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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-06-2019, 03:26 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 57,456
Posted By e.j.
Not all of the courses are free but they still do...

Not all of the courses are free but they still do have a number of them that are. There are free classes under Child Growth and Development, Child Health and Safety and Including Children with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-04-2019, 06:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 264
Posted By e.j.
I think the way you've worded it for us is the...

I think the way you've worded it for us is the perfect way to word it for the parent. I've said almost the exact same thing to a couple of my dc parents, including rosieteddy's suggestion, "What...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-02-2019, 11:41 AM
Replies: 2,061
Views: 313,355
Posted By e.j.
What a great feeling that must be, BC! happyface...

What a great feeling that must be, BC! happyface We have about 8 more years on ours. Can't wait for the day we can mail off our last mortgage payment!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-01-2019, 06:21 PM
Replies: 5,501
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 585,661
Posted By e.j.
Oh, my! Hopefully by "having trouble breathing"...

Oh, my! Hopefully by "having trouble breathing" she means his nose is stuffed up and not that he's actually struggling to breathe and yes... a fever today means he won't be allowed in the door...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-27-2019, 12:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 382
Posted By e.j.
My heart goes out to both you and your husband. ...

My heart goes out to both you and your husband. It can't be an easy time for either one of you. Hopefully the chemo will do it's job well and help you to worry a bit less about a recurrence in the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-27-2019, 12:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 340
Posted By e.j.
If it were me, I'd refund the money they paid for...

If it were me, I'd refund the money they paid for any day I wasn't able to be open or I'd apply the money to a future date - whichever the parent wanted. I hope you're feeling better.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-19-2019, 06:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 205
Posted By e.j.
There have been several recent news reports in my...

There have been several recent news reports in my state all complaining about the high cost of child care. One report indicated that the number of child care providers just in the state's capital...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-18-2019, 12:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 240
Posted By e.j.
My dishwasher has a sanitize cycle, too, and I've...

My dishwasher has a sanitize cycle, too, and I've used it to clean toys. I either put the smaller toys into a basket or a mesh bag and I place it on the top rack.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-17-2019, 04:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 340
Posted By e.j.
Personally, I'd ask dcm to keep the child home if...

Personally, I'd ask dcm to keep the child home if the eye is still draining. I just googled it and based on what I read, kids can be contagious 24 - 48 hours after starting treatment. Depending on...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-13-2019, 12:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 304
Posted By e.j.
I was thinking it must vary by state, too,...

I was thinking it must vary by state, too, because here it's based on the school district you live in. Prior to moving to the house we live in now, we were in a lower income school district so I was...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-12-2019, 12:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 474
Posted By e.j.
I quit last year after being with the program for...

I quit last year after being with the program for over 20 years. I wrote a letter stating what my last claim date would be and that was the end of it. I was on Tier 2; the average reimbursement I...
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 11-11-2019, 09:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 429
Posted By e.j.
I googled food poisoning and from what I read, it...

I googled food poisoning and from what I read, it can happen within 2-6 hours of eating a contaminated food.

I don't think I'd immediately jump to blame your day care provider, though. Is it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-11-2019, 08:57 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 334
Posted By e.j.
Sounds like a self-esteem issue on the teacher's...

Sounds like a self-esteem issue on the teacher's part. It's seems kind of sad to me.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-08-2019, 11:31 AM
Replies: 5,501
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 585,661
Posted By e.j.
I've had to speak with a few parents lately about...

I've had to speak with a few parents lately about the need to feed their kids before coming here. I don't serve breakfast and we don't have morning snack until 9:30 so kids who haven't eaten get...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-08-2019, 07:04 AM
Replies: 5,501
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 585,661
Posted By e.j.
And just when I thought it couldn't get any...

And just when I thought it couldn't get any sadder... He's fortunate to have you in his life.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-08-2019, 06:59 AM
Replies: 5,501
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 585,661
Posted By e.j.
"No worries. Give her breakfast and I'll see you...

"No worries. Give her breakfast and I'll see you when you get here." Gotta love it. :rolleyes:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-07-2019, 06:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 635
Posted By e.j.
:eek: Crazy!

