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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-28-2021, 02:34 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,368
Posted By Mary Poppins
I was having trouble logging back into the new...

I was having trouble logging back into the new forum and I found I had to log out of this one and clear cookies to get it to work. I think because I am using the same username maybe?

I'm just glad...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-28-2021, 11:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 391
Posted By Mary Poppins
Oooh, I hadn't even thought of that. You're...

Oooh, I hadn't even thought of that. You're right, there are a few "add on services" I can offer.

My kids are all grown and moved out now which means I have a nice, roomy home environment to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-28-2021, 09:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 391
Posted By Mary Poppins
Thanks, Cat herder! Our local rates for...

Thanks, Cat herder!

Our local rates for after school care is $75 per week or $325 per month so not too bad if I am only open about 20 hours a week. I'm not sure how I'd price full days or mild...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-28-2021, 08:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 391
Posted By Mary Poppins
Is it realistic to do afterschool care only?

Hi everyone! It's been about 9 years since I closed down my family daycare and stopped posting here. Wow! It's amazing to see so many familiar usernames from back then and I'm grateful this forum is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-03-2012, 07:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,068
Posted By Mary Poppins
What a great idea!! :D I'd be tempted to...

What a great idea!! :D

I'd be tempted to stick them on the back of the busses here and hope the school district doesn't notice them lol.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-03-2012, 06:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,222
Posted By Mary Poppins
happyface Funny, I've noticed that my babies...

happyface
Funny, I've noticed that my babies get really fussy for days just before they start crawling and again just before they start walking. It's like they are "this close!" to one or the other...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-03-2012, 06:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,068
Posted By Mary Poppins
I haven't tried them but I am in the same boat. ...

I haven't tried them but I am in the same boat.

I am actually thinking of ordering some medium sized banners to put up in a couple places here (on sale half off at Vista Print right now!) but I'm...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-03-2012, 06:27 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,760
Posted By Mary Poppins
I think a lot of it boils down to his lack of a...

I think a lot of it boils down to his lack of a real father figure and his wanting soooo badly for it to just be him and mom again. Up until he was 4, that's how it was and then came new bf and baby...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-03-2012, 06:19 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,760
Posted By Mary Poppins
Thanks for the input! :)

Thanks for the input! :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-03-2012, 05:02 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,760
Posted By Mary Poppins
Thanks for your input. :) This is honestly...

Thanks for your input. :)

This is honestly the most challenging child I have ever encountered and the only thing I've found that somewhat works is to isolate him for chunks at a time and make him...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-03-2012, 03:12 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,760
Posted By Mary Poppins
I think you're right, and it has to be dealt with...

I think you're right, and it has to be dealt with soon, too. I mean I can keep this up with him even though it is exhausting but it is so not fair to him! He deserves to have a happy childhood.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-03-2012, 02:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,760
Posted By Mary Poppins
:( That's the problem, he literally spends 99% of...

:( That's the problem, he literally spends 99% of his time at home in trouble. If it isn't malicious mischief stuff it is outright rude behavior (mostly backtalking her). He is constantly grounded...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-03-2012, 02:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,869
Posted By Mary Poppins
That is incredibly sad!!!!!!

That is incredibly sad!!!!!!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-03-2012, 02:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,041
Posted By Mary Poppins
Definitely do NOT sign again until you know the...

Definitely do NOT sign again until you know the numbers add up!! I had a client who used to bring me the form and I insisted that I filled it out so I knew for sure, for the same reasons you are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-03-2012, 02:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,070
Posted By Mary Poppins
Hugs! I strained my back a few weeks ago playing...

Hugs! I strained my back a few weeks ago playing "helicopter" with one of the kids and it was a wake up call, for sure. I learned a) not to do that again and b) I am getting old! :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-03-2012, 02:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,509
Posted By Mary Poppins
That is so sad! I've had to term for aggressive...

That is so sad! I've had to term for aggressive behaviors and never because I wasn't willing to help the child work through them, but because the parents weren't willing to help me help the child...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-03-2012, 02:32 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,760
Posted By Mary Poppins
I know he has issues with his mom's bf and there...

I know he has issues with his mom's bf and there have been a few things that make me think it is depression/anxiety related. I am going to stress to dcm that he needs to see a doctor NOW and we all...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-03-2012, 02:29 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,760
Posted By Mary Poppins
You know, I am not sure. I will definitely ask...

