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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-28-2019, 05:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 744
Posted By Vesta
If you add it all up you would be giving away...

If you add it all up you would be giving away over $1000 in care over the course of the year. Thatís a lot for you to eat because of feeling guilty.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-20-2019, 04:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 846
Posted By Vesta
She edited the mean and nasty out of an...

She edited the mean and nasty out of an unregistered post on there cloth diaper thread yesterday.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-18-2019, 08:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 293
Posted By Vesta
Mine love the Coco soundtrack, especially Un Poco...

Mine love the Coco soundtrack, especially Un Poco Loco.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-11-2019, 12:23 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 836
Posted By Vesta
She's giving you an easy out. I would take it.

She's giving you an easy out. I would take it.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-05-2018, 05:01 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 26,335
Posted By Vesta
Hey unregistered, whatever useful information you...

Hey unregistered, whatever useful information you thought you were providing got lost in the snide condescending snark. Hope you feel better now.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-05-2018, 05:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 497
Posted By Vesta
I did one 3 years ago and will do the same one...

I did one 3 years ago and will do the same one again for re-licensing. They are super easy and basically no brainiers except for having to remember temperatures, but those are easily accessible and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-28-2018, 11:33 AM
Replies: 5,239
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 544,142
Posted By Vesta
Probably. She also has older siblings that sound...

Probably. She also has older siblings that sound like they are a huge handful. Lots of little threats today.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-28-2018, 10:32 AM
Replies: 5,239
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 544,142
Posted By Vesta
"Don't make me dump this plate of food over." ...

"Don't make me dump this plate of food over."
Why no, I will not make you dump that plate of food over almost 5 DCG, but I will make you lay down on your cot since you are obviously experiencing...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-06-2018, 06:05 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,307
Posted By Vesta
Don't do it. I accepted a child like this...

Don't do it.
I accepted a child like this once. Once. 10 years ago.
It sounds like they have been asked to leave the center if she's ready for him to start right away. It takes a lot for a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-13-2018, 04:43 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,090
Posted By Vesta
Mine dearly love The Pete Seeger book for...

Mine dearly love The Pete Seeger book for Abiyoyo. He's their main arch nemesis outside.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Freight Train, and Rabbit's Colorful Day are also perennial favorites.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-06-2018, 04:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,153
Posted By Vesta
You can out crazy them by singing Hello, goodbye...

You can out crazy them by singing Hello, goodbye every time they really get going, or just use earbuds. "Let's just agree to disagree" sometimes works with slightly older kids.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-22-2018, 04:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 958
Posted By Vesta
My husband works a similar schedule as yours...

My husband works a similar schedule as yours 2a.m. to 10 and he handles allllll the afternoon appointments and kid duties. With a 14 year old he has basically turned into an uber driver.
He goes...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 12-21-2017, 07:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,272
Posted By Vesta
Thank you.

Thank you.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-06-2017, 10:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 976
Posted By Vesta
Do you have a Kroger near you? My kids have...

Do you have a Kroger near you? My kids have always eaten the Kroger store brand whole wheat everything. Their knock off wheat thins actually make these kids clap. The Barilla brand whole wheat...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 11-12-2017, 07:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,544
Posted By Vesta
Thank you for replying. I'm just feeling kind...

Thank you for replying.
I'm just feeling kind of twitchy about it. I like to worry about things well in advance. It's super useful:o
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 11-12-2017, 02:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,544
Posted By Vesta
Tax Reform Bill

I know it wouldn't effect this year, but does anyone have any insite as to if the changes being proposed for the tax overhaul will change our ability to deduct for our small business/self employment...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 03-27-2017, 12:05 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,077
Posted By Vesta
One of mine had little purple flowers in her...

One of mine had little purple flowers in her diaper on Friday. Quite festive. I had one very deliberately dump sand down the front on their diaper before I could stop them. That was awful. I'm...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-16-2017, 08:42 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 768
Posted By Vesta
One year I let my school age children go through...

One year I let my school age children go through some of my art books and let them put a card on the pages they were interested in. Made things pretty simple that year. They had to help me with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-22-2013, 07:41 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,358
Posted By Vesta
Just remember that some kids are just going to...

