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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2016, 07:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,439
Posted By DCMom
http://www.target.com/p/circo-storage-bin-spiral-g...

http://www.target.com/p/circo-storage-bin-spiral-green/-/A-17086547?lnk=rec%7Cpdpipadh1%7Cviewed_bought%7Cpdpipadh1%7C17086547%7C2

I use mine for toys and replaced the fabric bins with these....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-06-2013, 08:49 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 16,276
Posted By DCMom
No flames here! I feel the same way. I...

No flames here!

I feel the same way. I stress over what to do for the dck's, what to do with the dck's for the parents, how the parents will perceive it...on and on and on. In the end, they...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-26-2013, 10:59 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,636
Posted By DCMom
This. I require a FULL SET of winter gear to...

This.
I require a FULL SET of winter gear to be left here. Some buy an extra set and leave it here, some bring everything on Monday and take it home Friday, whatever system works for them. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-31-2013, 05:32 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,804
Posted By DCMom
You gotta be in Minnesota! My older son still...

You gotta be in Minnesota! My older son still talks about that Halloween. My boys were 5 & 3 and I was pregnant with my daughter and we only went to a few houses. But the older kids in the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-31-2013, 05:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,990
Posted By DCMom
I completely agree with this. I have this...

I completely agree with this.

I have this family and this is how I handled it. Called dad twice last week to come and get her. He works from home, so having the screamer home with home with him...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-14-2013, 10:34 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,579
Posted By DCMom
Love it! :lol:happyface:lol:

Love it! :lol:happyface:lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-14-2013, 10:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,328
Posted By DCMom
I am in an eastern suburb of St. Paul and I...

I am in an eastern suburb of St. Paul and I virtually never have openings. I have been in business since 1989 and once I was full, I've never had an open spot longer than a week or two (unless I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-01-2013, 12:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,646
Posted By DCMom
When that happened here, I used Bon Ami on a damp...

When that happened here, I used Bon Ami on a damp soft cloth. Quartet makes a whiteboard cleaner/conditioner that is a little gritty, that might do it. I don't know if Magic Eraser would work...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-01-2013, 12:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,089
Posted By DCMom
I actually have two of those, 3 and 5 year old...

I actually have two of those, 3 and 5 year old sisters. I don't mind it. I just give one or the other a hug and don't say anything really.

I've had them their whole lives, but they just started...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-24-2013, 10:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,203
Posted By DCMom
You can never have enough space ;) When we...

You can never have enough space ;)

When we built our house 20+ years ago, I had the daycare in mind. I have about 900 square feet of dedicated space. The playroom is about 20 x 20 in addition to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-23-2013, 09:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,061
Posted By DCMom
I am from Minnesota also :) Twin Cities...

I am from Minnesota also :)

Twin Cities metro area. I am a PCI provider, but not attending the conference. Normally I would, but we have a 50th wedding anniversary celebration in the family...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-12-2013, 11:56 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 21,151
Posted By DCMom
I still have a milkman, but he brings Kemps brand...

I still have a milkman, but he brings Kemps brand :p

I used to love to spend summers with my aunt and uncle on the dairy farm. Fresh everything, every day. Huge garden, cows, pigs, chickens. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-12-2013, 11:53 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 21,151
Posted By DCMom
Yep! And I knew how to use it at a young...

Yep! And I knew how to use it at a young age...every Monday if it didn't rain because the clothesline was the the dryer. Tuesday was ironing day, I stood on a kitchen chair until we got one of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-12-2013, 11:46 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 21,151
Posted By DCMom
OMG, yes! When my parents passed away, I...

OMG, yes!

When my parents passed away, I just couldn't bring myself to get rid of them. Maybe they will be worth something to Antique Roadshow or something someday :lol:

We actually had two...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-10-2013, 11:58 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,985
Posted By DCMom
:lol::lol::lol: Exactly. I would simply...

:lol::lol::lol:

Exactly.

I would simply say "Thank you for your interest and good luck with your search for child care."
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-10-2013, 11:53 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,125
Posted By DCMom
Well aren't you the Most Appreciated Provider??...

Well aren't you the Most Appreciated Provider?? :p
Congrats on your awesome parents AND Happy Birthday!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-09-2013, 12:32 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 11,857
Posted By DCMom
Cute stuff, you guys! I love the tiles on the...

