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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-11-2016, 07:38 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,603
Posted By hsdcmama
You are absolutely right. It's really sad, but...

You are absolutely right. It's really sad, but what is absolutely heartbreaking is that so many parents honestly don't seem to care. I grew up in daycare, both homes and centers, and I hated the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-10-2016, 12:23 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,603
Posted By hsdcmama
I have been a home daycare provider for just over...

I have been a home daycare provider for just over 2 years now, and I am looking for a way out for many reasons. Doing daycare was nothing -- NOTHING -- like I thought it would be.

For...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-14-2016, 07:31 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,152
Posted By hsdcmama
Thumbs down Spoiled Kids, Rotten Behavior!

I have a dcb who will be 3 next month. I have had him since he was 10 months old. The older he has gotten, the worse his behavior has become. Pushing/hitting other kids, breaking things, throwing...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-15-2015, 07:35 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,526
Posted By hsdcmama
I had a similar situation with a dc family that I...

I had a similar situation with a dc family that I ended up terming bc this was the straw that broke the camel's back. It was 20 mins past the kids' pickup time, so I called dcm -- no answer. Left a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-03-2015, 11:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,516
Posted By hsdcmama
So glad to hear your first weeks have gone well! ...

So glad to hear your first weeks have gone well! I homeschool too (3 kids ages 5, 8 & 10), and I am taking classes at the local college to apply for the nursing program -- hopefully within the next...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-14-2015, 06:36 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 837
Posted By hsdcmama
Thanks, that's how I felt about it. It's crazy...

Thanks, that's how I felt about it. It's crazy how the parents can make you question yourself after the fact, even though you know you were doing what was best for the child. I had a hard time...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-13-2015, 01:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 837
Posted By hsdcmama
What do you do for an inconsolable baby?

I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas I haven't thought of. I have a difficult-tempered 4-month-old with silent reflux who is extremely sensitive to noise, too much activity, scares very easily when...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-17-2015, 07:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,884
Posted By hsdcmama
^ What she said. This job is just nuts if you...

^ What she said. This job is just nuts if you don't get into some sort of routine and stick with it. It's the only way to make sure you get even close to everything done. This is my second year...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-10-2015, 03:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,242
Posted By hsdcmama
I don't allow my dcks to hoard toys at all. My...

I don't allow my dcks to hoard toys at all. My rule is, once you put a toy down, someone else can pick it up unless you need to use the bathroom or something. They still try, and every day I have to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-10-2015, 03:41 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 795
Posted By hsdcmama
DC Kids' Last Day -- Really Going To Miss Him!

Today was dcb's last day. As much as I complained about him in the beginning, he came such a long way in his 2 years here. His parents brought me a sweet gift and asked me to text them to meet up at...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-16-2015, 06:37 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,640
Posted By hsdcmama
BlackCat you are exactly right; that's why I have...

BlackCat you are exactly right; that's why I have decided to pursue nursing. Exploring the option of keeping only the 1 family is the only thing I could think of to keep myself from going crazy in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-16-2015, 06:17 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,640
Posted By hsdcmama
Also, where I live it is not as simple as "just...

Also, where I live it is not as simple as "just advertise to get more kids". I am in a rural area with lots of other daycares. Everyone is struggling to get enough business to make ends meet. If I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-16-2015, 06:11 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,640
Posted By hsdcmama
Talking Ohhhh yes, there are hoops. It took me almost a...

Ohhhh yes, there are hoops. It took me almost a year to get my license. It was a nightmare, and very expensive. It was way more than I bargained for, but I was determined that I was going to do this...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-15-2015, 04:44 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,640
Posted By hsdcmama
But how would they know I was watching children...

But how would they know I was watching children without a license? Assuming there were no incidents reported or anything. That's what I'm wondering, is how they actually go about enforcing these...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-15-2015, 12:03 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,640
Posted By hsdcmama
In MD it is legal to watch other people's kids if...

In MD it is legal to watch other people's kids if they are a relative or friend, and if for a friend then for less than 20 hours per month. If anything were to happen, God forbid, I still would be...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-15-2015, 11:34 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,640
Posted By hsdcmama
Oh I know, there are some people who absolutely...

