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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-13-2019, 07:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 245
Posted By Pestle
Okay. They just picked it up and haven't...

Okay. They just picked it up and haven't administered it to her at all before, so I'll send it home today.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-12-2019, 05:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 245
Posted By Pestle
Enfamil Iron Supplement Drops

Had a new parent drop off infant (6mo) this AM and tried to drop off iron supplements. I said I needed the medication form filled out, so they took the drops home and brought them back at pick up....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-07-2019, 08:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 532
Posted By Pestle
You definitely don't want to punish a family for...

You definitely don't want to punish a family for giving notice. Negative reinforcement of following policies is a bad idea! But this isn't exactly giving notice; it's vague. I'm in the same boat and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-02-2019, 11:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 237
Posted By Pestle
If you ever retire but want to pick up a few...

If you ever retire but want to pick up a few bucks, you should start a charge-by-the-minute daycare hotline. Like Miss Cleo, but for standard practices and developmental milestones. "I'm getting . ....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-02-2019, 10:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 237
Posted By Pestle
Thank you! likethis This is what I come here for.

Thank you! likethis This is what I come here for.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-02-2019, 10:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 237
Posted By Pestle
Skin color is good, breathing and snotty nose...

Skin color is good, breathing and snotty nose were normal for crying baby before falling asleep. Yes, full-on hysteria for a good 10 minutes before falling asleep. Doesn't want to be held by me when...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-02-2019, 10:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 485
Posted By Pestle
It sounds like you don't feel this is a good fit...

It sounds like you don't feel this is a good fit for you. It sounds like your heart's not in it. It sounds like you don't like the workplace culture.

It sounds like you don't need us to tell you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-02-2019, 10:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 237
Posted By Pestle
Crying/Gasping in Sleep--Periodic Breathing?

Got a brand-new infant, just turning 6mos now, is rolling and getting ready to crawl. It's their second day so they're not pleased. Lots of screaming yesterday, more today. Napped for 20 minutes...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-16-2019, 07:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 421
Posted By Pestle
Only in my husband! He has ADHD. The ODD is...

Only in my husband! He has ADHD. The ODD is undiagnosed but certainly there. It's often comorbid with ADHD.

It's not helpful for friends, family, or care providers to diagnose a child. We are not...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-07-2019, 11:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 350
Posted By Pestle
If he starts it again after he's done teething,...

If he starts it again after he's done teething, it's very common for kids to bit when they're on the cusp of becoming fully verbal. They get aggressive and frustrated when they want to communicate...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-24-2019, 10:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 580
Posted By Pestle
You don't want it to be too stimulating. Can you...

You don't want it to be too stimulating. Can you offer a choice? Maybe some fine motor skills activities (sorting, puzzles, nesting/stacking), with the option of sitting and listening to a story...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-24-2019, 05:09 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,458
Posted By Pestle
Had a dropoff today with "They haven't had an...

Had a dropoff today with "They haven't had an accident in two days, so they're in underpants." The parent was horrified when I said, "Sure, we can try that, but if they have an accident here they'll...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-24-2019, 05:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 493
Posted By Pestle
One of the first laws of daycare is that if the...

One of the first laws of daycare is that if the parent says a given symptom is allergies, they've got a child with a communicable infection. I just went through this last month. And I think it's...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-19-2019, 04:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 317
Posted By Pestle
I washed anything washable on high heat with a...

I washed anything washable on high heat with a little bleach and dried on high heat, and vacuumed/bleached everything else as applicable. I also bought a bunch of metal lice combs, marked them with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-19-2019, 06:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 852
Posted By Pestle
Melissa and Doug is the very lowest-end of all...

Melissa and Doug is the very lowest-end of all wooden toys. They're sort of okay for home use with only one or two kids who are gentle with toys. Crummy with regular use. If you have the money to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-05-2019, 06:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 473
Posted By Pestle
Zoinks! We sure do wear ourselves out fast, don't...

