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Forum: Daycare and Taxes 10-01-2010, 04:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 19,157
Posted By professionalmom
In MI, if we accept DHS subsidy payments on...

In MI, if we accept DHS subsidy payments on behalf of our clients, the government takes out union dues (without our permission) and that is deductible. Don't forget that in your time space...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-25-2010, 07:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,242
Posted By professionalmom
Let's simplify this for you: People who are high...

Let's simplify this for you: People who are high cannot react to situations as quickly as sober people. That is why it is illegal to drink and drive. Alcohol and drugs (even pot) have similar...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-25-2010, 07:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,614
Posted By professionalmom
Although the usual reasoning for the 2 week...

Although the usual reasoning for the 2 week notice and pay is to compensate you while you advertise, interview, and replace those spots, that is not the ONLY reason. Even if you do not find...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-23-2010, 09:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,813
Posted By professionalmom
The only people I have ever had to take to court...

The only people I have ever had to take to court (4 families) were all subsidy recipients.

Would I ever take subsidy again? Not unless I had to in order to feed my family.

The parents were...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-23-2010, 11:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,627
Posted By professionalmom
I love it! Almost perfect. But she could also...

I love it! Almost perfect. But she could also say (with a HUGE grin on her face), "Oh, Sally is so involved in (fingerpainting), why don't we give her another minute or two before you get her ready...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-23-2010, 11:32 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 7,877
Posted By professionalmom
Thank you so much for proving that simply...

Thank you so much for proving that simply providing a daycare service does not garner a hefty income. You gross 6 figures! Of course you do, you have a bunch of "side" businesses going on. You can...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-23-2010, 11:06 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 9,677
Posted By professionalmom
We have been teaching my DD to put coins in her...

We have been teaching my DD to put coins in her piggy bank. She was working on a bunch one day. Later that evening, we went for a rare dinner out. She LOVED her food (pancakes shaped like Mickey...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-21-2010, 06:06 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 7,877
Posted By professionalmom
First, I did not derail this thread, if that was...

First, I did not derail this thread, if that was what you were saying. If it wasn't directed at me, then I apologize.

Second, I did not mean YOU were acting like YOU know everything. It was a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-21-2010, 05:35 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 8,871
Posted By professionalmom
Ditto. And your update post reminded me to state...

Ditto. And your update post reminded me to state something VERY important: Although I support a parent's right to spank or swat his or her OWN child(ren), I do not support ANYONE hitting, smacking,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-21-2010, 10:15 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,748
Posted By professionalmom
I dressed as comfy as possible because I needed...

I dressed as comfy as possible because I needed the ability to bend and twist in a variety of ways throughout the day and could not stand anything that pinched or tugged. Plus, why would I risk...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-21-2010, 10:01 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 7,877
Posted By professionalmom
But let's look at this for a moment at the $2 per...

But let's look at this for a moment at the $2 per hour. Sure, if you have 10 daycare children AT THE SAME TIME, it does become $20 per hour. But that is NOT the reality. Here in MI, we can only...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-21-2010, 09:28 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 9,677
Posted By professionalmom
I may not really be able to speak for ALL home...

I may not really be able to speak for ALL home daycare providers, but I think most would say the same as I - THANK YOU!!!! I have tried to explain what I do all day and it goes like this:
Me:...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-20-2010, 09:04 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 8,871
Posted By professionalmom
I TOTALLY AGREE!!! I hold a bachelors degree in...

I TOTALLY AGREE!!! I hold a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice. Try to find a police officer, correctional officer, or probation / parole officer who does NOT repeat this same sentiment. Most of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-05-2010, 11:17 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,549
Posted By professionalmom
OMG!!! I can't believe how the whole interview...

OMG!!! I can't believe how the whole interview went. If it was 1 of many questions - understandable. But the entire focus (with the except of the outdoor question) of the interview, not bringing...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-31-2010, 11:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,979
Posted By professionalmom
EXACTLY! We are all professionals here. But...

EXACTLY! We are all professionals here. But some professions require people to be well ... sloppy, dirty, goofy, or just plain nuts. And this is one of those professions. Do I want the DC parents...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-29-2010, 09:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,487
Posted By professionalmom
How about, "I'm taking the dogs with me for...