Oh I know, there are some people who absolutely have no business caring for children. My thoughts were yours exactly - I know what I'm doing, I'll still have the smoke alarms and baby gates and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-15-2015, 11:01 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,640
Posted By hsdcmama
Licensed to Unlicensed - Advice Please!

Has anyone given up their license and chosen to operate unlicensed? I know it is illegal, but I am seriously considering giving up my license and only caring for 2 of the kids I have now. They are a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2015, 02:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,905
Posted By hsdcmama
Gotta love how parents don't read your newsletters...

Got a text from a parent about a school schedule change for a day when I am closed. I texted her back, "I am off that day." Parent replies that she didn't know I was closed that day, to which I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-22-2015, 09:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,197
Posted By hsdcmama
I had a 10-month-old that would do the screaming...

I had a 10-month-old that would do the screaming in the pnp thing too; just stay consistent & it will work itself out. Little man would pop his head up & cry, cry, cry the first week he was here. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-22-2015, 06:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,348
Posted By hsdcmama
Extremely picky eater!

I have had a certain dcg for a little over a year now. She came to me at 5 yo, and has been an extremely picky eater from the very start. She will only eat certain brands of certain foods, with a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-09-2015, 05:50 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,218
Posted By hsdcmama
I am open 6:30-5. I have 3 kids here right now...

I am open 6:30-5. I have 3 kids here right now that are all open-close. I wonder if I would lose them if I changed my hours to 7-5. Especially since one family suddenly decided they needed 7-5...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-09-2015, 11:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,398
Posted By hsdcmama
I would never have put myself through MD's insane...

I would never have put myself through MD's insane licensing process if I had had the option to go legally unlicensed. Never. I spent so much money and stressed so much over it.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-09-2015, 11:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,398
Posted By hsdcmama
No, in MD you must be licensed. And the...

No, in MD you must be licensed. And the regulations are very specific and expensive to keep up with.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-09-2015, 10:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,398
Posted By hsdcmama
Looking For A Way Out

I have been feeling very torn lately. This is only my 2nd year in, and I am now looking for an exit strategy. I started my daycare with the goals of 1) being able to continue staying home with my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-09-2015, 10:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,459
Posted By hsdcmama
Congrats to you!

Congrats to you!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-18-2014, 04:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,665
Posted By hsdcmama
Nope, not true. I am licensed in a small home &...

Nope, not true. I am licensed in a small home & am not restricted w/ the daycare in any way bc of homeschooling.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-30-2014, 06:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,663
Posted By hsdcmama
Actually, I trained all 3 of my own kids using...

Actually, I trained all 3 of my own kids using Lora Jensen's 3-day potty training method, and it worked for all of them (1 girl, 2 boys). I will say though that my boys were not "night trained" in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-16-2014, 05:50 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,720
Posted By hsdcmama
Same here; the only people who ever call my phone...

Same here; the only people who ever call my phone are telemarketers.:rolleyes:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2014, 10:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,026
Posted By hsdcmama
Also I don't think it's right or fair for me not...

Also I don't think it's right or fair for me not to be honest with the parents in order to avoid confrontation; I'd rather be honest and have the open communication about the issue and them choose to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2014, 10:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,026
Posted By hsdcmama
I'm trying to find a way to get dcm to understand...

I'm trying to find a way to get dcm to understand that PT here is stressing her son out & that he feels guilty and ashamed when he pees/poops his pants, without her being able to turn it around on me...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2014, 10:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,026
Posted By hsdcmama
The difference between Pull-Ups and diapers...

The difference between Pull-Ups and diapers really does matter, bc Pull-Ups do not absorb as well or hold as much a diapers. They are made to be a "just in case", not to be flooded with pee. And...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2014, 08:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,026
Posted By hsdcmama
Just Done W/ Potty-Training This Kid; What Would You Do?

I've posted about this kid before -- he is 2 years old and just does not give one crap about using the potty. He has never once told me when he needs to go, and will not go unless I make him. His...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2014, 06:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,665
Posted By hsdcmama
Homeschool and Daycare - Help!

I have been homeschooling my 3 kids for the past 3 years, and I just opened my home daycare in February. I have been really struggling with keeping up with homeschooling since I've started daycare,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-13-2014, 02:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,071
Posted By hsdcmama
DCB 2 yrs old has been brought to care every day...

