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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-04-2016, 02:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 890
Posted By Laurel
Maybe a hearing problem?

Maybe a hearing problem?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-30-2016, 03:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,040
Posted By Laurel
Thanks Blackcat, we are doing okay. A new normal...

Thanks Blackcat, we are doing okay. A new normal is a good way to put it. The kids are doing a lot better than I thought they would so that is very comforting to us. Some sad moments but from the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-30-2016, 03:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,040
Posted By Laurel
That's a good question. I don't see it on their...

That's a good question. I don't see it on their website. Maybe you could contact them. They should have that somewhere unless I missed it.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-29-2016, 12:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,040
Posted By Laurel
You're welcome. :)

You're welcome. :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-29-2016, 12:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,040
Posted By Laurel
Really nice playmats (area rug)

Some of you may remember me. I was pretty active here until I retired from daycare two years or so ago. I still read here occasionally.

Anyway, I now do freelance writing as a hobby. I am a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-08-2016, 01:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,228
Posted By Laurel
likethis

likethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-06-2016, 03:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 776
Posted By Laurel
Thank you Blackcat and NillaWafers! The link...

Thank you Blackcat and NillaWafers!

The link is helpful too Blackcat!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-05-2016, 01:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 776
Posted By Laurel
Can you help me with what these are called?

I am looking for the term when you substitute pictures for some of the words in a children's story to make it easier for them to read without knowing every word.

For example:

One day, when...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-15-2016, 11:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 931
Posted By Laurel
When something like that happens, you might feel...

When something like that happens, you might feel better making a comment to the parent that heard it. "Oh my gosh, I didn't realize I was raising my voice like that (or I sounded harsh). I was just...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-13-2016, 03:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,258
Posted By Laurel
Without looking at the calendar (cause I'm too...

Without looking at the calendar (cause I'm too lazy) if that is 7 days, I'd charge whatever your day rate for 7 days would normally be and then double that since you are keeping them all day and all...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-13-2016, 03:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,185
Posted By Laurel
Awww, how sweet!

Awww, how sweet!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-10-2016, 12:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,206
Posted By Laurel
Just say "I sometimes wish I could do things like...

Just say "I sometimes wish I could do things like that but licensing requires that any children I have at my home be enrolled in my program or counted in my program ratio even if they are my own...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-07-2016, 10:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 644
Posted By Laurel
Thanks everyone. I finished the article and used...

Thanks everyone. I finished the article and used all the comments. :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-06-2016, 01:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 644
Posted By Laurel
Ut oh, yell at me....:lol: Thank you, I love...

Ut oh, yell at me....:lol:

Thank you, I love these!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-06-2016, 01:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 644
Posted By Laurel
Oh, I love them! Thank you! Would you prefer I...

Oh, I love them! Thank you! Would you prefer I make up a first name? I forgot to put my own granddaughter's name. It is Julianna.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-06-2016, 12:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 644
Posted By Laurel
Survey for School-agers...Would You Help?

I am ghost writing a blog post and need to survey school age children. If you watch, or have school age children of your own, could you ask them a question or two for me? Just type their answer,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-30-2016, 01:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 836
Posted By Laurel
I wouldn't ignore it. Why should it drive you...

I wouldn't ignore it. Why should it drive you crazy? I'd tell her firmly that "I don't like it when you lie on the floor and make those noises so stop it. Do you understand me?" Then I'd sit her at a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-29-2016, 02:51 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,853
Posted By Laurel
Just let them take their own shirts off and slip...

Just let them take their own shirts off and slip on the t-shirts. I used to do that so the sleeves wouldn't get paint on them.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-27-2016, 02:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 918
Posted By Laurel
I think the Florida law says that you can't work...

I think the Florida law says that you can't work outside the home 'during daycare hours'. In other words, you can't work at a paying job and let someone else run your daycare during that time. You...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-26-2016, 03:09 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 636
Posted By Laurel
I've always liked these kind of simple...

