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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Today, 10:06 AM
Replies: 4
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Posted By Snowmom
I have 3 Germ Guardian air purifiers. I love them...

I have 3 Germ Guardian air purifiers. I love them that much.
I have seasonal allergies and definitely notice when they're not running.
As far as Covid goes, who knows if they really help filter...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-02-2021, 11:44 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 3,281
Posted By Snowmom
I am 2 days past my 2nd dose of Moderna. ...

I am 2 days past my 2nd dose of Moderna.

The only thing that really came out of the first dose was a bit of a headache, sore arm and a little tired. Then on Day 7, I had "covid arm" (a large red,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2021, 10:33 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 145
Posted By Snowmom
Do you even have the records? Even the IRS...

Do you even have the records?
Even the IRS standard for keeping records is 3 years. I'd say NO unless it was easily accessible.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2021, 10:31 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 546
Posted By Snowmom
I'm so sorry Michael. My condolences to you and...

I'm so sorry Michael. My condolences to you and your wife.

I'm sure we're all up for whatever you need or decide to do with the site. Please let us know if we can help in any way.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2021, 10:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 506
Posted By Snowmom
:lol: I love how you handled the potty parent. ...

:lol: I love how you handled the potty parent.

It takes some time to gain that backbone. But I think you're well on your way! Welcome to the club!
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 01-31-2021, 05:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 518
Posted By Snowmom
I truly hope that child isn't in a facility 11.5...

I truly hope that child isn't in a facility 11.5 hours a day, 5 days a week. That's insane.

No, they didn't breach your contract if notice was given and you agreed (agreed=staying enrolled and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-31-2021, 03:43 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 3,281
Posted By Snowmom
I got my Moderna vaccine 2 days ago. The...

I got my Moderna vaccine 2 days ago.

The process was incredibly quick (Minneapolis).
I was there no more than 45 minutes and that was with the 30 minutes of observation. It was 30 minutes for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-29-2021, 10:50 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,158
Posted By Snowmom
I'm still stuck on the "wants an owlet and yet...

I'm still stuck on the "wants an owlet and yet wants to sleep in a swing". :confused::confused:

This one is wacky.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-26-2021, 10:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 326
Posted By Snowmom
In my contract, I include an Emergency Procedures...

In my contract, I include an Emergency Procedures addendum.

Acknowledgements:
The following emergency procedures are put into effect.

Daycare will close under the following circumstances...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-26-2021, 09:19 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 3,281
Posted By Snowmom
Yikes. I hope that's not the case here. I have...

Yikes. I hope that's not the case here.
I have my appointment this week during nap time. 15 minutes away and they say to expect 1/2 hour at the site.
Hopefully my husband won't be doing diaper...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-20-2021, 08:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 329
Posted By Snowmom
:eek: She hit her mom and that was...

:eek:

She hit her mom and that was acceptable?

I think I'd be having a conversation with mom. I expect all the families I accept into my program to be role models for ALL the other children...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-20-2021, 08:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 601
Posted By Snowmom
I wouldn't ignore it. I'd probably say...

I wouldn't ignore it.

I'd probably say something like: "Hi DCM, I want to touch base about Joey's schedule. Now that he's approaching 10 months and reaching some important milestones, I will be...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-15-2021, 08:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 571
Posted By Snowmom
Honestly, at this point of the pandemic, there is...

Honestly, at this point of the pandemic, there is no "alarming them unnecessarily".
I would tell them of the possibility and probably throw in a warning of possible closure and potential isolation...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-13-2021, 07:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 359
Posted By Snowmom
Discount School Supply has many options. ...

Discount School Supply has many options.

Personally, I never preferred all-in-one type furniture since it seems harder to clean and maintain.

My go to's are stackable high chairs (Ikea) and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-07-2021, 10:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 342
Posted By Snowmom
If they are relevant to the job you are seeking-...

If they are relevant to the job you are seeking- yes. But you don't necessarily have to put a timeframe or even the standard resume format. You could put a general synopsis of related work experience...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-07-2021, 08:40 AM
Replies: 6,211
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 707,607
Posted By Snowmom
Good for you for recognizing and solving it!...

Good for you for recognizing and solving it! That's one of the biggest obstacles for people in this job.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-05-2021, 09:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 545
Posted By Snowmom
Centers are closing from mandates or lack of...

Centers are closing from mandates or lack of enrollment?