:eek: Crazy!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-07-2019, 03:01 PM
Replies: 5,501
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 585,661
Posted By e.j.
This has got to be one of the saddest things I've...

This has got to be one of the saddest things I've ever read. My heart goes out to this little boy. Thank goodness you and your family are there for him in a way his own family chooses not to be.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-07-2019, 12:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 399
Posted By e.j.
Depending on the child, I've used different...

Depending on the child, I've used different tactics at different times to stop tantrums. When my son was young, (3yo+) prior to being diagnosed with Asperger's, his meltdowns were tough to deal...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-04-2019, 11:54 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 497
Posted By e.j.
I'm with you! lol Get rid of winter and I'll be...

I'm with you! lol Get rid of winter and I'll be a happy camper! I don't like to "fall back" because it gets dark so early but I really do love the extra daylight when we "spring forward".
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-03-2019, 08:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 373
Posted By e.j.
That's true. Thanksgiving will be here before we...

That's true. Thanksgiving will be here before we know it and Christmas won't be far behind!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-03-2019, 11:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 373
Posted By e.j.
Since you've already resolved the problem, I...

Since you've already resolved the problem, I won't offer advice but I will offer some empathy. I know I'd be disappointed to think I had a day off coming up only to realize I didn't! lol I'm going...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-01-2019, 03:10 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 567
Posted By e.j.
Happy belated birthday, Black Cat. Michael,...

Happy belated birthday, Black Cat.

Michael, I've been thinking of you and your family. I hope you all (and MV) stay safe. I get anxious just seeing the news footage every night and I'm on the...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 10-31-2019, 01:11 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 731
Posted By e.j.
I agree with your wife. Please listen to her. ...

I agree with your wife. Please listen to her. If you don't like the Halloween costume policy, continue to look for another day care option. If/when you find it, let your current day care know why...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-30-2019, 12:06 PM
Replies: 5,501
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 585,661
Posted By e.j.
That is beyond self-centered and inconsiderate! ...

That is beyond self-centered and inconsiderate! I imagine the next text she receives from you will be her termination notice? I hope you feel better soon.:hug:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-28-2019, 09:56 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 985
Posted By e.j.
Love it! Did she really expect you to just forget...

Love it! Did she really expect you to just forget about the payment she owed you? I'm constantly amazed to hear about the things some parents try to pull on providers.:rolleyes:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-28-2019, 09:46 PM
Replies: 5,501
Sticky: Venting Thread
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Posted By e.j.
The reason is she doesn't have to take a day off...

The reason is she doesn't have to take a day off from work to stay home with a sick teenager but she does with a sick day care aged kid. That changes everything.;)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-24-2019, 07:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 435
Posted By e.j.
I've had a few kids like that; it can be...

I've had a few kids like that; it can be stressful and makes for a very long day. I'm sorry you're going through it. The good news is, December is right around the corner. :hug:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-23-2019, 08:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 554
Posted By e.j.
I haven't had any problems with mine. I've used...

I haven't had any problems with mine. I've used mostly Graco port-a-cribs.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-23-2019, 02:45 PM
Replies: 1,141
Views: 226,146
Posted By e.j.
I'm not above using any method that works!;):)

I'm not above using any method that works!;):)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-22-2019, 09:26 PM
Replies: 1,141
Views: 226,146
Posted By e.j.
:lol: The kids here love my blue toilet water!...

:lol:
The kids here love my blue toilet water! Sometimes, the water will get a greenish tint when the kids pee into it. We consider it to be a sign that that child has "Magic Pee"! It's amazing...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-22-2019, 09:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 512
Posted By e.j.
I take Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day and the...

I take Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day and the day after off. I close at noon on Christmas Eve and am then closed through New Year's Day. The week between Christmas and New Years is one of my 2 or...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-15-2019, 12:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 413
Posted By e.j.
CCEI also has online courses. Last time I...

CCEI also has online courses. Last time I checked, it cost $100 for as many training hours as you want to take. I think there's a daily maximum but I'm not sure. They also offer trial courses for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-14-2019, 01:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 413
Posted By e.j.
You'll have to check to see if your state accepts...