You know, I am not sure. I will definitely ask his mom if he has had a vision and hearing test. I don't think that's the problem though because now that I think of it, he can do the work and he DOES...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-03-2012, 12:34 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,142
Posted By Mary Poppins
Sunny, warm and WINDY!!! We get crazy wind here a...

Sunny, warm and WINDY!!! We get crazy wind here a lot. It makes being outside meh even on nice, warm, sunny days like today. :(
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-03-2012, 12:30 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,760
Posted By Mary Poppins
:( He definitely needs someone to help him...

:( He definitely needs someone to help him because his future does not look rosy at this point.

At first, he reminded me of my oldest ds who has a real stubborn streak and can be sassy but my ds...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-03-2012, 09:43 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,760
Posted By Mary Poppins
I answered in red above. This child really makes...

I answered in red above. This child really makes me sad because his goal in life is to be dissatisfied and unhappy no matter where he is, no matter who he's around. His mom and I work closely...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-03-2012, 07:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,869
Posted By Mary Poppins
It is hearbreaking when you have parents like...

It is hearbreaking when you have parents like this. I had one who would leave her 2yo dd with me for upwards of 60 hours a week so she could work PT and have "me time". I put an end to that quickly....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-03-2012, 07:22 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,760
Posted By Mary Poppins
6yo Insists On Napping Rather Than Playing???

I have a 6yo dcb older sib who has been with me a few months now. My other two are 1yo and 14mo.

Since he started coming FT for the summer it has been a struggle to keep him engaged with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-02-2012, 07:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,520
Posted By Mary Poppins
How about have them make good, old fashioned sock...

How about have them make good, old fashioned sock puppets (of themselves maybe?) and everyone puts on a puppet show during activity time? That way they will have fun making the craft and during...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-02-2012, 07:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,020
Posted By Mary Poppins
likethislikethislikethis I agree! And I have...

likethislikethislikethis

I agree! And I have to say, Cheerfuldom, your advice on this forum is like gold. I always appreciate your insight. :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-28-2012, 08:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,302
Posted By Mary Poppins
"Please do not contact me further except to make...

"Please do not contact me further except to make payment either online or through the mail." is what I had to tell one disgruntled dcm who kept texting over and over trying to stir up drama.
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-21-2012, 03:36 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,681
Posted By Mary Poppins
I would just leave it alone then, honestly. Some...

I would just leave it alone then, honestly. Some people don't want to hear that their child is "different" and then there are moms like me who know it and want to know WHY, WHAT, WHERE, HOW?!?! lol
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-21-2012, 03:06 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,681
Posted By Mary Poppins
Autism has such a wide spectrum and each child is...

Autism has such a wide spectrum and each child is so unique which is why it takes a lot of diagnostic testing to get an official diagnosis. So my opinion means nothing, really. However, as someone...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-20-2012, 09:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,400
Posted By Mary Poppins
That is awesome! I would have cried, too lol!...

That is awesome! I would have cried, too lol! :Sunny:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-20-2012, 07:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,358
Posted By Mary Poppins
Angry Should I Change My Ad??

So I placed an ad in the local paper. My ad begins with : Quality, Affordable Family Home Day Care has limited F/T and P/T openings available.

It's in the Child Care/Babysitting section.. which...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-20-2012, 07:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,400
Posted By Mary Poppins
I always told my son I hoped someday he had one...

I always told my son I hoped someday he had one JUST LIKE HIM but it backfired because now I have his 2.0 version! :lol::rolleyes:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-20-2012, 07:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,400
Posted By Mary Poppins
OK, now THAT would make it weirder!

OK, now THAT would make it weirder!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-20-2012, 07:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,656
Posted By Mary Poppins
happyface You are modeling good behavior for...

happyface

You are modeling good behavior for the rest of us!! :D
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-20-2012, 06:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,656
Posted By Mary Poppins
Hugs!! I am a bit OCD myself and honestly, there...

Hugs!! I am a bit OCD myself and honestly, there is nothing wrong with seeking professional help for it. With the right help, you can learn how to "use" your OCD tendencies to create an awesome...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-20-2012, 05:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,741
Posted By Mary Poppins
It's also the summer solstice so you can blame...