DCB 2 yrs old has been brought to care every day with just a lightweight hoodie/sweatshirt. No hat, gloves, boots, or even a winter coat. It is forecasted to snow tonight, that's how cold it's been...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-13-2014, 12:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,013
Posted By hsdcmama
I agree with all of this. I had a falling-out...

I agree with all of this. I had a falling-out with my next-door neighbors when they didn't like my policies, and our relationship has never been the same since. I have always said that if I care...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-12-2014, 01:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,596
Posted By hsdcmama
I like that. I tried to include every possible...

I like that. I tried to include every possible thing I could think of in my parent agreement, definitely including what the parents are responsible for and what I am responsible for. It would be...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-12-2014, 10:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,596
Posted By hsdcmama
"Working for the Parents" vs. "Working for Yourself"

As a home daycare provider, it feels like there is this fine line between working "for" the parents, and working for yourself; and it is a unique situation I am having trouble nailing down.

On...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-10-2014, 02:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,615
Posted By hsdcmama
That's how it is in my area too. Fb ads out the...

That's how it is in my area too. Fb ads out the wazoo, and hardly any calls or interviews for me. It's been like that since Day 1; sometimes I really worry about what I'll do if/when my current...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-07-2014, 11:02 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,057
Posted By hsdcmama
Nickel Creek Radio/ Taylor Swift Radio/ Jason...

Nickel Creek Radio/ Taylor Swift Radio/ Jason Aldean Radio :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-03-2014, 04:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,570
Posted By hsdcmama
Some of our projects/crafts go home the same day,...

Some of our projects/crafts go home the same day, and some get tacked up on a special bulletin board right by the front door where the parents and kids can see their artwork each day. Or I put them...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-03-2014, 04:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,545
Posted By hsdcmama
Wonderful! You are so creative!

Wonderful! You are so creative!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-03-2014, 04:32 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,090
Posted By hsdcmama
I am a hugger, once I get to know the kids. I...

I am a hugger, once I get to know the kids. I kind of take some time to develop some sort of bond with each child before I become a "hugger", unless the kid comes up to me & wants a hug. Then I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-03-2014, 04:25 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,004
Posted By hsdcmama
I like Nannyde's idea about having DCM bring you...

I like Nannyde's idea about having DCM bring you the diapers to keep at your house, so you don't have to worry about whether or not she will bring them each day (plus CDs are so expensive). But I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-03-2014, 04:08 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,275
Posted By hsdcmama
Realy great article on dealing with Toxic People

Hi everyone, I came across this really great article on Forbes.com titled, "How Successful People Handle Toxic People". It's a really great read, and I definitely think it could help us as dc...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2014, 02:42 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 8,533
Posted By hsdcmama
Agreed. You have to take into account the safety...

Agreed. You have to take into account the safety and physical/mental well-being of ALL the kids in your daycare, not just this one. I have a clause built into my contract that I reserve the right...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-16-2014, 05:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,021
Posted By hsdcmama
Thanks guys! I did end up closing.

Thanks guys! I did end up closing.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-15-2014, 06:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,021
Posted By hsdcmama
My son is 4. I don't have an assistant, it's just...

My son is 4. I don't have an assistant, it's just me (small in-home daycare).
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-15-2014, 05:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,021
Posted By hsdcmama
What To Do When My Own Kid Is Sick?

My son developed a fever of about 100.4 this afternoon; I put him to bed & texted my dc parents to let them know. Now at 8:30pm he is complaining of a headache and his fever is up to 102. My husband...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-15-2014, 07:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,287
Posted By hsdcmama
I do an occasional newsletter, usually when the...

I do an occasional newsletter, usually when the seasons change. I remind parents of any upcoming holidays/closings, of any upcoming field trips or policy changes going into effect, and other misc....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-14-2014, 10:36 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,405
Posted By hsdcmama
happyface Yay!!!! So glad it worked out!

happyface Yay!!!! So glad it worked out!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-10-2014, 03:51 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,189
Posted By hsdcmama
Thanks everyone! I like the idea of having...

Thanks everyone! I like the idea of having parents sign off that they are using my driveway/sidewalk/steps at their own risk when it's snowing, as my main concern is parents & kids slipping and suing...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-09-2014, 12:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,189
Posted By hsdcmama
Another thing I just thought about, is that my...