You'll have to check to see if your state accepts these trainings but you might want to look here. Many of the courses are free and those that aren't are low cost:...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-11-2019, 10:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 391
Posted By e.j.
I was just coming here to post something similar!...

I was just coming here to post something similar! I'm at my wit's end with the child I have here and am on the verge of terming - and I very rarely term. I've only had one other child in the 23...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-06-2019, 11:33 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 817
Posted By e.j.
I'm closed on Fridays anyway so it's not an issue...

I'm closed on Fridays anyway so it's not an issue for me this year but I would be open the day after Halloween if it fell on any other week day. The day after Halloween has never been a big deal to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-04-2019, 09:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 294
Posted By e.j.
I've always had my part timers pay when a holiday...

I've always had my part timers pay when a holiday falls on their day to be here. I also don't mind letting a part time child switch days as long as I have an opening on a different day of that same...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-28-2019, 11:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 670
Posted By e.j.
Funny! Even funnier!!

Funny!


Even funnier!!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-27-2019, 09:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 637
Posted By e.j.
I forgot to include 2 weeks of vacation each...

I forgot to include 2 weeks of vacation each year, unpaid. When I see it typed out, it seems like a lot of time off but it sure doesn't feel like it sometimes! :lol: Take the time you need in order...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-27-2019, 10:32 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 637
Posted By e.j.
When my kids were young, I decided to take all...

When my kids were young, I decided to take all holidays off so when they were off from school, they'd have their home to themselves. I also took Fridays off so I could attend school meetings and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-24-2019, 07:19 PM
Replies: 5,501
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 585,661
Posted By e.j.
That's an even bigger kick in the pants! ;) I'd...

That's an even bigger kick in the pants! ;) I'd be sorely tempted to give her her money back but if that isn't an option for you, I guess I'd just suck it up and make it a fun day for dc kid.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-24-2019, 02:56 PM
Replies: 5,501
Sticky: Venting Thread
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Posted By e.j.
Oops! I read your post wrong. I missed the fact...

Oops! I read your post wrong. I missed the fact that it's one day this week. I was thinking it was the one day each week. In that case, I wouldn't say it's not worth opening for just one child...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-24-2019, 12:55 PM
Replies: 5,501
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Posted By e.j.
If you want that day to yourself, you could...

If you want that day to yourself, you could always tell her you've decided to close that day since it's not worth opening for just 1 child. Offer to take her child a different day if you have an...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-24-2019, 12:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,855
Posted By e.j.
So just want to make sure I'm understanding...

So just want to make sure I'm understanding correctly: He was sent home Friday for diarrhea and was fine all weekend according to dcm? Was inconsolable on Monday when he was back in day care so you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-23-2019, 08:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,855
Posted By e.j.
I would have sent him home, too, and I would also...

I would have sent him home, too, and I would also have excluded for at least 24 hours after his last bout. Poor kid! It sounds as though he was miserable!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-18-2019, 07:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 811
Posted By e.j.
I do feel an obligation to be open when I say...

I do feel an obligation to be open when I say I'll be open so I do feel sorry - rather than guilty - when I have to close without warning. Having been a day care parent, I know last minute closings...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-10-2019, 08:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 570
Posted By e.j.
I would explain to her that if you were to charge...

I would explain to her that if you were to charge her for the 6 hour slot at your regular rate, she'd be paying $30. Since her rate has remained at $20, she is, in fact, getting those 2 hours that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-10-2019, 12:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 570
Posted By e.j.
likethis Ungrateful and clueless were the words...

likethis Ungrateful and clueless were the words that came to my mind! I would not be working the extra hour and a 1/2 for her either for the same reasons already given. Wow!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-06-2019, 10:09 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 762
Posted By e.j.
Are the parents aware of these issues? Have you...

Are the parents aware of these issues? Have you suggested to them that he be evaluated? If it were me, I'd ask that they mention your concerns to his pediatrician to see what his doctor thinks.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-04-2019, 05:44 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 633
Posted By e.j.
I require parents to supply diapers, wipes,...