I've always liked these kind of simple spur-of-the-moment type things to pull out at a moments notice for when times get crazy or the kids are just bored....or I'm just bored. :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-26-2016, 03:00 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,699
Posted By Laurel
I really know nothing about this but years ago I...

I really know nothing about this but years ago I did work in a preschool and a church owned the building we were in. I also have a friend who used to own two centers before doing home care. She said...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-17-2016, 04:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 953
Posted By Laurel
Also want to add, step back and let them do it. I...

Also want to add, step back and let them do it. I am watching my granddaughter (age 10) this summer and we are doing traveling around the U.S. We are doing New York and picked Broadway Shows. So she...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-17-2016, 04:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 953
Posted By Laurel
likethis

likethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-17-2016, 05:33 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,068
Posted By Laurel
For a reluctant reader, I would sit and read with...

For a reluctant reader, I would sit and read with them. Take turns reading pages if they are a good reader or just sentences if they are struggling.

Also, ask the librarian (even ahead of time)...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-17-2016, 05:22 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,068
Posted By Laurel
You could also use abc.mouse.com for practice and...

You could also use abc.mouse.com for practice and fun. It is free for teachers. I got it for free for my daycare but some here said they couldn't. I just put my license number and it went through....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-16-2016, 04:46 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,840
Posted By Laurel
Reading these made me think of something I did...

Reading these made me think of something I did that one of my dads liked a lot. It really wasn't for an occasion.

I drew around the child's foot on a piece of construction paper. Then I weighed...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-12-2016, 11:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 972
Posted By Laurel
The only thing that came to mind is a cake topper...

The only thing that came to mind is a cake topper since they might be the right size. Not sure if they would work or not. I Googled 'Fairy Cake Toppers' and clicked 'images' and a lot of cute ones...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-09-2016, 09:18 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,480
Posted By Laurel
I think I would give her a 'talking to'. If she...

I think I would give her a 'talking to'. If she is school age then she can understand what complaining means. Give her examples and tell her you are tired of hearing her complain or ask for more....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-09-2016, 06:23 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,480
Posted By Laurel
I think that was the perfect thing to say. It...

I think that was the perfect thing to say. It sounds like what I would have said. We cater to kids too much. You didn't demean the child or be mean. I think you handled it perfectly so keep up the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-07-2016, 10:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,657
Posted By Laurel
I don't think it is tacky but I wouldn't do it....

I don't think it is tacky but I wouldn't do it. It has 'nothing' to do with the religion part of it (am also an atheist). I just don't like to ask people to donate. Then the next thing you know,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-06-2016, 04:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,214
Posted By Laurel
"I know that I said I would be available...

"I know that I said I would be available occasionally for early drop off but it has created a problem. In order to stay within the ratio, required by law, each time you come in early I have to call...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-28-2016, 12:36 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,303
Posted By Laurel
I agree but I'd say "I'm sorry, I can't do that....

I agree but I'd say "I'm sorry, I can't do that. I'm sure you can understand that would mean I would be losing a significant amount of income. You could check back with me at the end of the summer...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-26-2016, 06:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,104
Posted By Laurel
I have gotten a few from Craigslist and all...

I have gotten a few from Craigslist and all turned out fine.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-19-2016, 07:38 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,832
Posted By Laurel
likethis

likethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-15-2016, 04:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,878
Posted By Laurel
That's just wrong. There is no way I would pay...

That's just wrong. There is no way I would pay for a spot until there actually was one. Are you sure your friend didn't misunderstand? Maybe she should ask for clarification. I think I would say "I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-15-2016, 01:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,473
Posted By Laurel
Great minds think alike! I was thinking 'put them...

Great minds think alike! I was thinking 'put them in front of a mirror.'

I agree with the others. If mom won't even consider your side then she can find care elsewhere.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-15-2016, 06:01 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,185
Posted By Laurel
I have done it occasionally for my provider...