All childcare (centers and in-home) have all remained open through everything so far in MN. All our local schools went 100% distance...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-05-2021, 01:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 545
Posted By Snowmom
In this particular moment in time (pandemic), I'm...

In this particular moment in time (pandemic), I'm sure a lot of people will be "job hopping".
I personally know of several that have worked in high paying professional fields that are now working...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-02-2021, 10:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 777
Posted By Snowmom
Let's break this down into simplistics. You have...

Let's break this down into simplistics. You have two issues: biting and pacifier use.
Which would you rather have?

Personally, as a parent, I would rather have a pacifier user to satisfy that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-22-2020, 07:44 PM
Replies: 247
Views: 6,236
Posted By Snowmom
Soooo... getting back to the OP. Yes, I will...

Soooo... getting back to the OP.
Yes, I will get the vaccine when available.

The benefits outweigh the risks for me.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-16-2020, 08:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,144
Posted By Snowmom
I always buy the kids a gift to open at our...

I always buy the kids a gift to open at our daycare party.
Usually a toy under $20 each.

I usually make a large assortment of cookies and Chex/muddy mix to send home with the parents. This year,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-10-2020, 12:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 921
Posted By Snowmom
Have you ever seen your provider over ratio...

Have you ever seen your provider over ratio before? Are there any other concerns you've had other than that one day?

How exactly did you count 16? Were they all in one room and you were able to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-07-2020, 03:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 636
Posted By Snowmom
Oh jeez! I got an email this past August...

Oh jeez!

I got an email this past August saying "Hi Miss Snowmom. We won't be enrolling this Fall after all since I can stay home a little longer with the babe. We'll let you know next year....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-01-2020, 07:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 765
Posted By Snowmom
My advice is to stop worrying about what's best...

My advice is to stop worrying about what's best for others and take off what YOU want to take off. They really shouldn't have a say in it at all.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-23-2020, 12:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,934
Posted By Snowmom
I have one who is obsessed with diaper loads. ...

I have one who is obsessed with diaper loads.
As in, he sneaks up behind the young ones wearing diapers and squeezes the "juice". You know- the sag in a dirty diaper.

If there isn't any, he...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-12-2020, 08:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 458
Posted By Snowmom
I have a young 2 yr old enrolled who does the...

I have a young 2 yr old enrolled who does the same thing.
I tried a nap mat his first week and he was so stressed and anxious that he didn't sleep at all. I talked to mom and she mentioned that he...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-12-2020, 07:51 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,701
Posted By Snowmom
Not harsh at all. Reality. Most jobs and...

Not harsh at all. Reality.
Most jobs and services you enroll in will have a trial period.
If you can't get on board in a certain time period (usually two weeks), you hit the road.

In my own...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-12-2020, 07:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,847
Posted By Snowmom
That's tough, I'm sorry it's stressing you out. ...

That's tough, I'm sorry it's stressing you out.

Other than what's already mentioned, I can suggest a sound board. My brother lined the walls of his room with them after my mom complained that his...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-09-2020, 08:32 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 905
Posted By Snowmom
Yes, it makes me nervous. But I also know...

Yes, it makes me nervous.
But I also know there not much we can do to avoid getting cases in daycare in the grand scheme. You can tighten your policies, require isolation or close for extended...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-27-2020, 01:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 527
Posted By Snowmom
I threw that $50 paperweight away this morning. ...

I threw that $50 paperweight away this morning.

No amount of calibration ever made it reliable. I went back to tympanic and resigned myself to investing in endless amounts of ear covers.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2020, 07:48 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 642
Posted By Snowmom
I have requested families to bring in one group...

I have requested families to bring in one group supply per month to help offset costs. Luckily, they've been very generous and don't just bring in one tiny box of Kleenex! I've gotten a 12 pack of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-23-2020, 04:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 522
Posted By Snowmom
My personal policy is: if I am open, rates are...

My personal policy is: if I am open, rates are due.

It doesn't affect me financially too much to close unpaid for a couple weeks (since my SO pays the mortgage). But I've been debating coming up...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-22-2020, 08:17 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,383
Posted By Snowmom
This was a big one for me too. I'm in my 40's....

This was a big one for me too. I'm in my 40's. This job has been directly responsible for 4 hospitalizations for me. The MRSA infection (99.99% sure I contracted it from one particular family) almost...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-21-2020, 07:55 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,383
Posted By Snowmom
Thanks all! lovethis If I get the job, I...

