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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-31-2010, 03:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,108
Posted By MsKara
I'm having the same issue as we speak. I've...

I'm having the same issue as we speak. I've learned however, that if you let the dk kids come at their own risk -that doesn't always work well. As soon as one of my daycare kids catch what my kids...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-26-2010, 05:46 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,556
Posted By MsKara
Last Days

I've had a set of parents who have packed their child's lunch everyday since the child started. I provide lunch with all my kids and the parent has always been nice enough to pack their child's...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-18-2010, 08:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,486
Posted By MsKara
Thanks everyone. I finally made the call and had...

Thanks everyone. I finally made the call and had her sent home. Good thing too because she started complaining of being extremely tired and having a sore throat while waiting for her mom. Mom is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-18-2010, 07:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,486
Posted By MsKara
Thanks Emosks, but I don't see anything in your...

Thanks Emosks, but I don't see anything in your contract regarding coughs and whether or not it addresses allergies vs. colds. etc.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-18-2010, 06:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,486
Posted By MsKara
Allergies?

I run into this CONSTANTLY. Mom's claiming their kids have allergies when they are coughing or having a runny nose, but then we all end up getting sick. I hate it.

Currently I have a 4 yr old...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-09-2010, 12:07 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 28,006
Posted By MsKara
I don't dislike you Janet and I guess we all can...

I don't dislike you Janet and I guess we all can get a little heated from time to time. We just need to watch what we say and how we say it. I have read alot of your posts and many have been...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-09-2010, 07:17 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 28,006
Posted By MsKara
I think this is really sad. You are...

I think this is really sad. You are discriminating against someone's religious beliefs. If everyone was tolerant of everyone elses beliefs, than no one could truly say they believe in something. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-29-2010, 07:11 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 9,358
Posted By MsKara
Child Won't Play

So I have an almost 3 yr old little boy who won't play. period. If I am engaging him in an art or craft he will sit and do it. He will also copy anything I do (like cleaning, yard work, etc.) ,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-16-2010, 02:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,546
Posted By MsKara
Well I guess this family is a little different...

Well I guess this family is a little different from the other thread. They were the first I've let go, as I am downsizing. I haven't let anyone else go yet, as I was doing it slowly to see how much...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-16-2010, 08:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 4,708
Posted By MsKara
I'm also trying to write it in a way that stops...

I'm also trying to write it in a way that stops parents from asking a million questions, as my reasons for downsizing are very personal in nature.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-16-2010, 07:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,546
Posted By MsKara
How would you all word the e-mail?

How would you all word the e-mail?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-16-2010, 06:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,546
Posted By MsKara
So Frustrated

So here's the situation: My husband got an inferior schedule which makes him have to be gone from us MORE than he already has been (he's a pilot) which will allow me to see him only a couple of days...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-15-2010, 08:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 4,708
Posted By MsKara
Downsizing

Examples of a letter of termination resulting from a downsizing or closing of a daycare would be helpful. I've been in the process of letting kids go and I'm not sure I'm writing the best letters I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-12-2010, 08:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,520
Posted By MsKara
Honestly, I wouldn't hold the spot for the other...

Honestly, I wouldn't hold the spot for the other two children unless I was financially able to do so and REALLY wanted them back. If I DID hold it, I'd make her pay at least half price during the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-11-2010, 09:45 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,586
Posted By MsKara
Summer of Sickies

I've never seen quite as much sickness as I have this summer, but I guess that's because I just started doing daycare in February. I have a 6 yr old and 2 yr old children. My husband is a pilot and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-08-2010, 07:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,016
Posted By MsKara
I appreciate all the answers about not parking in...

I appreciate all the answers about not parking in the driveway. Unfortunately I live on a very steep hill and if the parents had to walk up that every morning with their children it would be a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-07-2010, 05:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,016
Posted By MsKara
Oil Spills on My Driveway

Go figure, EVERY single parent's car leaks oil. My husband has been very forthright with telling each parent in the kindest way possible. He even puts down cardboard for them to drive over which...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-07-2010, 05:26 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 8,466
Posted By MsKara
I think some of them associate it with a rate...

I think some of them associate it with a rate decrease also. That's why I changed it to say my rates go down when they are potty trained AND at least 3 yrs old.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-06-2010, 04:23 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 8,466
Posted By MsKara
Have fun trying to keep up with a 15 month old...

Have fun trying to keep up with a 15 month old "potty trained" kid when they return. That sounds like too much work!!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-02-2010, 05:29 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,344
Posted By MsKara
I must have said it wrong. I am perky and...

I must have said it wrong. I am perky and plaster a big smile on my face. I do let them know how their kids day went and chat for a minute. The problem comes when I don't chat long enough or...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-01-2010, 08:09 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,344
Posted By MsKara
Buddy Buddy or "What's Wrong?"

It seems to me that parents expect me to buddy up to them every single time they walk through that door. If I'm not particularly talkitive or busy they give me the "what's wrong, you seem quiet?" or...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-29-2010, 06:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,560
Posted By MsKara
Unhappy Herniated Disc

I have a herniated disc in the base of my neck from lifting children. I have been doing Physical Therapy for a year now, and have had multiple chiropractic appointments, all to no avail. The pain...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-24-2010, 11:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 9,495
Posted By MsKara
I guess you have to decide this. If she starts...

