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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-04-2013, 07:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,548
Posted By MNMum
I pay all the class fees, but not for her time to...

I pay all the class fees, but not for her time to attend them.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-04-2013, 07:43 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 23,514
Posted By MNMum
I saw this just yesterday. We were at the Mall...

I saw this just yesterday. We were at the Mall of America - it is Christmas season - there is sooo much to look at, probably actually overstimulating for the kids. In any case, I saw about a 2 yo...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-02-2013, 12:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,005
Posted By MNMum
PT Question Again...

I've been out of the loop for awhile! Seems that 4th child takes up a lot more of my time than I anticipated. I had a question that I thought I would go to the experts to get an opinion. I have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-26-2013, 11:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,682
Posted By MNMum
What a horrible situation to be in all around. ...

What a horrible situation to be in all around. :hug: I'm sorry you are going through this right now.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-10-2013, 02:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,742
Posted By MNMum
I know from experience that it did not work for...

I know from experience that it did not work for me to have another infant with my own. I think I could do it if they were both older infants, but not the under 9 mo crowd. When my 2nd child was 2...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-18-2013, 01:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,259
Posted By MNMum
She might be less offended if you stress the fact...

She might be less offended if you stress the fact that you know the diapers are "clean" just that there is a buildup of detergent :D
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-18-2013, 01:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,590
Posted By MNMum
I don't think we are allowed to. Has to be used...

I don't think we are allowed to. Has to be used according to manufacturer recs. Following to see what others say.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-09-2013, 07:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,573
Posted By MNMum
Congrats!:hug:

Congrats!:hug:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-04-2013, 08:54 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,832
Posted By MNMum
I've found ways to get the daycare kids to pick...

I've found ways to get the daycare kids to pick up after themselves...can anyone help me with my husband? and schoolagers of my own...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-24-2013, 02:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,887
Posted By MNMum
This :hug:

This :hug:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-19-2013, 01:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 844
Posted By MNMum
Here are a couple of good sources: ...

Here are a couple of good sources:

http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/milkstorage/milkstorage/
http://www.llli.org/faq/milkstorage.html

If the breastmilk has not touched babies mouth, it is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-18-2013, 10:10 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,166
Posted By MNMum
All of my kids have been this way. We tried...

All of my kids have been this way. We tried elimination diets with a couple of them, couldn't come up with anything. They just have non formed stool, always. We eat a very rounded healthy diet.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-18-2013, 07:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,001
Posted By MNMum
The issue I would have is the comment. I have...

The issue I would have is the comment. I have watched babies that were horrible bottle/sippy takers. Honestly, it was nothing a mother did or didn't do. One was my own child. He took a bottle...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-16-2013, 08:14 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,020
Posted By MNMum
Girls: 11 and 7 Boys: 4 and 2 mos I'm...

Girls: 11 and 7
Boys: 4 and 2 mos

I'm going a little crazy with 4 kids and after school/activites schedule!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-11-2013, 08:08 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 8,297
Posted By MNMum
I'm in! Thanks for organizing!

I'm in! Thanks for organizing!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-11-2013, 07:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,858
Posted By MNMum
I had this same issue - but it was my child who...

I had this same issue - but it was my child who was the Kindergartner. In nice weather, dck ate at 1200. We went outside from 1230-1pm. Everyone else went to nap at 1:15, my child ate and then...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-10-2013, 08:40 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,817
Posted By MNMum
The need to send 2+ to preschool is really making...

The need to send 2+ to preschool is really making it difficult for me to run a daycare. In my area, almost all 3 and 4 yos are in preschool. If a child is turning 3 before January, I've noticed...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-10-2013, 07:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 953
Posted By MNMum
I don't have a job description written up. I...

I don't have a job description written up. I spent a lot of time with her when she first started to show her my ways :) My assistant is in her 30s. She has been a nanny for 10 years. She is now a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-10-2013, 07:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,737
Posted By MNMum
I wouldn't focus too much on the nighttime...