Just remember that some kids are just going to come down with everything that happens to walk through your door (or the door of anywhere you happen to visit).
My 13 month old got his very own...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-16-2013, 11:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,900
Posted By Vesta
I've never heard of that but.... Don't you...

I've never heard of that but....
Don't you cross our fingers if we are making a promise that we don't intend to keep? Well when we were kids anyway.
The whole "I had my fingers crossed behind my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-02-2012, 10:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,354
Posted By Vesta
In Illinois you are required to have a copy of...

In Illinois you are required to have a copy of the child's birth certificate in order to be enrolled. DCFS started that requirement about 2 years ago I think.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-27-2012, 12:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,269
Posted By Vesta
I was told during my March inspection that we...

I was told during my March inspection that we would no longer be allowed to use pack-n-plays that had the collapsable sides when you pushed down on the buttons. The ones that can make you crazy...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-02-2011, 06:32 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,755
Posted By Vesta
I've never put soap in anyone's mouth and don't...

I've never put soap in anyone's mouth and don't plan on it, but this is all I can think about with this thread.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ktzt096mlxs
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-01-2011, 03:59 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 27,549
Posted By Vesta
I can't post a link but this thread reminds me of...

I can't post a link but this thread reminds me of the new Geico commercial about daycare being too expensive so the center is fully staffed by robots.
Watch for it, it's cracks me up every time I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-05-2011, 05:55 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 7,833
Posted By Vesta
Occasionally I have to get on to some of the...

Occasionally I have to get on to some of the children in my group for certain misbehaviors. I will usually make a blanket statement of "we need to be eating our food, not playing with it", or "let's...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-11-2010, 05:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,773
Posted By Vesta
Do you think she might have been mistakenly...

Do you think she might have been mistakenly thinking raw or unpasteurized when she was reading organic?
Honestly, if I had this sort of issue I would just neglect to mention or write down.
On my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-10-2010, 05:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,194
Posted By Vesta
I personally think it's kind of harsh. I...

I personally think it's kind of harsh.
I would give them another chance before kicking them to the proverbial curb.
That chance would also depend on the parents response to the situation.
We had...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-10-2010, 09:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 8,519
Posted By Vesta
I got completely hooked on white noise when I was...

I got completely hooked on white noise when I was in the Army and they used those giant fans in the bays during basic training.
I have a white noise machine (waterfall works best for me) by my bed...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-10-2010, 05:21 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,349
Posted By Vesta
I really like that I can see directly into my...

I really like that I can see directly into my daycare space from my kitchen. Unless I'm using the restroom I can see them at all times (it still trips them out that I can hear them while I'm in the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-10-2010, 05:10 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 8,519
Posted By Vesta
Those rest and relaxation CDs are great. I have...

Those rest and relaxation CDs are great.
I have one called "Garden Rain" that makes it rough on me to stay awake. The rain sound behind the music is kind of like a blanket of white noise.
Target...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-06-2010, 05:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,490
Posted By Vesta
This summer they've had a lot of fun doing wet on...

This summer they've had a lot of fun doing wet on wet water coloring, dripping the paint, and cutting out "things" after the paper has dried if they didn't make a specific picture.
Mine also really...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-06-2010, 05:30 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,135
Posted By Vesta
My dd is a rock head and likes to go through the...

My dd is a rock head and likes to go through the river rock that is our garden path and find the fossils and pretty rocks. She'll take a basket of rocks to clean at the water buckets outside quite...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-04-2010, 09:18 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,413
Posted By Vesta
You know, I'm trying to think this through as if...

You know, I'm trying to think this through as if it were my dd that was the annoying one.
She's pretty meek and I don't think she would pester if she thought older kids didn't want her to be...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-04-2010, 07:08 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,413
Posted By Vesta
I don't know if this will work, because I was...

I don't know if this will work, because I was dealing with boys, a different age gap, at not in a home environment.
We had the younger child K(8) and the older the child M(12). M was cool and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-04-2010, 05:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,894
Posted By Vesta
12 days and a wake up until school starts here. ...

