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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Today, 10:47 AM
Replies: 6
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Posted By e.j.
I bet her husband was thinking the same...

I bet her husband was thinking the same thing!:lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Today, 10:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 142
Posted By e.j.
Books I read to the kids but don't want ruined...

Books I read to the kids but don't want ruined are put up on shelves high enough that the kids can't reach. (They include books with a holiday theme that are read during a specific time of year. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 10:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 207
Posted By e.j.
If she were enrolled here, I wouldn't charge her...

If she were enrolled here, I wouldn't charge her for Wednesday.

Since she would be paying me for 2 days (her regular Monday/Thursday schedule) and not using any days this week because of the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-18-2019, 06:57 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 428
Posted By e.j.
That was clear as mud, huh? lol I was trying to...

That was clear as mud, huh? lol I was trying to say that I had started to resent watching parents go off and have fun on holidays while I stayed home and watched my own kids plus theirs. There were...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-18-2019, 03:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 213
Posted By e.j.
I found this in the regs about assistants: ...

I found this in the regs about assistants:

(c) Assistants. All assistants must demonstrate the ability to implement the providerís curriculum, activities and routines.
1. Certified Assistant. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-18-2019, 11:28 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 428
Posted By e.j.
I'm off today. I take all of the Monday holidays...

I'm off today. I take all of the Monday holidays the schools have off - Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran's Day, MLK Day, President's Day, Patriot's Day, Memorial Day as well as Thanksgiving,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-18-2019, 11:11 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 213
Posted By e.j.
I don't work with an assistant and have never had...

I don't work with an assistant and have never had to call EMS but it sounds to me as though you were in compliance. From what you've said, your assistant is licensed for 10 and the number of kids in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2019, 12:22 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 833
Posted By e.j.
Personally, I wouldn't take her on. Being at...

Personally, I wouldn't take her on. Being at your house for only one day a week won't allow her to get used to sleeping in a crib. You can bet, she'll still be sleeping in a stroller at home for the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2019, 06:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 347
Posted By e.j.
Same here. Communication and respect are...

Same here. Communication and respect are important to me. I'm willing to be somewhat flexible under extenuating circumstances but if I know or sense I'm being taken advantage of, that flexibility...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2019, 01:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 398
Posted By e.j.
I would go ahead and advertise; I wouldn't wait...

I would go ahead and advertise; I wouldn't wait for them to make a decision. If you find someone else to fill the spot and the first family calls back wanting to enroll, you can always explain that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-08-2019, 09:35 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 239
Posted By e.j.
My nose doesn't run but it itches sometimes and I...

My nose doesn't run but it itches sometimes and I feel like something is there even when there's nothing in my nose. I'll blow my nose and wipe it and for a few minutes, it feels fine and then the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-07-2019, 12:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 570
Posted By e.j.
Even if the child is wonderful to care for, the...

Even if the child is wonderful to care for, the mom sounds very high maintenance. Based on what you've shared, I wouldn't want to have to deal with her. If it were me, I would tell her what I...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 02-05-2019, 04:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 141
Posted By e.j.
Awesome! Thanks for your reply.

Awesome! Thanks for your reply.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-04-2019, 07:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 327
Posted By e.j.
Hopefully the ugly won't happen again if you hit...

Hopefully the ugly won't happen again if you hit him with late payment fees this time -- and that will be good!:)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-04-2019, 07:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 551
Posted By e.j.
I kind of felt like that this morning but I'd...

I kind of felt like that this morning but I'd never wear a t-shirt advertising the fact. :lol::o
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 02-03-2019, 06:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 141
Posted By e.j.
Thanks, Michael. I'll check them.

Thanks, Michael. I'll check them.
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 02-03-2019, 11:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 141
Posted By e.j.
Thank You Gift for DC Parents

Two of my dc families made a large magnet board and chalk board for my day care room. I decided to hand make a blanket for each family to thank them. Since they're clients of mine, can I claim the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-03-2019, 11:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 490
Posted By e.j.
That was a rough week! Hopefully the parents of...