Another thing I just thought about, is that my state regs say I can't be outside if the dcks are inside. So legally I would not be allowed to go outside & shovel snow during the day. This is a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-09-2014, 12:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,189
Posted By hsdcmama
Snow Day Policy

What is your policy for snow days? I do not have anything about snow days in my contract, but as the weather gets colder I just can't imagine shoveling out my driveway at 5 am every time it snows. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-09-2014, 11:40 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,104
Posted By hsdcmama
Please take a look at this rough draft of a...

Please take a look at this rough draft of a potty-training policy & let me know what you think. It has become very apparent that the method I used to PT my own kids is not going to work with dc...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-09-2014, 10:52 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,104
Posted By hsdcmama
Nannyde I would love the link, thank you! I have...

Nannyde I would love the link, thank you! I have tried different ways of switching my house around to give my family some sacred space, but our house is small so the dc kids do nap in my kids'...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-09-2014, 10:40 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,104
Posted By hsdcmama
The siblings are only here from 7-5, and the...

The siblings are only here from 7-5, and the 2-year-old is here from 6-3:30 or 4. It's not one family's hours in particular but a combination of the 2 that make it long. I will be changing my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-09-2014, 10:31 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,104
Posted By hsdcmama
^^^ this.

^^^ this.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-08-2014, 08:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,104
Posted By hsdcmama
My hours are 6-5:30, and right now I have a...

My hours are 6-5:30, and right now I have a 5-year-old, 2-year-old (32 months), and 1-year-old (16 months).

2-year-old dcb is a potty-training nightmare; he has zero interest in using the potty,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-08-2014, 07:35 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,104
Posted By hsdcmama
Unhappy Feeling Like I'm Failing My Own Kids, Need Some Perspective Please

I need some perspective on this, as I haven't been doing daycare all that long. I am so, SO stressed out, run down, exhausted, and feeling like I am failing my own kids while doing daycare. It has...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-03-2014, 04:42 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 779
Posted By hsdcmama
Update on Potty-Training DCB

Glory Hallelujah, this kid who was resistant (well, let's say 'apathetic') towards potty-training finally told me today for the first time "I need to go potty!" And he went in and did it! This is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-26-2014, 03:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,406
Posted By hsdcmama
I wish our yard was fenced! We can't afford it,...

I wish our yard was fenced! We can't afford it, but I'm thinking we may have to bite the bullet and finance one, at least for the back yard. I don't blame the dcp at all for being concerned -- I'm...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-25-2014, 02:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,406
Posted By hsdcmama
Unhappy Neighbors Affecting My Business

A while back I posted about my next-door-neighbors who yanked their infant out of my care and accused me of breaking the law because I wouldn't wake the baby to eat or keep him on the unnecessary...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-25-2014, 11:26 AM
Replies: 5,696
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 618,534
Posted By hsdcmama
Oh man I know what you mean. It would be so much...

Oh man I know what you mean. It would be so much easier to deal with if we at least got a *little* appreciation from the parents or the general public for everything we do. People just don't see...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-25-2014, 11:23 AM
Replies: 5,696
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 618,534
Posted By hsdcmama
Friends asking you to watch their kids on a...

Friends asking you to watch their kids on a daycare day until 9:00 at night... No! I've been up chasing kids since 6am, what makes you think I want to spend my free time doing it until late at...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-25-2014, 10:58 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,934
Posted By hsdcmama
Spoke to mom & dad about it, dad said he hasn't...

Spoke to mom & dad about it, dad said he hasn't been doing well w/ potty-training at home either. Mom admitted to them getting lazy about it after a while and not enforcing the issue, and has agreed...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-24-2014, 10:29 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,934
Posted By hsdcmama
I think this is mostly what is happening, bc most...

I think this is mostly what is happening, bc most of the time he doesn't actually pee, he just sits there getting himself hard. But then if he does stop long enough to pee, he is hard enough that it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-24-2014, 07:24 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,934
Posted By hsdcmama
When I potty-trained my own kids, I put them...

When I potty-trained my own kids, I put them right in underwear so it made them uncomfortable when they peed/pooped in it, and it gave them more motivation to use the potty. I don't mind cleaning up...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-24-2014, 06:03 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,934
Posted By hsdcmama
Heidi, I am not shaming him at all. I know it's...