Thanks all! lovethis

If I get the job, I will likely still check in every once in awhile. It's a county job with rotating shifts (10-12 hours, 4 days/week).
I still plan on keeping my license...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-21-2020, 05:02 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,383
Posted By Snowmom
I have an interview tomorrow- complete career...

I have an interview tomorrow- complete career change.

How do I know I want to leave:
1. I dread opening my doors in the morning.
2. I have no desire to do activities beyond what's necessary to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-16-2020, 02:30 PM
Replies: 6,211
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 707,607
Posted By Snowmom
It takes FORRRREVERRR to get on. Then you get the...

It takes FORRRREVERRR to get on. Then you get the kids that whine after two minutes to go back inside.

We have lots of "nature-based" preschools around here that require rain gear to enroll. REI...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-16-2020, 09:17 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 801
Posted By Snowmom
Doctor/Nurses kids... oye. Worst of the worst. ...

Doctor/Nurses kids... oye. Worst of the worst.


But yes, be super picky about those teacher families. You'll always find the teachers who feel entitled to get summers free, holidays prorated and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-16-2020, 09:11 AM
Replies: 6,211
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 707,607
Posted By Snowmom
Merrels brand of these are super sturdy and comfy!

Merrels brand of these are super sturdy and comfy!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-16-2020, 08:48 AM
Replies: 6,211
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 707,607
Posted By Snowmom
I wipe my outside play area off before we go out...

I wipe my outside play area off before we go out as well.

But honestly, wet is wet- it wouldn't make a difference if the child was wearing sweats, jeans or leggings to me. If they sit in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-15-2020, 11:31 AM
Replies: 6,211
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 707,607
Posted By Snowmom
I prefer leggings over jeans any day. I have...

I prefer leggings over jeans any day.

I have had several families dress their still-diapered kids in skinny jeans and I will 100% change them as soon as they walk in the door. I hate those...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-14-2020, 02:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 801
Posted By Snowmom
Figure out what's important to you in this...

Figure out what's important to you in this instance.

Some questions to ask yourself:
Do you truly feel it's too difficult or stressful on you to have a child off for 3 months and have to adapt...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-14-2020, 02:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 596
Posted By Snowmom
Absolutely! It's the state of the world right...

Absolutely! It's the state of the world right now. :confused:
I'm open=they pay.
They agreed to pay for any/all sick days when they signed on. Of course, it wasn't 14 days pre-covid and it will...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-13-2020, 02:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 596
Posted By Snowmom
One and done. Feces is one of the #1 disease...

One and done.
Feces is one of the #1 disease spreaders. So many viruses shed through feces!
Not to mention the time it takes to clean up. No thanks. One incident and they're sent home.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-12-2020, 09:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 499
Posted By Snowmom
Good for you! Strengthening that back bone is one...

Good for you! Strengthening that back bone is one of the hardest things to do.


The threads are still great to read even when you've read them a dozen times already! It's such a wealth of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-09-2020, 03:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 577
Posted By Snowmom
Running your own business is a risk no matter...

Running your own business is a risk no matter what product or service you offer.
Daycare in itself is not a huge money maker. So, being that you would be paying rent on an apartment you don't live...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 10-08-2020, 10:10 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 11,022
Posted By Snowmom
I 1000% agree with Blackcat. This is an...

I 1000% agree with Blackcat.

This is an issue that gets under my skin so much. Just because you can send a text at 3am, doesn't mean you should. If you are up at 3am and don't think you'll...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-05-2020, 03:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 500
Posted By Snowmom
No bleach- you'll wreck your carpet and...

No bleach- you'll wreck your carpet and furniture.
Sanitizing tabs are what these usually use. Like Steramine tablets (Amazon).

Honestly, unless you purchase an electrostatic sprayer, then it's...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-03-2020, 11:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 695
Posted By Snowmom
Personally, I would just leave out that...

Personally, I would just leave out that mid-section about your next endeavor. If they ask, then I wouldn't have an issue telling them. But at this point, it doesn't serve a real purpose and honestly,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-23-2020, 12:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,242
Posted By Snowmom
I think it should be expected to address it with...

I think it should be expected to address it with her because it's a liability!
Running around with lax supervision instead of direction... it only takes one car going by to change everyone's family...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-23-2020, 11:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 730
Posted By Snowmom
I'm confused. What do you mean "I don't trust...