I have done it occasionally for my provider friend. You could ask the provider you choose if she knows someone like this who could do back up. At the time, I wasn't running at full capacity by choice...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-11-2016, 06:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 940
Posted By Laurel
Cook and bake.

Cook and bake.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-11-2016, 10:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 847
Posted By Laurel
Congratulations! I retired about 2 years ago...

Congratulations! I retired about 2 years ago after 20 years and am loving retirement. Not that I didn't like doing childcare. I did and feel it is one of the most important jobs one can do. I got...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-07-2016, 05:27 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,148
Posted By Laurel
I didn't read all the responses. It's weird to me...

I didn't read all the responses. It's weird to me too.

If I remember correctly, isn't it illegal to 'price fix'? I'm not sure but if providers all got together and decided not to price below a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-07-2016, 09:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,465
Posted By Laurel
I agree with yard sales. They are just teeming...

I agree with yard sales. They are just teeming with baby and toddler items every single Saturday here.

Funny story. I am retired now but when I first started, licensing came out to approve me and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-07-2016, 09:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 820
Posted By Laurel
To just get an outline of the hand (not using...

To just get an outline of the hand (not using paint), I would wet the baby's hand with water and then press it on the construction paper. Then, before it dried, I'd trace around it.
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 05-07-2016, 09:39 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,353
Posted By Laurel
No, I'm a Scorpio and I don't like to read crime...

No, I'm a Scorpio and I don't like to read crime stories or watch them on t.v. I mostly read non fiction. My mom used to love them. I grew up with a Perry Mason fan in the family. Not sure what her...
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 05-07-2016, 09:34 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,353
Posted By Laurel
No, I'm not jealous in the romance department at...

No, I'm not jealous in the romance department at all. Other situations like when someone does something that I wish I had done, I feel a twinge. But I think everyone does? Or maybe they don't. I...
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 05-06-2016, 05:52 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,353
Posted By Laurel
Ummm, I'm not buying the 'violent' one but the...

Ummm, I'm not buying the 'violent' one but the rest is probably pretty accurate. I've heard it is hard to scam a Scorpio because of the distrustful thing. I think that is true. I have been fooled but...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-06-2016, 05:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,078
Posted By Laurel
Omg, that's cute! Well except for the bonked head.

Omg, that's cute! Well except for the bonked head.
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 05-05-2016, 01:25 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,353
Posted By Laurel
I think I remember your birthday being on Oct. 31...

I think I remember your birthday being on Oct. 31 hence the black cat? Mind is Oct. 28. :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-05-2016, 10:23 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,052
Posted By Laurel
In any other job, if you work extra hours you get...

In any other job, if you work extra hours you get overtime pay. Period. So why shouldn't providers? You can explain the late fees to the family that way. The reason doesn't matter. If they can't work...
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 05-05-2016, 10:11 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,353
Posted By Laurel
Scorpio

Scorpio
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-04-2016, 05:37 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,236
Posted By Laurel
I had the first mom I ever had do that. She was...

I had the first mom I ever had do that. She was sweet, paid on time and had a great child. But she averaged off one day a week! I was absolutely amazed when she got a promotion!!! Where can I sign up?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-04-2016, 03:29 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,247
Posted By Laurel
I also wouldn't take 2 days off for a garage...

I also wouldn't take 2 days off for a garage sale. I considered my business open 5 days a week unless I was sick or had a very important appointment/event.

It's up to the provider what she wants...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-03-2016, 08:44 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,247
Posted By Laurel
I always tried to keep emotionally detached for...

I always tried to keep emotionally detached for the most part.

I am just wondering why you did a garage sale on Thursday and Friday. No one does them here except on weekends because who can shop...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-01-2016, 01:55 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 8,927
Posted By Laurel
Mommyneedsadayoff, I didn't really read your post...