12 days and a wake up until school starts here.
Only 1 more day with the bane of my existence and 4 more with her evil minions.
It does seem much more tolerable when I think about it that way. ...
Forum: Book Club - Reviews / Suggestions 07-30-2010, 03:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,070
Posted By Vesta
My dd7 loves, loves, loves Calvin and Hobbes, ...

My dd7 loves, loves, loves
Calvin and Hobbes,
The Far Side, Get Fuzzy,
Mother Goose and Grim and some other random comic strip books we have around (I didn't realize how many I had until I went...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-29-2010, 11:13 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 38,860
Posted By Vesta
This thread devolved into the mommy wars kind of...

This thread devolved into the mommy wars kind of quickly.

Wasn't there a thread a couple of days ago asking about why school-age girls are so catty?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-28-2010, 12:01 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 38,860
Posted By Vesta
2 of my families went on vacations without the...

2 of my families went on vacations without the kids.
One took a long weekend and her dd stayed with family.
The other took a week and went to Florida while her girls stayed with friends.
I was...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-27-2010, 05:12 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,517
Posted By Vesta
I can't imagine being able to do this if my...

I can't imagine being able to do this if my husband didn't support my decision. Just the thought of him complaining about it starts to irritate me.
It would be very hard.
Get the big baby a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-26-2010, 05:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,500
Posted By Vesta
Nancy was much meaner. My dad used to call me...

Nancy was much meaner.
My dad used to call me Nellie. Punk.

My "Dr. Evil" comes back today after 2 weeks vacation. Her "Mini Me" will be thrilled.
Of course we never tell them about their...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2010, 05:05 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 9,476
Posted By Vesta
Your emotions Your nerves

Your emotions
Your nerves
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-22-2010, 05:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,418
Posted By Vesta
I hate it with a passion when someone else tells...

I hate it with a passion when someone else tells me this, but it runs through my head all the time, sigh.
***It could be worse.***
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-22-2010, 10:04 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,656
Posted By Vesta
Walking feet If your done with that put it away...

Walking feet
If your done with that put it away
FLUSH THE TOILET
Sit on your bottom
Go play

When I actually think about it, it's names.
There's 2 of them that I say over and over.
My dcg4...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-22-2010, 06:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,644
Posted By Vesta
I took a class way back when, I can't remember...

I took a class way back when, I can't remember the name of it, but it went over everything one would need to do to open a center.
We had to go through the process of a business plan, designing a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-22-2010, 05:53 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 8,029
Posted By Vesta
I can't tell if the winky emoticon means this...

I can't tell if the winky emoticon means this poster is just messing with us or not.
There's no way on earth anyone would actually be doing that.
That's just gross.
If it's a joke, HAHAHAHA. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-21-2010, 05:40 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,687
Posted By Vesta
I do occasionally whip out the "because she's my...

I do occasionally whip out the "because she's my kid and she lives here".

Here's my list.
*It's none of your concern
*Don't worry about it
*Stay in your lane
*Let's just worry about ourselves...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-20-2010, 11:15 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 16,350
Posted By Vesta
I show the parents out the door and shut it and...

I show the parents out the door and shut it and lock it behind them.
Nice loud CLICK from the deadbolt, they know I lock the door, they hear it and it's written into the policy that they sign off...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-19-2010, 11:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,777
Posted By Vesta
Probably TMI on my part, but my parents bribed me...

Probably TMI on my part, but my parents bribed me with a pair of Wonder Woman Underoos if I didn't pee the bed for a month.
I was 4, and I guess I was pretty set on those panties. It just took...
Forum: Curriculum 07-13-2010, 11:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,020
Posted By Vesta
I wish I had bookmarked the website I stole the...

I wish I had bookmarked the website I stole the idea from, but I can't find it. Here's another example though.

http://www.trelease-on-reading.com/oliver_2.html

Mine is no where cool as this...
Forum: Curriculum 07-13-2010, 09:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,020
Posted By Vesta
I love using books as kick off points for lesson...

I love using books as kick off points for lesson plans and activities, because they are almost a no brainer.
I also like doing "author studies", and just do activities based on the different books...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-12-2010, 01:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,895
Posted By Vesta
I fixed my post back. I don't like bleach,...