Cute stuff, you guys! I love the tiles on the easels, I might have to try those for Christmas.

We did canvas bags with handprint/footprint flowers and footprint butterflies. Most of my families...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-14-2013, 05:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,439
Posted By DCMom
Maybe we should all take it as a paid holiday? ...

Maybe we should all take it as a paid holiday? :D:rolleyes:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-05-2013, 12:42 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,628
Posted By DCMom
This^^ I have one with a "milk allergy" (but...

This^^
I have one with a "milk allergy" (but often has chocolate milk packed in his lunch :rolleyes:) and two with diagnosed Celiac's. Parents bring all of their meals and I have a diet statement...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-10-2013, 08:25 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,591
Posted By DCMom
We went through VRBO and rented a huge 4-bedroom ...

We went through VRBO and rented a huge 4-bedroom house with a pool on the 18th hole of a golf course in Kissammee. Even with the car rental it was still cheaper than a hotel and buying all our food...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-10-2013, 08:18 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,777
Posted By DCMom
Like Blackcat, we have the city wide test of the...

Like Blackcat, we have the city wide test of the system on the first Wednesday of the month so we always do one that day. The siren is in the park very close to my home, so when the kids hear they...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-08-2013, 07:55 AM
Replies: 176
Views: 20,316
Posted By DCMom
But it won't be. In MN, there is legislation...

But it won't be. In MN, there is legislation introduced (SF 1024) establishing The Department of Early Care and Education.

They want to transfer licensing for family child care and child care...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-28-2013, 09:50 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,135
Posted By DCMom
Good for you! You are right, you are not in the...

Good for you! You are right, you are not in the wrong. If you don't stand up for yourself, no one else will.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-28-2013, 08:54 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,135
Posted By DCMom
Honestly, if they had rung the bell at 11 minutes...

Honestly, if they had rung the bell at 11 minutes I would not have answered the door. Just me. If they are so rude as to be that late without a phone call begging your forgiveness, they are not the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-28-2013, 08:49 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,024
Posted By DCMom
It's called Parent Aware here. Eventually...

It's called Parent Aware here.

Eventually every state will call it Universal Pre-K; all these different programs are just the framework of the bigger picture. And the powers that be get really...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-26-2013, 08:59 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 8,880
Posted By DCMom
likethislikethislikethis Agree completely. ...

likethislikethislikethis
Agree completely. The government wants to provide cradle to grave 'education'.

This union thing is nothing but a money grab. Think about it ~ they are going to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-26-2013, 08:26 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 8,880
Posted By DCMom
I was just coming back to post that info BC,...

I was just coming back to post that info BC, thanks!

I have also attached a de-authorization form that can be filled out and emailed per the instructions on the sheet.

About Parent Aware....I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-25-2013, 05:16 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 8,880
Posted By DCMom
Minnesota providers, if you do not want this you...

Minnesota providers, if you do not want this you need to let your legislators know. I have written to all of my district legislators plus the people who are introducing the bill. Unfortunately,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-21-2013, 12:36 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,609
Posted By DCMom
I don't disagree this, but voucher represents the...

I don't disagree this, but voucher represents the $$ already being spent on a child. The parent gets to take $$ and CHOOSE the school that they want their child to go to.

Right now, your taxes...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-21-2013, 12:24 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,609
Posted By DCMom
I agree completely! If I had it to do all...

I agree completely!

If I had it to do all over again, my kids would have been homeschooled then private school in the later grades. I would have worked three jobs to make it happen...hindsight...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-21-2013, 12:17 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,375
Posted By DCMom
Congraulations! I truly enjoy reading your...

Congraulations!
I truly enjoy reading your posts. It is evident that you have a passion for this business~it comes through in your thoughts and words.
Your experience is invaluable to new...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-20-2013, 12:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,915
Posted By DCMom
I have a couple of these in different areas. ...

I have a couple of these in different areas. They come in lots of different configurations/bin sizes to accommodate what you need to store.

I love the lids, it makes it really easy to switch...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-19-2013, 08:52 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,098
Posted By DCMom
I think that you did everything that you could...

I think that you did everything that you could possibly do to avoid the situation. I would NOT be paying for a tow and I would pass along the extra plow cost for her stupidity.

