, we use ACT, its cheap and we get it at Walmart, bubblegum flavored, my kids love it.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-15-2012, 07:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,812
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
Totally possible, but I would get a second...

Totally possible, but I would get a second opinion just to be sure.

A few years ago I went to a dentist in the town we had just moved to. He told me I had 7 cavaties, needed a deep tissue cleaning...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-08-2012, 10:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,314
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
Yep, entirely possible. My son stopped napping at...

Yep, entirely possible. My son stopped napping at 2 1/2. I was devastated! I NEEDED him to nap. But he wouldnt. And if he did, he was a bear to get to sleep at night.
I decided I wanted the quiet...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-08-2012, 10:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,904
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
I think its the opposite. I think its a LACK of...

I think its the opposite. I think its a LACK of discipline from parents. I think parents these days let their kids get away with more, and discipline less. Sometimes its cause they are just too...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-08-2012, 10:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,866
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
Folder games are great for quiet activities. They...

Folder games are great for quiet activities. They take some time to put together but are fairly cheap to make. You can even buy them already made on etsy and ebay.

Just type folder games in the...
Forum: Curriculum 02-06-2012, 07:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 11,565
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
Thanks ladies! I have the stained glass heart on...

Thanks ladies! I have the stained glass heart on the plan already. I LOVE the interview one, I'll try it for my older ones, but I dont think the 2 year olds would answer well. I'll try it and see.
Forum: Curriculum 02-06-2012, 11:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 11,565
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
Valentines Gift For Kids To Make For Parents?

I cant come up with anything this year.

Looking for something the kids ( 2-4 year olds) can make to give their parents. Any ideas?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-02-2012, 11:22 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,707
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
Make him get down from the table each time he...

Make him get down from the table each time he tips the chair, and sit on the floor for a minute or two, then allow him to sit at the table again.
He will learn.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-31-2012, 06:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,322
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
We use our sensory bin almost every day. Mine is...

We use our sensory bin almost every day. Mine is filled with dried black and white beans. I've seen fillers using rice, cut up straws, chopped foam, packing peanuts, shaving cream, snow, small...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-30-2012, 11:15 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,034
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
We have one that we use for daycare. I have some...

We have one that we use for daycare. I have some older kids, 4, 5, 6, and 9. I dont let the 2 year olds play it.

We play about once a week, or once every other week, on fridays after school and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-30-2012, 09:55 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,401
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
Fisher Price school buses ( I have two, the kids...

Fisher Price school buses ( I have two, the kids love them)
Big dump drucks or cars
Wooden track or magnet puzzles (melissa and doug make some great ones with pieces attached) similar to these......
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-26-2012, 08:48 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 6,057
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
Sounds like the mom doesnt believe you, or thinks...

Sounds like the mom doesnt believe you, or thinks you are being over dramatic. She probably thinks you just didnt want him for the day.
So sad that she would put her own petty thoughts over the care...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 01-26-2012, 08:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,207
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
We also do homemade lunchables, sliced turkey,...

We also do homemade lunchables,
sliced turkey, sliced cheese and ritz crackers,
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 01-26-2012, 10:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,207
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
We have a schedule: Monday is sandwich day: PB...

We have a schedule:
Monday is sandwich day: PB for my son, PB and nutella or marshmallow for my daughter
Tuesday and Thursday are snacky foods
Wednesday is thermos: soup, rice, hot dogs, chicken...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-25-2012, 08:52 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,534
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
Same as E.J. Its your job to serve the food,...

Same as E.J.

Its your job to serve the food, not to make them eat it.
Not eating in your home isnt causing them harm. They are obviously
still alive and thriving.

Continue to serve the food,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-23-2012, 11:01 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,790
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
That's the hard part, they rarely fight over...

That's the hard part, they rarely fight over toys. If they do I take it away.

Its the things I cant take away that I dont know what to do. Ie: my daddy, coats, shoes, hats, "my couch", "my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-23-2012, 04:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,790
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
Help Me Curb The "Mines"...

I'm going crazy! I have 3-2 year olds in my group. I know the "mine" stage is totally normal. But its driving me nuts. It's all day, about everything, and turns into huge fights.

Everything is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-20-2012, 08:01 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,274
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
It basically comes down to this.... How...

It basically comes down to this....

How would you feel if tomorrow on the news you read that something horrible happened in that home and you DIDNT call and report it?

The safety of children...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 01-20-2012, 07:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,155
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
Crackers, flour tortillas, rice cakes

Crackers, flour tortillas, rice cakes
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-20-2012, 08:20 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,990
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
We did the butterflys over the summer, and they...

We did the butterflys over the summer, and they were great. The kids LOVED releasing them and the rest of the summer if they would see one they would get all excited thinking it was our pets coming...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 01-19-2012, 07:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 15,093
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
I have a "hitter, pusher, biter, pincher", she is...

I have a "hitter, pusher, biter, pincher", she is 2 1/2. I've had her for 6 months. I've tried everything, and she still does it. But its gotten a lot better. She was a lot worse when she first...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 01-19-2012, 03:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 8,970
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
I do cereal once a week. I always serve a protein...

I do cereal once a week. I always serve a protein with it though, and a fruit. The USDA program I participate in only requires the fruit, but I dont think cereal fills their bellies good, and I have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-18-2012, 05:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,498
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
My son must be the exception. happyface He has...

