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Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 12-13-2018, 11:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 301
Posted By Leigh
It isn't unheard of for a provider to not have...

It isn't unheard of for a provider to not have written policies. I wouldn't let that bother me. I prefer to have them written and acknowledged to prevent situations such as yours. Of the providers...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-20-2018, 09:33 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 496
Posted By Leigh
I'd call the police non-emergency line, and ask...

I'd call the police non-emergency line, and ask for an officer (there is likely at least one patrolling the area after school, anyway) to speak the the children about what they're doing and tell them...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2018, 05:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 610
Posted By Leigh
I'd remind him that the 2 weeks' deposit doesn't...

I'd remind him that the 2 weeks' deposit doesn't cover his late fee, only the notice period, and that he still owes the late fees. Then, block him. He won't be able to get through with his next...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2018, 01:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 305
Posted By Leigh
You can absolutely enforce your policies. If the...

You can absolutely enforce your policies. If the child is being picked up at noon and nap ends at 3, just tell the parents that you will no longer allow drop offs at nap time because it disrupts the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2018, 12:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 985
Posted By Leigh
Since the post was already bumped... My 12...

Since the post was already bumped...

My 12 year old Bissell finally died on me, and though I didn't want to spend the money, I bought he Bissell Big Green Clean Machine (the commercial style).
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-13-2018, 10:16 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,438
Posted By Leigh
Absolutely this. They're telling you that they...

Absolutely this. They're telling you that they want YOU to pay for their kids' absence because they don't feel that you are worth enough for them to pay you to keep the spots open.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-19-2018, 10:20 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 535
Posted By Leigh
Maybe start HIS meals before the other kids' and...

Maybe start HIS meals before the other kids' and get the pooping out of the way before feeding the other kids?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-19-2018, 08:43 AM
Replies: 1,076
Views: 198,175
Posted By Leigh
It may be worth having cameras in my house just...

It may be worth having cameras in my house just to catch moments like this!:lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-19-2018, 08:42 AM
Replies: 1,076
Views: 198,175
Posted By Leigh
That would be hilarious! Were any of them...

That would be hilarious! Were any of them worried? Confused? I can only imagine the looks on their faces!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-14-2018, 11:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 530
Posted By Leigh
A.T.T.E.N.T.I.O.N. that's why.

A.T.T.E.N.T.I.O.N. that's why.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-13-2018, 03:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 530
Posted By Leigh
Is it possible that the adults are just...

Is it possible that the adults are just unconsciously communicating to the kids that they can't do certain things without their security items......

It is not just possible, but it is the case in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-08-2018, 06:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 472
Posted By Leigh
Hopefully, the parents will tell you that they...

Hopefully, the parents will tell you that they will miss you. Then, you can cheerfully respond "and I'd LIKE to say the same to you!" with a smile on your face. :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-08-2018, 12:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 392
Posted By Leigh
You did more for her than I would have already. ...

You did more for her than I would have already. No way do I answer the door at drop off time on my holidays. I set my phone to do not disturb, take the dogs into my room, take my son into my room,...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 10-04-2018, 01:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,759
Posted By Leigh
Mix up cubed or shredded chicken with a can of...

Mix up cubed or shredded chicken with a can of cream of onion soup, a can of cream of celery soup, a bag of mixed vegetables, and 2 cups of cheddar cheese. Stir in garlic powder, salt, and pepper. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-03-2018, 07:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 249
Posted By Leigh
I have one now that could probably go hours...

I have one now that could probably go hours without any other human interaction-all he cares about is exploring, learning to walk (he is cruising and standing independently for a few seconds at a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-28-2018, 05:33 PM
Replies: 4,832
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 479,722
Posted By Leigh
I would post a link to the state website to...

I would post a link to the state website to search for licensed providers (make sure that the link is the one for your city that lists only you) with a message that says "Here's a link for you to the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-22-2018, 07:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 340
Posted By Leigh
I think our sponsors may enter their own codes? ...

I think our sponsors may enter their own codes? 33 is Papaya for me. 75 doesn't exist under bread for me. Sun Chips/Doritos isn't an option for me when I type it in, nor are raisins. They did...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-21-2018, 07:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 340
Posted By Leigh
I didn't know anyone could serve raisins! My...