Zoinks! We sure do wear ourselves out fast, don't we? I'm only 35. I was thinking back over what my physical activity was the day before this started. "I didn't fall or feel anything happen to it! I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-04-2019, 09:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 473
Posted By Pestle
Water on the Knee

I imagine this is a common complaint among people who are down on the floor with small children all the time. This knee has given me trouble for a few years, since before I was doing daycare....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-04-2019, 05:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 735
Posted By Pestle
American popular culture is only starting to...

American popular culture is only starting to recognize that spanking is not a disciplinary tool but a spirit-breaking tool. It's legal in the home but illegal in public schools and daycare--go...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-28-2019, 01:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 401
Posted By Pestle
My contract says "$1.00 per minute per child" for...

My contract says "$1.00 per minute per child" for late fees and "$15 per day per child" for late payment fees.

You're still caring for multiple kids when they don't pick up on time. They need to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-28-2019, 01:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 709
Posted By Pestle
WHAT en garde! Seriously. Grits, like...

WHAT

en garde!

Seriously. Grits, like baked potatoes, are a medium for cheese, salt, butter, and bacon. CLEARLY. :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-26-2019, 07:39 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,170
Posted By Pestle
Okay, sure, if we were all rich we might go for...

Okay, sure, if we were all rich we might go for that. Amazingly, we ALL need that much sleep. :rolleyes:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-24-2019, 01:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 772
Posted By Pestle
I try to do at least an hour in the morning and...

I try to do at least an hour in the morning and somewhere between half an hour to an hour in the afternoon. It depends upon the weather. Right now, in late May, it is already hitting the 90s in the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-24-2019, 01:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 355
Posted By Pestle
Anxiety definitely manifests as rigidity and...

Anxiety definitely manifests as rigidity and rage/terror. But what can you do about that? I put up with a child like this for months and it only got worse. I came up with a behavioral plan, read...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-24-2019, 01:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 709
Posted By Pestle
A third of the items on that list are ethnic...

A third of the items on that list are ethnic foods that haven't yet fully made it into the mainstream. But which are very common and useful where they are popular. I wonder if the slowness to approve...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-24-2019, 07:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 610
Posted By Pestle
So, I did this. I sent the parent a link to a...

So, I did this. I sent the parent a link to a page that listed red flags for emotional development, and said this is the time to address issues, before public school begins.

Pediatrician said the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-23-2019, 03:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 431
Posted By Pestle
At 3, it's the "pre-" skills. Pre-writing,...

At 3, it's the "pre-" skills. Pre-writing, pre-math. Pencil grip, drawing straight lines and smooth arches, learning to assign one number per object, etc. Some kids will pick the letters and some...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-21-2019, 10:25 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,170
Posted By Pestle
I gave birth in an excellent hospital in one of...

I gave birth in an excellent hospital in one of the most affluent regions of the United States. I had to sit through a class on sleep safety and feeding, and they checked the car seat.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-21-2019, 04:22 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,170
Posted By Pestle
Well, the child is loosely swaddled, with a hat...

Well, the child is loosely swaddled, with a hat on and another loose object in the crib, lying in a positioning form, surrounded by bumpers, but at least they didn't put the child in face down. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-20-2019, 07:26 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,170
Posted By Pestle
Pinterest finally recognized its role in the...

Pinterest finally recognized its role in the spread of anti-vax misinformation. Wouldn't it be nice if the social media platforms that are the Wests' bread and butter opted out of hosting promotions...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-20-2019, 03:22 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,170
Posted By Pestle
Didn't you know rich babies can't die?

Didn't you know rich babies can't die?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-20-2019, 09:22 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 612
Posted By Pestle
WTH no way! It is not medically appropriate or...

WTH no way! It is not medically appropriate or acceptable to take an eight-month-old off of formula. Tell the parents that they will be providing formula, full stop.

Optionally, if you're ready...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-16-2019, 01:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 610
Posted By Pestle
Thanks for the advice! How would you turn it back...

Thanks for the advice! How would you turn it back to the parent? For instance, I woke the child up after 3 hours, and when they saw that all the navy blue cups were in the sink and they had yellow...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-16-2019, 10:08 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 694
Posted By Pestle
So grateful for my laundry sink, in the room...