That was a rough week! Hopefully the parents of the 7 month old are understanding and decide not to pull. Next week has got to be better, right?! :hug:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-31-2019, 03:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 422
Posted By e.j.
If I'm lucky enough to get a break at nap time, I...

If I'm lucky enough to get a break at nap time, I clean up the lunch mess first and then come here (daycare.com) to unwind a little. My computer is located just outside of the room where the kids...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-30-2019, 12:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 371
Posted By e.j.
I'm with everyone else here....there are...

I'm with everyone else here....there are advantages to being one of the oldest in the class. When my kids were younger, my father made it a point to let me know how much he struggled in school being...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-25-2019, 11:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 317
Posted By e.j.
Like all holidays, I celebrate with the kids by...

Like all holidays, I celebrate with the kids by doing a holiday themed craft and serving a holiday themed snack like a heart shaped sandwich or cookie. I stopped trying to have big celebrations a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-25-2019, 11:31 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,021
Posted By e.j.
I tend to be a rule follower so for me, the...

I tend to be a rule follower so for me, the biggest shock was how hard I'd have to work at getting grown adults to respect and follow my policies. I've also been surprised at how much time and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2019, 09:38 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 719
Posted By e.j.
I prepare meals for the dc kids. I decided to do...

I prepare meals for the dc kids. I decided to do it that way because it seems to be a standard thing; most day cares offer that service here. I think I'd be a little less competitive if I made the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-30-2018, 08:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 443
Posted By e.j.
I get so annoyed when I hear stories like yours! ...

I get so annoyed when I hear stories like yours! I'd love to know why some dog owners just don't seem to get that not everyone is a dog lover and that while the dog may be gentle, friendly and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-22-2018, 10:56 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 529
Posted By e.j.
Glad you're feeling better. If given a choice, I...

Glad you're feeling better. If given a choice, I think I'd rather be sick with almost anything else other than the stomach bug!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-21-2018, 04:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 529
Posted By e.j.
I hope you feel better soon. As I worked this...

I hope you feel better soon. As I worked this week, I kept reminding myself that at least I didn't have the stomach bug that seems to be going around. :ouch:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-21-2018, 04:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 529
Posted By e.j.
If I know I'm sick with something like strep or...

If I know I'm sick with something like strep or the stomach bug, I will close so I don't pass it on to anyone but I have worked when I was sick with both before realizing I had it. (Woke up with a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-18-2018, 01:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 369
Posted By e.j.
Having been through it with my own dd and again...

Having been through it with my own dd and again with a dcg years later, I have a strict no-nit policy. I don't care what parents use to get rid of lice. All I'm interested in is the results. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-17-2018, 08:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 433
Posted By e.j.
I don't think it's so much an issue of right or...

I don't think it's so much an issue of right or wrong. If this is how you really feel about dcg, I think it's time to term.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-16-2018, 09:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 559
Posted By e.j.
Ooh! I hope you didn't think I was commenting on...

Ooh! I hope you didn't think I was commenting on your reply. :o I thought you made a very good point: If given the choice, most kids would choose to spend the day with their mom or dad over their...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-14-2018, 07:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 383
Posted By e.j.
I agree. Like I said in your other thread about...

I agree. Like I said in your other thread about the 2 year old dcb, some parents can be thoughtless when they speak sometimes. The good news is, she's given you a heads up so you know to start...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-14-2018, 07:28 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 559
Posted By e.j.
I agree that transitions can be tough for kids. ...

I agree that transitions can be tough for kids. What was dcb doing before he had to leave home? Was he woken up before he was ready to wake naturally, was he rushed through breakfast and getting...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-14-2018, 06:51 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 676
Posted By e.j.
I had my niece in day care when she was younger. ...

I had my niece in day care when she was younger. She used to go home every day and tell my sil that she had chicken nuggets for lunch. Two year olds aren't very reliable witnesses.:)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-13-2018, 03:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 257
Posted By e.j.
I think I have her clone in my day care. She has...

I think I have her clone in my day care. She has no interest in any of the toys until another child starts to use them. Then she runs right over yelling, "Me! Me!" and grabs the toy out of their...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-12-2018, 02:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 543
Posted By e.j.
I was thinking carbon monoxide poisoning, too,...