I didn't know anyone could serve raisins! My sponsor, at least, won't allow them.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-21-2018, 06:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 340
Posted By Leigh
CACFP in After School Programs?

Our local Boys and Girls Club has an all day daycare as well as an after school program. I saw one of their Facebook ads today that was touting their healthy meals and snacks. In their photos, kids...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-19-2018, 08:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 437
Posted By Leigh
Did any of your clients get raises in the last 3...

Did any of your clients get raises in the last 3 years? I'm sure they did. Why would they deserve a raise, and why would you NOT deserve one? I'd not only raise your rates to at least your area's...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-14-2018, 01:22 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 873
Posted By Leigh
I don't understand what you are wanting from the...

I don't understand what you are wanting from the preschool. Could you elaborate on what you were hoping to sue them for?
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 09-14-2018, 10:57 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 356
Posted By Leigh
One WG per day is the minimum requirement, so all...

One WG per day is the minimum requirement, so all of the crackers that you listed would be creditable if you had served WG at another meal. I TRY to use WG as much as possible, but I find that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-12-2018, 11:24 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 35,446
Posted By Leigh
:lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol: SCIENCE. ...

:lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol: SCIENCE. It's real. Crazies on the internet? Not so much.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-05-2018, 08:11 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 613
Posted By Leigh
I find 12 to be much easier than 6. I'm licensed...

I find 12 to be much easier than 6. I'm licensed for 12 plus 2 before and after school. I have 16 enrolled, 2 are before school kids, 2 are after school kids. I sometimes have 12 at once, but I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-29-2018, 09:36 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 507
Posted By Leigh
FOR GOD'S SAKE TAKE THIS POST DOWN BEFORE WE ALL...

FOR GOD'S SAKE TAKE THIS POST DOWN BEFORE WE ALL ARE FORCED BY OUR STATES TO WRITE UP A 4 PAGE "RACCOON RESPONSE PLAN"!!!

:lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 08-26-2018, 08:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 414
Posted By Leigh
You'll not be able to serve anything other than...

You'll not be able to serve anything other than dairy or soy unless you have a medical statement.
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 08-26-2018, 08:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 414
Posted By Leigh
Medical statements are allowed. I have served...

Medical statements are allowed. I have served rice milk and almond milk with medical statements (the statements will be something like NO dairy milk---substitute almond milk). As long as it is in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-23-2018, 01:51 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,162
Posted By Leigh
I know of a pair of sisters who have a childcare,...

I know of a pair of sisters who have a childcare, and they lie down and nap with the kids every day. They're unlicensed/unregistered. It's legal.

If you are registered or licensed in my state,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-20-2018, 02:06 PM
Replies: 1,076
Views: 198,175
Posted By Leigh
My nephew (29 now) and I were talking when he was...

My nephew (29 now) and I were talking when he was in high school. I said something about a record (album), and he said "what's a record?". I still remember using a reel to reel machine, the "ditto"...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-19-2018, 04:49 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,281
Posted By Leigh
#1: I'm betting that at least half of parents...

#1: I'm betting that at least half of parents are like this.

#2: That's a big nope at my daycare

#3: I'd NEVER take a child who I know has a biting issue

#4: I wouldn't have an issue...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-17-2018, 09:01 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 805
Posted By Leigh
I tell them that they don't HAVE to like each...

I tell them that they don't HAVE to like each other or be friends, but they DO have to respect each other, and that yelling "you're not my friend" isn't respectful. Then, sometimes, we need to work...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-10-2018, 08:29 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,908
Posted By Leigh
I have the kids sit at the table until everyone...

I have the kids sit at the table until everyone is done for two reasons:

1. Good manners
2. If one child leaves to play, the other kids tend to follow even if they aren't done eating. If they...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-09-2018, 06:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 413
Posted By Leigh
Do this! Also, don't wait for parents to leave...

Do this! Also, don't wait for parents to leave to put her in time out! She is still getting her reward until the parent leaves. Put her in time out the moment the behavior happens-obviously, the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-09-2018, 06:50 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,908
Posted By Leigh
Exactly. I have two of those kids right now. ...