It's also the summer solstice so you can blame that, too! ;)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-20-2012, 05:55 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,095
Posted By Mary Poppins
:eek: No diaper bags or backpacks or...

:eek:

No diaper bags or backpacks or anything allowed here and for exactly the reasons previously posted. Not wanting any critters, ick or illegalities finding their way in.

I hope it was just...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-20-2012, 05:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,400
Posted By Mary Poppins
Deja Vu Child?

I currently have a dcb6 who is a carbon copy of my oldest ds (who is now a 21yo). It is eerie! They don't look alike but wow - their personalities are sooo similar it is almost creepy.

(They are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-19-2012, 05:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,210
Posted By Mary Poppins
I just started my dc last year and was charging...

I just started my dc last year and was charging wayyy less than I should have been. So I've gradually raised rates but never on current clients. I even made sure to tell them not to worry when they...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-19-2012, 05:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,180
Posted By Mary Poppins
What a smart lady!! I only have 6 spots so...

What a smart lady!!

I only have 6 spots so I'd have to charge a premium to make it worth my while. Plus the cost of all the vodka and Xanax I'd need... ;)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-19-2012, 05:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,180
Posted By Mary Poppins
I can see why!! :lol: I have ONE this summer...

I can see why!! :lol:

I have ONE this summer and although he isn't a bad kid, he is driving me batty lol. I thought gosh, if only I had 5 more of him or.... none EVER AGAIN..... :D

Maybe I will...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-19-2012, 04:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,180
Posted By Mary Poppins
Local Schools Dropped Their B/A School Program!

I am not sure if this is a curse or a blessing. :lol:

I've been debating whether or not to take any more SA'ers at all and have been leaning toward just taking the 0 - 4 crowd but now.......
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-14-2012, 09:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,860
Posted By Mary Poppins
Provider's Guilt Anyone?

Does anyone else feel guilty over things related to being a dcp? I guess I never expected to feel like this but there are times when I feel guilt for various things and it's horrible!!

For...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-13-2012, 08:35 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 10,917
Posted By Mary Poppins
:eek: GORGEOUS!!!!!!! I am jealous and so...

:eek:

GORGEOUS!!!!!!! I am jealous and so happy for you. :D:D:D
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-13-2012, 09:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,030
Posted By Mary Poppins
likethis This is the best advice. Thank...

likethis

This is the best advice. Thank you!! :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-12-2012, 04:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,029
Posted By Mary Poppins
WHERE IS THE AMEN BUTTON???? This has been a...

WHERE IS THE AMEN BUTTON????

This has been a horrid year for sickness for us, too. Mostly sinus related. Then that left and now we all have a stomach bug. Ugh!!

I've done everything humanly...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-12-2012, 04:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,030
Posted By Mary Poppins
Father's Day For Fatherless Boy (Who Hates His Mom's BF)?

Well, this is a bit uncomfortable!! My dcb really, really, really (did I mention really?) dislikes his mom's live-in bf. I don't know what to do regarding Father's Day since I also have dcb's little...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-08-2012, 08:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,728
Posted By Mary Poppins
This exactly. Thank you everyone for your...

This exactly.

Thank you everyone for your advice but Cheerfuldom and others who said term, I have to agree with. I've wrestled with this and I've decided I simply can't risk losing clients over...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-07-2012, 07:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,420
Posted By Mary Poppins
I, too, have thought of bartering dc services but...

I, too, have thought of bartering dc services but the hourly rate thing/fairness thing has me stumped, too!! I am curious to see what others here have to say because I would love to exchange services...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-07-2012, 07:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,728
Posted By Mary Poppins
Question Beyond Extreme Potty Mouth! Would You Keep Him??

So I have a bit of a dilemma.. (long, sorry!) :o

My adorable little pt 16mo guy has developed a very colorful vocabulary. He is only with me every other week (or so) due to a custody arrangement...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-04-2012, 10:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,263
Posted By Mary Poppins
I'm leaning toward this since there is/was no...

I'm leaning toward this since there is/was no fever (at least not one I'm aware of). Not that I wish anything bad on her but I PRAY that it was the rhubarb...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-04-2012, 10:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,263
Posted By Mary Poppins
Just to clarify what I mean by preparing it...

Just to clarify what I mean by preparing it improperly, here is what I read on livestrong.com:

The leaves contain the highest amount of oxalic acid and should not be eaten; the stalks contain...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-04-2012, 10:22 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,263
Posted By Mary Poppins
I should add that dcm said she didn't throw up...