So grateful for my laundry sink, in the room adjacent to my playroom. It is directly next to the water heater so the water is instantly warm, and it has a sprayer hose on the faucet. It has seen a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-16-2019, 12:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 610
Posted By Pestle
Aggressive Screaming, Panicked Pestering

Experiences with older preschoolers who use screaming as a weapon? Not frightened or sad screaming. Full-bodied maximum-volume leaning-toward-us ground-shaking roaring.

Experiences with older...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-15-2019, 11:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 776
Posted By Pestle
. . . moving along There is nothing...

. . .

moving along

There is nothing sexual about representing families that have two same-gender parents. If there were, having opposite-gender parents would also be sexual content in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-13-2019, 05:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 338
Posted By Pestle
Offer the bottle and table food at the same time....

Offer the bottle and table food at the same time. Keep parents updated. Let them deal with the bottle at home.

Mix a few ounces of formula and offer it in a shot glass, one ounce at a time. Teach...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-13-2019, 03:49 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,011
Posted By Pestle
Terminated one on the spot for extreme aggression...

Terminated one on the spot for extreme aggression (FAS case and the family lied about being kicked out of the previous daycare for aggression)

Terminated one on the spot for drug paraphernalia out...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-13-2019, 04:36 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 335
Posted By Pestle
Kids this age are at a critical stage for...

Kids this age are at a critical stage for developing fine motor control. It's not appropriate to withhold all small objects from them out of fear they'll choke. You need to have enough control over...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-08-2019, 02:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 528
Posted By Pestle
You can change the environment to discourage...

You can change the environment to discourage horseplay.

You can change your own behavior to encourage their compliance.

You can't make them not have these impulses and behaviors. If you could,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-06-2019, 10:21 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,549
Posted By Pestle
In the garbage? I just bag the underwear up, poop...

In the garbage? I just bag the underwear up, poop and all, tie a knot in the bag, and hand it to the parents at pick up
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-06-2019, 04:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 635
Posted By Pestle
I have one who asks the same question repeatedly....

I have one who asks the same question repeatedly. I have taken to saying "what was my answer the last time you asked me that question?" to which the child responds, "I don't know." Then I say "since...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-25-2019, 03:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 321
Posted By Pestle
Ariana, you can implement a predictable,...

Ariana, you can implement a predictable, consistent consequence and ALSO work to educate yourself and expand your skills. If you're assuming it takes months to research a topic, we aren't approaching...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-25-2019, 02:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 399
Posted By Pestle
I have a camel. She pees maybe twice a day, in...

I have a camel. She pees maybe twice a day, in huge amounts, and also drinks maybe twice a day, in huge amounts. Can't be coaxed to drink at meals or snack but she does drink while we're playing...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-25-2019, 02:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 321
Posted By Pestle
The consequence of being separated from the other...

The consequence of being separated from the other children is extremely upsetting to this child. It is always the consequence that I impose for antisocial behavior. Then, at the next transition, they...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-25-2019, 02:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 321
Posted By Pestle
Yes, I am doing this. Yes, I am doing...

Yes, I am doing this.


Yes, I am doing this.


If you've found this works, good for you. I'm pretty sold on the notion that appealing to guilt and empathy is spitting into the wind with a 3yo....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-25-2019, 01:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 321
Posted By Pestle
Angry, Anxious, Bullying, Grabbing Nearly - 4yo

I have a nearly-3yo and a barely-3yo in my program, and a nearly-4yo. The younger two are head and shoulders above the nearly-4yo in terms of spacial sense, cause and effect, attentiveness, and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2019, 06:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 519
Posted By Pestle
I'm in approx. 1600 sf and it's fine. (Listing...

I'm in approx. 1600 sf and it's fine. (Listing says 1800 but it's totally not.) We have one child, two bedrooms, a family bathroom, and the kitchen and large living room to ourselves. The dining room...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-23-2019, 12:37 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,134
Posted By Pestle
The truly accidental ones are heartbreaking. The...

The truly accidental ones are heartbreaking. The clueless ones are tragic. But the drug-addled ones make me wish they'd just leave the kid in a shopping cart in a Target somewhere instead.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-22-2019, 10:04 AM
Replies: 1,128
Views: 215,185
Posted By Pestle
Well, you do have to get it on the air or you...