Exactly. I have two of those kids right now. Not hungry? OK, I would never make you eat anything that you don't want to. It's "disgusting"? You don't like that kind" OK, I would never make you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-08-2018, 06:15 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,908
Posted By Leigh
Not an awful mom at all! You made him the meal,...

Not an awful mom at all! You made him the meal, it's up to him whether he eats it. Aside from forcing it in his mouth, you've done all you can.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-08-2018, 09:56 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,300
Posted By Leigh
Good point. In my state, your 12 year old can be...

Good point. In my state, your 12 year old can be registered as an assistant and is able to perform most any duties under the supervision of the adult (may not be left alone with kids, but can change...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-08-2018, 09:21 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,300
Posted By Leigh
When I was 12, I was babysitting until as late as...

When I was 12, I was babysitting until as late as 3am for families, and I was changing diapers of boys and girls. Girls have the same teenage hormones, and I wonder if you would worry about a girl...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-02-2018, 03:17 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 652
Posted By Leigh
This is exactly how I stopped the 2 kids I used...

This is exactly how I stopped the 2 kids I used to have who pooped their pants when they were told no or didn't get their way (4 year olds). They actually did clean it up. The pooping stopped.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-26-2018, 06:04 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 864
Posted By Leigh
I can't be the only one whose bra is off before...

I can't be the only one whose bra is off before the parent is out of my driveway!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-26-2018, 06:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 535
Posted By Leigh
Been there. A kid's grandma sent him in...

Been there. A kid's grandma sent him in underwear, even though his parents agreed that he wasn't ready to train. I put a diaper over the underwear and sent him home with his underwear in a bag with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-19-2018, 12:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 538
Posted By Leigh
They don't HAVE to answer the question. You can...

They don't HAVE to answer the question. You can just make your best guess and fill it out for them if they decline to (this is what I was advised to do).
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-19-2018, 08:07 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 538
Posted By Leigh
I can't answer for your state, but I can tell you...

I can't answer for your state, but I can tell you that the food program tracks race because they want to be sure that we are not discriminating. If the population is 60% Native American and I never...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-11-2018, 09:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 620
Posted By Leigh
I would have fired the assistant and the client!

I would have fired the assistant and the client!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-05-2018, 09:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 798
Posted By Leigh
I use diapers until I feel that a child is...

I use diapers until I feel that a child is actually potty trained. Pull ups and poops do NOT mix! They can use pull ups at nap time or for a few weeks after potty training to be sure they're...
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 07-05-2018, 09:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 412
Posted By Leigh
I give my parents my rates as yearly tuition. I...

I give my parents my rates as yearly tuition. I figure out how much per year that I need to make per space, and let them decide how to pay (weekly, monthly, every other week, etc.). They choose pay...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-28-2018, 10:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 368
Posted By Leigh
I believe that it is common to go back 7-10 years...

I believe that it is common to go back 7-10 years when considering a license. DV is something that may never be overlooked, though, and if there was a child involved, it will never be overlooked (if...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-26-2018, 02:18 PM
Replies: 4,832
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 479,722
Posted By Leigh
I was assuming that she was asking about the...

I was assuming that she was asking about the child coming right back to daycare with fever and active sores. I do still exclude until sores are scabbed over, though, because that is what my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-26-2018, 09:30 AM
Replies: 4,832
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 479,722
Posted By Leigh
They probably were all exposed, BUT, more...

They probably were all exposed, BUT, more exposures=more likely to contract the illness. Exclusion still helps prevent the spread (I have never had a DCK get it from another DCK).

I'm not so...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-22-2018, 01:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,239
Posted By Leigh
Here are some articles about the topic (the first...

Here are some articles about the topic (the first one, maybe the others, mentions that potty training and cognitive ability are not related):
...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 06-22-2018, 11:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 636
Posted By Leigh
Pizza, tacos, spaghetti, "white noodles"...

Pizza, tacos, spaghetti, "white noodles" (homemade fettucine), Arroz con Pollo, homemade hot pockets, mac and cheese with corn (I have no idea what the casserole is called), homemade chicken strips...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-21-2018, 01:40 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,065
Posted By Leigh
I saw that. AFTER my reply! :lol::lol::lol:

I saw that. AFTER my reply! :lol::lol::lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-20-2018, 10:52 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,065
Posted By Leigh
I don't blame you for wanting phone calls, but I...

