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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-31-2021, 06:15 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,123
Posted By coloradoprovider
Boy, she is a stubborn one. I agree that a...

Boy, she is a stubborn one. I agree that a general letter isn't the way to go, it sounds like she'll ignore that too. In her case, the fewer words the better. Much like a child, too much...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2021, 06:18 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 676
Posted By coloradoprovider
biting resource

https://www.aacap.org/AACAP/Families_and_Youth/Facts_for_Families/FFF-Guide/Fighting-And-Biting-081.aspx
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-21-2021, 08:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 591
Posted By coloradoprovider
Smile I didn't mean for you to post something short and...

I didn't mean for you to post something short and sweet, we providers love some background information. I meant the communication with parents re: naps could be short and sweet. When we over...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-21-2021, 08:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 591
Posted By coloradoprovider
Smile I don't communicate with potential childcare...

I don't communicate with potential childcare families via a public forum like Facebook. Keep it personal to the intended family only. When interviewing potential clients, have a list of questions...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-19-2021, 10:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 328
Posted By coloradoprovider
I remind children that we don't hit anyone...

I remind children that we don't hit anyone including ourselves. We are kind to everyone, including ourselves. No hitting!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-19-2021, 10:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 315
Posted By coloradoprovider
not in my state

If a child is here with parent for pickup/dropoff, they don't count in my ratios. That is either a very strict state or a very strict interpretation of the rules.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-16-2021, 11:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 591
Posted By coloradoprovider
infant rates

Your home, do what works for you. Short and sweet for explaining that you require naps.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-15-2021, 08:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 256
Posted By coloradoprovider
In my state (Colorado) the grants are...

In my state (Colorado) the grants are administered through our local county childhood counsels. I would contact your local childcare counsel, association, etc. to track down the available grants. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-03-2021, 11:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 456
Posted By coloradoprovider
I think they're pretty quiet, quieter than a box...

I think they're pretty quiet, quieter than a box fan.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-02-2021, 12:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 291
Posted By coloradoprovider
I too am on the food program. I require at least...

I too am on the food program. I require at least 3 bottles of the amount the child normally finishes at each feeding plus about an ounce in each bottle. I also need at least a day's worth of frozen...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-02-2021, 12:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 456
Posted By coloradoprovider
air cleaner

I purchased an AirDoctor cleaner for large spaces. It was not cheap. Around $500, but I had some grant money that was to go to Covid related expenses. I have had it since the end of October. One...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-27-2021, 03:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 676
Posted By coloradoprovider
I agree

Biting elicits an emotional reaction and we react to it based on emotion. Young biters are acting on impulse, we need to keep cool and act swiftly to firmly say "no, biting hurts," help the victim...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-22-2021, 12:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 482
Posted By coloradoprovider
book choices

Maybe steer that child to non-fiction books. I too would be nixing the violent book selections. I might challenge the child to find books that he could share with younger children. Let him choose...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-08-2021, 03:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 477
Posted By coloradoprovider
Games

I like games by "Peaceable Kingdom" because they are cooperative. You can search for their games and find some that are for 2 year olds. I play the older kid games and the 2 year old gets to use...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-05-2021, 05:54 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 945
Posted By coloradoprovider
Don't throw it out

Have a give away day/week. Donate your stuff to childcare families, another provider, etc.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-19-2020, 01:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 529
Posted By coloradoprovider
Talking Simple

For children who are crying and acting out to get attention this is a great solution.
It's easily implemented, easy for others to understand. Removes throwing things and removes the audience that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-30-2020, 01:27 PM
Replies: 247
Views: 7,449
Posted By coloradoprovider
Covid vaccine

Unless one is a healthcare provider, first responder, etc. (or are a VIP) you won't get the first round anyway. I plan to be vaccinated as soon as I can. The early vaccinated will be closely...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2020, 07:21 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,487
Posted By coloradoprovider
Yes! If I was sitting at their table (kid size)...

Yes! If I was sitting at their table (kid size) - it would take longer to respond that if I was standing. I won't fit at their table anyway! I guess magic shrinking pills are necessary to fit!
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-10-2020, 11:37 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 576
Posted By coloradoprovider
I would have him picked up each time he vomits. ...

I would have him picked up each time he vomits. Ask them to fill out a checklist of vegetables he eats. If the carrots and peas are checked (as in parents claim he eats them), then carry on. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-08-2020, 12:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 782
Posted By coloradoprovider
My home, my holidays

I don't worry about celebrating my religious holidays as the family's are informed as to my religious convictions at the interview. I have the luxury of being a "family" childcare provider. If I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-08-2020, 12:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 673
Posted By coloradoprovider
I use the 360 cups for milk and open cups for...