I wouldn't focus too much on the nighttime co-sleeping as the culprit. I haven't been doing this all that long. But my biggest screamers were not the ones that co-slept. Infact, both of my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-04-2013, 11:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,211
Posted By MNMum
I had one of these. She finally termed and this...

I had one of these. She finally termed and this is my first week without her. I do not miss the drama! Hang in there, we can't please them all.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-04-2013, 10:06 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,733
Posted By MNMum
Love em. Easy to clean. Only complaint - the...

Love em. Easy to clean. Only complaint - the tray does not adjust, so kids tend to drop more food in their laps...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-28-2013, 06:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,336
Posted By MNMum
As for what I put in my contract, all I said was...

As for what I put in my contract, all I said was that daycare would close for 1 week.

My 4th baby is now 6 weeks old. This is how I handled maternity leave. As soon as I knew I was pregnant I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-17-2013, 07:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 939
Posted By MNMum
Road Trip Delay...Anyone In New Haven, CT?

So, I posted a while back asking for ideas about our future road trip from MN to the East Coast. You guys gave excellent ideas, and I based our 12 day road trip off of them. I made a very flexible...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-04-2013, 04:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 804
Posted By MNMum
I'm in the same situation as you! I try to enjoy...

I'm in the same situation as you! I try to enjoy the time that I have fewer kiddos. Although we count on my daycare paycheck's, I can typically pick up extra hours at my other job when my numbers...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-25-2013, 12:30 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,194
Posted By MNMum
Baby #4 is Here!

I've been gone for a couple weeks. We had baby #4, a day after he was due. He is two weeks old now and doing great. My assistant has been running the daycare in our newly finished basement. It...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-09-2013, 02:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,617
Posted By MNMum
I am due tomorrow. I have had several nights of...

I am due tomorrow. I have had several nights of contractions, that almost got to the point of going to the hospital. On Sunday night I was up with contractions every 5-7 minutes for nearly 2 hours...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-01-2013, 12:36 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,499
Posted By MNMum
We are finishing our basement (this week!) and we...

We are finishing our basement (this week!) and we went with a "pattern" carpet. It is a mixture of loop and strand. We got a stainmaster. We shopped around, and talked with people at Menards,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-17-2013, 02:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,158
Posted By MNMum
My own 3.5 yo old boy just finally learned his...

My own 3.5 yo old boy just finally learned his colors. Quite honestly, I don't think he much cared to learn them before. We always teased that maybe he was colorblind, as it runs in the family, but...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-12-2013, 12:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,619
Posted By MNMum
Somehow, before my first went to school I thought...

Somehow, before my first went to school I thought "It will get so much easier when they are in school" - WRONG!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-12-2013, 11:34 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,619
Posted By MNMum
I agree with a lot of what you are saying. I...

I agree with a lot of what you are saying. I worked parttime as a RN in the NICU for 10 years before I went casual and opened up shop. This job is much more stressful work. It pays about a 1/3 of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-06-2013, 11:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,137
Posted By MNMum
OT - Muslin Blankets

This is completely off topic, but I wondered if this group would have opinions. I am due with baby #4 in 5 weeks. I would like to get some of the Muslin blankets. They are so expensive! I am...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-03-2013, 02:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 954
Posted By MNMum
Hmmm... I think it is done for a variety of...

Hmmm...

I think it is done for a variety of reasons. Is said child still taking a long enough afternoon nap. Sometimes I'll switch if they start waking early from the afternoon nap. Usually...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-22-2013, 07:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,924
Posted By MNMum
I have this kid. It's my own. Ughhh. He has 2...

I have this kid. It's my own. Ughhh. He has 2 older sisters that have taught him a lot of drama. I didn't intervene initially, but now I have been, as it is happening more frequently.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-15-2013, 11:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 792
Posted By MNMum
I'm a military wife, but my husband is MN...