I was thinking carbon monoxide poisoning, too, but thought, "No; Dad would probably be sick, too." I never gave any thought to the fact that she might be warming the car up after dcd left for work! ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-12-2018, 12:59 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 543
Posted By e.j.
Maybe they have a shared food allergy or...

Maybe they have a shared food allergy or gastroparesis which isn't considered hereditary but can run in families? I'd be glad they were getting it checked though. How old is dcb? For me, it would...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-12-2018, 12:23 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 934
Posted By e.j.
I love it! I wish I had seen this before I...

I love it! I wish I had seen this before I decided to do the gift I'm doing. I'll have to remember this one for next year.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-11-2018, 05:37 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 934
Posted By e.j.
I bought some small, hanging chalkboard signs at...

I bought some small, hanging chalkboard signs at Walmart. I've added the kids' footprints with white paint. Now that they're dry, I have to add snowman features to the footprints and then wording...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-08-2018, 10:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 460
Posted By e.j.
The GF labeling has made things easier and just...

The GF labeling has made things easier and just in the last couple of years it seems, there are more and more stores that are offering more gf products. Even with the GF label, though, you have to be...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-08-2018, 01:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 460
Posted By e.j.
Personally, I'd ask that the parent supply the...

Personally, I'd ask that the parent supply the food. Many foods are gluten free (veggies, fruits, rice, quinoa, etc) but some prepared gluten free foods like breads can be very pricey. Also, gluten...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-07-2018, 11:04 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 974
Posted By e.j.
:eek: That reminded me of a discussion I had with...

:eek: That reminded me of a discussion I had with a breastfeeding dcm. Anytime she'd eat dairy, her baby would have runny diarrhea. We had had several discussions about it, she knew how dairy...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-07-2018, 10:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 445
Posted By e.j.
It took me a second but...:lol: Probably...

It took me a second but...:lol: Probably exactly how the kids managed to slip out without being noticed.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-07-2018, 10:07 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 974
Posted By e.j.
He's definitely being rude - although I'm sure...

He's definitely being rude - although I'm sure you could use a vacation. Can't we all? ;-)

My dd makes various crafts and often will go to craft fairs to sell them. She puts time, effort and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-29-2018, 12:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 320
Posted By e.j.
Could you switch your break time so you leave the...

Could you switch your break time so you leave the room after they all fall asleep?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-28-2018, 02:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 255
Posted By e.j.
I have a glider and mine can tip over too easily,...

I have a glider and mine can tip over too easily, too, when the kids try to slide off of it. My rule here is that no one touches it or sits on it but me. It can take a lot of repetition until the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-27-2018, 12:10 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,813
Posted By e.j.
You've repeatedly told him not to come as bus...

You've repeatedly told him not to come as bus time, he continues to thumb his nose at you and you're worried about appearing harsh? I say this with tremendous empathy because I'm the biggest wuss...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-26-2018, 12:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 507
Posted By e.j.
I went to one party years ago. The dcm worked...

I went to one party years ago. The dcm worked with my husband. I'm more introvert than extrovert and being the only non-family members there, it just felt very awkward to me. I decided that I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-18-2018, 11:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 381
Posted By e.j.
I'm sorry you're feeling this way and especially...

I'm sorry you're feeling this way and especially sorry that you've had such disrespectful families for so long. (Can you get tougher on enforcing policies and maybe start to replace some of those...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2018, 12:08 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,813
Posted By e.j.
Any time I have to confront a parent about...

Any time I have to confront a parent about something, it seems easier for me when I acknowledge how uncomfortable I feel ... "Dcd, I'm uncomfortable saying this to you because I've let it go on for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-13-2018, 06:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,499
Posted By e.j.
This makes me appreciate my napping problem! Why...

This makes me appreciate my napping problem! Why do people have to be such jerks?!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-13-2018, 06:13 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,499
Posted By e.j.
Thank you! Currently, Tuesdays are my toughest...

Thank you! Currently, Tuesdays are my toughest day to get through. I actually did have a headache by the time they all left! lol Hopefully it'll be better tomorrow.:)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-13-2018, 12:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,499
Posted By e.j.
Cold and Flu season is a tough one but right now,...