I have it in my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-18-2013, 12:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,282
Posted By DCMom
Generally, I take the same days each year. I...

Generally, I take the same days each year. I give them the list with their contract updates in December. If anything changes during the year I give them as much notice as possible.

The don't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-18-2013, 11:53 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,157
Posted By DCMom
I am open and I have a houseful! I'm surprised...

I am open and I have a houseful! I'm surprised to read how many of you have a light day; all my parents have to work.

Schools are closed ~ I have a group of kindergarteners who split up at the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-16-2013, 09:18 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,513
Posted By DCMom
That is an awesome story :) Honestly, if I never...

That is an awesome story :) Honestly, if I never saw another dime the attempt to pay her debt would mean the world to me.

Having a sick child certainly must have changed her perspective as to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-15-2013, 12:16 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,689
Posted By DCMom
I have a group of 14, 7 boys and 7 girls. 3...

I have a group of 14, 7 boys and 7 girls.

3 of the boys are whiny tattlers. Could rival ANY of the girls. Yet they are the most destructive and 'active' kids of the whole group. Two of the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-14-2013, 12:38 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 12,066
Posted By DCMom
This. Exactly.

This. Exactly.
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 02-10-2013, 06:53 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,597
Posted By DCMom
You can't owe more in taxes than what you make. ...

You can't owe more in taxes than what you make. You are only taxed on the profit of your business; that profit is added to the taxable income of your spouse. So together you would be taxes on $80K...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-07-2013, 07:17 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,158
Posted By DCMom
A feeling only a military mom can understand :) ...

A feeling only a military mom can understand :)
I'm a Navy mom too and can never stop those happy tears when i get the chance to see my sailor (I have some in my eyes right now!).
Enjoy every...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-07-2013, 03:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,255
Posted By DCMom
That is a great letter Blackcat. I have a second...

That is a great letter Blackcat. I have a second family who is divorcing and it looks like I might need something like that...may I borrow and tweak?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-07-2013, 02:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,255
Posted By DCMom
I am in that situation right now. Dad has full...

I am in that situation right now. Dad has full legal and physical custody of the kids. He signed all paperwork and is responsible for all payments. Mom is not authorized to pick up without written...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-22-2013, 07:39 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,560
Posted By DCMom
Really? I don't transport and I don't take the...

Really? I don't transport and I don't take the class. Mostly because I would need a bus.... :D

I just got relicensed in December and specifically asked the question. She said no. Not required...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-17-2013, 01:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,420
Posted By DCMom
In my policies it states: "Terms for...

In my policies it states:

"Terms for maternity leaves and other extended absences are considered on a case by case basis. Terms will be negotiated and agreed upon in writing by parent and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-03-2013, 05:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,993
Posted By DCMom
Same here. I always have someone who is PTing...

Same here. I always have someone who is PTing and I just got so tired of cleaning up things associated with it!

Boys sit backwards; it's an easy transition to standing for them and improves...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-02-2013, 10:45 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,907
Posted By DCMom
I'm confused, how does it cost $18/hr? If you...

I'm confused, how does it cost $18/hr?
If you pay Employee A from 8-12:30 then employee B from 12:30-5 they each are paid $9/hr for the hours they work during the day.
I used to job share at my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-31-2012, 11:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,309
Posted By DCMom
I have one family that pays monthly, one that...

I have one family that pays monthly, one that pays semi-monthly.

I just count the Mondays (my payday) in the month x weekly rate = the monthly payment and /2 = the 15th & last day of the month...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-19-2012, 12:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,346
Posted By DCMom
Whenever I use tempera paint on things I want to...

Whenever I use tempera paint on things I want to be more permanent, I coat them with a spray on clear finish.

I let the kids paint them, even the toddlers can do it with a little help. For the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-19-2012, 12:37 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,822
Posted By DCMom
LOVE both ideas! I'm going to file both of those...

LOVE both ideas! I'm going to file both of those away for future reference ;)

I hear you about the babies...it took my assistant and I a couple of trys to get the prints in the spot I wanted them...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-19-2012, 09:18 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,822
Posted By DCMom
Thanks, it's a coupon for a free day of daycare. ...