I don't blame you for wanting phone calls, but I require texts or emails so that I have a written record of who was to pick up. I require the same when meds are given at daycare-the parent must text...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-19-2018, 01:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 289
Posted By Leigh
They seem pretty sturdy to me. No bite marks on...

They seem pretty sturdy to me. No bite marks on it yet. I've tried the silicone toothbrushes, too, but he throws them on the floor. I love that this is attached to him. I'd gladly replace it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-19-2018, 12:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 289
Posted By Leigh
Biters

I do NOT sell these, nor have any affiliation to the company, so I hope this is OK to post here.

I have a 13 month old biter who has been out of control. Parents took away his pacifier, and ever...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-18-2018, 09:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 552
Posted By Leigh
This is exactly what I would offer.

This is exactly what I would offer.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-17-2018, 03:22 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 851
Posted By Leigh
Same. I have to use AHA Heartsaver online here,...

Same. I have to use AHA Heartsaver online here, though, because all available skills testers do.
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 06-16-2018, 11:33 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,632
Posted By Leigh
My response is in blue above.

My response is in blue above.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-16-2018, 11:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 567
Posted By Leigh
Which law is this, specifically? I can't find it...

Which law is this, specifically? I can't find it when googling.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-14-2018, 10:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 349
Posted By Leigh
Thanks for sharing with us! The article...

Thanks for sharing with us!

The article got my hackles up. I have a new licensor who pretty much refuses to communicate in writing (paper or email) and will call in response to emails. I feel...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-14-2018, 10:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 683
Posted By Leigh
likethislikethislikethis Absolutely! This...

likethislikethislikethis Absolutely! This parent doesn't want OP to "share", this child wants OP to be obedient to her child. Maybe the conversation with the parent should be about who the adult...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-14-2018, 10:13 PM
Replies: 4,832
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 479,722
Posted By Leigh
Please close the door. Close the door please. ...

Please close the door. Close the door please. CLOSE THE @!&%$!$% DOOOOOOOOOOOR!!!! The parents are worse than the kids about it (the kids don't like flies in the house any more than I do!). :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-14-2018, 12:53 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,352
Posted By Leigh
I see that Millennial parents are shifting away...

I see that Millennial parents are shifting away from AP parenting, and toward a more balanced approach. Authoritative, not Authoritarian. I'm seeing rules and consequences (not punishments) in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-13-2018, 06:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,239
Posted By Leigh
As far as the other things mentioned by OP, I ...

As far as the other things mentioned by OP, I would encourage the parents to have the child evaluated for "giftedness" based on behaviors and encourage the evaluators to come to daycare to observe...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-13-2018, 06:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,239
Posted By Leigh
Many kids who are "gifted" have asynchronous...

Many kids who are "gifted" have asynchronous development.

3 years, 7 months isn't "too old" to not be potty trained. It is the AVERAGE age for boys to potty train. This child's brain is...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 05-16-2018, 01:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 797
Posted By Leigh
Whether they both claim isn't your problem. THEY...

Whether they both claim isn't your problem. THEY are the ones who will be in trouble. Just make sure that the parent who paid signs a copy of your statement, and you're covered. Also, if the IRS...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-16-2018, 01:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 648
Posted By Leigh
I have NEVER!

I have never met a child like this in my life. 4.5 years old. Picture a late teen who just escaped from reform school. Mouthy-not just a little sass, but extreme back talk and defiance about...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2018, 12:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 488
Posted By Leigh
I don't allow a kid out of diapers until they are...

I don't allow a kid out of diapers until they are already potty trained. I loathe pull ups (they rarely contain poop), and won't let a kid pee and poop in underwear. I would put him in diapers and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2018, 10:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 449
Posted By Leigh
In my state, I can continue operating in the new...

In my state, I can continue operating in the new home, but have a time limit (30 days?) in which my new home has to be inspected. If it passes, my license is transferred to the new address.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-22-2018, 09:24 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 35,446
Posted By Leigh
It isn't illegal to refuse a child who hasn't...