Mommyneedsadayoff, I didn't really read your post when I wrote that. I skipped a lot of them. I guess that wasn't such a good idea. :o
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-01-2016, 05:10 AM
Replies: 165
Views: 8,927
Posted By Laurel
P.S. I hate it when the extreme anti government...

P.S. I hate it when the extreme anti government people say "Well sure we want people who truly need help to get it but we don't believe in food stamps/welfare." Huh? I wonder what this means. You...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-01-2016, 04:58 AM
Replies: 165
Views: 8,927
Posted By Laurel
I haven't read all the replies but just have a...

I haven't read all the replies but just have a general comment.

Since they are finding out that preschool doesn't give children a real head start as they catch up in the early grades anyway, they...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2016, 06:41 AM
Replies: 165
Views: 8,927
Posted By Laurel
Check out this video to see who cried in office....

Check out this video to see who cried in office. The list is even longer if you include world leaders.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eENVZm73wC0

P.S. Edited to add that former Speaker of the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-23-2016, 09:18 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 8,927
Posted By Laurel
likethis This is so good! She is my back-up...

likethis

This is so good! She is my back-up candidate.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-23-2016, 07:27 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 8,927
Posted By Laurel
I think you and NoMoreJuice are doing just fine!...

I think you and NoMoreJuice are doing just fine! I belonged to a political forum back when Bush and Kerry were running and kept up with it all. I was debating politics for 3 years or so. I was a news...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-23-2016, 03:14 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 8,927
Posted By Laurel
My daughter knew a narcissistic guy (which is why...

My daughter knew a narcissistic guy (which is why I looked things up about narcissists) and he was bad news. She met him online but also went to visit him in person. He was completely what we used to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-23-2016, 07:00 AM
Replies: 165
Views: 8,927
Posted By Laurel
I'm not a psychologist but when I read about...

I'm not a psychologist but when I read about narcissistic personality disorder, I wonder if he has it.
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-21-2016, 09:59 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,065
Posted By Laurel
:lol: That is how I make soup. Just throw...

:lol: That is how I make soup. Just throw leftovers in some broth. Usually it turns out wonderful. Someone else said they call that 'Once in a Lifetime' soup. Love that name! :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-21-2016, 07:38 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,847
Posted By Laurel
I like the 'good 'ol days' when people just...

I like the 'good 'ol days' when people just called and I got their information over the phone and scheduled an appointment. I want to get a feel for them by talking to them before I give them my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-20-2016, 07:02 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,065
Posted By Laurel
I didn't do quite as much as you but it was fun!

I didn't do quite as much as you but it was fun!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-20-2016, 06:58 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,065
Posted By Laurel
I think I'll try this. It sounds so weird and...

I think I'll try this. It sounds so weird and such a weird combination of things together that I'm curious to see what it could possibly taste like. Thanks!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-20-2016, 06:52 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,065
Posted By Laurel
We kept it pretty simple, maybe 2 things from...

We kept it pretty simple, maybe 2 things from each state. We only ended up doing a few states. We started with our own state, Florida, and made fresh squeezed orange juice. Then we baked a 'beach'...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-20-2016, 06:24 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 8,927
Posted By Laurel
I'm assuming the question means 'Who are you...

I'm assuming the question means 'Who are you voting for in the primaries?" I already voted in Florida for Sanders. I actually changed my party affiliation from NPA (no party affiliation) to Democrat...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-19-2016, 01:52 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,065
Posted By Laurel
One summer I did a 'states' thing. It was like a...

One summer I did a 'states' thing. It was like a vacation in the U.S.A. We had a map and 'traveled' the U.S. but actually only got through a few states because it is a lot but we had a ton of fun!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-18-2016, 09:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,517
Posted By Laurel
There is no other way than just tell her but you...

There is no other way than just tell her but you have with each issue and she isn't listening so I would suggest saying something like "I am not willing to watch the baby anymore because of the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-13-2016, 04:57 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,619
Posted By Laurel
Well maybe cause I'm old, I remember when moms...