I use the 360 cups for milk and open cups for water. When milk is spilled it often ends up in someone's lap and when milk dries, it's crusty and stinks! If water is spilled it's no big deal to have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-28-2020, 12:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 579
Posted By coloradoprovider
Food sponsor may be incorrect.

If there is another sponsor in your area for the childcare food program, I would call them and ask the question. My sponsor believes it's public school data only. If you want to take it further,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-05-2020, 12:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 692
Posted By coloradoprovider
Smile too much jump?

No, the price jump is reasonable. I don't know the market in your area, but your rates would be considered low in my area. Most providers charge at least $40 per day for a preschooler; even more...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-22-2020, 05:51 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 762
Posted By coloradoprovider
Smile same technique

I do it the same way. Rephrase as a question (like example above) or I might say "Yes, SHE is going outside TODAY."
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-19-2020, 04:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 762
Posted By coloradoprovider
speech correction

I absolutely will use correct English when speaking to children. I will not be afraid to rephrase using correct speech. I will not allow a child to fall behind his/her peers when it's in my power...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-07-2020, 06:04 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,568
Posted By coloradoprovider
Covid

I live in a large metropolitan area (Denver Colorado metro) and I know of 1 couple from my church that had it; they have since recovered. I shut down my childcare from March to May. Masks are a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-03-2020, 02:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,148
Posted By coloradoprovider
Agreed! Let her know when she can pick up her...

Agreed! Let her know when she can pick up her child's things.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-26-2020, 08:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 800
Posted By coloradoprovider
I like how you let your teenagers know that the...

I like how you let your teenagers know that the world didn't revolve around their wants! Some parents aren't willing to let their children be inconvenienced for the benefit of others. happyface
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-24-2019, 09:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,006
Posted By coloradoprovider
Sure, $100 a day! (or whatever amount you feel is...

Sure, $100 a day! (or whatever amount you feel is worth it!)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-17-2019, 05:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,606
Posted By coloradoprovider
Angry exclude for the entire week

Dear parent, Due to the blatant disregard of my policies, especially when you knew I was leaving for a very important trip, your child will be excluded for this rest of the week.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-11-2019, 12:41 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,921
Posted By coloradoprovider
crafts

I don't do many crafts that involve me doing much of the work. We do much more 3 dimensional learning. Music, nature, cooperative games, outside nearly every day, playdough, free art (painting,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-06-2019, 08:15 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 715
Posted By coloradoprovider
Are there any local churches that would partner...

Are there any local churches that would partner with you to provide a needed service? Perhaps some parents could help with some items?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-21-2019, 07:20 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,604
Posted By coloradoprovider
Exactly!

I thought the same thing!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-31-2019, 01:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,099
Posted By coloradoprovider
8 mile move

By me, 8 miles could add another hour to a commute! It all depends on the area. The provider should refund the money. Most parents (partially) choose a provider that's within a reasonable...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-11-2019, 10:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,498
Posted By coloradoprovider
added to above post

https://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2015/04/04/396621542/without-janitors-students-are-in-charge-of-keeping-school-shipshape



Japanese children keeping their schools clean!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-11-2019, 10:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,498
Posted By coloradoprovider
clean up after meals/snacks

Each child (except infant!) puts their own dirty dishes into a plastic bin - when they try to put their dishes into sink, they tilt them and make a mess by the sink, so that doesn't work for me. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-02-2019, 11:35 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,301
Posted By coloradoprovider
No, not as I would normally practice termination....

No, not as I would normally practice termination. It places the burden of transitioning on the provider - it seems to place most of the work of finding a placement for the child on the current...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-24-2019, 11:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,049
Posted By coloradoprovider
my toys, my rules

When a child gets possessive about toys, I remind children that all the toys are mine and I allow them to play with them. This child needs to learn basic social skills. You need to model and guide....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-13-2019, 07:04 AM
Replies: 6,241
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 724,601
Posted By coloradoprovider
If the child has backup clothing (shorts, etc.)...

If the child has backup clothing (shorts, etc.) for warm weather, then they can change later. Our weather in Colorado usually has wide temperature swings, so mornings (even in the summer) are quite...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-11-2019, 05:33 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,201
Posted By coloradoprovider
Thumbs up Well said!