I fixed my post back.
I don't like bleach, but that's not what I was shooting for;)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-12-2010, 12:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,895
Posted By Vesta
At the very least it's a infection that probably...

At the very least it's a infection that probably requires some sort of treatment, especially if it's growing and causing the kid pain.
If I thought MY kid had a MRSA lesion or any type of staph...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-07-2010, 05:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,551
Posted By Vesta
It depends on how attached you are to your...

It depends on how attached you are to your paperwork.
If you give it after a first interview, you run the risk of never seeing it again.

I don't send paperwork home anymore without a deposit....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-06-2010, 12:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,542
Posted By Vesta
I'm a dictator during nap time. Before nap,...

I'm a dictator during nap time.
Before nap, school agers including my own DD7 journal while I'm doing circle time and story. They are welcome to listen to the story with the younger kids.
Then...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-05-2010, 11:31 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,280
Posted By Vesta
Audio books Play doh with cookie sheet and...

Audio books
Play doh with cookie sheet and cookie cutters or let her help you make a new batch of playdoh or cornstarch clay.
Cutting practice with simple shapes or turn her loose on an old...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-04-2010, 08:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,336
Posted By Vesta
You can have the posters laminated so they don't...

You can have the posters laminated so they don't rip and are harder to pull down off the wall or use clear contact paper to cover and tape the poster all at once. You could also use clear packing...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-03-2010, 05:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 9,021
Posted By Vesta
You can do an easy snack version of fishing also....

You can do an easy snack version of fishing also.
Use the little pretzel sticks, peanut butter or cream cheese and goldfish crackers.
They dip the end of the pretzel in the gooey stuff and then...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-30-2010, 06:24 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 19,881
Posted By Vesta
It would be nice if you could help this child...

It would be nice if you could help this child develop good sleeping habits.... but it would be much easier for you to do the pat/rock thing and stay with his little butt until he falls asleep. If he...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-29-2010, 12:41 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,739
Posted By Vesta
I have 2 days where I can get up to 10. It's...

I have 2 days where I can get up to 10.
It's only happened once this summer(my husband was home to help), but I get occasional days of 8.
I do not like it at all. I have to put my head down and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-28-2010, 07:22 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,706
Posted By Vesta
I think you should do this also. You could even...

I think you should do this also. You could even be completely casual and non-confrontational about it.
"Hey, little girl said brothers are at xyz daycare now, how are they getting along there?" ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-25-2010, 02:59 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 16,117
Posted By Vesta
Thank you Janet. We can talk with others about...

Thank you Janet.
We can talk with others about the good stuff.
Not supposed to be talk about the negative because it's unprofessional. We are expected to suck it up and drive on.
This forum...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-24-2010, 05:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,397
Posted By Vesta
School agers are such a mixed bag. I've got a 6...

School agers are such a mixed bag.
I've got a 6 year old that is a complete pill, some of the time. I'm slowly pulling her out of her "attitude issues". I've had to be kind of harsh with her,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-23-2010, 12:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,489
Posted By Vesta
My DD7 is actually finally starting to pull some...

My DD7 is actually finally starting to pull some weight around here. She reads to the other kids and has just voluntarily started helping out in unexpected ways.
She's way far away from perfect,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-22-2010, 01:04 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,489
Posted By Vesta
Your house, your kids, your rules. My kid gets...

Your house, your kids, your rules.
My kid gets special treatment. Her daddy took her swimming this afternoon. Are some of the other kids possibly filled with indignation.
Yup.
Too bad. She...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-22-2010, 11:17 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,366
Posted By Vesta
Your house, your rules. If the kids mistreat my...

Your house, your rules.
If the kids mistreat my things, then they don't get to use my things, to include the couch in the daycare area. That poor thing has been shipped overseas and back with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-18-2010, 10:24 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,946
Posted By Vesta
We use a vornado room circulator (it's tiny)...

We use a vornado room circulator (it's tiny) sitting right in front of the register. It works wonders. We have ceiling fans in the daycare, dining room, and kitchen.
Now that I think about it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-18-2010, 05:55 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 15,715
Posted By Vesta
I'm too much of a control freak to leave my door...

