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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-17-2018, 02:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 98
Posted By Pestle
I envy you MN providers. TN generated 43 pages of...

I envy you MN providers. TN generated 43 pages of "guidelines" and still wants us to make our own dang plan.

I hope that, somewhere out there, somebody has made an emergency plan that's seven...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-17-2018, 02:44 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 494
Posted By Pestle
My work gives me scary amounts of power. People...

My work gives me scary amounts of power. People drive up, leave their kids with me, and drive away. That warrants an accountability I can't erase by shredding documents or deleting computer files.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-17-2018, 02:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 98
Posted By Pestle
I'll see your six pages and raise you 19. ...

I'll see your six pages and raise you 19.

Oops; sorry. That was just the guide to creating a written plan. If that's too complicated, here's a simpler guide in checklist form...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-16-2018, 05:05 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,454
Posted By Pestle
OOOOOH stealing

OOOOOH stealing
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-15-2018, 08:09 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,454
Posted By Pestle
Tom, would the OP be in the clear if they tried...

Tom, would the OP be in the clear if they tried to get this client to drop out by charging every family by the minute for late pick ups? And refusing to accept drop offs if there are outstanding late...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-15-2018, 11:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 331
Posted By Pestle
Fine art posters. I have several prints with...

Fine art posters. I have several prints with children in them. https://shop.nga.gov/category/5000/prints/1.html?category_type[]=Prints

Check Etsy for alphabet posters. There are some great,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-15-2018, 11:03 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 389
Posted By Pestle
Ditto. Even if it's not in your handbook,...

Ditto.

Even if it's not in your handbook, it's well within your scope of authority as the presiding grown-up to say "I'm putting the electronics up until you go home."
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-15-2018, 11:01 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,454
Posted By Pestle
lovethis And this is a great reason to...

lovethis

And this is a great reason to enforce our all of our policies from the get-go. So often, the triggering reason we want to terminate a family is just part of a whole host of other issues...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-10-2018, 10:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 291
Posted By Pestle
My nearly-6yo is becoming more and more...

My nearly-6yo is becoming more and more disruptive at pick up, so she has to stay in her room.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-10-2018, 09:59 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,372
Posted By Pestle
This.

This.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-08-2018, 05:42 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,372
Posted By Pestle
Everybody gets the same food. This isn't Burger...

Everybody gets the same food. This isn't Burger King. There's a ton of variety on the plate. Don't like it? You still need to stay at the table, like a civilized human being, so the other kids don't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-07-2018, 04:41 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 369
Posted By Pestle
I won't use Zelle because of questionable...

I won't use Zelle because of questionable security (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/22/business/zelle-banks-fraud.html); I'm with a regional bank instead of one of the major national banks that Zelle...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-03-2018, 05:36 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 572
Posted By Pestle
Someone told me about compassion fatigue when I...

Someone told me about compassion fatigue when I was describing the gradual, and now-thorough, draining of warm feelings toward a spouse whose behavior is disordered. It's made me feel like less of a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-28-2018, 04:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 380
Posted By Pestle
Wait, what? Does your classroom only keep the...

Wait, what? Does your classroom only keep the minimum number of toys per child? You don't rotate toys out?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-26-2018, 04:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 298
Posted By Pestle
Thanks, nannyde! I have one who sprints...

Thanks, nannyde! I have one who sprints perpendicular to the group, and she mumbles and wails and refuses to walk when I put her hand on the stroller. She's testing her boundaries at the moment....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-26-2018, 03:52 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 645
Posted By Pestle
Who's got the energy to mix up a cocktail?! I...

Who's got the energy to mix up a cocktail?! I just go for a cordial glass of limoncello.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-22-2018, 05:36 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 732
Posted By Pestle
Flip flops or any other shoes that were easy for...

Flip flops or any other shoes that were easy for the parents to slap on but cause twisted toes/ankles when the kids try to run around outside.

Crocs, lace-up shoes, or any other shoes that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-09-2018, 01:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 227
Posted By Pestle
Brightwheel Predictive Text

Aside from catching it before my iPhone's voice to text function inserts profanity into my notes (her = wh*r* etc.:eek:), I also have to watch out for the predictive text giving me food items that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-28-2018, 10:51 AM
Replies: 4,626
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 446,556
Posted By Pestle
:eek: Do you think the parents use that...