I guess you have to decide this. If she starts picking him up on time, are you still going to regret keeping him. If you will still be annoyed for other reasons, I'd let him go. It's not good to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-24-2010, 07:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,376
Posted By MsKara
What In The World??

I have a little girl who is 5 yrs old and is always telling her mom how much she likes it here. However, if I ask her to play a game (like cards, memory, checkers, candyland) she runs off and starts...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-23-2010, 06:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,504
Posted By MsKara
Judy, do you find that Monday through Thursday or...

Judy, do you find that Monday through Thursday or Tuesday through Friday gets more hits?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-23-2010, 05:55 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,504
Posted By MsKara
Only Open 4 days a Week?

I'm thinking about downsizing my daycare and only opening 4 days a week. My husband is gone ALOT and I can't seem to get anything done for me and my family when he's away. We are also getting ready...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-21-2010, 06:24 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,182
Posted By MsKara
I would explain to her that you have changed your...

I would explain to her that you have changed your policy with late fees and you want to have everyone on the same set of policies. Have her sign a new contract with your new late fee policy.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-21-2010, 07:39 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,614
Posted By MsKara
Update:

So my daughter is still having diarreah and I kept her away from the kids by bringing in my assistant early. Little daycare boy was said not to have diarreah in the last 24 hours but has two bouts...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-20-2010, 04:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,614
Posted By MsKara
Sickness Policy Question??

So I have a two year old little girl (my own daughter). I have an 18 month old little daycare boy who was off on Friday due to diarreah. He ended up in the emergency room from dehydration saturday...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-18-2010, 01:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,497
Posted By MsKara
Help! Smokers

I used to be a smoker and now I have a condition called vasomotor rhinitis. For those that dont know it's a condition much like allergic rhinitis but is often caused by being a previous smoker. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-17-2010, 04:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,945
Posted By MsKara
I too have trouble finding family time. My...

I too have trouble finding family time. My husband is a pilot and gone for many days. When he's home, i'm doing daycare and then trying to catch up on appointments and shopping while he watches our...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-16-2010, 12:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,127
Posted By MsKara
No Appreciation

If anything goes wrong with the child, it's always the provider's fault. It couldn't possibly be the food, the schedule, the discipline techniques of the parents. No, it's always the provider's...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-16-2010, 12:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,879
Posted By MsKara
My own kids, neighbors and now some of my dk kids...

My own kids, neighbors and now some of my dk kids have had it. UGH
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-16-2010, 06:21 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,533
Posted By MsKara
Father's Day

Having trouble finding a CUTE Father's Day poem that works with DK kids. I'm doing a card with a handprint and poem inside. Any suggestions.
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 06-15-2010, 12:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,103
Posted By MsKara
Time/Space % Question

Okay, so I just got minute menu and I love it. However, I'm trying to enter my expenses and I"m SOO confused. My daycare is in my basement and yet my kids play down there when the daycare is over. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-11-2010, 05:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,608
Posted By MsKara
Nap Time Dilemma

We have three rooms upstairs. One is our main bedroom, another is my 6 yr old son's room and lastly is our 2 yr old daughter's room. But children's bedrooms are a bit on the small side. We've been...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-09-2010, 05:53 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,929
Posted By MsKara
Funshine Express or Adventures In Learning

Okay, I'm stuck between these two. If I do Funshine Express, I'd do the fireflies curriculum because it has alot more. Here is my concern though. I will have (as of September) a 21 month, 25...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-09-2010, 05:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,560
Posted By MsKara
Raising Money Ideas

I'm trying to raise money for one of the toddler/preschool curriculum's because they are really expensive. I've already thought about yardsales and bakesales, but because I am a small daycare with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-08-2010, 03:47 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 7,400
Posted By MsKara
I'm from Charlottesville, Virginia. Anyone else...

I'm from Charlottesville, Virginia. Anyone else in the area?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-27-2010, 12:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,895
Posted By MsKara
I would also use a pack-n-play for time out. ...

I would also use a pack-n-play for time out. That way she is around everyone but she has to sit there and she can't get out. My daughter is almost two and went through the same thing. I think it's...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-23-2010, 05:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,849
Posted By MsKara
The first place to start will be your local...

The first place to start will be your local zoning office for the county/city you live in. Then I'd check with social services to see if you can use all the levels in the home, etc. Good luck!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-20-2010, 11:51 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 43,211
Posted By MsKara
You guys are the best! I laughed so hard I...

You guys are the best! I laughed so hard I cried. I really needed that laugh!! Thank You Thank YOu. And now i'm super excited to go through the pennies. I'll let everyone know if I find...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-20-2010, 09:43 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 43,211
Posted By MsKara
Update:

Well, I got payment. We found it at the front door a few minutes ago. I am so hurt by this parent and how much she hates me.

http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/1945/img3299yo.jpg...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-19-2010, 07:41 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 43,211
Posted By MsKara
Thanks guys! From now on: Short and Sweet and...