I'm too much of a control freak to leave my door unlocked.
If someone wants in my house, I will let them in.
It's unfortunate in more ways than one, but the neighborhood I live next to is...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 06-13-2010, 05:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,026
Posted By Vesta
I'll stick with Jen on the neat eater bit. ...

I'll stick with Jen on the neat eater bit.

But, I still give my 5 year olds a face wipe down after they eat.
Unless you are picking your child up during lunch, there is no reason for there to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-11-2010, 12:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,523
Posted By Vesta
I have a 4 year old that turns it on when his...

I have a 4 year old that turns it on when his grandmother picks him up.
The first time he did it, my husband was in our office and came out after they left asking what in the world was that.
This...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-09-2010, 05:49 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,768
Posted By Vesta
There should be some sort of class, other than...

There should be some sort of class, other than the school of hard knocks, about how to help new providers with this mess.
***********Daycare hoppers 101************
Little Bobby is 3 and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-08-2010, 11:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,762
Posted By Vesta
I've taken these types of children twice, and I...

I've taken these types of children twice, and I won't ever do it again. I went into it with the best of intentions and a heart full of love, and a whole lot of misinformation from the parents.
I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-07-2010, 12:09 PM
Replies: 314
Views: 154,450
Posted By Vesta
This is the song that never ends.......

This is the song that never ends.......
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-04-2010, 08:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,358
Posted By Vesta
Mine journal while I do circle time with the...

Mine journal while I do circle time with the younger kids. While I'm getting the little ones down for nap they are to read quietly with the threat of having to sit with me in the napping area if...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-01-2010, 06:55 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 24,471
Posted By Vesta
Is there an early intervention service you can...

Is there an early intervention service you can call to come out and conduct an observation?
There might be 1 or 2 children here with serious, needing professional help type serious, behavior...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-27-2010, 06:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,139
Posted By Vesta
Mine are all lethargic, I'm guessing because of...

Mine are all lethargic, I'm guessing because of the heat. Not wanting to do anything but lay around and just kind of cranky.
I could easily see a different group of children(especially some I have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-26-2010, 06:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,892
Posted By Vesta
Blow the mom off and let the kid sleep. Most of...

Blow the mom off and let the kid sleep.
Most of my kids "don't like nap time", but they are out within 5 to 10 minutes of laying down.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-26-2010, 06:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,736
Posted By Vesta
I'm all tearing up over hear. That just makes...

I'm all tearing up over hear.
That just makes it all worth while.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-20-2010, 08:54 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 36,991
Posted By Vesta
Um, Wow, That actually made my jaw drop. ...

Um,
Wow,
That actually made my jaw drop.

Doesn't look like $30 worth of pennies though. I would take it to the bank to make sure.

What an itchy bee.

You are much better off without...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-19-2010, 05:08 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 21,336
Posted By Vesta
I have it in my policy that if parents or...

I have it in my policy that if parents or authorized pick up person comes to retrieve child in an "altered state" that I will call the emergency pickup immediately and make my way down the list if...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 05-13-2010, 12:40 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 36,893
Posted By Vesta
I was really under the impression that the OP was...

I was really under the impression that the OP was a parent, or at least not a provider.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-12-2010, 07:12 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,973
Posted By Vesta
Wow, she made that an easy enough of a decision...

Wow, she made that an easy enough of a decision for you.
I wonder what it feels like when the entire universe revolves around you? Did you ever get sucked in by her massive gravitational force? ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-11-2010, 05:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,973
Posted By Vesta
I think I might just skip the middle man and call...

I think I might just skip the middle man and call the VA about it and see what they say.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-11-2010, 12:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 9,758
Posted By Vesta
Same price and agree with PP that it should...

Same price and agree with PP that it should probably be more.
School agers eat more and don't really allow for much of a break during the day. Even if they are having quiet time, well, I have to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-05-2010, 12:36 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 18,717
Posted By Vesta
Serving family style makes a huge difference.

Serving family style makes a huge difference.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-04-2010, 08:25 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 8,846
Posted By Vesta
We have some no trespassing signs up, but I think...