:eek: Do you think the parents use that threatening "It's your fault if I punish you in this way" phrase? "Don't make me count to 10" kinda thing?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-27-2018, 09:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 300
Posted By Pestle
I think you need, then, to weigh whether it's...

I think you need, then, to weigh whether it's more important for her to eat at the time you currently have breakfast scheduled, or for the screaming to be managed.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-27-2018, 08:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 359
Posted By Pestle
Update: He caved after fifty minutes of...

Update: He caved after fifty minutes of screaming. Calmly put his pull-up on, got confused about the pants but managed them eventually, and is cheerfully eating lunch. Then we get to change again...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-27-2018, 07:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 359
Posted By Pestle
Did I Pick the Wrong Hill to Die On?

Got a barely-3yo whose parents are splitting up. His mom is overwhelmed; she let him eat whatever he wanted when the breakup started, and ended up inadvertently creating a juice cleanse. :ouch:

He...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-23-2018, 07:32 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 626
Posted By Pestle
Thanks for the reminder. I just opened another...

Thanks for the reminder. I just opened another tab and dropped eighty bucks on a five-hour course. Blech!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-19-2018, 11:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 442
Posted By Pestle
Parents send it in, I keep it just inside the...

Parents send it in, I keep it just inside the door to the backyard, and I apply it.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-19-2018, 11:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 231
Posted By Pestle
Those look neat. How quickly do the kids manage...

Those look neat. How quickly do the kids manage to gnaw them to pieces? I had a silicone toothbrush but my bitey bud destroyed it. I'd worry about the beads getting bitten through over time.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-15-2018, 01:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 510
Posted By Pestle
I just got back from a walk that was too long in...

I just got back from a walk that was too long in weather that was too hot, and they were blissfully pooped for about five minutes. Now it's the squawking again. Three boys, best friends all their...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-15-2018, 01:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 500
Posted By Pestle
First priority? Keep children safe. I'm glad...

First priority? Keep children safe. I'm glad you're working to report the situation. It's good that you're concerned for this illegal provider, but the provider is an adult who is choosing actions...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-14-2018, 05:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 583
Posted By Pestle
"Sharing" in her sense is not appropriate. She...

"Sharing" in her sense is not appropriate. She means that she wants her kid to be the biggest fish in the pond.

I enforce "no taking a toy until the other child has finished with it."
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-14-2018, 05:59 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 643
Posted By Pestle
I buy Aldi whole milk. Parents send in milk...

I buy Aldi whole milk. Parents send in milk alternatives; no nut milks permitted.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-13-2018, 08:19 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 595
Posted By Pestle
When my teacher mom is out of town, her husband...

When my teacher mom is out of town, her husband has to drop off before he goes to his physical therapy job, so they drop off an hour before I open. They pay fifteen per day.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-11-2018, 01:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 440
Posted By Pestle
Not reading anything about this but what you've...

Not reading anything about this but what you've shared, what I find unbelievable is that she had an assistant. She must've been truly delusional instead of simply malevolent, to think that another...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-08-2018, 07:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 369
Posted By Pestle
Oh, if you're into art, let me wholeheartedly...

Oh, if you're into art, let me wholeheartedly recommend Philip Yenawine's books: Shapes (https://www.amazon.com/Shapes-Philip-Yenawine/dp/038530255X/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1528467637&sr=1-3),...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-08-2018, 07:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 369
Posted By Pestle
That's them! I love them so much. I use...

That's them! I love them so much.

I use Sister Wendy's Story of Painting (https://www.amazon.com/Sister-Wendys-Painting-Enhanced-Expanded/dp/0789468050) for supplemental images; it's super-cheap...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-08-2018, 05:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 369
Posted By Pestle
Do you have any friends with older kids? Can you...

Do you have any friends with older kids? Can you borrow some outgrown toys and activities from them?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-08-2018, 05:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 369
Posted By Pestle
I'd say, pick a subject you're extremely familiar...

I'd say, pick a subject you're extremely familiar with and spend some time planning ahead for learning and activities that can be approached at different levels of capability.