Thanks guys! From now on: Short and Sweet and businesslike. I guess I get too caught up in wanting everyone to like me and understand my decisions. This is tough stuff.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-19-2010, 07:18 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 43,211
Posted By MsKara
oh, well, that makes sense. i mean, i don't see...

oh, well, that makes sense. i mean, i don't see how it put them in a bind if she doesn't work. i guess she's not used to having to take her kid with her to appointments or whatever.

i still think...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-19-2010, 06:56 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 43,211
Posted By MsKara
However, they had not given me this little boy's...

However, they had not given me this little boy's schedule yet even though they were supposed to have given it to me well in advance. So he wasn't even scheduled to come again. He was only 2 days a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-19-2010, 06:12 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 43,211
Posted By MsKara
Termination Gone Wrong

So I wrote the following letter after realizing that this kid was not doing well in my care. He hardly ever showed up when he was supposed to, the parents keep him up till 9:30 at night and wanted...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-17-2010, 11:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,019
Posted By MsKara
Needing Encouragement

I posted this, but it didn't go through, so here we go again!

Ever since I started daycare I've been having problems. Since January I've had to let two kids go. One cried because she never...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-12-2010, 12:37 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,062
Posted By MsKara
Sibling Discounts?

Okay, I have an interview tomorrow for a parent who has three children. A set of two year old twins and a preschooler. WHOOT! The preschooler will only be here half a day in the afternoon after...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-06-2010, 05:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,285
Posted By MsKara
You said you started a new daycare, or maybe I...

You said you started a new daycare, or maybe I was mistaken. If you did, then you are dealing with what I dealt with. Only I have a two year old. She wasn't used to not getting my one on one...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-06-2010, 12:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,831
Posted By MsKara
Drop Offs in the Morning

So all 5 of my kids occasionally get dropped off at the same time in the morning. 3 out of 5 of them are usually crying for their parents and the parents drag it on and on. The other two sometimes...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-06-2010, 09:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,697
Posted By MsKara
I would talk to the parents before it gets out of...

I would talk to the parents before it gets out of hand. This poor child needs sleep at night, and since you are noticing how overtired she is, you should mention that to her parents. I wouldn't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-06-2010, 07:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,697
Posted By MsKara
18 month olds need more sleep at night. Naps are...

18 month olds need more sleep at night. Naps are great, but nothing is better than night time sleep. I'd cut back to one nap a day and start a longer nighttime routine. It may take a while for her...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-30-2010, 07:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,446
Posted By MsKara
Now that was fun and entertaining to follow. Way...

Now that was fun and entertaining to follow. Way to Go! Glad you didn't take them!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-30-2010, 12:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,965
Posted By MsKara
I just wanted to be accomodating though. one of...

I just wanted to be accomodating though. one of the best parents i have says the reason she brings her child to me is because i'm so accomodating. I'd hate to have this be the end of that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-30-2010, 11:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,965
Posted By MsKara
Am I Being Unreasonable?

So my one new kid is still giving me problems. Or I should say the parents are. They called "after" he was supposed to be here wednesday to tell me that they would be here thursday because he was...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-30-2010, 08:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,285
Posted By MsKara
Here's another idea. I did it and they all...

Here's another idea. I did it and they all turned out awesome! Even the little ones can help design the flowers! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8M73UfBMP8
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-28-2010, 01:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,394
Posted By MsKara
That is a good point about the sick call, and...

That is a good point about the sick call, and maybe it was really late, but he could have called me on his way to work, instead of AFTER the child was supposed to be in care.

I do have a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-28-2010, 12:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,394
Posted By MsKara
Where do these parents come from??

So I have a new dk who's parents are already driving me nuts. The first day, they called after 9pm to say he wasn't coming and switched his day to another day of the week (he is here 3 days per...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-26-2010, 03:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,221
Posted By MsKara
Meals

Do you all have anywhere you can recommend for catering? I want to order the childcare meals. They can come prepackaged, frozen, etc. but I was wondering if there is a company out there that is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-22-2010, 11:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,487
Posted By MsKara
New Child - Vent

So the parents change the day from yesterday to today last minute. Then the parents don't show up till after 10 am with no phone call to say they were still coming (they were supposed to show up a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-20-2010, 06:30 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,232
Posted By MsKara
Sippy Cups

What is your method to the madness? I've tried putting names on with stickers, but they have to be peeled off before washing or they fall off in the washer. Permanent marker fades in the washer as...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-15-2010, 06:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,993
Posted By MsKara
Developmental Delays

I have a child in daycare who will turn 2 in June. Her older brother has major developmental and speach delays. This child's parents, however, refuse to believe that anything is wrong...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-13-2010, 12:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 10,828
Posted By MsKara
I've had success with putting an outdoor...

I've had success with putting an outdoor play-yard (a circular baby gate set up) around the ladder of our playset. My rule is, if they can climb over the play-yard gate to get to the ladder, or...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-13-2010, 12:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,567
Posted By MsKara
Two Issues

I'm new here. I wanted advice on how to confront parents with two issues. One of my children in care is new and her mom brought a pack n play that reeks of smoke. It was so bad it smelled the...
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