Thanks, it's a coupon for a free day of daycare.
Full time families received one day and part time families got a pro-rated credit amount.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-19-2012, 07:08 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,822
Posted By DCMom
Finally done with them (16!), I think they turned...

Finally done with them (16!), I think they turned out cute :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-17-2012, 10:00 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,163
Posted By DCMom
Oh my gosh, those are super cute! The kids will...

Oh my gosh, those are super cute! The kids will LOVE them :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-17-2012, 09:46 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,801
Posted By DCMom
Love it! I'm using this from now on :)

Love it! I'm using this from now on :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-10-2012, 01:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,985
Posted By DCMom
Aren't they cute? I have a folder full of stuff...

Aren't they cute? I have a folder full of stuff I run across and save. I like doing footprints because no matter what age you can get a footprint!

I do the same thing ~ Several of my families...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-10-2012, 01:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,985
Posted By DCMom
I have done this for the last few years and I...

I have done this for the last few years and I have to say it has been one of the most well received things I have ever done. This years theme is Christmas Tree, last year was Snowmen and the year...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-10-2012, 12:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,599
Posted By DCMom
Lol, same here. With age comes wisdom, as they...

Lol, same here. With age comes wisdom, as they say :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-06-2012, 07:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,530
Posted By DCMom
I check/trim kids nails on Monday after...

I check/trim kids nails on Monday after breakfast. I have for years, I jokingly refer to it as the Monday Morning Manicure. I don't even mention it to parents, but sadly I have only had a few...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-06-2012, 07:07 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 6,283
Posted By DCMom
I wear your basic Levi's 505's daily ~ and I must...

I wear your basic Levi's 505's daily ~ and I must say the addition of 1% spandex is wonderful :) At 52, I'm not doing alot of cartwheels and somersaults ~ that's what I pay my late teen/early 20...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-04-2012, 12:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,442
Posted By DCMom
That is a great chart for visualization,...

That is a great chart for visualization, Blackcat!

I have a C3 but during the school year I only need a second adult on M-W-F and school off days. I have two college girls who rotate the days. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-29-2012, 01:04 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 17,881
Posted By DCMom
Blackcat, Meeko and Willow have pretty much said...

Blackcat, Meeko and Willow have pretty much said everything I wanted to say. Especially about enforcing the regulations that we already have in place. Most of us have the integrity to self-regulate...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-28-2012, 12:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,076
Posted By DCMom
Very interesting article. I have two kids right...

Very interesting article. I have two kids right now with food allergies, one only 8 months old with a milk allergy. Another former family has been diagnosed with Celiacs.

Here in MN, providers...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-13-2012, 08:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 923
Posted By DCMom
I charge $110/wk all year. It includes B/A,...

I charge $110/wk all year. It includes B/A, school off days and summers. At that price, parents have to really think about whether or not they want them here. I also only take SA that have a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-13-2012, 04:36 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,654
Posted By DCMom
That IKEA is only 20 minutes from me...it's...

That IKEA is only 20 minutes from me...it's dangerous! :)

I love, love, love IKEA and so does my daughter. It's affordable and good quality, I've never had a complaint about anything that I have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-11-2012, 11:57 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,854
Posted By DCMom
This year I didn't take it off. Some years I do,...

This year I didn't take it off. Some years I do, so I don't; it depends on what my mix of families are. This year everyone has to work so I do too :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-10-2012, 07:06 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,697
Posted By DCMom
I hate socks. Not sure how old your dcb...

I hate socks.

Not sure how old your dcb is, but my response to lost socks is (smiling sweetly) "Well if Johnny *looking directly at Johnny* had put them in his shoes/in the basket/on the counter...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-06-2012, 12:40 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,582
Posted By DCMom
Oh yeah, at least once a month :) My...

Oh yeah, at least once a month :)

My dckids are know to say "where does this go now??" when cleaning up! Rearranging along with toy rotation is the cheapest way to keep their interest.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-06-2012, 12:35 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,804
Posted By DCMom
IKEA. So many choices for storage,...

IKEA.

So many choices for storage, especially if you are combining childcare and your living space.

I am also in MN and often go to the store to just get ideas in their displays. I personally...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-06-2012, 12:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,838
Posted By DCMom
As usual, BlackCat hit the nail on the head! ...