How about, "I'm taking the dogs with me for protection"? I would think people would be less likely to mess with a woman with dogs.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-29-2010, 09:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,487
Posted By professionalmom
I think it is probably just the adjustment...

I think it is probably just the adjustment period. However ... is there any chance you might be hauling around a little extra something? When I hear (or read) about fatigue, I immediately think b a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-29-2010, 09:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,840
Posted By professionalmom
As you can see from the replies, it's a mixed...

As you can see from the replies, it's a mixed bag. I am of the opinion that this is YOUR business and you need to do what is within YOUR comfort zone. So who cares if you are being dramatic? If...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-29-2010, 08:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,501
Posted By professionalmom
I think that it doesn't matter what profession...

I think that it doesn't matter what profession you are in, family and friends tend to think of you as a resource. For instance, I have a cousin who is a plumber and installs tubs, hot tubs, etc. for...
Forum: Curriculum 08-29-2010, 07:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,127
Posted By professionalmom
This topic is quite interesting considering I was...

This topic is quite interesting considering I was just in mediation with a former client this past week and she brought "curriculum" up as a way to try to bash me and tell the mediator what a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-29-2010, 07:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,151
Posted By professionalmom
I can sympathize with the parent that is at work...

I can sympathize with the parent that is at work and afraid of losing a job due to too many absences caused by sick kids. That I can understand. This situation where there are no risks to the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-29-2010, 06:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,063
Posted By professionalmom
Ok. I had a coworker about 6 years ago who had...

Ok. I had a coworker about 6 years ago who had this same problem with her 2 kids. They were actually telling each other that they wished the other was dead! Now this was before I had kids or was...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 08-17-2010, 05:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 7,293
Posted By professionalmom
You are a mom and moms (myself especially) are...

You are a mom and moms (myself especially) are notorious for envisioning the most dire situations and then obsessing about it. Who do you think came up with the phrase, "I thought you were dead, in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-16-2010, 05:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,434
Posted By professionalmom
Many of the parents or guardians that push the...

Many of the parents or guardians that push the boundaries (which are not all of them, just some of them), are the same ones that will jump ship the minute you get firm with them. Then they find out...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-16-2010, 05:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,351
Posted By professionalmom
Isn't that a little slice of heaven when you are...

Isn't that a little slice of heaven when you are around kids all day? Eating a meal undisturbed. Eating a meal that is warmer than room temp. NOT sharing what's on your plate (my DD thinks...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-16-2010, 05:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,252
Posted By professionalmom
Considering at one time I was working 15-16 hour...

Considering at one time I was working 15-16 hour days, I would be upset. I never wanted to work those hours, but to get and keep enough clients to pay our bills, I had to work long hours because...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-15-2010, 09:11 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,597
Posted By professionalmom
They may be different, but it's the train of...

They may be different, but it's the train of thought that I was referring to. For instance, if the provider is willing to make an exception and stay open another hour so the mom can go to the gym,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-15-2010, 08:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,846
Posted By professionalmom
It's especially great for the kids who do not...

It's especially great for the kids who do not have a dad at home! It's so weird though that every boy I ever had wanted to wrestle with my husband and every girl I ever had, had a crush on him! ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-15-2010, 07:12 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,050
Posted By professionalmom
I saw a program once where they were testing...

I saw a program once where they were testing children during growth spurts. The main focus seemed to be teenage boys who tend to spurt very rapidly in a very short amount of time. They were very...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-15-2010, 06:54 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,597
Posted By professionalmom
True. But then it will become "oh, I have to run...

True. But then it will become "oh, I have to run to the grocery store", "oh, I have to run this errand", etc. The next thing you know, the child is in care an extra 2 hours a day while mom runs...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-14-2010, 08:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,791
Posted By professionalmom
It is scary how weird it is getting, isn't it? ...

It is scary how weird it is getting, isn't it? Common sense seems to have disappeared and been replaced by weird. Sometimes I actually wonder if I am the crazy one when I see and hear so much weird...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-14-2010, 08:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,731
Posted By professionalmom
WOOHOO!!! GOOD FOR YOU!!!! Enjoy!!!!!:D

WOOHOO!!! GOOD FOR YOU!!!! Enjoy!!!!!:D
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-14-2010, 08:02 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,597
Posted By professionalmom
I agree that she should stick to her contract...