We have some no trespassing signs up, but I think we will be going out tonight and putting some more up. Maybe one on each gate?
Man, that makes me nervous.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-03-2010, 05:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,501
Posted By Vesta
School age kids are the same as every other kid,...

School age kids are the same as every other kid, some are easier than others. I've had my share of dream children that can entertain themselves with the supplies I provide and are completely in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-30-2010, 12:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,483
Posted By Vesta
ahhhhhh better than television;) glad it...

ahhhhhh
better than television;)
glad it worked out in your favor
unreasonably glad
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-29-2010, 04:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,208
Posted By Vesta
I like to make a little booklet for the moms. ...

I like to make a little booklet for the moms.
Use nice paper and ask the kids a bunch of questions.
One sheet is all about "me", have them answer questions about themselves, even simple stuff like...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-28-2010, 06:17 AM
Replies: 314
Views: 154,450
Posted By Vesta
That's okay, caffeine hadn't kicked in yet so I...

That's okay, caffeine hadn't kicked in yet so I was a little on the pi$$y side.

I'll go back and add a little tongue sticking out emoticon.

Okay, never mind, I guess you can't do that when you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-28-2010, 06:06 AM
Replies: 314
Views: 154,450
Posted By Vesta
Goodness no I'm not being serious. It's what...

Goodness no I'm not being serious.
It's what the mom believes so why not just placate her and send her on her way.
Except for the part about showing providers her post. That would be great to let...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-28-2010, 05:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,814
Posted By Vesta
Can you get a parent to complain to CPS? If a...

Can you get a parent to complain to CPS?
If a parent complains I think they are obligated to send someone out to observe, whether the director likes it or not.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-28-2010, 05:15 AM
Replies: 314
Views: 154,450
Posted By Vesta
Yes, of course, you're right. She just does not...

Yes, of course, you're right. She just does not want to work with your daughter. That's why she's a home provider. She was looking for an easy job where she gets to call all of the shots while...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-27-2010, 02:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,850
Posted By Vesta
My rule is that you can't get anything else out...

My rule is that you can't get anything else out until you put what you are playing with away.
It takes a little time to get a new child on board, but once they do, they automatically put away...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-27-2010, 12:29 PM
Replies: 314
Views: 154,450
Posted By Vesta
Frustrated Mom I would start looking for a new...

Frustrated Mom
I would start looking for a new daycare ASAP.
Nap is considered by *most* (not all, I know you're out there) providers as an essential part of the day to recharge out batteries and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2010, 12:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,516
Posted By Vesta
I'm doing a Care Course right now. Started it...

I'm doing a Care Course right now. Started it yesterday. In Illinois you have to have a course for children with special needs every 3 years I think. So, that's what I'm doing.
It costs $38 for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2010, 12:20 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,119
Posted By Vesta
I've put more thought into the super hero...

I've put more thought into the super hero thing.... it seems my kids never get too far past the planning stages. They spend most of their time discussing who gets to be what and getting their capes...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-23-2010, 06:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,460
Posted By Vesta
You hire a heavy. Don't you wish. I'm...

You hire a heavy.

Don't you wish.
I'm horrible at asking for payment. It sets me to shaking and dry mouth every time, even though I know I'm in the right.

Maybe you could write up an...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-23-2010, 06:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,855
Posted By Vesta
I had a 3 year old that struggled with falling...

I had a 3 year old that struggled with falling asleep every day at nap. Finally one day he let out a big old sigh and said, "Ms. Val, please can I take my shirt off?" I let him take it off, and he...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-23-2010, 12:39 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,119
Posted By Vesta
We're going through Teen Titans/"Inja"...

We're going through Teen Titans/"Inja" turtles/Batman at the moment.
Awhile back there was a big Power Ranger Hoopla, but everyone wanted to be the pink power ranger (I have no idea why).
We ended...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-22-2010, 12:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,322
Posted By Vesta
It'll get better. I mean, it can't get much...

It'll get better. I mean, it can't get much worse (knock on wood)

But this one line of your post makes it possible for me to go on with my day.
So so true.
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