Please, take care of your family and yourself by implementing the great advice from fellow providers!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-10-2019, 12:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,201
Posted By coloradoprovider
Wink quick answer: NO

Only $20 for 6 hours of care and transportation?! Um, 'No as my day is done at X time." If you want to work later, tell her, "You can pick up child an hour and a half later if you want to pay my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-07-2019, 07:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 831
Posted By coloradoprovider
good ideas

These are good reminders of simple yet timeless activities for children - good contrast to the "more toys" is "better" mentality that pervades our culture.

The children will enjoy doing any of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-05-2019, 07:36 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,819
Posted By coloradoprovider
Yep

Sounds like the parents have gotten too comfortable in your home! Shoes are taken off (parents too!) at my home. A child running wild in my home would be corrected by me - if the parent gets...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-03-2019, 08:54 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 8,104
Posted By coloradoprovider
I would never let a child be wet without changing...

I would never let a child be wet without changing them! What's their excuse?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-03-2019, 08:52 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 8,104
Posted By coloradoprovider
never

See answer to above post below. When commenting on a specific post, I messed up the process
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-30-2019, 06:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,010
Posted By coloradoprovider
It's not the child, it's the parents

Anything a kids does, I can work out with the support of parents! I define support as: parents see issue and work on issue with a mutually agreed strategy at both home and childcare. Consistency...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-24-2019, 08:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,501
Posted By coloradoprovider
Talking Talk to parents!

I would approach this as an ongoing conversation with parent(s) Something along the lines of. . .
1st day: talk with the parents about what her after school schedule looks like. Give them an...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-20-2019, 12:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,077
Posted By coloradoprovider
weigh the risks

I wouldn't do daycare if my children could easily open a door and go out the front door! I keep my front door locked and the backdoor to my fenced yard unlocked. I believe that children running out...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-14-2019, 12:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,264
Posted By coloradoprovider
Agree wholeheartedly

If a child has a prescription that has to be administered 3 times a day, I follow the Medication Administration procedures as required by licensing. If a medication can be given 2 times a day, the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-11-2019, 10:15 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,461
Posted By coloradoprovider
Wise advice

Everyone here is advising you not to do it. Please listen and if money is that tight do anything else that's legal. Check out day labor type of places. Stocking shelves, flaggers for road...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2019, 11:22 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 757
Posted By coloradoprovider
Hope not!

We planted about 7 of them last year. People make raspberry leaf tea - so I assume they're safe?! Of course if children are consuming large amounts of plant material then that's not good not matter...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2019, 07:07 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 10,816
Posted By coloradoprovider
no sew bibs

I like to use a dish towel with a mini spring clamp. I get the spring clamps at my local home warehouse store (Lowe's or Home Depot). The clamps are strong (good for bag clips too as they are super...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-03-2019, 02:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,762
Posted By coloradoprovider
Wink I deal with the opposite problem - I don't allow...

I deal with the opposite problem - I don't allow shoes inside! if a child/parent wanted said child to wear shoes inside they would need to leave a clean pair that I wash and keep the bottoms clean...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-01-2019, 06:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 836
Posted By coloradoprovider
more information for bleach solutions

https://www.rjschinner.com/blog/literature/clorox/NI-21593_AFH_CBI_GrmcdlBle_Brochure_cln.pdf


The above link has good information. Remember there are 8 ounces in a cup, 16 cups per gallon, so...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-01-2019, 05:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 836
Posted By coloradoprovider
It depends on whether you have regular or more...

It depends on whether you have regular or more concentrated bleach. It's best to check the manufacturer's website to get the correct ratios (many bleach jugs have the information on the labels). ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-15-2019, 06:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,050
Posted By coloradoprovider
Safe sleep

I would be the most concerned about allowing babies to sleep on boppy pillows. Please, make sure you and any one who cares for your baby follows safe sleep practices! :hug:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-03-2019, 05:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,317
Posted By coloradoprovider
quick answer

"What do you think?" or "Why do you think that is?" Let her answer her own questions.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-23-2019, 07:34 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,062
Posted By coloradoprovider
I was mistaken. I looked it up also, I assumed...

I was mistaken. I looked it up also, I assumed we HAD to administer if prescribed. We can choose not to unless medication is for a disability. Thanks for the information!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-23-2019, 05:40 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,062
Posted By coloradoprovider
medication

In my state providers are required to take a "Medication Administration" class to be licensed. We are not allowed to refuse to give prescribed medication. Do licensed providers in other states have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-10-2019, 10:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,231
Posted By coloradoprovider
You could ask previous parents to look at their...