I like to do art...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-05-2018, 10:00 AM
Replies: 148
Views: 3,203
Posted By Pestle
Yeah; this is the one I'm talking about: ...

Yeah; this is the one I'm talking about:
http://www.dogingtonpost.com/good-news-vermont-law-allows-citizens-to-save-dogs-from-hot-cars/
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-05-2018, 09:17 AM
Replies: 148
Views: 3,203
Posted By Pestle
Lots of states already have Good Samaritan laws,...

Lots of states already have Good Samaritan laws, don't they? Vermont does.

Here's some practical advice I read on it:
http://qr.ae/TUpRop
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-05-2018, 09:00 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 693
Posted By Pestle
I haven't done much with holiday projects. Right...

I haven't done much with holiday projects. Right now, one of my families is turning into a single-mom family due to an affair, so I think a Father's Day project would be insensitive.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-01-2018, 08:50 AM
Replies: 1,024
Views: 191,130
Posted By Pestle
Also this from a couple of years ago: Kid got...

Also this from a couple of years ago:
Kid got the message but missed the nuance when told to call 911 if she was in trouble....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-01-2018, 06:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 508
Posted By Pestle
Cloth diapers need changed much more often, yes....

Cloth diapers need changed much more often, yes. This is a toddler? Is it a child who's reached that age where they control their bladder all morning and then let loose during nap?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-01-2018, 06:35 AM
Replies: 1,024
Views: 191,130
Posted By Pestle
We bought a Whirlpool washing machine when the...

We bought a Whirlpool washing machine when the ancient machine that came with the house died shortly after we moved in. The dryer sort of worked for a few more years, then finally died, and we bought...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-31-2018, 08:15 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 385
Posted By Pestle
If there’s one thing we can all agree on – we...

If there’s one thing we can all agree on – we mommas do love our babies. Unfortunately, someone – somewhere – at some point in time - planted a seed of doubt in our minds, telling us if we set...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-30-2018, 05:10 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 581
Posted By Pestle
I hate grocery shopping, plus I always add 3x...

I hate grocery shopping, plus I always add 3x what I came for. :ouch:

So I use Instacart on Wednesdays and Sundays. My spouse has compulsive eating issues, so I gave up cooking for him years ago;...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-25-2018, 06:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 477
Posted By Pestle
My rock box was kicked to death by...

My rock box was kicked to death by kindergarteners last year and I've been using a plastic swimming pool with holes drilled in the bottom for drainage, but my next outdoor project is going to be...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-25-2018, 04:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 358
Posted By Pestle
I have commercial carpet tiles from a discount...

I have commercial carpet tiles from a discount store. They're great, but I don't permit food in that area of the house.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-23-2018, 01:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 616
Posted By Pestle
Things You Wish You Hadn't Been Doing at Pick Up

Pro tip: If you're getting afternoon snack ready while belting out a modified version of The Moody Blues' "In Your Wildest Dreams (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmmPFrkuPq0)" about your inability...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-22-2018, 08:58 AM
Replies: 148
Views: 3,203
Posted By Pestle
If we were required to monitor the children's...

If we were required to monitor the children's safety when they were not in our care, we would also, I hope, be entitled to the stipend the state pays to foster parents. Heck, they should just...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-22-2018, 06:12 AM
Replies: 148
Views: 3,203
Posted By Pestle
How does it happen? My ADHD spouse goes on...

How does it happen? My ADHD spouse goes on autopilot and takes the wrong route quite often. He also forgets part of the schedule when there are multiple steps to it, so people don't get dropped off...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-19-2018, 12:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 479
Posted By Pestle
Well, you've done it again: Shared an insight...

Well, you've done it again: Shared an insight that's going to stick with me forever and probably help ease a conflict I haven't even had yet. likethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-19-2018, 12:54 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,579
Posted By Pestle
Immediate termination for verbally abusing you....

Immediate termination for verbally abusing you. You can't let this family poison your daycare dynamic or your home life.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-18-2018, 09:32 PM
Replies: 4,626
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 446,556
Posted By Pestle
Last week I had to send two minor injury reports...