My son must be the exception. happyface He has been home with me from birth, and started kindergarden this fall. So far (knock on wood), he hasnt been sick once. He's had one cold, but never missed a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-18-2012, 09:53 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,784
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
My sign in sheets are seperate for each child, so...

My sign in sheets are seperate for each child, so privacy isnt an issue. I have an organizer that hangs on the wall and each family has a file folder with a sing in sheet. They grab their file, and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-17-2012, 07:07 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,990
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
Our licensing wont allow frogs, turtles, lizards...

Our licensing wont allow frogs, turtles, lizards etc.
They are considered hazardous because they carry salmonella.
Maybe check on that before you invest in something.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-17-2012, 07:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,498
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
It might be. But I have had 6-7 kids in my home...

It might be. But I have had 6-7 kids in my home every day for the last 5 years, and we are rarely sick.

Also, a dr once told me that the more germs kids are exposed to before age 5, the less...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-17-2012, 12:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,395
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
Thanks, Mom acted irritated when she picked up...

Thanks, Mom acted irritated when she picked up this afternoon. But I dont blame her, I would be mad too.
Her son was a pill today too, so not too sad I cant keep them.

I still feel terrible. It...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-17-2012, 10:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,395
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
Dog Peed On Shoe Family Came Back! But....

Some of you asked me to let you know about the family I interviewed
where my dog peed on the dads shoe.
I interviewed with them on 12-20, and never heard from them again.
I assumed they were not...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-12-2012, 09:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,218
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
Food is a non-issue. It is not your job to make...

Food is a non-issue. It is not your job to make them eat, only to offer healthy choices. Serve the food, if she cries, she gets down from the table. Simple as that. I definately wouldnt serve milk...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2012, 04:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,547
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
Why Do Parents Always Blame Us?

DCM came in today asking about her daughters nap schedule during the day. She said all week the 2 year old is waking up in the middle of the night wanting to play and watch tv, and wont go back to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-10-2012, 10:10 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 9,538
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
I have cardboard blocks similar to those,...

I have cardboard blocks similar to those, different colors, but basically the same,and they are awesome. Have had them for over a year now, and my kids jump and stand on them all the time. They are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-10-2012, 07:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,854
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
In my home, the person that insists on being...

In my home, the person that insists on being first, always goes last. :eek:

But you could pick a "line leader" each week. Use a chart with a picture of each child, or their name, and each week one...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-04-2012, 07:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,843
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
Awesome that you passed! You said you're...

Awesome that you passed!

You said you're good for another couple years? How often are you inspected?

I'm inspected quarterly, so twice a year for local inspections, and twice a year for local...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-04-2012, 06:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,999
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
The first response is right. You cant tell the...

The first response is right. You cant tell the mom what to do. What you can do is make sure you feed him healthy good for him food while he is in your care. At least then you know he is getting what...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-03-2012, 06:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,515
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
My son had reflux really bad until about 8 months...

My son had reflux really bad until about 8 months old. Make sure his head is elevated a bit when he sleeps. You can put a folded towel under the mattress he sleeps on, on one end to elevate his head....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-03-2012, 12:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,126
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
Top five most played with are my train table,...

Top five most played with are my train table, birthday candles, grocery cart, cardboard blocks and pet doctor set. Our #1 most played with toy is our baby crib and dolls. I have a small wooden crib,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-02-2012, 06:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,151
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
Our parks use chopped up pieces of recycled...

Our parks use chopped up pieces of recycled tires. But not sure how expensive it is, or where to get it. I would think mulch would be the cheapest.

I just think its crazy that kids cant fall onto...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-02-2012, 06:25 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,724
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
So sorry! I hate when my brain says no, but my...

So sorry! I hate when my brain says no, but my mouth says yes.
It's part of the curse of being a caring/loving person.

You are right, you should have said no. You shouldnt have answered the door...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 12-31-2011, 06:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,669
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
I do as much as I can during naptime, cutting,...

I do as much as I can during naptime, cutting, preping and marinating.
Then I "start" dinner between 3-5, depending on what I am making.
4-5 is free play time, so the kids are usually occupied, and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-28-2011, 11:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,686
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
Thanks for the idea! I was looking up new years...

Thanks for the idea! I was looking up new years hats last night and couldnt find any cute ones.

We're also making new years shakers. Dried beans in empty water bottles, and decorating the bottles...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-28-2011, 11:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,980
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
You can get Miralax over the counter. Its a...

You can get Miralax over the counter. Its a powder you mix into liquid. Its tasteless and gentle and works great.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-28-2011, 05:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,712
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
I'm guessing Mom assumed you would bathe her...

I'm guessing Mom assumed you would bathe her because that is her normal evening routine. And she is used to the bath making the baby sleepy, so wants her routine to stay the same.

But, if she is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-27-2011, 07:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,424
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
OMG, this drives me nuts! I tell parents all the...

OMG, this drives me nuts! I tell parents all the time that we get dirty! We play outside, we fingerpaint, we use glue. Do not send them in nice clothes.
It never fails that when parents send little...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-27-2011, 07:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,603
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
He never "marks his territory" either. At least...

He never "marks his territory" either. At least he never has before.

I havent heard back from them. :(
But that's not unusual. They didnt need care until starting mid January, and people have a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-23-2011, 12:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,435
Posted By meganlavonnesmommy
That's so sweet! Totally made my craptastic day...

That's so sweet! Totally made my craptastic day better. :Kiss:
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