Well, you do have to get it on the air or you won't make any money off of it.

DH texted "First time in 3 years I take Good Friday off, and one of my teams gets arrested for cocaine and hookers on...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-22-2019, 10:01 AM
Replies: 5,278
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 554,518
Posted By Pestle
It's a Day of Many Gates. My two boys cannot keep...

It's a Day of Many Gates. My two boys cannot keep their hands to themselves. One is shrieking joyfully at the chaos and misery he can cause, and the other is panicking and howling and yanking on toys...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-18-2019, 10:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 482
Posted By Pestle
Yeah, this needs a behavioral plan. And if the...

Yeah, this needs a behavioral plan. And if the other kids in your program are in physical danger, you can't keep her.

In the moment, I'd phrase it like "Maude is expressing some big feelings today...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-18-2019, 04:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,405
Posted By Pestle
So were they operating illegally? With an...

So were they operating illegally? With an assistant, either they're licensed or illegal, right?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-17-2019, 05:11 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 590
Posted By Pestle
ExACTly. "Oh, bummer! Your shirt is too germy to...

ExACTly. "Oh, bummer! Your shirt is too germy to wear!"
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-14-2019, 05:41 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 891
Posted By Pestle
From what I have read and heard from foster...

From what I have read and heard from foster parents, children who have been through the kind of trauma that leads them into the foster system don't act out for the same reasons that typical children...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-13-2019, 02:07 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 891
Posted By Pestle
Bingo. Old enough to grasp consequences? Don't...

Bingo. Old enough to grasp consequences? Don't let them put the consequences on you. We're doing this with DD more often than we want to, but she can cry in embarrassment and change in the school...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2019, 07:07 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 944
Posted By Pestle
Here's how somebody phrased their question on...

Here's how somebody phrased their question on Quora:
I read that babies should play on the floor in the kitchen instead of in a walker, but is it safe to let her sit on the tile, since she could...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2019, 06:50 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 507
Posted By Pestle
I'm not on the food program yet, but I'm...

I'm not on the food program yet, but I'm providing food like I am so it won't be a challenging transition. Since DD has a nut allergy it's been easy for me to just enforce my food allergy rules and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2019, 05:05 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 944
Posted By Pestle
Hm. I must be thinking I'm in Canada or...

Hm. I must be thinking I'm in Canada or something. :lol: Fortunately, word of mouth must have worked here, because I don't know anybody who used or asked for one. I think they're still popular in the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2019, 04:43 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 743
Posted By Pestle
Ha, after seeing the other thread I wish I hadn't...

Ha, after seeing the other thread I wish I hadn't titled this "Won't let me" but something like "When a Meltdown and a Poop Coincide"

Big sibling had a meltdown yesterday after nap. Parent came...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-11-2019, 11:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 743
Posted By Pestle
No, there was no three-year-old who slapped at...

No, there was no three-year-old who slapped at me. There was the child in my thread. She is 22 months.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-11-2019, 11:15 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 944
Posted By Pestle
You left the flight-of-stairs descension device,...

You left the flight-of-stairs descension device, er, sorry, the baby walker, off the list. :p At least that one's a distant memory in the US.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-11-2019, 04:02 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 743
Posted By Pestle
It was a massive uncontrolled meltdown and all...

It was a massive uncontrolled meltdown and all contact from me made it worse. Yes, of course she got a stern "no" when she slapped at me. She'd already passed the event horizon of freaking out just...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-10-2019, 12:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 743
Posted By Pestle
Eh, she finally screamed herself to exhaustion...

Eh, she finally screamed herself to exhaustion and I was able to change her on the floor like an infant. Let's hope that never ever repeats. Is that your advice/experience? Just let the big kids...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-10-2019, 12:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 743
Posted By Pestle
I let her cool down, then smiled and said, "Let's...

I let her cool down, then smiled and said, "Let's try again!" and she threw herself onto the floor and started gagging herself and biting her hand. Changing on the floor has already proved a no-go...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-10-2019, 12:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 743
Posted By Pestle
Toddler Won't Let me Change Her

Got a 22mo with a sloppy poop in their diaper. She has started grinning and bolting at changing time. Yesterday, she kicked me in the face while I was putting her down for a nap. Very thrashy these...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-05-2019, 08:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,071
Posted By Pestle
Bingo! My rules are: -The first rule is...