I agree that she should stick to her contract because she did put that in her contract for a reason. I think some people assume that those of us who had this type of contract did it because it was...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-14-2010, 07:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,727
Posted By professionalmom
VERY true. I'll bet they do not lay awake at...

VERY true. I'll bet they do not lay awake at night wondering if they may have offended you in some way. So why beat yourself up about doing what is right for you, your family, your business, and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-14-2010, 07:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,782
Posted By professionalmom
Uh, no. Parents were never allowed to dictate...

Uh, no. Parents were never allowed to dictate the schedule in my daycare. For the ones who tried, I advised them that I have to design a schedule to fit ALL the children and that if they want their...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-14-2010, 07:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,782
Posted By professionalmom
Hehe! My trick was to give them plenty to eat,...

Hehe! My trick was to give them plenty to eat, clean them up (I cleaned their messes and dishes when they napped), then diaper changes / potty time, then story time as they drift off to sleepyville....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-14-2010, 07:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,128
Posted By professionalmom
I would definitely document everything. ...

I would definitely document everything. Especially since the little girl (or some other child) could go home and either repeat the behavior or tell someone else about it (and kids could make it out...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-14-2010, 02:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,846
Posted By professionalmom
Although I totally agree that we always, always,...

Although I totally agree that we always, always, always have to have safety on our minds, the reality of it is that kids are kids and we can't expect them to not be physically active. And as...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 08-14-2010, 02:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 13,541
Posted By professionalmom
Actually, I think I understand what nannyde was...

Actually, I think I understand what nannyde was trying to say, even though it came off wrong. I think what she was trying to say is that parents often think that they are the "be all and end all" of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-14-2010, 08:24 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 7,877
Posted By professionalmom
I haven't had a chance to read all the previous...

I haven't had a chance to read all the previous posts, so I'm just answering the OP's question. I do have a degree, but not in ECE. I did consider it and would have pursued it if I stayed in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-12-2010, 07:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,782
Posted By professionalmom
What I used to love was when I could get 5 or 6...

What I used to love was when I could get 5 or 6 children all asleep at the same time, finish all my paperwork and such, then I would go and update my facebook status. My family and friends would...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-12-2010, 07:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,727
Posted By professionalmom
And no one ever thought that MAYBE it would be...

And no one ever thought that MAYBE it would be best for your SIL and HER family if you got tough with her and made her grow up? It sounds like you married into a family of enablers. That's why she...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-10-2010, 07:59 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,380
Posted By professionalmom
I agree. Sadly we women tend to be so much more...

I agree. Sadly we women tend to be so much more passionate about our thoughts, opinions, and beliefs, than the men are. But then again, men can bond over a "project" that they are working on, even...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-09-2010, 08:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,002
Posted By professionalmom
Oops. Sorry, Michael. :(

Oops. Sorry, Michael. :(
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-09-2010, 08:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,002
Posted By professionalmom
I used Craigslist and got some good replies that...

I used Craigslist and got some good replies that way. But be prepared for spammers. I have put up fliers around the local community college campus. But the best source I had was being licensed...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-09-2010, 08:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,953
Posted By professionalmom
I think it's a great gig too and I already miss...

I think it's a great gig too and I already miss it and I just shut down a couple weeks ago. As for the newborns, you have to take your next vacation to come visit me in Nov or Dec. I'll have 2...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-09-2010, 07:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,280
Posted By professionalmom
I love your question especially when you have the...

I love your question especially when you have the "name" tenderhearts. Maybe your heart is a tad too tender. The $5 per day is leaving yourself WIDE open for issues. I had $5 per hour for OT in my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-09-2010, 05:32 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,927
Posted By professionalmom
I would be concerned about having a male (DCD) in...

I would be concerned about having a male (DCD) in the house for more than 3-5 minutes if my husband was not home. Why? Because it does not look good. It can cause suspicions to emerge. Does this...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-09-2010, 05:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,029
Posted By professionalmom
VERY good point. Even from a legal standpoint,...

VERY good point. Even from a legal standpoint, offers can USUALLY be retracted all the way up until the offer is accepted. So if you made an offer and they haven't accepted, you have every right to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-09-2010, 05:02 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 22,470
Posted By professionalmom
Michael, Thank you so much for addressing this....