It isn't illegal to refuse a child who hasn't been vaccinated. How is it ethical to NOT accept these kids? Because I won't put unvaccinated infants at higher risk of being exposed to an illness. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-15-2018, 11:40 AM
Replies: 4,832
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 479,722
Posted By Leigh
And, she can't sign papers with her child...

And, she can't sign papers with her child present? I searched for and purchased a house with a newborn, a toddler, and an 8 year old along for the whole process (including signing papers). I was...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-13-2018, 11:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 627
Posted By Leigh
"I see that you are throwing food. That tells me...

"I see that you are throwing food. That tells me that you are not hungry anymore. I'll put your food away for you" and then remove the food. It will stop. Eventually.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-07-2018, 08:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 714
Posted By Leigh
Exactly what BC said. Don't let him have an...

Exactly what BC said. Don't let him have an audience. If you have to interrupt a conversation with a parent, do so. Take his hand, lead him away, and tell him that grown ups are talking and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-06-2018, 09:37 AM
Replies: 4,832
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 479,722
Posted By Leigh
Getting over Influenza. Day 14 today, still...

Getting over Influenza. Day 14 today, still coughing and tired and blowing my nose. It's getting better, but it takes so long!

Day 2 of no school here because of weather, so at least I have a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-19-2018, 09:13 AM
Replies: 4,832
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 479,722
Posted By Leigh
How did you respond? I suggest letting her know...

How did you respond? I suggest letting her know that her contract states that she WILL pay for it, and that if she doesn't have FULL payment in hand at drop off, you won't be accepting her child.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-19-2018, 09:11 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,652
Posted By Leigh
My little girl who runs hot at nap time (even...

My little girl who runs hot at nap time (even before she goes to sleep!) gets a really red face, which is why I started taking her temp. I have never sent her home for it, because I noticed right...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-16-2018, 10:09 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,652
Posted By Leigh
I have a 3-year old in my childcare who, more...

I have a 3-year old in my childcare who, more often than not, runs a temp at naptime. No one knows why. I would ask them to wait 15 minutes, then retake the temp. She just runs hot around nap...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 02-14-2018, 02:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,063
Posted By Leigh
Be glad that they don't like rice. I serve it...

Be glad that they don't like rice. I serve it fairly often and hate myself every time that I do-they make such a mess when eating it! Mine love Spanish rice, cheesy brown rice, and rice as a bed to...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 02-13-2018, 11:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,063
Posted By Leigh
What do you use wild rice for? I love the...

What do you use wild rice for? I love the copycat recipe for Byerly's cream of wild rice soup (I use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock in it, and think that tastes better). That's it. Other...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 02-13-2018, 10:59 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,063
Posted By Leigh
My kids prefer rotini for WW pasta. They like...

My kids prefer rotini for WW pasta. They like the WW spaghetti, too. I use Barilla.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2018, 02:15 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,315
Posted By Leigh
Today, in a FB group, I saw a response to a...

Today, in a FB group, I saw a response to a chasing-my-paycheck post.

The responder suggested that OP (who had several parents owing back tuition) post a sign on her door saying that she was...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2018, 02:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 968
Posted By Leigh
I had a sitter for 3 hours 2 weeks ago. I paid...

I had a sitter for 3 hours 2 weeks ago. I paid that sitter $40. Why would you feel guilty for charging $25? It's still less than paying a teen to come over and watch the child.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2018, 02:10 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 905
Posted By Leigh
I have twins with lung issues who absolutely...

I have twins with lung issues who absolutely require nebs. At first (they were 10 months old then), it was every 2 hours for each of them-levalbuterol followed with saline. I burned out my...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 02-12-2018, 01:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,184
Posted By Leigh
Our dentists aren't even open on Fridays here! ...

Our dentists aren't even open on Fridays here! The ONE pediatric dentist in town closes at 2:30PM M-TH and never opens on Fridays. I have 11 prescriptions that I can't get refilled because my new...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 02-12-2018, 12:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,184
Posted By Leigh
My state was like yours until recently. The...

My state was like yours until recently. The change has ensured that we can no longer even find subs for our daycares. Has it benefited parents? My clients don't feel that it has. Rather than...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 02-12-2018, 12:03 PM
Replies: 325
Views: 150,665
Posted By Leigh
There is no slot on Saturday nor Sunday (at most...