I'm a military wife, but my husband is MN National Guard, so we don't have the moves like you. However, he is away at annual training right now for 3 weeks. We are about half way through, and we...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-15-2013, 11:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 815
Posted By MNMum
The fever was over 101, it's not like it was 99. ...

The fever was over 101, it's not like it was 99. I have a hard time sticking to this rule sometimes, but it really is there for a good reason. Recently, when I did not stick to this rule (child had...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-15-2013, 11:21 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,677
Posted By MNMum
I am similar to this. However, I made washcloths...

I am similar to this. However, I made washcloths that are jersey material on one side, baby towel material (or receiving blanket) on the other. I picked up a bunch of towels, receiving blankets at...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-15-2013, 08:25 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,890
Posted By MNMum
My 3.5 yo goes to a different home daycare when I...

My 3.5 yo goes to a different home daycare when I work on Fridays (usually about twice/month). He has two more years at home before kindy (October birthday). I've considered sending him to a 2 day...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-14-2013, 11:50 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,726
Posted By MNMum
Ditto

Ditto
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-14-2013, 11:45 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,115
Posted By MNMum
I have a 19 mo old that is similar. It seemed to...

I have a 19 mo old that is similar. It seemed to intensify of the past couple weeks. Screams when I wipe her nose, ask her to go play, tell her no. I've been dealing with it like you are. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-13-2013, 08:01 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 14,898
Posted By MNMum
This sounds exactly like every lawyer I've...

This sounds exactly like every lawyer I've encountered. They are nasty. I hate that the US is so into lawsuits. Sorry you are going through this. I've always found it was never worth my time or...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-13-2013, 12:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,576
Posted By MNMum
I am only open Monday-Thursday from 7:45-4:30pm. ...

I am only open Monday-Thursday from 7:45-4:30pm. There is a big need for daycare in my area and I have a good program/reputation. So I have no trouble filling my spots at this point. I do have a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-13-2013, 08:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,412
Posted By MNMum
In my job at the hospital, I would not be able to...

In my job at the hospital, I would not be able to take time off for this unless I found a substitute. Funeral leave is only for immediate family members. I would probably treat this similarly. If...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-13-2013, 08:34 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,704
Posted By MNMum
This is what I have found: 1. Very little...

This is what I have found:

1. Very little pay. Not worth having to get them off/on the bus (even though my own kids are riding the same bus, I feel I should do the bus stop walk because of my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-11-2013, 09:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,173
Posted By MNMum
You guys are awesome! I was getting nowhere on...

You guys are awesome! I was getting nowhere on this "project" using google - now I'm excited!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-11-2013, 11:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,173
Posted By MNMum
OT - Road Trip MN to Northeast

I am planning a road trip for August and need ideas. We live in MN and have never been to the Northeast part of the states. I'm not sure where to start! We will be bringing our 10yo, 7yo, 3.5yo,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-09-2013, 02:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,510
Posted By MNMum
I assume you explained snack/meal times with...

I assume you explained snack/meal times with parent prior to enrollment. If children are getting to your house starved I would explain that to the parents, and they should be sending a snack with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-09-2013, 02:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,773
Posted By MNMum
I do daycare M-Th, and my 3 yo drops in on...

I do daycare M-Th, and my 3 yo drops in on Fridays at a home daycare. I'm pretty new to licensed daycare and so is my son's daycare provider. I know she will do things her way and that is fine with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-06-2013, 05:57 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,555
Posted By MNMum
We do. And we are one of the best hospitals...

We do. And we are one of the best hospitals around. We check temps every 4 hours. Rectal temps every 4 hours poses a risk to the child, especially a preemie. An armpit temp is much less invasive.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-06-2013, 03:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,484
Posted By MNMum
I think this can be regional. I have different...

I think this can be regional. I have different rates for different ages. I think that is standard in my area. I didn't raise my rates this year, but may in 2014...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-06-2013, 03:11 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,555
Posted By MNMum
FWIW, in the hospital we use a simple digital...