Michael,
Thank you so much for addressing this. And thank you for posting the response from the OP. Just as I suspected, it was just a parent who wished to educate on these topics at home, and not...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-09-2010, 04:28 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,953
Posted By professionalmom
Of course cats count! Back before I had my DD...

Of course cats count! Back before I had my DD (and before I was doing daycare), I had a cat that I had from the day he was born (his mom was my mom's cat and his mom let me handle him when he was 30...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-09-2010, 04:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,303
Posted By professionalmom
MI does the same thing so it doesn't matter what...

MI does the same thing so it doesn't matter what I leave out, anyone can find me. Except a few clients I have had tried the "I didn't have your number with me" when they no-call, no show (and have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-09-2010, 04:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,727
Posted By professionalmom
I have dealt with that to. Did I play it so...

I have dealt with that to. Did I play it so nicey nice that I brought it on myself? The real answer is no. I have been super nice to all my DC families and some have been so overwhelmingly...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-09-2010, 10:45 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,953
Posted By professionalmom
It's been less than a month since I had to shut...

It's been less than a month since I had to shut down my home daycare (previous threads - basically, pregnancy-related medical issues) and I miss it already. Did I have days, weeks, or even months...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-09-2010, 10:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,029
Posted By professionalmom
No, not a lawyer. Just a little law school and a...

No, not a lawyer. Just a little law school and a WHOLE lot of life experience (personal and family members - I have a HUGE family). I admit that I have made mistakes, but boy do I learn from those...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-09-2010, 10:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,727
Posted By professionalmom
First, the guilt is normal in these situations,...

First, the guilt is normal in these situations, especially during these difficult economic times where EVERYONE has a sob story to tell.

Second, good for you for sticking to your contract and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-09-2010, 09:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,029
Posted By professionalmom
Definitely stop talking to them. If they...

Definitely stop talking to them. If they continue to try to contact you, write them a letter stating that they owe X (attach the bills / invoices) and that they are not to call, text, or email you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-09-2010, 09:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,029
Posted By professionalmom
Judy, this is one of those very RARE times where...

Judy, this is one of those very RARE times where I actually have to disagree with you. I learned, from the first case I took to court, never to term with a client UNLESS it falls under the...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 08-09-2010, 08:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,360
Posted By professionalmom
I would definitely be asking a couple questions: ...

I would definitely be asking a couple questions: Why are the older kids and younger kids together? There should be some age separation. Also, why is a 13 year old in daycare? I was babysitting...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-06-2010, 04:30 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 22,470
Posted By professionalmom
Very wonderfully stated. I find it interesting...

Very wonderfully stated. I find it interesting that you can not state an opinion, even in a respectful way, without someone persecuting you. Tolerance goes both ways. My best friend and I are a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-06-2010, 03:46 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 22,470
Posted By professionalmom
I think these are very personal questions and...

I think these are very personal questions and should be explained by the PARENT. Just the same as when a child asks me, "Where do babies come from?" or "How did the babies get in your tummy?" My...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-06-2010, 10:57 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 22,470
Posted By professionalmom
First, the child you had that made those comments...

First, the child you had that made those comments - that was TOTALLY uncalled for and I would have definitely addressed that with his parents explaining that we do NOT discriminate and talk like that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-06-2010, 09:48 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 22,470
Posted By professionalmom
There was no mention of the parent...

There was no mention of the parent discriminating. We don't know what is being taught at home. Maybe they are teaching tolerance at home, but the parent wishes to teach her child that on HER own...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-06-2010, 08:58 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,303
Posted By professionalmom
Ditto for my business cards AND my website. And...

Ditto for my business cards AND my website. And VERY reasonably priced.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-06-2010, 08:52 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 22,470
Posted By professionalmom
Discrimination OR age-appropriateness issue?

Wow - the hostility! I knew this topic would elicit a lot of emotions. Here's a thought for EVERYONE. Did the OP say that she was against Gay Pride activities? No. Maybe, just maybe, she is of the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-06-2010, 08:32 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 22,470
Posted By professionalmom
Wow, this could really turn into a very heated...

Wow, this could really turn into a very heated debate since it is a very touchy subject. I do agree that they were within their rights to kick you out based on discrimination, especially if it is in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-06-2010, 07:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,601
Posted By professionalmom
GO JUDY!!!! Daycare providers need to stand up,...