Cold and Flu season is a tough one but right now, my biggest problem is kids who haven't had consistent nap times at home. One infant finally just fell asleep and I've got 4 two year olds who...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-11-2018, 11:22 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,011
Posted By e.j.
I have a paragraph in my handbook that states...

I have a paragraph in my handbook that states parents who need extended time off from day care (for pregnancy, teacher summers off, travel...) either need to pay me to hold their spot or I will have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-11-2018, 10:53 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 447
Posted By e.j.
When I first started doing day care, I had...

When I first started doing day care, I had frequent dreams about it and I felt the same way - exhausted when I woke up. I also used to hear babies crying even after the kids went home for the night....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-10-2018, 06:54 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,029
Posted By e.j.
I've been watching the news for the past few days...

I've been watching the news for the past few days and seeing footage of the fires. It must be an incredibly scary time, being so close. Stay safe.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-05-2018, 08:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 756
Posted By e.j.
You're not a monster. Sometimes people need a...

You're not a monster. Sometimes people need a wake up call and nothing says, "Wake up!" louder than a big fee.:) Just curious...what was her reaction?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-04-2018, 01:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 641
Posted By e.j.
I tell the kids that I have a potty talk rule:...

I tell the kids that I have a potty talk rule: Bathroom words need to be used in the bathroom. When they start using potty talk, I remind them of my rule and ask them to move it to the bathroom. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-01-2018, 03:35 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 785
Posted By e.j.
I don't like the wear and tear on my house but I...

I don't like the wear and tear on my house but I look at it as a part of doing day care. I've had to replace my table and chairs in the dining area several times over the years because they get...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-29-2018, 11:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 433
Posted By e.j.
You're not the bad guy. She agreed to pay you...

You're not the bad guy. She agreed to pay you when she enrolled her child with you. It's just sad and frustrating that you have to ask for the money you've earned caring for her child when she...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-28-2018, 01:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 319
Posted By e.j.
Right now, all of my kids are 2 and under. I'm...

Right now, all of my kids are 2 and under. I'm planning to do a low key celebration as usual - Halloween themed books, snack and craft, maybe a couple of games like Throw the Ring on the Witch's Hat...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2018, 12:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 433
Posted By e.j.
When I had my first child, I worked full time and...

When I had my first child, I worked full time and he went to day care at 8 weeks of age. I definitely had trust issues and didn't want to leave him with anyone because I had no real way of knowing...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2018, 12:16 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 664
Posted By e.j.
My downstairs bathroom is right off the kitchen,...

My downstairs bathroom is right off the kitchen, near the door that leads outside. (When the house was built, it was a pantry but converted to a 1/2 bath years later.) It doesn't bother me to allow...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-25-2018, 10:20 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 664
Posted By e.j.
I would allow anyone visiting my home to use my...

I would allow anyone visiting my home to use my bathroom if they need to. I'd feel uncomfortable saying no to someone who asked to use it. Just curious....Is there a reason you're asking?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-25-2018, 10:13 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 420
Posted By e.j.
We usually go out in the late morning. The kids...

We usually go out in the late morning. The kids do seem to sleep better at nap time when we go out vs. when the weather keeps us inside. If there's time in the afternoon, we go out then, too, until...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-22-2018, 01:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 577
Posted By e.j.
I take part timers and it's worked out really...

I take part timers and it's worked out really well for me. I've been very lucky when it comes to scheduling families. I'll get a family looking for Mondays and Wednesdays and the next call I get,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-21-2018, 08:34 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,301
Posted By e.j.
Maybe I'm naÔve but I think most providers are...

Maybe I'm naÔve but I think most providers are honest and would say something if a parent overpaid. In fact, I just sent a text yesterday to let a dcm know she overpaid me. I wouldn't be upset with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-19-2018, 04:10 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,301
Posted By e.j.
Unless they've done it before, I wouldn't jump to...

Unless they've done it before, I wouldn't jump to conclusions either. I balance my checkbook every month but my husband never does. It's one of the few things I nag him about but it never does any...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-11-2018, 04:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 809
Posted By e.j.
My mil and I didn't get along well. When my...