I should add that dcm said she didn't throw up yesterday but refused any food other than her bottle and she just wanted to sleep. She said she's had no fever or anything so I allowed her to come...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-04-2012, 10:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,263
Posted By Mary Poppins
Food Poisoning Or?? :(

My 10mo dcg apparently got food poisoning Friday and was sick all weekend. She's here now but definitely isn't 100% the poor thing. She won't eat and just looks like she's been run over by a truck....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-03-2012, 03:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,322
Posted By Mary Poppins
Thank you for the advice but I am not keen on...

Thank you for the advice but I am not keen on being lied to so I won't lie to a potential client like that. :o

I plan to call her tomorrow morning and tell her that I was disappointed that she...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-03-2012, 02:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,322
Posted By Mary Poppins
:) Thanks for the input everyone! I think I...

:)

Thanks for the input everyone! I think I will give her a second chance. She seems really nice over the phone and she did sound truly sorry. Plus her kids would be the perfect ages and we could...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-03-2012, 11:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,322
Posted By Mary Poppins
Question Would You Give A Second Chance?

I am not sure what to do! I have two ft spots open for summer care and I really want to fill them with SAers because right now I have a 10mo, a 1yo, an 18mo and a 6yo who really could use some...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-21-2012, 05:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,788
Posted By Mary Poppins
I am still just :eek: over this whole story....

I am still just :eek: over this whole story. There is no excuse for this sort of thing. Ever. :mad::mad:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-20-2012, 02:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,596
Posted By Mary Poppins
Crazy! Why does she feel the need to yell...

Crazy!

Why does she feel the need to yell half of it? :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-20-2012, 02:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,788
Posted By Mary Poppins
Five Toddlers Wander Away From DC

http://www.kmbc.com/r/31082156/detail.html

:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-17-2012, 09:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,445
Posted By Mary Poppins
From...

From http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200505/the-trouble-day-care:



(9 hours a day x 5 days a week = 45 hours per week)

Of course this is a very debatable topic but I've personally...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-17-2012, 07:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,107
Posted By Mary Poppins
:lol: I actually did this using my...

:lol:

I actually did this using my newsletter to let my other dcf's know I instituted a strict zero tolerance for violent behavior. It just happened to be the week after my last...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-17-2012, 07:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,445
Posted By Mary Poppins
I leave it up to them but I don't allow children...

I leave it up to them but I don't allow children here for more than 10 hours and really try to discourage them from using more than 9 by citing research that shows it isn't healthy for some (IMO any)...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-17-2012, 06:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,919
Posted By Mary Poppins
Awww! It's hard when we get attached. I have some...

Awww! It's hard when we get attached. I have some now that would break my heart if I had to say goodbye.

Just be happy that these are children whom you will truly miss rather than ones you can't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-17-2012, 06:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,027
Posted By Mary Poppins
Yes, I do need to just say it. The longer I wait...

Yes, I do need to just say it. The longer I wait the worse it will get. Why is this part of the job soo hard? :o
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-17-2012, 06:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,027
Posted By Mary Poppins
Unhappy Debbie Downer At The Door

I have a 2yo dcg whose gma drops off and picks up and all she wants to do is talk badly about this little boy's dad (her dd's bf) - right in front of dcg!! I always try to redirect the conversation...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-11-2012, 10:05 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,152
Posted By Mary Poppins
It's funny how dcp's will turn on us and resort...

It's funny how dcp's will turn on us and resort to personal attacks as soon as they are put on the defensive. This is why it's so important to grow a thick skin and not allow them to get to you. It...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-03-2012, 08:06 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,118
Posted By Mary Poppins
OMG I have his twin!! Mine needs a haircut...

OMG I have his twin!!

Mine needs a haircut right now though. :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-03-2012, 08:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,111
Posted By Mary Poppins
Same! I really, really try to stay on my schedule...

Same! I really, really try to stay on my schedule but it changes so much depending on who is here, the weather, my mood, etc.

I finally stopped obsessing over it and just let the days flow...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-03-2012, 07:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,171
Posted By Mary Poppins
Dollar Tree has some great teacher posters and so...

Dollar Tree has some great teacher posters and so does Oriental Trading Co.