Last week I had to send two minor injury reports to parents within one minute, because they happened at opposite ends of the room and I’m not Stretch Armstrong. And this is why I have approximately...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-18-2018, 10:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 479
Posted By Pestle
I had one who screamed while crawling. Her mother...

I had one who screamed while crawling. Her mother carried her everywhere. I was glad to lose that one.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-17-2018, 06:30 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 545
Posted By Pestle
I use Amazon Subscribe and Save for Honest...

I use Amazon Subscribe and Save for Honest Company diapers. I have a small program, so everything else I buy when I need it.

My program is geared toward toddlers and focuses on building motor...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-17-2018, 06:19 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 350
Posted By Pestle
Junior Bandages

Does nobody sell these any more? I just ordered a couple of boxes on Amazon after checking all the pharmacies, grocery stores, Target, and Walmart.

What do you use for tiny fingers?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-16-2018, 07:55 AM
Replies: 4,626
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 446,556
Posted By Pestle
All of the children have Alzheimer's and...

All of the children have Alzheimer's and Parkinson's on Mondays. They can't remember what to do, and when they can remember, they don't have the motor skills to do it.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-15-2018, 08:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 425
Posted By Pestle
I have one who's undersized, which gives her a...

I have one who's undersized, which gives her a screech like a piccolo. I came on here in a daze a few weeks ago when she'd first discovered this wonderful new sound. Now she reserves it for special...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-11-2018, 08:15 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 848
Posted By Pestle
A forest kindergarten teacher told me their rules...

A forest kindergarten teacher told me their rules are:

-Your stick may not be longer than your arm
--You may hold a stick longer than your arm if you are building something with it

That...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-10-2018, 06:13 PM
Replies: 4,626
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 446,556
Posted By Pestle
Oh, I usually use "BECAUSE Miss Pestle said to"...

Oh, I usually use "BECAUSE Miss Pestle said to" and she goes "Oh okay," but sometimes it's fun to follow these things all the way back to the Big Bang.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-10-2018, 11:45 AM
Replies: 4,626
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 446,556
Posted By Pestle
"HWHYYYYYUH" "Please pick up the train cars...

"HWHYYYYYUH"

"Please pick up the train cars so nobody trips over them."
"WHY"
"So nobody trips."
"WHYYYY"
"Tripping hurts."
"WHYYYYUH"
"Because our feet have nerves in them, which send pain...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-08-2018, 07:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 411
Posted By Pestle
Yesterday being Monday, I always expect nap...

Yesterday being Monday, I always expect nap schedules to be out the window after a weekend of being on the parents' schedules. I ended up with two different nap sessions to cover the four kids; two...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-01-2018, 04:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 470
Posted By Pestle
I'm sunburned! :( I sent out the email Friday...

I'm sunburned! :( I sent out the email Friday that we need sunscreen and bug spray and sun hats. Two sun hats have come in. No sunscreen or bug spray so far. :mad:

I already have pretty limited...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-27-2018, 04:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 879
Posted By Pestle
My mother was a lit professor for 30 years, then...

My mother was a lit professor for 30 years, then went through a certification/training program and became a medical coder in her mid-fifties. That industry went through a boom-and-bust, though.

If...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-27-2018, 04:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 428
Posted By Pestle
We're surrounded by trees and branches come down...

We're surrounded by trees and branches come down in strong winds, so I'm pretty conservative about wind. It usually isn't windy here, though--just when storms are rolling in, which is all the time in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-26-2018, 05:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 585
Posted By Pestle
They should have been raised by you instead of by...

They should have been raised by you instead of by whomever let them get away with that when they weren't very heavy.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-26-2018, 10:21 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 585
Posted By Pestle
You can tell which providers allow kids on their...

You can tell which providers allow kids on their sofas by looking for the threads discussing how to get vomit and diarrhea out of couch cushion filling.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-26-2018, 10:00 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 585
Posted By Pestle
I have a gate to separate the kids' area from the...

I have a gate to separate the kids' area from the area with furniture I don't want manhandled. I don't know whether your setup allows for some creative rearrangement.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-26-2018, 06:10 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,989
Posted By Pestle
It's been seven years and I'm dying to know....

It's been seven years and I'm dying to know. SAHM, was your husband setting you up to collect the insurance money after you "fell" down the stairs?