Heidi, I am not shaming him at all. I know it's a natural point of curiosity, but I cannot allow him to continue stiffening himself up and peeing all over my floor like it's a game. He started out...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-24-2014, 04:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,934
Posted By hsdcmama
OMG - 2-Year-Old "Touching Himself" While Potty-Training!

So the 2-year-old has begun using potty time as a time to to "pleasure himself". He seriously gives himself a stiffy and then ends up peeing all over the floor! :eek: I have tried to explain to him...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-23-2014, 06:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,338
Posted By hsdcmama
Wonderful! It's the times like these that we...

Wonderful! It's the times like these that we feel like our jobs really mean something. happyface
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-23-2014, 06:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,900
Posted By hsdcmama
I have "alone rugs" (cheap bathmats bought at...

I have "alone rugs" (cheap bathmats bought at Wal-Mart ;) ) for my daycare kids, though the 15-month-old is just now starting to understand the concept. The rule is, that if you want to play with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-23-2014, 12:05 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,263
Posted By hsdcmama
Read it. Loved it! Honestly this book came out...

Read it. Loved it! Honestly this book came out at just the right time, when I was feeling so defeated and doubting everything about myself. Then I read the book and realized -- it's not me! I am...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-23-2014, 12:01 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 795
Posted By hsdcmama
Smile Just To Say Thank You!

Hi everyone, I just wanted to take a minute to thank you all for the advice you give. As a new provider, this site has been wonderful and has boosted me up in those times when I've been ready to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-23-2014, 10:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,356
Posted By hsdcmama
Following this post for myself as well. I hear...

Following this post for myself as well. I hear you on not being able to get away from your work; we live in a small house and do not have a place where I can set up a separate space for my daycare. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-23-2014, 10:03 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,560
Posted By hsdcmama
This right here is reason enough to term. It...

This right here is reason enough to term. It seems very obvious that the child doesn't want to be at your house for whatever reason, and is trying to make you the middle-man/scapegoat so he can get...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-23-2014, 09:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,256
Posted By hsdcmama
Nope; my state law says kids have to be...

Nope; my state law says kids have to be symptom-free for at least 24 hours before they can come back to daycare or school. This goes for potentially contagious rashes, fevers, diarrhea, vomiting, or...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-22-2014, 01:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,610
Posted By hsdcmama
I'm a Daycare Provider, Not a School Teacher!

I have been catching some flak lately bc I do not follow a preschool curriculum in my daycare. I believe in child-led learning, and learning though play. IMO, children 4 years old & younger are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-22-2014, 11:58 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,168
Posted By hsdcmama
Oh, how I love to hear this. In my daycare I...

Oh, how I love to hear this. In my daycare I stress to parents the importance of play for kids under 5. IMO kids ages 4 and under are just not ready for the pressure of the school environment. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-10-2014, 06:50 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,197
Posted By hsdcmama
Check out hslda.org, it has the hs laws for each...

Check out hslda.org, it has the hs laws for each state and is a good place to start.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-10-2014, 06:49 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,197
Posted By hsdcmama
I am currently homeschooling my 3 kids, this is...

I am currently homeschooling my 3 kids, this is our 3rd year. This year has been a bit tougher than others bc of starting my daycare business, but I am slowly finding my new groove & making it work....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-05-2014, 07:23 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,980
Posted By hsdcmama
Oh man, so I'm not the only one who had a...

Oh man, so I'm not the only one who had a neighbor go nuts on them! I worry a little about my reputation, but it sucks more that former dcd is hunting buddies w/ my husband so he's over here all the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-05-2014, 06:04 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,912
Posted By hsdcmama
I am feeling the same way, and I've only been in...

I am feeling the same way, and I've only been in business for 8 months! I'm really starting to reconsider whether this is what I want to spend the rest of x amount of years doing, because I just feel...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-05-2014, 10:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,650
Posted By hsdcmama
Maybe it depends on location? I charge 1/2-rate...

Maybe it depends on location? I charge 1/2-rate for 2 wks vacation each year (1 week around Christmas and another week in the summer), and require parents to pay for their contracted days whether or...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-05-2014, 10:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,536
Posted By hsdcmama
My husband is an avid hunter, and a former combat...