I also use Wallies.com for murals. We also hung big and small colorful kites up on one wall and the ceiling for a more...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-03-2012, 07:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,659
Posted By Mary Poppins
I have in my policies that unless I receive...

I have in my policies that unless I receive written notice of termination they are still considered enrolled and tuition will continue to accrue BUT their spot may not be available because I also...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-01-2012, 06:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,182
Posted By Mary Poppins
BTDT. I have a rule that the kids sit patiently...

BTDT. I have a rule that the kids sit patiently on the stairs while mom or dad signs them out. Then they can go hand-in-hand out my front door all the way to their car. I make it clear at the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2012, 08:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,392
Posted By Mary Poppins
Dealing with this now, AGAIN, as a matter of...

Dealing with this now, AGAIN, as a matter of fact. I have two step brothers who are just under and just over 3 who have begun wanting to do full on "fight club" style play and whaddya know, when I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-19-2012, 01:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,658
Posted By Mary Poppins
:( That's my fear. The violent outbursts from the...

:( That's my fear. The violent outbursts from the little one coincide directly with time spent with bio dad who happens to be a bull rider. Not sure if that plays into it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-19-2012, 01:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,658
Posted By Mary Poppins
@Blackcat - thank you and you are right. I am mad...

@Blackcat - thank you and you are right. I am mad at being lied to because I specifically asked for custody agreement paperwork and was told they both had full custody. Then on Monday, dcd asked me...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-19-2012, 01:09 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,786
Posted By Mary Poppins
Also legally unlicensed for up to 6 and sadly, I...

Also legally unlicensed for up to 6 and sadly, I exceed the practically non-existent safety standards set by the state for those who are licensed.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-19-2012, 01:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,658
Posted By Mary Poppins
The whole thing sucks. I've grown to love these...

The whole thing sucks. I've grown to love these boys but I can see what's happening, they are being pulled in too many directions with too many "mommies" and "daddies". It's sad.

If they had just...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-19-2012, 12:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,658
Posted By Mary Poppins
Angry Lied To About Custody & Drama With Ex's

I have a young couple who overall has been great. They pay on time, respect my policies, etc. but they lied to me and I'm not sure how to approach it. :(

They each have a 2.5 and 3.5yo ds from a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-18-2012, 07:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,944
Posted By Mary Poppins
:lol: That was the one that got me. My...

:lol:

That was the one that got me. My thinking was WHY DID THIS WOMAN NOT FIND CHEAPER CHILDCARE?!

Gosh, I actually felt guilty raising my rates $5.00 a week before I read this!!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-18-2012, 07:01 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,944
Posted By Mary Poppins
Do We ALL Need To Raise Our Rates Or What???

I just read this and found the daycare costs cited to be a bit umm...

http://money.cnn.com/2012/04/18/pf/moms-work/index.htm?source=cnn_bin

Am I the only one who thinks they need to seriously...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-05-2012, 05:29 PM
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Posted By Mary Poppins
Honestly, he sounds like he may have Asperger's...

Honestly, he sounds like he may have Asperger's which is a form of Austism. They can be highly functional in many ways (speech, for one) but not in others:

What are the symptoms?

Aspergerís...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-04-2012, 04:23 PM
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Views: 4,315
Posted By Mary Poppins
It's adorable! I love the poem. :) Now get...

It's adorable! I love the poem. :)

Now get them into everyone's hands you can think of. Or... wait for a reallllllly windy day and a packed parade and just let em fly! ;)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-04-2012, 04:19 PM
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Views: 6,868
Posted By Mary Poppins
Honestly, this is my dream wagon for my...

Honestly, this is my dream wagon for my dck's!!!!!!! :lol::lol::lol:

http://www.buggy.com/new/ministage.jpg

It's only about $5,000 plus shipping though.

Sobs.

:(
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-04-2012, 04:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,709
Posted By Mary Poppins
My two work for me from roughly 8am to 3pm and...

My two work for me from roughly 8am to 3pm and they help with every aspect of my day, from serving food, cleaning up, doing circle time, feeding babies, and they get "paid" with: room, board, food,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-04-2012, 04:02 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,625
Posted By Mary Poppins
happyface I took this exact advice here...

happyface

I took this exact advice here awhile back so I can honestly say SHE IS SPOT ON!