My mil and I didn't get along well. When my husband and I first got married, I was worried about what family friends and neighbors would think of me after hearing her version of events. My sister...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-11-2018, 12:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 809
Posted By e.j.
I agree with the others. She isn't much of a...

I agree with the others. She isn't much of a friend and I would have responded to the above quote with, "I'll miss you but I understand if you want to move on to other day care. Is this your 2 week...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-11-2018, 11:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 501
Posted By e.j.
I know it isn't me who should feel embarrassed...

I know it isn't me who should feel embarrassed and uncomfortable when having to ask for payment. I wish I didn't feel that way; unfortunately, I do.

I've found that acknowledging my discomfort...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-10-2018, 07:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 735
Posted By e.j.
At 4, he's at least old enough to understand why...

At 4, he's at least old enough to understand why he can't play in other rooms. I've had 4 year olds who were very curious about my upstairs level. Once I explain why I don't allow the kids up...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-10-2018, 04:08 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 735
Posted By e.j.
I use my entire 1st floor for day care but the...

I use my entire 1st floor for day care but the kids are in my playroom for the most part. The kitchen/dining area is used for eating/doing crafts. The living room is only used for babies/younger...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-08-2018, 11:03 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 534
Posted By e.j.
I think we've probably all had that fantasy at...

I think we've probably all had that fantasy at one time or another. It's nice to see the light at the end of the tunnel, isn't it? I bet you can't wait until Thursday evening! ;)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-08-2018, 10:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 480
Posted By e.j.
From what you said in your post, it sounds as...

From what you said in your post, it sounds as though you give your parents a list of the holidays you close on. If that's the case, your dcp should be upset with herself for not checking the list -...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-06-2018, 02:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 530
Posted By e.j.
As a neighbor, I think I'd appreciate the...

As a neighbor, I think I'd appreciate the courtesy of a heads up. It's rare to see emergency vehicles in our neighborhood so a firetruck would cause at least some curiosity and concern. Older...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-06-2018, 02:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 499
Posted By e.j.
Is it possible they think you were just sending...

Is it possible they think you were just sending an FYI to let them know what happened and maybe don't realize you expect a reply? (I think most parents would understand a reply is warranted but if...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 10-06-2018, 01:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 338
Posted By e.j.
I make something similar using corn, black beans,...

I make something similar using corn, black beans, diced up avocado, and salsa. Sometimes I add diced peppers. I use it more like a dip than a salad so I'm not sure if that's the kind of thing...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-26-2018, 12:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 382
Posted By e.j.
likethis Same here. Everything is the same -...

likethis Same here. Everything is the same - contract, handbook, policies, etc. I have a spot in my contract where I write the weekly tuition amount. For a drop in client, I just write "Varies" in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-21-2018, 12:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 520
Posted By e.j.
You might be surprised to realize how stressed...

You might be surprised to realize how stressed the other kids might be feeling. I had twins who behaved like the kid you're describing. I did everything I could think of to help turn their behavior...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-19-2018, 05:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 489
Posted By e.j.
That's not necessarily true. When I first...

That's not necessarily true. When I first started out, I worked 5 days a week but within a year or two, some of the kids aged out of my program and I was left with several part timers. I decided to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-17-2018, 11:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 339
Posted By e.j.
Heating oil bills?! Shhhh! Not something I even...

Heating oil bills?! Shhhh! Not something I even want to think about given the summery weather we've been lucky enough to hang on to so far. I lost sight of the fact that the first official day of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-16-2018, 04:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 339
Posted By e.j.
Kleenex, toilet paper, bread (freezer)? ...

Kleenex, toilet paper, bread (freezer)?

Probably an unnecessary warning but if you decide to stock up on things, just make sure you have a safe place to store them. Several years ago, the store...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-16-2018, 04:30 PM
Replies: 1,997
Views: 272,382
Posted By e.j.
Sweet! We have turkeys that walk through the...