As usual, BlackCat hit the nail on the head! Only YOU can make you happy and the same goes for your wife.

I started 'doing daycare' because we couldn't afford to have me be a SAHM. 20+ years...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-06-2012, 12:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,267
Posted By DCMom
Your vote always counts, especially in a close...

Your vote always counts, especially in a close election :)

IMHO, it is going to be very close. If it is too close to call in any of the swing states it could be days with recounts, absentee...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-25-2012, 11:59 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 8,531
Posted By DCMom
Very nice! I still love your puppet stage; my...

Very nice! I still love your puppet stage; my kids would play with that all day. The loft is pretty cool and of course the wall of storage is to die for :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-19-2012, 08:55 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 46,082
Posted By DCMom
If I suspected a recording device, that toy would...

If I suspected a recording device, that toy would have been opened up and investigated 10 minutes ago.

If it was a recording device, the termination would have been immediate. As in a phone...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-18-2012, 10:17 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,232
Posted By DCMom
Does anyone plan on doing daycare until they...

Does anyone plan on doing daycare until they retire?
When I first started, that wasn't the plan. Now, 23 years later, it is.

Why did you open your daycare?
I originally started 'babysitting' a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-18-2012, 05:34 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,856
Posted By DCMom
likethis The middle east in chaos, this...

likethis

The middle east in chaos, this country is on the verge of bankruptcy and we continue to spend-spend-spend, our credit rating was downgraded for the first time in history. There are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-16-2012, 01:12 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,204
Posted By DCMom
Exactly. I have been saying this to my peers for...

Exactly. I have been saying this to my peers for a while now...my daughter originally was going to go into home daycare, but has chosen another career path because of the changes and what we feel is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-16-2012, 10:33 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,641
Posted By DCMom
I backed out of the pilot 5 years ago. I just...

I backed out of the pilot 5 years ago. I just didn't agree with what they were trying to do ~ the way that I had interpreted the requirements was that in order to achieve 4 stars, I would basically...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-16-2012, 06:17 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,641
Posted By DCMom
I was at a training last night (non-Parent...

I was at a training last night (non-Parent Aware). They had one of the Parent Aware advocates in prior to the training to pass out cards to push providers to sign up for the Parent Aware info...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-27-2012, 05:12 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,608
Posted By DCMom
I totally agree with this ~ kids make mistakes...

I totally agree with this ~ kids make mistakes that's how they learn.

That being said, at 8, I think she knows what she was doing is wrong. I would be keeping a close eye on her for awhile,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-26-2012, 12:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,613
Posted By DCMom
You gotta wonder who actually pays that kind of...

You gotta wonder who actually pays that kind of $$ for something like that. Geez, my car cost less!

I had a loft for several years. In the beginning it was great, the kids used it appropriately...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-26-2012, 12:10 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,130
Posted By DCMom
Meeko, it's beautiful! I LOVE it lovethis You...

Meeko, it's beautiful! I LOVE it lovethis You did a wonderful job!

I also love the 4 six section shelves you have in the last picture, where did you get those? Looks like something I need to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-25-2012, 12:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,719
Posted By DCMom
I agree with Willow on this one. Sounds...

I agree with Willow on this one.

Sounds like she had a visit from licensing and getting within ratios the quickest way possible. She knew she was over and got caught ~ unfortunately you are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-24-2012, 12:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,723
Posted By DCMom
Great. Big help there, huh? I have a...

Great. Big help there, huh?

I have a similar situation right now. I was told by my licensing worker that only people who truly have a legal right to pick up/physical custody is the parents. BUT...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-12-2012, 12:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,468
Posted By DCMom
Love these! I have many ikea purchases in my...

Love these!

I have many ikea purchases in my home and daycare (only 15min from my house) from storage items to decor to toys to textiles and furnishings. I have never been disappointed in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-07-2012, 02:52 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,224
Posted By DCMom
Thanks Blackcat! I think I might sign up for...

Thanks Blackcat!

I think I might sign up for another info session and go into it with a list of questions. If it is the inevitable in MN, might as well get ahead of the curve, right? :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-07-2012, 02:30 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,224
Posted By DCMom
That makes sense, but it isn't how it was...

That makes sense, but it isn't how it was explained to me.