I require parents to supply diapers, wipes, diaper rash ointment, sunscreen, bug spray if they want their child sprayed with it, a complete change of clothing or 2, depending on the age of the child,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-04-2019, 12:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 534
Posted By e.j.
Good thing you went to the clinic! Hope you feel...

Good thing you went to the clinic! Hope you feel better soon.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-03-2019, 01:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 614
Posted By e.j.
I try to do this, too, for the same reason. ...

I try to do this, too, for the same reason. Sometimes I have to give short notice because I didn't notice supplies were running low but I've never caught any flack for it. Usually parents stock up....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-03-2019, 01:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 957
Posted By e.j.
I have a 1/2 bathroom on my first floor that the...

I have a 1/2 bathroom on my first floor that the kids/guests use so I don't mind if a parent needs to use it. Parents rarely ask, though. Only one dcm used to use it on a regular basis and I think...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-30-2019, 08:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 740
Posted By e.j.
I doubt it.;) If it is catechism they want to...

I doubt it.;) If it is catechism they want to discuss, it may be that they just want to see how familiar you are with the Catholic faith and maybe fill you in on their expectations for you as an...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-30-2019, 11:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 266
Posted By e.j.
If the doctor doesn't know what it is, how can he...

If the doctor doesn't know what it is, how can he say it's not contagious? I would explain that I don't allow kids with undiagnosed rashes into care without a note stating what the rash is from and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-30-2019, 11:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 740
Posted By e.j.
Communion? Catechism?? Confession?? (Forgive me...

Communion? Catechism?? Confession?? (Forgive me Father, I have sinned. I have used the Lord's name in vain when Johnny has bitten the same kid for the 3rd time within an hour.) I don't know! Those...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-24-2019, 06:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 728
Posted By e.j.
I don't think I'd worry about what, if anything,...

I don't think I'd worry about what, if anything, the girl is saying to her mom. I'd talk with the mother anyway, explaining what the girl's schedule is at your home and why you've set it up that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-23-2019, 11:53 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 2,822
Posted By e.j.
It sounds as though you've just disproved your...

It sounds as though you've just disproved your own theory. From what you've just said, Seattle providers have already raised their rates to the point where a large percentage of families can't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-21-2019, 05:11 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 2,822
Posted By e.j.
There are several comments that sound derogatory...

There are several comments that sound derogatory to me. It's unfortunate and unnecessary.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-21-2019, 03:47 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 2,822
Posted By e.j.
Same here. The union stated specifically that...

Same here. The union stated specifically that they would work to increase wages for child care providers but that they wouldn't address working conditions, state regulations, etc. I can see where a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-21-2019, 06:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 374
Posted By e.j.
It seems to me, your biggest problem is the...

It seems to me, your biggest problem is the parents. You are doing all the legwork because the parents don't seem interested in changing their own behaviors. Until they change what they're doing at...
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 08-20-2019, 07:50 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 467
Posted By e.j.
Take a deep breath and relax. Read through the...

Take a deep breath and relax. Read through the regulations one more time just to make sure you've covered everything and you should be fine. If you've missed something, your licensor will let you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-18-2019, 10:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 614
Posted By e.j.
I meant to say that she's worried about how she's...

I meant to say that she's worried about how she's going to take care of him and look for a job/work at the same time. Sorry!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-18-2019, 08:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 614
Posted By e.j.
I can only imagine how tough it's been. :hug: My...

I can only imagine how tough it's been. :hug: My brother is going through a health crisis, as well, and my sil is in the same spot you are. She wants to be there to care for him but is worried about...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-18-2019, 08:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 454
Posted By e.j.
I don't know how investigations work but I'm sure...

I don't know how investigations work but I'm sure they'll make it a point to drop in when she is working. If they miss her once, I'm sure they'll try again. Worst case, the director and the teacher...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-18-2019, 12:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 454
Posted By e.j.
From what you've shared with us, you did the...

From what you've shared with us, you did the right thing. Take a deep breath and know that your report could be one step toward helping the kids who are enrolled in that day care. As boy mom...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-18-2019, 12:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 614
Posted By e.j.
I'm so sorry you and your husband are going...