Sweet! We have turkeys that walk through the yard now and then. The kids love watching them. Sometimes it's the simple things in life that bring the most joy.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-10-2018, 12:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 818
Posted By e.j.
likethis I was thinking the same thing and... If...

likethis I was thinking the same thing and... If you report them, you look like a disgruntled employee who is just trying to retaliate against them.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-08-2018, 05:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,165
Posted By e.j.
When my kids were in school, I worked a 4 day...

When my kids were in school, I worked a 4 day week with Fridays off. I wanted one day a week that I could use to schedule IEP meetings, dr and dentist appointments, etc. It worked great for me. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-07-2018, 11:21 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,197
Posted By e.j.
I do the same - snap the middle during the day...

I do the same - snap the middle during the day and then snap them all at the last diaper change. I would fix them if I snapped them all up and they were done incorrectly, though. I have enough of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-05-2018, 06:49 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 730
Posted By e.j.
I'm licensed to have 6 children here at any given...

I'm licensed to have 6 children here at any given time. I like to have as close to 6 as possible but a lot depends on the ages of the kids. I don't rush out to fill spots if I have a lot of younger...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-29-2018, 12:38 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 603
Posted By e.j.
:lol::lol::lol: We pick our crab apples...

:lol::lol::lol:


We pick our crab apples up before they have a chance to ferment. I'm always afraid a dc parent, food program lady or licensor will slip and fall on the apples and then sue us if...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-28-2018, 09:05 PM
Replies: 1,997
Views: 272,382
Posted By e.j.
It really is. He came to me as an infant. I had...

It really is. He came to me as an infant. I had just decided I didn't want to take any more infants for awhile but my neighbor (his great grandmother) wouldn't take no for an answer and talked me...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-28-2018, 01:06 PM
Replies: 1,997
Views: 272,382
Posted By e.j.
The mail was delivered early today. While the...

The mail was delivered early today. While the kids were eating their lunch, I noticed an envelope that was addressed to me and the return address was that of a former day care family. Inside was a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-23-2018, 12:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 408
Posted By e.j.
Congratulations! :)

Congratulations! :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-17-2018, 03:46 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 940
Posted By e.j.
I agree. When I hear a child say, "You're not my...

I agree. When I hear a child say, "You're not my friend", I ask, "How would you feel if he said that to you?" I explain that you don't have to be friends but you do have to treat each other with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-15-2018, 07:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 393
Posted By e.j.
I think I may have picked up the idea from...

I think I may have picked up the idea from someone here? I can't remember!:o
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-15-2018, 12:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 393
Posted By e.j.
I have a big box wrapped to look like a birthday...

I have a big box wrapped to look like a birthday present that I fill with books, pads of drawing paper, crayons and small TY stuffed animals and toys I pick up on sale. On their birthdays, each...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-02-2018, 03:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 738
Posted By e.j.
likethis I really like how you think!:lol: ...

likethis I really like how you think!:lol:

This thread reminds me of a 3 year old dcb I had years ago. He was my neighbor's nephew and I agreed to take him as a drop in one day. My neighbor...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-31-2018, 11:51 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 604
Posted By e.j.
I'm sorry you're going through this. Stay safe.

I'm sorry you're going through this. Stay safe.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-28-2018, 08:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 475
Posted By e.j.
Try being proactive. Ask your director if you...

Try being proactive. Ask your director if you can speak with her when she has a minute and then ask her how she feels you're doing so far. Explain that you enjoy the job and where you're so new...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-27-2018, 06:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 541
Posted By e.j.
If she needs guaranteed availability, she needs...

If she needs guaranteed availability, she needs to pay for that. If she were here with me, I'd offer drop-in care with the understanding that an opening wouldn't be guaranteed. She could call me to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-26-2018, 04:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 456
Posted By e.j.
Personally, I would just start off doing M-Th if...

Personally, I would just start off doing M-Th if you really want Fridays off. I used to work M-Th when my kids were young. I loved having one day a week when I could schedule appointments without...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-25-2018, 12:45 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 761
Posted By e.j.
I'm with Gemma! I'd probably want to hang in...

I'm with Gemma! I'd probably want to hang in until my current group of kids aged out but after that, I'd quit. It's not the kids or parents that would drive me away; I've been very lucky in that...
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