Did it go like this...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-26-2018, 04:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 336
Posted By Pestle
"Children need more sleep than most adults...

"Children need more sleep than most adults realize. I do not wake a child from their nap; they need to sleep until their body is rested enough to participate in the program."

If they go on the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-25-2018, 10:28 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 487
Posted By Pestle
I'm just very, very late! :lol:

I'm just very, very late! :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2018, 07:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 771
Posted By Pestle
We mean that she didn't MEAN to interfere with...

We mean that she didn't MEAN to interfere with the child that was entrusted to the care of a skilled professional child care provider. We mean that it didn't occur to her that the parent of this...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2018, 07:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 377
Posted By Pestle
Tell me about this! She has always mouthed...

Tell me about this!

She has always mouthed toys, flung her food onto the floor as soon as it's served and dived under the table to try to shovel it into her mouth before I can sweep it up, and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2018, 07:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 377
Posted By Pestle
This one pushes furniture around and tries to use...

This one pushes furniture around and tries to use it to climb over the gate. She has no spatial sense and is terribly misjudging the heights of everything, though, so she hasn't actually made it over...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2018, 07:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 377
Posted By Pestle
Fantastic point. :ouch: In this case, her...

Fantastic point. :ouch:

In this case, her two least favorite things are 1. Being held, and 2. Being put on the other side of a gate. Thus the dad-grabbing-her-by-the-ankle situation and the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2018, 11:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 487
Posted By Pestle
Well, it mostly worked out. I'm not knocked up,...

Well, it mostly worked out. I'm not knocked up, which is good and I'll just blame my dynamo stuntman baby for stressing me out so much that my entire body is out of whack. The out-of-stock bag of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2018, 11:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 341
Posted By Pestle
What a cool product! That would work great in the...

What a cool product! That would work great in the winter. It's usually in the mid-90s here from late spring through early fall, so they'd get overheated.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2018, 11:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 377
Posted By Pestle
Older child is mellowing and I love him and his...

Older child is mellowing and I love him and his family. As long as I keep him separated, he plays contentedly. He's doing great with his motor skill development, and I made color-coded placemats...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2018, 10:51 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 377
Posted By Pestle
While I was typing this, she ran up and slapped...

While I was typing this, she ran up and slapped my leg while laughing, so I told her "No," then put her into my lap because the other kids are napping and I don't have a gate or play yard handy. She...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2018, 10:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 377
Posted By Pestle
Nonstop Destructomobile--How to Curb the Hitting?

I have the world's tiniest healthy 17mo (size 2 diapers and the 6mo clothing has growing room). She's been up and running since 9 months. She has this deep, maniacal chuckle, and she grins while...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2018, 08:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 487
Posted By Pestle
So far, the guy assembling my order has made a...

So far, the guy assembling my order has made a replacement for:
-The bananas (okay, fine)
-The grapes I actually like to eat (disappointing)
-The pregnancy test (ominous)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2018, 07:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 487
Posted By Pestle
Grocery Delivery

Instacart/Peapod/AmazonFresh/whatever. . . does anybody use one of these services?

I'm trying Instacart. I'm hoping it'll save me two shopping trips a week, give me more time at home for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2018, 07:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 341
Posted By Pestle
What you're suggesting makes sense. I'm worried...

What you're suggesting makes sense. I'm worried about fighting the parents over outgrown rain boots in addition to fighting them about outgrown shoes, and having parents try to bring the clothing...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2018, 06:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 341
Posted By Pestle
Okay, the question was too specific. Who provides...

Okay, the question was too specific. Who provides clothing in their program?

Who's got a supply fee for things other than art materials?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-23-2018, 12:23 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 89,816
Posted By Pestle
That's hilarious. Hm. . . . honest day care...

That's hilarious.

Hm. . . . honest day care names.

"House of Chaos."

"Snips 'n' Snails 'n' STOP PULLING THE PUPPY DOG'S TAIL."

"Pestle's House of Let's Everybody Nap at the Same Time,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-23-2018, 12:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 12,263
Posted By Pestle
So. . . John learns that he can ignore you until...

So. . . John learns that he can ignore you until you divert all of your attention to him and eventually do the job yourself?