GO JUDY!!!! Daycare providers need to stand up, united, and demand respect for the job you are doing! Even in my DHS orientation, the trainer mentioned that we ARE raising the next generation (but...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-06-2010, 06:33 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,306
Posted By professionalmom
Yep. Money talks, especially in this economy.

Yep. Money talks, especially in this economy.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-06-2010, 06:28 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,841
Posted By professionalmom
Don't be surprised if she asks though. I have...

Don't be surprised if she asks though. I have had that happen to me. I told the mom, "no. That's the point of a deposit and the contract that you signed clearly states that."
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-05-2010, 06:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,418
Posted By professionalmom
One thing that you may want to stress (along with...

One thing that you may want to stress (along with education, training, experience, etc.) is that you DON'T have children. That can be a benefit: less sick time that you have to take because your...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-05-2010, 04:47 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,303
Posted By professionalmom
Yeah, I was never really comfortable about that...

Yeah, I was never really comfortable about that either. It felt like an advertisement for pedophiles and rapists. It's a scary world out there and there are some really sick people out there. If...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-05-2010, 04:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,792
Posted By professionalmom
oh, and I forgot to tell you ladies, the judge...

oh, and I forgot to tell you ladies, the judge advised me to use "finance charges" in place of late payment charges. I guess that is a way around the late fees becoming "punitive" or excessive. I...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 08-05-2010, 03:58 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 13,792
Posted By professionalmom
To the OP, I am glad that it is working out. ...

To the OP, I am glad that it is working out. Personally, if a client had a problem with a particular visitor, I would certainly take that into consideration.

As for the others, I do have guests...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-05-2010, 03:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,792
Posted By professionalmom
Went to Court Yesterday

Ok. So I had court yesterday. I know that there has been some discussions on here about what we can actually sue for and win, so I thought I would share my personal experience. I was going to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-05-2010, 02:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,841
Posted By professionalmom
Oooooo ... I like this train of thought: Can they...

Oooooo ... I like this train of thought: Can they (the parents) follow simple rules and instructions? That would be VERY helpful to weed out many of the types of problem parents I had in the past.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-05-2010, 02:12 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,260
Posted By professionalmom
This is one of the biggest reasons I want to home...

This is one of the biggest reasons I want to home school. TIME! My mom worked with me (prepared me for school) before I went to kindy, so I was always in the advanced classes and such in school. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-05-2010, 01:58 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,260
Posted By professionalmom
I'm very curious too. Once we get done with our...

I'm very curious too. Once we get done with our move, I will be investigating the different curriculums out there so I can prepare to home school our girls when the time comes (approx. 3 more...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-05-2010, 01:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,960
Posted By professionalmom
Wow! I could only have dreamed of the hours all...

Wow! I could only have dreamed of the hours all of you had. My first kid(s) would arrive around 7-7:30am and the last one would leave around 10 - 11:30pm. Plus, I was open on Sat and Sun for the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-05-2010, 08:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,997
Posted By professionalmom
I totally agree. Especially if you have young...

I totally agree. Especially if you have young kids who whimper or cry for a minute or two at drop-off. It would be like 2 drop-off scenes on the days the parent(s) "pop" in. Also, I didn't like...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-05-2010, 02:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,099
Posted By professionalmom
Ditto on the "who's watching the baby during the...

Ditto on the "who's watching the baby during the day?"

But seriously, she knows you are a daycare provider and have children during the day? She knows you are a human being and NOT a robot? Does...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-05-2010, 02:44 AM
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Posted By professionalmom
Ditto. How can the honeymoon stage be over...

Ditto. How can the honeymoon stage be over before it began?

.......................NEXT!!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-05-2010, 02:39 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,260
Posted By professionalmom
I was wondering about this too. Up until about...

I was wondering about this too. Up until about 15 years ago, I never heard of children going to daycare purely for "socialization". Yet since the beginning of time, children have been "socialized"...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-05-2010, 02:29 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,672
Posted By professionalmom
I had the EXACT same situation with a DCB, but...

I had the EXACT same situation with a DCB, but when I explained to the mom that DCB was tripping and/or walking around holding his own pants up and inhibiting his ability to play and be involved in...
Forum: Daycare Insurance 08-05-2010, 02:00 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,800
Posted By professionalmom
During the interview process, I used to explain...