I'm confused. What do you mean "I don't trust this"?

Your state should be giving you guidance in what to exclude for in terms of Covid. You can always come up with your own policies as well....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-23-2020, 11:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 870
Posted By Snowmom
Will it offend somebody? Sure, because that's the...

Will it offend somebody? Sure, because that's the way our society is these days. Someone always has to feel they should be offended by different views.
Would I allow it? Yes, of course. I don't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-18-2020, 03:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,386
Posted By Snowmom
The only thing I say now when this kind of thing...

The only thing I say now when this kind of thing happens is: "Is someone hurt?"

No.

The first couple times, I'll respond with "then I don't need to know." After that, I don't say anything else,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-15-2020, 08:03 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 964
Posted By Snowmom
Respectful people would feel bad, yes. To her,...

Respectful people would feel bad, yes.
To her, she got your permission to be late when she did it the first time and got away with it without consequence.
Unfortunately, with these types of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-10-2020, 02:32 PM
Replies: 6,211
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 707,607
Posted By Snowmom
I had a funny thing happen the other day. I...

I had a funny thing happen the other day.
I had scheduled a day off for September (scheduled in July) but later cancelled it (with several weeks notice) since I had to switch some things in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-08-2020, 08:30 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 17,488
Posted By Snowmom
Empathy for what? Clothing is a pretty standard...

Empathy for what? Clothing is a pretty standard requirement.:confused:

If you're unhappy with what your daycare requires, find a different place. It's a pretty easy solution there.

Each...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-03-2020, 05:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 887
Posted By Snowmom
I was going to say this too. Sometimes I...

I was going to say this too.

Sometimes I get snarky and say "Did something happen at home because sometimes they don't want to leave me." :ouch:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-03-2020, 05:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 914
Posted By Snowmom
Is this the same person/situation from months...

Is this the same person/situation from months ago?

OP, unless you are suffering from affects of the situation (ex: they're bad mouthing you or making it difficult to find a new job), there's not...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-25-2020, 09:15 AM
Replies: 6,211
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 707,607
Posted By Snowmom
Wow. I didn't find Dad funny. I think he's an...

Wow. I didn't find Dad funny. I think he's an a**.

Illnesses will be the end of me in this business. I will go bezerk on a parent one day.
I even had one bring in a kid today with 102 temp. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-24-2020, 11:23 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,357
Posted By Snowmom
I'm so sorry she's going through this! I hope...

I'm so sorry she's going through this! I hope they're taking good care of her! It sounds so different for everyone with no rhyme/reason.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-24-2020, 07:53 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,357
Posted By Snowmom
My heart breaks for these stories. I wasn't...

My heart breaks for these stories.

I wasn't sure how to personally answer the poll.
I was sick in March and there wasn't any testing available here. I was told that I had pneumonia from my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-18-2020, 07:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 756
Posted By Snowmom
Any coughing goes home here. Period. And...

Any coughing goes home here. Period.

And allergies always need documentation by a DR with a plan of treatment on file. But I will still exclude for coughing right now- even with allergies.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-13-2020, 10:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 596
Posted By Snowmom
I'm a 7:30-4:30 person. I changed dc hours about...

I'm a 7:30-4:30 person. I changed dc hours about 5 years ago and will never go back to earlier or later.

My husband usually takes our son to hockey. Mainly because I hate helping with hockey...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-09-2020, 09:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,161
Posted By Snowmom
:lol: Badmouthed? She was being a diligent...

:lol:
Badmouthed?

She was being a diligent customer by asking for other's opinions and experience. IMHO, consumers NEED to be weary of online companies and question their authenticity. There are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-16-2020, 06:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 836
Posted By Snowmom
My late fee policy: Arriving AT or AFTER...

My late fee policy:

Arriving AT or AFTER your contracted deadline is considered late and you will incur late fees equal to $1 per minute for every minute you are on the daycare premises.


I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-16-2020, 06:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 918
Posted By Snowmom
Short answer: No. You're not unreasonable at all....

Short answer: No. You're not unreasonable at all.

Long answer: We're living in a global pandemic.
During this pandemic, you as the caregiver of a large group of children are responsible for...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 07-07-2020, 09:36 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 940
Posted By Snowmom
How Do We Fill Out This PPP Forgiveness Stuff?