I ain't got time for that. :lol: My 3yo gets to sit in the Boring Chair...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-23-2018, 12:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 341
Posted By Pestle
Supply Fee For Rain Gear?

Anybody else provide boots and rain coats/ponchos?

If so, did you buy a bunch of sizes at once, or just add as you went?

What supply fee do you charge?

Did families balk or were they...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-23-2018, 11:08 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 717
Posted By Pestle
Salem > Satan :lol: My kid went to school with...

Salem > Satan :lol:
My kid went to school with Potato and Lemon (Matteo and Lennon).
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-20-2018, 11:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 771
Posted By Pestle
"Oh no you don't" is an awesome knee-jerk...

"Oh no you don't" is an awesome knee-jerk response in this situation. You don't see her stepping in and interfering when there's a school group out on a field trip, do you?

Oh, I hope you don't....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-20-2018, 08:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 471
Posted By Pestle
I give an ounce at a time, or even less, to kids...

I give an ounce at a time, or even less, to kids who do this. If they soak themselves, I leave them wet unless we're going out where it's cold or I'm about to put them down for a nap. They need to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-20-2018, 08:30 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 717
Posted By Pestle
My church had Big Luis and Little Luis (dad and...

My church had Big Luis and Little Luis (dad and son). Then Little Luis hit puberty and. . . never mind. He was still called Little Luis when he towered over his dad.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-20-2018, 08:29 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 717
Posted By Pestle
:lol::lol::lol:

:lol::lol::lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-20-2018, 07:12 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 712
Posted By Pestle
PREACH. Tied to this: The dishes. Dear god,...

PREACH.

Tied to this: The dishes. Dear god, the dishes.

My mini stuntman, who keeps me on high alert at all times. In the time it took me to send a text to DH about how stressful the kid's...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-19-2018, 10:56 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 979
Posted By Pestle
"Was Miss V nice to you today?" is a great open...

"Was Miss V nice to you today?" is a great open for you to say:

"Are you concerned about the quality of care your child is getting?"

Not in a defensive or aggressive way. Just a matter-of-fact,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-18-2018, 08:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 717
Posted By Pestle
Nicknames Picked Up In Your Day Care

My kid got the nickname "Sofa" from another toddler in her day care. Now I've got a kid whose nickname is the impressive "Nua Buddabud Pickapeel," which is what came out when a kid tried to shout...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-17-2018, 09:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 555
Posted By Pestle
I tell the kids "These flowers belong to the bees...

I tell the kids "These flowers belong to the bees and the butterflies and the hummingbirds. We love to look at them! We don't touch them. We need the flowers to live and grow." They get to sow the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-17-2018, 09:47 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,754
Posted By Pestle
It's in the 40s and one of my kids "refuses to...

It's in the 40s and one of my kids "refuses to put on socks." So at pick up today, I'll tell the parents to just send in a pair of socks each morning and I'll have it available to her when we're...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-17-2018, 09:45 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,871
Posted By Pestle
Ann Leckie wrote a novel, Provenance, set in the...

Ann Leckie wrote a novel, Provenance, set in the universe of her multiple-award-winning Imperial Radch trilogy.

The driving trauma of the narrator comes from her role as the foster child of an...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2018, 12:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 323
Posted By Pestle
I know, right?! This is me...

I know, right?! This is me (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pq66JCpJxII) trying to keep the kids who abandoned their afternoon snack from harassing the kid who's still stolidly munching away.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2018, 09:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 323
Posted By Pestle
Trying to get the 3yo to understand that jumping...

Trying to get the 3yo to understand that jumping up and shouting "I want to!" won't make me let her up in my lap while I'm trying to eat my lunch.

Don't Touch Me...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2018, 09:01 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 583
Posted By Pestle
Stories with a gentle cadence, so they're fun for...

Stories with a gentle cadence, so they're fun for me to read, and lovely pictures and a few surprises for the kids.


Quiet Time with Cassatt...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2018, 06:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 323
Posted By Pestle
And yesterday, trying to get a bunch of rowdy...

And yesterday, trying to get a bunch of rowdy toddlers to settle down and nap in a dark, quiet room right after a filling meal without passing out myself:

Stay Awake...
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