I'm so sorry you and your husband are going through such a difficult time. It's got to hurt when the dc families you've supported and cared about don't make an effort to reach out to you in support...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-15-2019, 04:20 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 740
Posted By e.j.
The more my own kids got sick and the more I got...

The more my own kids got sick and the more I got sick myself, the stronger my backbone became. It still has some room to grow but I've at least got to the point where I no longer worry about the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-11-2019, 03:39 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 959
Posted By e.j.
That does make sense or it could be she's just...

That does make sense or it could be she's just that ballsy. I used to live in a cul-de-sac area where 3 of us had home day cares. My next door neighbor showed me the handbook she got back from one...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-10-2019, 08:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 358
Posted By e.j.
"Red, slightly raised spots" (pimples or small...

"Red, slightly raised spots" (pimples or small blisters) sounds like HFM to me. When the adults in my house came down with it after being exposed by a day care child, that's what they looked like. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-07-2019, 07:08 PM
Replies: 5,501
Sticky: Venting Thread
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Posted By e.j.
Yes! What irked me most, though, was when Tier 2...

Yes! What irked me most, though, was when Tier 2 providers took a cut in their rate while the Tier 1 providers got an increase in their already higher rate. Basing rates on the percentage of public...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-07-2019, 11:52 AM
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Posted By e.j.
That piece of info makes it sad. Poor kid!

That piece of info makes it sad. Poor kid!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-06-2019, 05:59 PM
Replies: 5,501
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Posted By e.j.
Yup! My 25 year old dd has been known to wear...

Yup! My 25 year old dd has been known to wear jeans and a heavy sweatshirt with another shirt underneath it on 90 degree/humid days. Somedays I want to pass out just looking at her! She says she's...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-04-2019, 08:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 912
Posted By e.j.
After seeing Rockgirl's picture, I started...

After seeing Rockgirl's picture, I started looking on ebay and saw a few of them listed for between $100 - $165. Some included shipping, others were listed as local pick up only. I was lucky enough...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-30-2019, 06:09 AM
Replies: 5,501
Sticky: Venting Thread
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Posted By e.j.
Don't beat yourself up. I think we've all been...

Don't beat yourself up. I think we've all been there. Your backbone will be that much stronger for the next time something like this comes up. I hope no one else ended up getting it and that you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-27-2019, 08:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 307
Posted By e.j.
likethis Same here. I would charge the drop-in...

likethis Same here. I would charge the drop-in rate.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-27-2019, 08:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 545
Posted By e.j.
I don't think you're being a jerk; I think, as in...

I don't think you're being a jerk; I think, as in most cases, it all boils down to what's in your handbook/contract. Personally, I don't mind the extra hours/money as long as the parent picks up by...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-26-2019, 07:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 491
Posted By e.j.
It depends on the situation. Sometimes I'll...

It depends on the situation. Sometimes I'll offer to pack a snack if what I'm serving can be eaten out of a Ziploc baggie and the parent wasn't expecting to have to pick up early. Sometimes I won't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-26-2019, 09:20 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,504
Posted By e.j.
I would tell her she either needs to drop off and...

I would tell her she either needs to drop off and pick up at the agreed upon time or she needs to find another child care for her kids. That's ridiculous! If you're reluctant to do that because...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-26-2019, 09:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 447
Posted By e.j.
This has become one of my biggest pet peeves. ...

This has become one of my biggest pet peeves. I've had kids that apparently were constipated from late week into Sunday afternoon. Parents wait until Sunday night or early Monday morning to give a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2019, 07:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 988
Posted By e.j.
:eek: As I read your reply I was thinking, "It...

:eek: As I read your reply I was thinking, "It can be hard to tell what people are really like on FB. My own adult kids post things that make me cringe sometimes but they're good people - just...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2019, 06:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 633
Posted By e.j.
There will always be someone at some point who...

There will always be someone at some point who will not take the hint. If you have certain expectations about what should happen when the volunteer parent leaves (whether the child is acting out or...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-23-2019, 11:56 AM
Replies: 5,501
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 585,661
Posted By e.j.
I'm so very sorry. :hug:

I'm so very sorry. :hug:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-18-2019, 12:36 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 57,456
Posted By e.j.
Some of the classes are still free. (I just took...