My brain is hurting!
I opened the form(s) from PayPal on how to apply for forgiveness and I'm seriously in tears trying to figure this stuff out! I've read and re-read all this at least a dozen...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-30-2020, 10:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,195
Posted By Snowmom
You should have gotten direction on what's...

You should have gotten direction on what's needed, if anything. Most grants either expect you to submit receipts OR simply just agree to use the funds for your business.

If there was no outlined...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-30-2020, 10:53 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,519
Posted By Snowmom
Nope, never. Unless I made an error, I...

Nope, never.

Unless I made an error, I don't apologize.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-29-2020, 01:58 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,362
Posted By Snowmom
It depends on how your contract is worded. ...

It depends on how your contract is worded.

If you contain everything that a contract needs to contain but refer to it as your handbook and contract (like I do), it is 100% enforceable in court.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-29-2020, 11:11 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,159
Posted By Snowmom
Like Cat herder, only if I actually know the...

Like Cat herder, only if I actually know the provider.

Otherwise, I usually give a few resources that may be helpful.

I have a neighbor who is also licensed. I actually like her and have no...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-29-2020, 11:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 822
Posted By Snowmom
I wouldn't bring in anything like that. ...

I wouldn't bring in anything like that.

Focus your interview on what you want in a job. Meaning: "I am looking for a position with a quality employer that will support employment with me...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-25-2020, 08:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,362
Posted By Snowmom
I used to have 2 (handbook and also a contract). ...

I used to have 2 (handbook and also a contract).
I had them sign the contract and also sign a handbook release that states they received it and will follow all policies as outlined.

Now, I just...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-25-2020, 06:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 896
Posted By Snowmom
Honestly, I'd just give them notice now. I...

Honestly, I'd just give them notice now.
I refuse to be on edge with families. Communication is essential and it sounds like they don't feel the same.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-25-2020, 07:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,063
Posted By Snowmom
Unless you're going to restrict families from...

Unless you're going to restrict families from coming inside (which I am in TOTAL support of and do it myself), then you are going to have to address it to her directly.

"Mom, the best approach to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-22-2020, 09:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,086
Posted By Snowmom
Not here. I had two out last week. Diarrhea...

Not here.

I had two out last week. Diarrhea on one, coughing for another. Another out this week with rashes.

Still have the same "allergies" excuse. Which I do not believe since these are kids...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-19-2020, 04:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,355
Posted By Snowmom
Yes, I'd be concerned too. You mentioned...

Yes, I'd be concerned too.

You mentioned she's 4.5. What are the plans for the upcoming school year? Have the parents mentioned if she'd be going to kinder or preschool? Are they planning another...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-15-2020, 07:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,084
Posted By Snowmom
It is much harder when they are all the same age...

It is much harder when they are all the same age and temperament. One of the reasons I prefer mixed age groups honestly. They learn empathy and leadership better in mixed age. But I digress. :D

I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-11-2020, 07:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 831
Posted By Snowmom
Yes/No. DCB has been here 6 months now. Mom...

Yes/No.
DCB has been here 6 months now. Mom does 100% of the drop off/pick up.
Last Friday, She came with DCD to pick up and I said "Hi, I don't think we met before". He didn't laugh and said, "I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-09-2020, 05:00 PM
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Posted By Snowmom
I'm sorry, that sounds frustrating. If I...

I'm sorry, that sounds frustrating.

If I may give a little advice: next time, stick with your gut. You knew it didn't feel right. Don't try to force it. Actually, even giving "benefit of the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-09-2020, 07:47 AM
Replies: 6,211
Sticky: Venting Thread
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Posted By Snowmom
I truly don't get the Miralax trend. Someone...

I truly don't get the Miralax trend.
Someone explain this to me, since it's so common these days.

Why not just try to correct the issue naturally, with diet?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-08-2020, 02:48 PM
Replies: 6,211
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 707,607
Posted By Snowmom
Have a changing pad, diapers and wipes right next...

Have a changing pad, diapers and wipes right next to the entrance tomorrow (and for about a week).
The child comes in needing a change, they do it right then and there.

But yes, your center...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-08-2020, 09:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 21,244
Posted By Snowmom
:lol: Been there. Yarn and balloon bowls. ...

:lol:

Been there. Yarn and balloon bowls.
Big sticky mess.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-06-2020, 02:48 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,221
Posted By Snowmom
Yea, I mean, how they dare they expect any break...