During the interview process, I used to explain the NEED for providers to take time off from time to time. I would explain that caring for multiple children (of varying ages) for 10-16 hours a day...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-04-2010, 10:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,741
Posted By professionalmom
I'm thinking that there might be something else...

I'm thinking that there might be something else going on. Although it COULD be due to the co-sleeping, I'm not completely sold on that, if she's only 4 mths. My DD co-slept with us until she was 7...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-31-2010, 07:30 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,840
Posted By professionalmom
A friend of mine has an aunt who had her tubes...

A friend of mine has an aunt who had her tubes cut, tied, burned, and whatever else they do. Then she got pregnant. :eek: Come to find out she had 3 ovaries and tubes. Upon further examination,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-31-2010, 07:20 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,118
Posted By professionalmom
I find it odd that people are still using the...

I find it odd that people are still using the term "oppressed" to describe women in the pre-feminist movement. Women in those days took care of the children, cooked cleaned, did the laundry, did the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-31-2010, 06:20 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,840
Posted By professionalmom
Ok, your wife is going to strangle me for giving...

Ok, your wife is going to strangle me for giving you ideas. I have a cousin who works in plumbing. He actually bought a urinal for his garage/man cave. He said that way he could drink his beer and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-31-2010, 06:15 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,840
Posted By professionalmom
HA!! After the twins are born, he is not going...

HA!! After the twins are born, he is not going to touch me (if he values his life) until we are both fixed. I am so done with pregnancy! I love kids and wanted 4 singletons, but having twins the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-31-2010, 08:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,159
Posted By professionalmom
I know that we are business women, but we also...

I know that we are business women, but we also have to remember that this is our HOME and we have the same rights to EXCLUDE people from our property whether we are conducting business on that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-31-2010, 05:35 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 36,681
Posted By professionalmom
Was this thread about: parents who have...

Was this thread about:

parents who have children in daycare every week then take vacations without their children? Yes.

parents who take an occassional date night? No.

parents who take...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-31-2010, 04:47 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,118
Posted By professionalmom
You are right about being involved in...

You are right about being involved in extra-curricular activities AND parental involvement are the best ways to keep kids away from drugs, sex, bad grades, etc. However, I think many parents (not...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-31-2010, 04:31 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,557
Posted By professionalmom
I once had a DCB from the age of 6 months to 20...

I once had a DCB from the age of 6 months to 20 months. The DCM was verbally abusive to me and I finally gave her 2 weeks notice to which she cussed at me for (right in front of her child, my child,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-29-2010, 08:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,673
Posted By professionalmom
What about doing it in stages? Like an extra $5...

What about doing it in stages? Like an extra $5 per week for 3 months, than an additional $5 ($10 total) for the next 3 months, and so on until you complete the adjustment. You would need to type...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-29-2010, 08:12 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,840
Posted By professionalmom
Could you send him to my house to do some...

Could you send him to my house to do some construction work for me? I like the way he thinks. But if he even thinks about putting a phone in my bathroom, I'll have to fire him.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-29-2010, 08:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,699
Posted By professionalmom
Are you sure the house will still be there when...

Are you sure the house will still be there when you get back? :lol:

"thinking about us" - yeah, right!

Sipping margaritas on the lake? Oooo, have one for me since I can't have any due to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-29-2010, 07:59 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,118
Posted By professionalmom
:eek: GASP!! You mean there really isn't an easy...

:eek: GASP!! You mean there really isn't an easy button and that Earth-shattering dilemmas are not solved in under 30 minutes!? :eek:

Nanny, I've said this a million times (ok, maybe only 10) -...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-29-2010, 07:50 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,118
Posted By professionalmom
I did thank God everyday that I had daycare kids...

I did thank God everyday that I had daycare kids in my care. Although I shut down only a week ago (health / high risk pregnancy), I knew that each and every day, I was giving my DC kids something...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-29-2010, 07:21 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,840
Posted By professionalmom
Well, my hubby already has an office all to...

Well, my hubby already has an office all to himself. He considers the rest of the house "mine". Ha! It's not "chicked up" at my house. It's child proofed. I finally got rid of all my nice...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-29-2010, 11:31 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 36,681
Posted By professionalmom
Ok, finally a post I can work with. I think what...

Ok, finally a post I can work with. I think what you describe as "parent bashing" is just very loving parents and providers who are appalled by some of the actions of some parents. I never referred...
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