FWIW, in the hospital we use a simple digital thermometer and do underarm temps. I feel if it is accurate enough for our preemies, it's good enough for daycare.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-04-2013, 02:39 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 8,469
Posted By MNMum
I really don't see how Daycare.com could be "not...

I really don't see how Daycare.com could be "not worth someone's time". Sure, I don't agree with everything that goes on here. But thier is no law saying I have to do things the way they are being...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-03-2013, 03:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,383
Posted By MNMum
If they don't wake upon me opening the shades and...

If they don't wake upon me opening the shades and turning off the fan, I'll let them sleep an additional 15-30 minutes, depending on the age. For my 1 year olds, who are in their own rooms, I let...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-03-2013, 01:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,677
Posted By MNMum
Costs of Running Daycare?

Has anyone ever broken down the costs of running daycare? Like per child, per week or something? Or do you want to help me come up with a list? I have to submit my income/expenses for court next...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-03-2013, 12:02 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,691
Posted By MNMum
My understanding on the difference between the...

My understanding on the difference between the name brand and store brand: Enfamil and Similac sell their old recipes to the "stores". So the store brand would not have the most up to date...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-02-2013, 02:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,328
Posted By MNMum
Move to MN. Sorry, I couldn't help myself. Some...

Move to MN. Sorry, I couldn't help myself. Some areas near me got 16 inches of snow last night :eek:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-02-2013, 02:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,352
Posted By MNMum
I charge $50 for infant, $45 for toddler, $40 for...

I charge $50 for infant, $45 for toddler, $40 for preschool - this is my drop in rate, or scheduled rate for 1-2 days.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-30-2013, 09:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 743
Posted By MNMum
Need Quick Response!

6 mo old. Shots yesterday. Today fussy, no nap, 1100 - temp 100.6 Dad is on his way to pick him up. Would you enforce the 24 hour fever policy?

I will advise them to schedule shots on Thurs or...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-29-2013, 03:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 727
Posted By MNMum
I guess I'm the oddball. I am due in July. I...

I guess I'm the oddball. I am due in July. I will close for 1 week. My assistant will take over for 6 or 7 additional weeks. She had to become a co-provider in order to do this (in MN there is a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-29-2013, 02:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,221
Posted By MNMum
Interesting...this little girl gets lots of ear...

Interesting...this little girl gets lots of ear infections. Hmmmm...she also has a lot of listening problems, but I don't think that is due to a hearing deficit - if you know what I mean :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-29-2013, 12:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,221
Posted By MNMum
2 Yr Old Chews Food And Spits It Out

Is this a normal behavior for some. I have a 2.5 yr old who chews up her food and spits it out. It used to be just certain things - carrots, oranges. Today it was her quesidilla. Up until this...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-29-2013, 12:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,110
Posted By MNMum
I love to help family and friends for free - as...

I love to help family and friends for free - as they have helped me in the past. But if their child is here during daycare hours they pay like everyone else. I have one friend that I watch her baby...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-29-2013, 11:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,090
Posted By MNMum
Do you have a bathroom on that level? I'm going...

Do you have a bathroom on that level? I'm going to put the changing table in the shower - as no one will be using it regularly.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-29-2013, 11:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,406
Posted By MNMum
I would love to hear about ideas and see...

I would love to hear about ideas and see pictures, too.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-25-2013, 12:25 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,377
Posted By MNMum
This. Except, usually I make them finish nearly...

This. Except, usually I make them finish nearly everything on their plate, unless I know they really don't like a particular food. For the most part, if someone wants seconds, they will eat those...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-25-2013, 12:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,059
Posted By MNMum
I do for a friend, 1 day per week. I would never...

I do for a friend, 1 day per week. I would never consider it, except that this family has helped me out with childcare a ton in the past, and it is more like a niece than a dck. With that said, it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-22-2013, 12:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 641
Posted By MNMum
What Should A 4 Year Old Know...