It was my understanding that every program who chose to participate would automatically get two stars, then you had to earn up to the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-07-2012, 01:08 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,224
Posted By DCMom
Interesting. I just went to an info session this...

Interesting. I just went to an info session this spring and was told that it was going to be completely voluntary; no mention at all of it being mandatory. And I specifically asked the question. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-07-2012, 12:52 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,224
Posted By DCMom
I haven't read all the responses, but I did read...

I haven't read all the responses, but I did read Meeko's and I completely agree.

I have said it before, they will have to drag me kicking and screaming into Parent Aware. I was asked to be part...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-21-2012, 11:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,468
Posted By DCMom
I totally agree with this ~ one of my summer...

I totally agree with this ~ one of my summer helpers is 12 and a bit of a drill sargent, lol. She keeps me in line some days. Of course, she grew up in my daycare so she knows how things go but she...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-21-2012, 11:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,756
Posted By DCMom
I have done this for short-term kids. I love...

I have done this for short-term kids. I love that book :)

Most of my kids are long term, so I have oodles of photos. I keep them snapfish.com; when I upload them, I sort them into their own...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-17-2012, 12:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,419
Posted By DCMom
Markers are my favorite thing to stock up on. ...

Markers are my favorite thing to stock up on. They are so cheap this time of year; I just bought $25 worth of Crayola SuperTips. Love those.

I also like the composition books rather than the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-13-2012, 01:27 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 5,161
Posted By DCMom
I totally agree with this ~ that's why the point...

I totally agree with this ~ that's why the point system interested me. It would be very easy for everyone to understand. You could 'earn' higher point levels with different qualifications. Like a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-13-2012, 11:43 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 5,161
Posted By DCMom
This is a really interesting concept. I've never...

This is a really interesting concept. I've never heard it before. Wouldn't work for me though...right now I have 25 points sleeping around me ;) I have often wondered why child/adult ratios have...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 08-06-2012, 12:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,440
Posted By DCMom
I keep track of all my meals and snacks on the...

I keep track of all my meals and snacks on the meal count page. It makes it so much easier at tax time to have a total of all meals and snacks, not just the ones we are reimbursed for.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-30-2012, 11:43 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 10,115
Posted By DCMom
:eek: This is more money than my family...

:eek:

This is more money than my family spends on our household budget for 4 (and 14 daycare kids) in a month. We, of course, are limited to our NET PAY after taxes (federal, state, local, self...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-30-2012, 06:28 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,404
Posted By DCMom
I am so sorry about your grandma :( What is...

I am so sorry about your grandma :(

What is wrong with these people? For heaven's sake, your grandma died, of course you should take the whole day. Otherwise you will spend the whole time...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-27-2012, 01:42 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,652
Posted By DCMom
I do the same thing, it's soooo nice to go...

I do the same thing, it's soooo nice to go upstairs to a clean house. My dcm makes me her last appointment on Fridays, then 'picks up' dcg when she is done. She does the upstairs bathrooms, floors...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-26-2012, 12:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,597
Posted By DCMom
Oh man, Diaper Diggers are the worst ~ I have...

Oh man, Diaper Diggers are the worst ~ I have only had two or three over the years, but it is GROSS!

Don't you wonder what the appeal is/why they do it? It must be the texture, cuz it sure...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-25-2012, 12:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,782
Posted By DCMom
I have been having the same debate with myself. ...

I have been having the same debate with myself. I had an older desktop for the kids to use, but it finally died last week (and they miss it). I hesitate to let them use my iPad, though I use it a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-24-2012, 08:26 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,392
Posted By DCMom
I've been in business long enough that word of...

I've been in business long enough that word of mouth is my only advertisement I use now. When I started out, I used my provider network, the county resource and referral program, a sign in my yard...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-24-2012, 05:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,237
Posted By DCMom
I charge $50/wk for before OR after; $75/wk for...

I charge $50/wk for before OR after; $75/wk for before AND after and $100/wk for before, after and guaranteed spot for school off days and summer. They must choose a rate and have a set schedule at...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-20-2012, 07:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,418
Posted By DCMom
Mine is on a clipboard on the corner of my desk. ...

Mine is on a clipboard on the corner of my desk. My desk kind of blocks entry into the main daycare room forming the entry area. There is also a small digital clock there, with a big bold display. ...
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