You could ask previous parents to look at their tax returns, they probably have the EIN number.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-05-2019, 01:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,805
Posted By coloradoprovider
sleep issues

Ha!;) Clearly outline what safe sleep consists of. Ask parents if they want to work together with you to solve this issue. Their answer will guide your next steps. If they say "yes" then have a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-01-2019, 06:43 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,976
Posted By coloradoprovider
no shoes inside

Agreed! Shoes pick up the nastiest stuff, don't want my crawlers exposed. One exception, in warm weather, I encourage barefeet when playing outside (we clean before we come inside). There are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-30-2019, 09:54 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,544
Posted By coloradoprovider
Agree!

Since the family didn't reserve the spot, you can simply state that the spot has been filled. They signed nothing, paid nothing, you owe them nothing. Don't feel guilty!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-24-2019, 03:43 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,431
Posted By coloradoprovider
Good question

Yes, what alternative, that doesn't add to the huge plastic problem, is there for sensory bins?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-21-2019, 01:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,005
Posted By coloradoprovider
time off

I take paid national holidays; Jan. 1, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving (Thursday and Friday).
I usually take a week and a half off at Christmas - unpaid. I take a spring break...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-14-2019, 01:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 964
Posted By coloradoprovider
imaginative play

I have a small group of 3 year olds who are great at imaginative play. I often hear them assign roles and then go on to make up their own stories about what they're doing. I love to hear their...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-28-2019, 11:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,922
Posted By coloradoprovider
if you want to make it easy

When mom comes say "Sorry, I need to close at my normal time, I have somewhere to be." You know you need to be at home fixing dinner, or whatever, she doesn't need you to explain further. Repeat...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2019, 12:33 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,808
Posted By coloradoprovider
Yes, agree with Hunni Bee!

Mom doesn't have a clue.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-10-2019, 08:52 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,258
Posted By coloradoprovider
The children also like green smoothies. Kale,...

The children also like green smoothies. Kale, spinach and frozen mango (Costco has organic frozen mango cubes) maybe a little orange or two in the blender. Surprisingly, the kids really like the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-10-2019, 07:07 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,258
Posted By coloradoprovider
The USDA guidelines should be nationwide, so if...

The USDA guidelines should be nationwide, so if you're on a food program it doesn't matter what state you're in, the rules will be the same for all providers. Juice has been discouraged for quite a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-07-2019, 12:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,788
Posted By coloradoprovider
I have learned (the hard way) to educate parents...

I have learned (the hard way) to educate parents that if their child hasn't learned to sleep without being held they will be miserable. I know everyone in daycare (other children and myself) are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-06-2019, 05:34 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,172
Posted By coloradoprovider
Locked at all times

I wouldn't feel safe without the door being locked. The back door to the backyard is unlocked.

Two different authorities deem it necessary to keep your front door unlocked? I would be...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-13-2019, 09:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,351
Posted By coloradoprovider
Smile Don't go too fast and burn out! Enjoy the...

Don't go too fast and burn out! Enjoy the process and especially enjoy the results! Happy organizing!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-13-2019, 07:11 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,126
Posted By coloradoprovider
Good advice from other providers! Writing is a...

Good advice from other providers! Writing is a process, formal instruction is best left to when the child is developmentally ready - when I was a child (back in the stone age!) we didn't begin...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-12-2019, 03:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,351
Posted By coloradoprovider
Organization

Binders! Binders! Binders! (and plastic dividers with pockets and clear paper protectors) 1: "Child Records" - contracts, medical, emergency, enrollment, etc. Divided into sections for each child....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-05-2019, 08:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,305
Posted By coloradoprovider
Wink ripping off the bandaid

Do I understand this correctly? THEY informed you of the new hours? Are the new hours within your normal operating hours? By accepting their schedule are you extending your operating hours?
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-15-2018, 08:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,577
Posted By coloradoprovider
Exactly!

Exactly!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-15-2018, 08:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,577
Posted By coloradoprovider
Thumbs up Exactly!

Exactly!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-10-2018, 12:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,327
Posted By coloradoprovider
Unhappy Desperate parents.

Desperate parents.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-08-2018, 07:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,551
Posted By coloradoprovider
I agree. Emery board - let parent take care of...