I also require payment by the end of Friday, not drop off Monday. I found Monday mornings were too...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-04-2012, 03:58 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,625
Posted By Mary Poppins
Yep, I realized recently that the people I've had...

Yep, I realized recently that the people I've had the worst time with told me they saw my ad on CL. My best families are from the subdivisions I targeted specifically. :)

I read somewhere, here...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-04-2012, 03:26 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,625
Posted By Mary Poppins
Yard signs strategically placed outside of...

Yard signs strategically placed outside of subdivisions has gotten me the best kids so far. I target the type of people (sorry if that sounds snooty lol) by targeting housing tracts that I feel fit...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-04-2012, 03:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,185
Posted By Mary Poppins
Don't take it personally, you did what was best...

Don't take it personally, you did what was best for you and your group. And for the little guy who is obviously struggling to adjust.

I had a similar issue a few months ago, except in my case it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-04-2012, 02:40 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,353
Posted By Mary Poppins
I always join in with the kids during free play...

I always join in with the kids during free play time, not so much to enforce a million rules but to gently teach them how to play and how to play nicely. We focus on having fun, being imaginative and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-04-2012, 02:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,781
Posted By Mary Poppins
He was with dcm's in-laws. She told me she got...

He was with dcm's in-laws. She told me she got fed up one day when he ate bark chips and her SIL blew it off like it was no biggie. I told her we don't serve bark chips here. :mad:

I wonder now if...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-04-2012, 02:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,781
Posted By Mary Poppins
See, that's the part that worries me. Yours is...

See, that's the part that worries me. Yours is getting 9-9.5 hrs at night.

IF this little guy sleeps 12 hours at night, then I think all the sleep during the day is a red flag. So either she is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-04-2012, 02:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,263
Posted By Mary Poppins
I totally agree with the go down upon arrival. My...

I totally agree with the go down upon arrival. My 8mo girlie comes at 6:30am and she goes right down and finishes her sleep. I don't consider it a nap at all, she is finishing her sleep for the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-04-2012, 02:08 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,962
Posted By Mary Poppins
Mornings I wake up and get on the treadmill then...

Mornings I wake up and get on the treadmill then jump in the shower. It's noisy and works as an alarm clock for my ds and dd who are my helpers hehe. Evenings I do yoga with my dd.

Now that it's...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-04-2012, 01:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,781
Posted By Mary Poppins
I'm sitting here mentally examining his schedule....

I'm sitting here mentally examining his schedule. He arrives at 8am and she always says he "just got up" and they live 5 minutes away. So let's say he wakes up at 7:45.

By 8:30, 9 latest he is out...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-04-2012, 01:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,781
Posted By Mary Poppins
I really hate to think this but a few things...

I really hate to think this but a few things about his behavior do make me wonder if he has just been left alone, lying on his back in a crib a lot. He is happy when he is either in there or alone in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-04-2012, 01:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,781
Posted By Mary Poppins
Yep, he is starting to walk, eats finger foods,...

Yep, he is starting to walk, eats finger foods, sips from a sippy cup, says quite a few words, etc. so everything seems normal otherwise.

Do you guys think I should let him sleep? I've been trying...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-04-2012, 01:35 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 13,589
Posted By Mary Poppins
My gosh what a handsome little guy! I feel...

My gosh what a handsome little guy!

I feel that this washing machine thing is criminal negligence, to be honest. I'd be sitting in jail right now awaiting a pre-trial hearing or whatever if it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-04-2012, 01:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,781
Posted By Mary Poppins
Well, he is overall a happy guy but I have...

Well, he is overall a happy guy but I have noticed he wants to be a "loner" and seems to want to play off alone. He eats well and everything but he just tires out so quickly and wants to go back down...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-04-2012, 01:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,781
Posted By Mary Poppins
Question Very Concerned About Flat Head And Too Much Sleep

So I have a 10mo almost 11mo who came to me a month ago and right away I noticed his head is very flattened on the back. He looks like a poster child for Plagiocephaly (flat head syndrome).

My...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-03-2012, 05:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,984
Posted By Mary Poppins
That is way cool!! :D

That is way cool!! :D
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-03-2012, 05:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,984
Posted By Mary Poppins
We use our RV for outdoor potty breaks and...

We use our RV for outdoor potty breaks and handwashing and stuff so if you have a camper, that might work for you.

If not, Google camping sinks. They make lots of different ones that would...
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