Yea, I mean, how they dare they expect any break during a 10-12 hour work day in a family daycare?

Your $150 a week should have them groveling at your feet to be grateful for the opportunity to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-05-2020, 10:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 853
Posted By Snowmom
Honestly, you're lucky they even told you. ...

Honestly, you're lucky they even told you.

I'm close to Mpls too. I'm sure some of my families have gone too. They'd never tell me though.
If I did know, I would exclude for 14 days.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-28-2020, 11:47 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 21,244
Posted By Snowmom
Next week, we are doing these 1-breath windbags. ...

Next week, we are doing these 1-breath windbags.
I've never tried them before, so we'll see how it goes!...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-21-2020, 07:43 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,919
Posted By Snowmom
I'm getting so burnt out on this drop off/pick up...

I'm getting so burnt out on this drop off/pick up procedure.

I do wear a mask for those times, but not inside with the kids. I have two washable masks and I end up those every day (hate laundry)....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-20-2020, 07:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 881
Posted By Snowmom
I have nap mats similar to these:...

I have nap mats similar to these:...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-18-2020, 11:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,146
Posted By Snowmom
I'm jealous. We still have over two more...

I'm jealous.

We still have over two more weeks.
My 2nd grader has totally checked out of doing anything.
My 6th grader is in tears. She's an over achiever and gotten A's in every single class...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-14-2020, 02:30 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,919
Posted By Snowmom
Yea, northern states hate him too. :lol: ...

Yea, northern states hate him too.
:lol:

Both of them actually.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-13-2020, 11:04 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,376
Posted By Snowmom
I think it's pretty cut/dry. If she isn't paying...

I think it's pretty cut/dry. If she isn't paying for a spot, you're free to offer it to someone else.
No contract sign=no guarantee.

If you find someone else, just tell her that since she didn't...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 05-08-2020, 07:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,038
Posted By Snowmom
I'm not following a lot of what you are saying...

I'm not following a lot of what you are saying here, but again, it's going to come down to what your contract says you are bound to.
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 05-05-2020, 11:18 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,036
Posted By Snowmom
I applied for the EIDL grant in March and then...

I applied for the EIDL grant in March and then again in April (around the 7th) and still haven't seen or heard anything beyond the general "we have a high volume... yada yada".

I did apply for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-30-2020, 05:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,598
Posted By Snowmom
Parents who NEVER spent their time off with their...

Parents who NEVER spent their time off with their children are now getting a lot of face time. That = better behavior.

I don't let parents inside right now. So, my house can be messy and I don't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-30-2020, 05:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 805
Posted By Snowmom
Rural is a tougher market. Although you might...

Rural is a tougher market.
Although you might be surprised. It's all in how you market it.
Research contracted hours here to get some ideas on how other providers market shorter hours.

When I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-30-2020, 11:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 805
Posted By Snowmom
Are you sure you want to quit altogether? I bet...

Are you sure you want to quit altogether?
I bet shortening those hours would make a huge difference.

I don't open until 7:30 and I only take on families who need until 4:30. I switched that a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-30-2020, 07:44 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 698
Posted By Snowmom
PPP Loan Planning

If anyone here has gotten a PPP loan, how are you planning on documenting your expenses for loan forgiveness?

How do you prove that you pay yourself?

What if your mortgage is usually paid out...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-29-2020, 07:33 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,939
Posted By Snowmom
happyfacehappyfacehappyface Congratulations....

happyfacehappyfacehappyface

Congratulations. I bet that must feel freeing.

I've never participated. I went to a couple trainings of theirs and walked out of one. The trainer was giving...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-27-2020, 10:50 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,822
Posted By Snowmom
Yikes! We did go buy a gun. I never thought...

Yikes!

We did go buy a gun. I never thought my husband and I would. But, peace of mind and all. Still makes me nervous.

Cleaning supplies are still sparse around here too.
My licensor has...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2020, 01:10 PM
Replies: 6,211
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 707,607
Posted By Snowmom
I really hate that I keep learning new things I...

I really hate that I keep learning new things I need to put into my contract. Always by a "lesson learned" experience with jerky clients.

On a related note: I never thought I'd have to term...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 04-23-2020, 06:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,038
Posted By Snowmom
Ok, this puts a different spin on your legal...

Ok, this puts a different spin on your legal options.
Is your state mandating that only essential workers can use daycare?
If not, you could win in a court of law because they broke the contract...
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