I agree. Emery board - let parent take care of it.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-08-2018, 02:37 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,088
Posted By coloradoprovider
Wink keep it simple

"Coats go here." When they walk in the door, say "Good morning, coats go here." Speak before he acts. Repeat as necessary. Don't over explain, don't apologize or feel badly about speaking up. So...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-16-2018, 12:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,211
Posted By coloradoprovider
Red face Practice saying "I'll think about it." It gives...

Practice saying "I'll think about it." It gives you time to really consider the request. Even if you know it'll work for you right away, practice "I'll think about it."
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-16-2018, 06:02 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,211
Posted By coloradoprovider
Agree- now that I'm older (in my 50's) I have...

Agree- now that I'm older (in my 50's) I have found that I can say "No" much more easily but at the same time, I can be flexible for parents who could use some grace. I won't let any parent take...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2018, 12:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,030
Posted By coloradoprovider
Yes messages

This! I try to limit "No" to behavior that has to stop immediately. "Yes, we can . . ., but first I need to . . ." "Yes, but . . ." "Yes . . . first we need to . . ." etc. "Yes, you may . . ....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-01-2018, 01:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,608
Posted By coloradoprovider
Cool halloween hangover

Love the parents I have, they limited the candy consumption last night! Normal behavior here today - yea!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-31-2018, 12:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 972
Posted By coloradoprovider
screecher

Maybe redirection when the screeching starts. Sing a song that he/she likes and will participate in. Maybe whisper to the child so he needs to be quiet to hear what you're saying.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-29-2018, 12:22 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 8,800
Posted By coloradoprovider
music

I confess (but the parents know) that too much "kid" music drives me bonkers, so I play Pandora frequently with music I like. I really like the Mark Knopfler station, sometimes Beatles and Rolling...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2018, 12:55 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,984
Posted By coloradoprovider
This!

So much wrong with this - seriously? Had no one been trained on safe sleep?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2018, 12:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,116
Posted By coloradoprovider
Lunch today

Turkey and Colby jack cheese on whole wheat bread. Sliced tomatoes, corn, potatoes, milk.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2018, 05:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,114
Posted By coloradoprovider
makes sense

The 10 year sealed units are inexpensive and makes the twice yearly battery replacement just one more chore we don't have to do in our already busy days. I already exclusively use the 10 year smoke...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-28-2018, 03:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 918
Posted By coloradoprovider
Yep! I usually let them know that I'm sharing my...

Yep! I usually let them know that I'm sharing my toys and they must share. I define sharing as letting someone else play with a toy that I'm not using. If someone wants a particular toy they are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-28-2018, 03:23 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,102
Posted By coloradoprovider
Agreed! I only potty train when developmentally...

Agreed! I only potty train when developmentally ready and parents are also ready. If a child isn't ready at 2, are the parents "bad?" I wouldn't ever define potty training readiness as an...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-24-2018, 06:04 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,689
Posted By coloradoprovider
agree

You absolutely should require that the doctor give you a signed note as to the no formula request. I would want acceptable substitutes in the signed note as well.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-17-2018, 02:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,816
Posted By coloradoprovider
Qris

In Colorado, we have county early childhood education councils that provide coaching (their funding is through government grants). There is no cost to the provider for this coaching. I was able to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-23-2018, 11:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 961
Posted By coloradoprovider
response

Something along the lines of: I want "name of child" to have the best possible start to her time with me - due to her illness and vacation, it would probably not be the best for her to adjust to my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-21-2018, 11:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,050
Posted By coloradoprovider
crying infant

I had the same issue with a 3 day a week infant - he had been at home for the first 5 months and didn't learn to fall asleep on his own. After 4 days away, the first day back was the worst. You are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-10-2018, 10:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,154
Posted By coloradoprovider
snacks from home

Since I'm on a food program and I personally aim to serve whole grains, low sugar, lots of organic fruits and vegetables etc. I highly discourage snacks from home. Occasionally I allow a less than...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-09-2018, 09:08 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,862
Posted By coloradoprovider
"Entertaining" children

The thought that we need to "entertain" children does a disservice to them and to us. Children have enough entertainment with movies, television etc. outside of daycare hours. We need to provide...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-26-2018, 12:49 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,036
Posted By coloradoprovider
I do the same - at least 2 weeks dry. I have...

I do the same - at least 2 weeks dry. I have found it's easiest on everyone when parents try to toilet train during my vacation so that the child and parents can learn the process without...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-06-2018, 03:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,397
Posted By coloradoprovider
Go ahead and use my wording.

Go ahead and use my wording.
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