Bingo!

My rules are:

-The first rule is that we keep our bodies safe
-We help. We don't hurt

Everything else is nested under those rules. Some of the "everything else" is applied 100% of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-05-2019, 06:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,071
Posted By Pestle
Ha! I read some very good advice once that...

Ha!

I read some very good advice once that schools with discipline problems tend to try to handle situations by creating a rule against that particular situation. This means that the kids with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-03-2019, 07:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 506
Posted By Pestle
Thanks so much for your support and suggestions,...

Thanks so much for your support and suggestions, guys.

My little man, who permanently lost a parent this year, settles down once he's pulled out of the group. He's younger and his behaviors, while...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-03-2019, 01:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 506
Posted By Pestle
He has been with me for well over a year, but one...

He has been with me for well over a year, but one of the parents walked out a few months ago and has minimal contact with him. He also has a younger sibling who is progressing in leaps and bounds...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-03-2019, 12:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 506
Posted By Pestle
With this kid, the first intervention results in...

With this kid, the first intervention results in hysterical shrieking, and I don't allow that in the same space as the other kids, so he has to step through the gate into the playroom, where he lies...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-03-2019, 12:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 371
Posted By Pestle
Naptime is what, two hours long? They're going to...

Naptime is what, two hours long? They're going to have a VERY challenging time being expected to stay quiet and avoid disturbing nappers during that long of a stretch. I don't think you can expect...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-03-2019, 12:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 506
Posted By Pestle
Is This Withholding Food?

I have a nearly-4yo who is showing anxiety and aggression. He only wants things that other kids already have, then dissolves into shrieks when negative consequences happen. Right now he's facedown on...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-03-2019, 11:46 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,194
Posted By Pestle
GAD, WBee, you didn't want them even without...

GAD, WBee, you didn't want them even without MEETING the amazing child she didn't want you to MEET. A child so amazing, it would have changed your LIFE if you'd had the privilege of caring for them....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-01-2019, 10:51 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,537
Posted By Pestle
There are strong arguments on both sides. ...

There are strong arguments on both sides.

And that's what they are: arguments. Arguments should go on between care providers sharing info. Arguments should go on between policymakers gathering...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-28-2019, 01:01 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 963
Posted By Pestle
If that happened to my feet, you would have to...

If that happened to my feet, you would have to keep me sedated and strapped to the bed so I didn't chop my own feet off.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-28-2019, 06:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 539
Posted By Pestle
:lol::(

:lol::(
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-27-2019, 08:42 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 539
Posted By Pestle
So what were you doin', Mr. Dave? What was...

So what were you doin', Mr. Dave?

What was that water doin', Mr. Dave?

What were you doin' NOW, Mr. Dave?

Now what was that water doin', Mr. Dave?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-27-2019, 08:40 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,310
Posted By Pestle
Yeah, produce doesn't seem appropriate, if only...

Yeah, produce doesn't seem appropriate, if only because it's a recipe for terrible table manners and because you're leading by example in food waste. Plus you certainly couldn't allow more than one...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-25-2019, 09:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 535
Posted By Pestle
You'd have to have it rezoned if it's not already...

You'd have to have it rezoned if it's not already zoned for commercial use. Sometimes the community tries to stop that from happening and sometimes they don't care.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-22-2019, 02:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 445
Posted By Pestle
DH and I have figured out a how-was-your-day...

DH and I have figured out a how-was-your-day metric in which quantity of bleach used is the X axis and decibel level is the Y axis. He works with longhaul truckers, so the metric applies to him, too....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-22-2019, 01:22 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,310
Posted By Pestle
I avoid plastics and other pollutants when...

I avoid plastics and other pollutants when possible. Trash trickles down to the poor and to the natural world. My consumption and disposal of materials DOES affect other communities far away from me,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-22-2019, 11:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 445
Posted By Pestle
Who Needs Moral Support?

Usually these threads go in off-topic but this feels pretty general to me. Post your well-wishes and pep talks here.