So...several of my dcp have got me thinking. I have a group of kids that turned 2 this winter (3 of them), I have my own 3.5 yo boy, and a 4.5 yo old dcb. Lately, one of the dcp has been keeping me...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-21-2013, 12:25 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,777
Posted By MNMum
Something's going to have to change in this...

Something's going to have to change in this relationship. First, keep in mind that nothing is going to change overnight. This is going to take a lot of work, on both your part and on his. It will...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-19-2013, 03:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,024
Posted By MNMum
I've only had an employee 4 mos, so no raises...

I've only had an employee 4 mos, so no raises yet. I started her at $10/hr and she brings her own child for free, and they have free meals. She wouldn't take anything less than $10.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-18-2013, 01:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,777
Posted By MNMum
This is what I do. Up to...

This is what I do.

Up to 2 Diapers Preschool
3 days 135 130 115
4 days 155 145 135
Drop-in 50 45 40

They pay the drop in rate for 1 or 2 days. 3 days becomes a bit cheaper per day, and 4...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-17-2013, 07:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,386
Posted By MNMum
I have an appt with my licensor next week. ...

I have an appt with my licensor next week. However, my gal does not necessarily see things in grey - everything's black and white with her. So I think she may give me a hard time. Unless there are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-17-2013, 12:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,223
Posted By MNMum
I have one like this. I chalk it up to her being...

I have one like this. I chalk it up to her being comfortable with the care I am providing. The most she'll ask is if she had a good day. Personally, I love the quick drop off and pick up. But she...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-17-2013, 12:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,386
Posted By MNMum
I've cloth diapered my last two babies, so I'm...

I've cloth diapered my last two babies, so I'm pretty familiar with the options. I'm due with #4 in July, so I have gotten back on the cloth diaper train! I did just discover the Alva baby diapers...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-17-2013, 11:53 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,386
Posted By MNMum
Wow. Some parents priorities!

Wow. Some parents priorities!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-17-2013, 11:35 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,643
Posted By MNMum
Are you still nursing him? My babies/toddlers...

Are you still nursing him? My babies/toddlers were never good sleepers until they were nursing less, and not being nursed to sleep. When I started daycare my son was about your son's age. He...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-16-2013, 08:33 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,386
Posted By MNMum
Cloth Diapers Supplied by DCP

How many of you supply cloth diapers for your dck? Do you use a diaper service, or wash yourself? Anyone in MN?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-16-2013, 12:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,011
Posted By MNMum
this:)

this:)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-16-2013, 11:57 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,643
Posted By MNMum
or Reflux - which can sometimes be "silent". ...

or Reflux - which can sometimes be "silent". I.E. no other symptoms except poor sleep.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-16-2013, 11:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,150
Posted By MNMum
Do you have contracted hours? My parents...

Do you have contracted hours?

My parents contract in 15 minute increments. If I notice early drop offs of even 5 minutes more than a couple of times. I ask them if they need to contract for an...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-16-2013, 11:23 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,643
Posted By MNMum
He should be getting a lot more sleep than that. ...

He should be getting a lot more sleep than that. 11-13 hours is the norm for a 2 year old (total, including nap). It sounds as if some days he's only getting about 9 hours of sleep total. Some...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-14-2013, 07:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,377
Posted By MNMum
Wow. I'm afraid for my boy to get older...10 yo...

Wow. I'm afraid for my boy to get older...10 yo boys scare me.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-14-2013, 04:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,377
Posted By MNMum
I let my 10 year old have a sleepover for her...

I let my 10 year old have a sleepover for her birthday this year. I was amazed at how well behaved the girls were. I think about 8 of them slept over. I was so happy to see that she had chosen a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-13-2013, 03:40 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 8,642
Posted By MNMum
If you get one new they have straps. If you get...

If you get one new they have straps. If you get one off of craigslist - ask. The older models did not have straps.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2013, 11:40 PM
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Posted By MNMum
We were just discussing this at the Breastfeeding...