My husband is an avid hunter, and a former combat arms instructor in the Air Force. Guns, bows, etc. are a part of our lives, my 7-year-old son has his own bow and bb gun, so any dc kids who come...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-05-2014, 09:43 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,864
Posted By hsdcmama
I can't understand why people don't think twice...

I can't understand why people don't think twice about paying a teenage babysitter $10 an hour to sit & watch TV with their kids for the evening, but balk at the idea of paying me less than $3 an hour...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-05-2014, 09:39 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,864
Posted By hsdcmama
Also people haggling with me over my fees; it's...

Also people haggling with me over my fees; it's just ridiculous. People will tell me "they don't know how I do it", and then in same breath question my fee schedule.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-05-2014, 09:35 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,864
Posted By hsdcmama
Not so much parenting, as knowing what's best for...

Not so much parenting, as knowing what's best for the children, their daily routines, etc. My most recent issue was new parents who got very angry and withdrew their 4-month-old infant because I was...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-05-2014, 08:58 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 13,731
Posted By hsdcmama
I just bought this, can't wait to read it. Right...

I just bought this, can't wait to read it. Right now dealing with parents is what is frustrating me the most, I am wondering how long I can keep this up without having health problems from all the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-05-2014, 08:51 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,864
Posted By hsdcmama
Unhappy Why Are Daycare Providers So Undervalued???

I just opened in February, and I have been pretty shocked in just that short time by how undervalued childcare providers seem to be by the very population that needs them. I just don't understand why...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-20-2014, 05:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,961
Posted By hsdcmama
My thoughts exactly! Plus, my daughter taught...

My thoughts exactly! Plus, my daughter taught herself to read at age 4 by watching SuperWhy and WordWorld, so I know educational programming can be a great learning tool. :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-20-2014, 12:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,961
Posted By hsdcmama
Smile What's your child-care philosophy?

I am interested to hear everyone's thoughts, especially about TV & video games. My own opinion is one of "everything in moderation". I let the kids watch PBS kids at drop-off time while they are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-20-2014, 11:11 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,577
Posted By hsdcmama
Agreed. I have contracted hours with each family,...

Agreed. I have contracted hours with each family, with late fees in place if the kids are not picked up on time (unless the parents have made previous arrangements with me). I also charge by the day,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-13-2014, 05:26 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 9,012
Posted By hsdcmama
That's a good way to put it, I think I'll do...

That's a good way to put it, I think I'll do that. I've been trying to think of a way to show them that they are misinformed without making this whole thing worse. I would hate for them to try &...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-11-2014, 08:14 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 9,012
Posted By hsdcmama
Yup, that's just what I was thinking. :)

Yup, that's just what I was thinking. :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-10-2014, 11:14 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 9,012
Posted By hsdcmama
Thanks so much for your help and advice everyone,...

Thanks so much for your help and advice everyone, I have really appreciated it. Dad brought the payment over today, with no more discussion from either of us. I received a response to the email I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-08-2014, 09:55 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 9,012
Posted By hsdcmama
I emailed my licensor about the whole situation,...

I emailed my licensor about the whole situation, so I'm waiting to hear back form her. I may decide to show them what she says, maybe not. At this point I don't know if it's worth it; it might be...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-08-2014, 06:43 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 9,012
Posted By hsdcmama
Posting my early withdrawal paper for you all to...

Posting my early withdrawal paper for you all to see, let me know if I'm missing anything. I will be putting it in their mailbox this evening.

Early Termination Notice


Child's Name:...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-08-2014, 06:35 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 9,012
Posted By hsdcmama
Yes, actually I have had to leave my infant to go...

Yes, actually I have had to leave my infant to go to work, I worked outside the home when my oldest was a baby. So I know exactly what they are feeling. But I'm sorry that is no excuse to treat...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-07-2014, 07:50 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 9,012
Posted By hsdcmama
Angry Man oh man, today was his last regular day of...

Man oh man, today was his last regular day of care for the week, and they didn't tell me they were pulling him out until they picked him up. Ugh! If they knew they were pulling him out today, they...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-07-2014, 05:27 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 9,012
Posted By hsdcmama
I don't have to do anything, they gave their...

I don't have to do anything, they gave their notice today and are taking him out tomorrow. I told him they still owe me 2 week's fees, and he said he understood. I was thinking the whole time I...
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