It's Friday happyface but there are still a bunch of hours for most of us :(...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-16-2019, 11:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 712
Posted By Pestle
Licensing doesn't allow my cats around the...

Licensing doesn't allow my cats around the children. One of my cats is disabled and can't get over the gates; another loves adults but has zero interest in children so he doesn't come in; the third...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-15-2019, 09:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 413
Posted By Pestle
That is a very helpful suggestion! I'm going to...

That is a very helpful suggestion! I'm going to order a flag. I think I'm also going to order one of those cords that the kids hold onto, because they are too big to hang onto the stroller for the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-15-2019, 08:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 413
Posted By Pestle
Honestly, unless you live at the bottom of a...

Honestly, unless you live at the bottom of a hill, who has their foot on the accelerator while backing out of their driveway?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-15-2019, 07:52 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 464
Posted By Pestle
"Nurture Shock" cites a study showing that kids...

"Nurture Shock" cites a study showing that kids who watch "children's programming" end up with more antisocial behaviors than kids who watch general programming. Think about the values that Star Wars...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-15-2019, 07:45 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 207
Posted By Pestle
Yeah, it's down.

Yeah, it's down.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-15-2019, 07:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 413
Posted By Pestle
Neighbor Almost Ran Us Down on Our Walk

We walk around a loop of two streets that has sidewalks--it's the only one in the neighborhood that does. We stop at each intersection and look left, right, left, then cross with joined hands while...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-15-2019, 05:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 464
Posted By Pestle
I have two kids who don't do a lot of screen...

I have two kids who don't do a lot of screen time. They engage in spontaneous narrative play. I have two kids who do a lot of screen time. They engage in narrative play, but it's only ever the same...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-14-2019, 09:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 483
Posted By Pestle
If he's only been in care for one week, he's...

If he's only been in care for one week, he's still under the impression that hysterics will bring his parents back into the room. Only time will fix this, and some kids never adjust until they've...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-14-2019, 08:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 503
Posted By Pestle
You are operating a drop-in daycare right now,...

You are operating a drop-in daycare right now, even if you don't intend to. You will attract disorganized, impulsive, financially unstable families as long as you do this. Are those the people you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-13-2019, 10:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 483
Posted By Pestle
How many days total has he been with you?

How many days total has he been with you?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-13-2019, 10:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 434
Posted By Pestle
bingo.

bingo.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-07-2019, 07:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 437
Posted By Pestle
:eek: Welcome to the 2010s. Everything is...

:eek:

Welcome to the 2010s. Everything is awful here.

Serial rapists asiiiiiiide, yeah, I have got a sibling pair and the older one is always telling me things like "mommy got me medicine this...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-07-2019, 07:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 645
Posted By Pestle
It's up to you to decide what to do, but what to...

It's up to you to decide what to do, but what to say if you choose not to take the new baby is pretty straightforward. You're no longer accepting infants into your program. That might change in the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-07-2019, 04:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 481
Posted By Pestle
Parent with Mono

I have a parent who just tested positive for mononucleosis and the doctor said the kids weren't showing symptoms so didn't see a reason to test the kids. Should I tell her the kids need to be tested...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-06-2019, 09:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 342
Posted By Pestle
I use a short bookcase attached to the wall for...

I use a short bookcase attached to the wall for the board books, and a few big books in a cheap book display with fabric pockets. Paper books are on a built-in shelf in the dining room, which we use...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-06-2019, 08:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 412
Posted By Pestle
I think Mom is still giving her a bottle with...

I think Mom is still giving her a bottle with cow's milk in the morning. Mom says she doesn't have anything like this at home.

She'll be 2 in June. She's talking and following simple instructions....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-05-2019, 11:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 556
Posted By Pestle
If you are not in the room with the child and the...

If you are not in the room with the child and the child is not on their mat/in the crib, I don't consider that safe. But whether you are concerned about safety or about keeping your stuff from...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-05-2019, 11:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 412
Posted By Pestle
20 mo screams for Half an Hour + As Nap Ends

This kid has always screamed bloody murder when waking up, but she's coming up on age 2 now and becoming bigger, louder, and faster on the trigger. Lately it's ear-splitting, which is too bad because...
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