Some of the classes are still free. (I just took some of them last week to get my training hours in.) The other classes you pay for are still pretty inexpensive, though.

I've also taken classes...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-15-2019, 07:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 730
Posted By e.j.
If a parent gave me "what for", I'd be looking to...

If a parent gave me "what for", I'd be looking to replace the family as quickly as possible. Also, if a child showed up here with hives and no doctor's note to indicate what the cause was, I'd have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-12-2019, 05:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 342
Posted By e.j.
If it were my own child, I'd increase servings of...

If it were my own child, I'd increase servings of water, whole grains and high fiber foods. (When my son was young, he had Encopresis and we were told to serve him "P" fruits - pineapple, pears,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-09-2019, 03:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,175
Posted By e.j.
Sometimes things just seem to hit all at once,...

Sometimes things just seem to hit all at once, don't they? I get totally burned out this time of year and by the time my vacation week comes around (this week!), it's almost as important to me as...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-08-2019, 06:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 742
Posted By e.j.
I think sometimes, the more of an issue you make...

I think sometimes, the more of an issue you make it, the more the kids dig their heels in. Just like food, I'd offer her water/milk as usual. She gets to decide to drink or not. A four year old is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-07-2019, 04:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 690
Posted By e.j.
If it were me, I would follow my contract and...

If it were me, I would follow my contract and give the 2 weeks notice I said I would give. If I expect parents to honor the agreement we (the parents and I) made, I think I should also expect to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-29-2019, 01:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 660
Posted By e.j.
I've never been through anything like you...

I've never been through anything like you describe but if I were in your shoes, I'd try to speak with my licensor before going to the expense of hiring a lawyer. I'd explain the situation and ask if...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-27-2019, 02:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 728
Posted By e.j.
I try to be honest without giving more info than...

I try to be honest without giving more info than I want to share..."I have an appointment that I have to be at on <date>. Because of the timing, I'll need to close for the day. Ordinarily, I try...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-26-2019, 12:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 913
Posted By e.j.
Personally, I wouldn't charge if a holiday fell...

Personally, I wouldn't charge if a holiday fell in the middle of my unpaid vacation week. (I take the first full week after the 4th as my vacation week for that very reason.)

Before I started my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-20-2019, 03:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,175
Posted By e.j.
I hope all is ok.

I hope all is ok.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-20-2019, 12:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 674
Posted By e.j.
To me, some things really just need to be done...

To me, some things really just need to be done face-to-face and closing/moving the day care is one of them. I'd do what Josie suggested and if you don't have time to discuss it or want to risk...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-18-2019, 03:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 944
Posted By e.j.
I'd be angry, too. I've often said the adults in...

I'd be angry, too. I've often said the adults in my kids' school district (teachers and administrators) were much bigger bullies than the students ever were.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-11-2019, 02:41 PM
Replies: 5,501
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 585,661
Posted By e.j.
Ooh! That would irritate me, too! Time to let...

Ooh! That would irritate me, too! Time to let them know that a 6:00 pick up time isn't working out.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-11-2019, 01:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,651
Posted By e.j.
Like the others have said, I'd be upfront and...

Like the others have said, I'd be upfront and honest in answering any questions a parent might have with regard to my day care program. I was a day care parent when my son was an infant so I've been...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-07-2019, 04:57 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,212
Posted By e.j.
I cringe internally every time a parent tells me,...

I cringe internally every time a parent tells me, "I'll be picking (insert child's name) up early today." Translated, it means, "Not only am I not going to pick up on time, I'm going to be extra...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-05-2019, 12:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 384
Posted By e.j.
I've never used a kit but we have found...

I've never used a kit but we have found caterpillars in the yard and put them into a jar with holes poked in the lid. We place a stick in the jar so that it stands at a slant and then fill the jar...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-04-2019, 12:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 679
Posted By e.j.
Sometimes I give everyone the same gift if I can...

Sometimes I give everyone the same gift if I can find something that's appropriate for all. For Christmas one year, I bought all of the kids a Rudolph the Reindeer book and a pillow, that when...
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