There is no slot on Saturday nor Sunday (at most daycares). Would you expect a discount for those days, as well? Why not? It makes no sense to me that a person can not understand the logic to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-24-2018, 12:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 705
Posted By Leigh
I tell parents that I charge $XXXX per year, and...

I tell parents that I charge $XXXX per year, and that they can pay it in a manner that works for them. I'll accept weekly, monthly, 1st & 15th, every other week. This has eliminated the "do I have...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 01-11-2018, 02:17 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,572
Posted By Leigh
My food program rep SUGGESTED Wheat Thins! ...

My food program rep SUGGESTED Wheat Thins! Amazing how everything is open to interpretation from program to program!
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 01-11-2018, 10:28 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,572
Posted By Leigh
Crunchmaster, Wheat Thins, Grainsfirst, Nabisco...

Crunchmaster, Wheat Thins, Grainsfirst, Nabisco Whole Grain Saltines, and Mary's Gone Crackers are a few brands that are whole grain.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2018, 10:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,225
Posted By Leigh
I had a parent ask me recently if I could help...

I had a parent ask me recently if I could help with a custody matter. I told him that I won't go to court. I feel that Mom is a good mom who makes bad choices. I am 100% on Dad's side that Dad...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-10-2018, 12:25 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,274
Posted By Leigh
I quit for my child, as well. His medical...

I quit for my child, as well. His medical appointments weren't working with my job schedule, and I just wanted to be with him, anyway, as well as to focus on being a foster parent.

One of my...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 01-10-2018, 11:08 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 702
Posted By Leigh
Hiring An Independent Contractor

For real, I would like to hire an independent contractor to help out in my childcare. She WILL be helping in other childcares, as well. There has long been a need for a "floater" to help with days...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-28-2017, 11:42 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,274
Posted By Leigh
I have a (unasked for) reputation for being a...

I have a (unasked for) reputation for being a special needs daycare. I have a child with cancer, one with cerebral palsy, several with trauma histories (neglect/abuse), others with developmental or...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-28-2017, 07:43 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,274
Posted By Leigh
I have 4 kids receiving services at my home right...

I have 4 kids receiving services at my home right now.

#1: Counseling/play therapy

#2: Counseling/play therapy and speech therapy

#3: Feeding therapy, speech therapy, early learning...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-19-2017, 10:14 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,261
Posted By Leigh
This wasn't at home daycare, but I had a boss at...

This wasn't at home daycare, but I had a boss at a small business who gave 30 cents per hour worked during the year as a Christmas bonus.

Personally, I would give at least $100, if I could...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-16-2017, 11:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 902
Posted By Leigh
To the mom of the 8 month old, I'd have told her...

To the mom of the 8 month old, I'd have told her "I did have room for him in May. Also, in June, July, August, and September, but I lost 5 months of wages holding a spot for him and you didn't bring...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-14-2017, 07:16 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,676
Posted By Leigh
At least no one would refuse lunch! I am so dang...

At least no one would refuse lunch! I am so dang sick of spending so much time cooking and cleaning up after cooking that this sounds so dang tempting! :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-13-2017, 06:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 731
Posted By Leigh
I have tried several cups, too. He seems totally...

I have tried several cups, too. He seems totally uninterested in drinking at all (he squeezes his lips together and pushes my hand away when I try). He is on the same meal schedule, but he is on...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-13-2017, 02:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 731
Posted By Leigh
Probably. Mom said that she gives him a bottle...

Probably. Mom said that she gives him a bottle in the crib. So, he'd have one when he gets home, one before bed, one (or more?) overnight, one in the morning...that's 32-40 oz right there,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-13-2017, 01:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 731
Posted By Leigh
8 Month Old Refusing Bottle

This is a new one for me. I have an 8 month old who started Monday who doesn't want to take a bottle. He signs for food and pushes the bottle away. On Monday, I got about 12 oz into him. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-12-2017, 10:52 AM
Replies: 4,832
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 479,722
Posted By Leigh
Just crop that picture so none of their feet are...

Just crop that picture so none of their feet are showing!
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