We were just discussing this at the Breastfeeding seminar that I was at today. We were specifically talking about assisting the "Millenium Moms". How the current generation of moms (20-30 yo's)...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2013, 11:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 987
Posted By MNMum
My assistant has a child that comes with her. So...

My assistant has a child that comes with her. So far it has been fine. She was a stay at home mom. Her child gets some time to socialize, I have an employee, win-win for us so far. If you do...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-11-2013, 12:55 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,162
Posted By MNMum
I didn't mean to infer in any way that...

I didn't mean to infer in any way that homeschooled children aren't socialized. My 2 girls would be whining all day that they had to be at home with me, and not in school with their friends, is all...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-11-2013, 12:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,838
Posted By MNMum
I love this!

I love this!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-11-2013, 12:04 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,162
Posted By MNMum
I don't homeschool past the preschool years. For...

I don't homeschool past the preschool years. For me it's because I don't think I would have the necessary discipline to get everything done! If anything, you could call me an "afterschooler". I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-11-2013, 11:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,672
Posted By MNMum
Great article, thanks for sharing!

Great article, thanks for sharing!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-10-2013, 03:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 982
Posted By MNMum
I tried transitioning at that age and found it...

I tried transitioning at that age and found it wasn't worth my time. One of the kids goofed around a ton. The other one fell asleep but was then up 40 minutes later. I put them both back in pack n...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-10-2013, 02:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 897
Posted By MNMum
I can't believe he even admitted that to you. If...

I can't believe he even admitted that to you. If you "have" to pick up groceries, bring your kids with you. I'd be charging a late fee and letting them know if something like this happened again...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-10-2013, 12:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 852
Posted By MNMum
hahaha. The only time I do, is if they have 2...

hahaha. The only time I do, is if they have 2 other siblings needing care....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-10-2013, 11:38 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,799
Posted By MNMum
This is group care. You are the one in charge. ...

This is group care. You are the one in charge. They don't have to like it, but you don't have to change your plans for one child. Keep doing what you are doing. Be honest with the parents that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-09-2013, 04:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,380
Posted By MNMum
If I had an itty bitty, I would wear them in a...

If I had an itty bitty, I would wear them in a front pack. We haven't gone out in the past if it is raining, because we haven't had the need (usually there would be some time in the day that was...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-09-2013, 02:29 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,903
Posted By MNMum
I actually love crocs and was going to request...

I actually love crocs and was going to request all of my daycare kids have them. The kids can get them on themselves!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-09-2013, 11:45 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,432
Posted By MNMum
You have to think about this differently. It may...

You have to think about this differently. It may differ state to state, however in MN, $ and parent having contact/ability to make decisions about childs care/etc are two separate things. A father...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-09-2013, 11:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,003
Posted By MNMum
This sounds exactly like what we have been going...

This sounds exactly like what we have been going through here. The kids all had the thick snot-viral pink eye-lasts 10 days thing. That finally cleared after a month, just in time for the smokers...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-09-2013, 08:06 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,875
Posted By MNMum
The Bibs from Ikea. They have arms, are...

The Bibs from Ikea. They have arms, are waterproof, and have a pocket. They fit up to about 3 years. I just throw them in the wash with my other kitchen laundry.
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-08-2013, 10:24 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,432
Posted By MNMum
Legally speaking, child support and legal custody...

Legally speaking, child support and legal custody are completely separate. This is not your battle to pick, if they have 50/50 custody, they can both make these decisions. Doesn't matter where the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-08-2013, 04:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,428
Posted By MNMum
This is how I handle things. I will explain to...

This is how I handle things. I will explain to my little ones the right way to behave, that we use nice hands, etc. However, I'm not always there to intervene. I may be across the room changing a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-07-2013, 02:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,203
Posted By MNMum
I've had a situation like this. My food program...

I've had a situation like this. My food program allows one month to transition to milk. I explained that at that time I would only be allowed to serve milk. Eventually I just stopped giving so...
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