Well maybe cause I'm old, I remember when moms would flush what would come out easily and then they would swish them around in the toilet and a lot would come out. Then wring them out. All this with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-11-2016, 06:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,403
Posted By Laurel
No, I wouldn't but I did tell them that I would...

No, I wouldn't but I did tell them that I would be glad to take their name, number, the age of their child and the hours they needed and call them if something became available. That way they feel...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-11-2016, 10:30 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,322
Posted By Laurel
[/B] Exactly!

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Exactly!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-10-2016, 03:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,322
Posted By Laurel
I wouldn't have told the parents but if it did...

I wouldn't have told the parents but if it did come up (and it might) I'd say "Oh yeah, that was exciting. Luckily everything turned out okay. It made me realize that maybe it would be a good idea to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-10-2016, 11:21 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,237
Posted By Laurel
I never termed anyone (but I should have twice)...

I never termed anyone (but I should have twice) so take this with a grain of salt. I think I'd do like Blackcat says but do it on a Friday at pick-up.

If the reason is 'only' because of the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-10-2016, 10:25 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,322
Posted By Laurel
likethis

likethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-09-2016, 07:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,442
Posted By Laurel
I've heard the same thing. Both my first son and...

I've heard the same thing. Both my first son and now my grandson were hard if not impossible to understand. My son was the worst though. We really didn't do anything and he improved with age. So when...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-09-2016, 07:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,322
Posted By Laurel
I kind of did that once (except it was the door...

I kind of did that once (except it was the door going from house to garage). Luckily, one of the toddlers opened it right away from the other side. From then on, I hid a key in the garage and also...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-08-2016, 05:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,417
Posted By Laurel
I agree with the others. There may be a way you...

I agree with the others. There may be a way you can help the child tell mom though. It may not work but it is worth a try. When the child tells you this you could say "Did you tell your mom how you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-05-2016, 06:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,591
Posted By Laurel
Well in your case it IS important and should be...

Well in your case it IS important and should be in the guidelines. However, I don't have allergies or asthma (although my husband does) so I wouldn't deem it important. I have never had it happen....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-05-2016, 10:37 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,591
Posted By Laurel
P.S. If they laugh and say "Well he just wanted...

P.S. If they laugh and say "Well he just wanted to smell like dad" laugh back and say "Well he can smell like dad on the weekends but not here." End of discussion.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-05-2016, 10:35 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,591
Posted By Laurel
I wouldn't write a policy about it, I would just...

I wouldn't write a policy about it, I would just tell them. "Please, no more cologne, the smell bothers me and it was so strong." Simple.

I didn't write policies about everything that came up as...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-02-2016, 03:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,201
Posted By Laurel
Salisbury steak, Swiss steak (best way is to buy...

Salisbury steak, Swiss steak (best way is to buy boneless country beef spare ribs and do in crockpot), tuna casserole, chicken fingers (I use chicken tenderloins coated in crushed corn flakes and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-01-2016, 06:32 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,303
Posted By Laurel
I would answer the mom back by telling her how...

I would answer the mom back by telling her how you handle tattling. I would use some of the excellent info from this thread.

I am using the quotes above to make the letter. Just tweaking the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-01-2016, 06:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,303
Posted By Laurel
likethis This is how I handled it too....

likethis

This is how I handled it too. Before doing home childcare, I worked in a Montessori preschool and this is how they taught the children. It works.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-31-2016, 06:40 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,733
Posted By Laurel
This idea could work. I was visualizing all day...

This idea could work. I was visualizing all day care and that just seems impossible. But drop-in date night or mom's day out might work.

We have a drop-in center in our area. You don't pick the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-29-2016, 10:43 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,615
Posted By Laurel
likethis I once had a parent who came to me...

likethis

I once had a parent who came to me and was giving me her notice. I was in shock because this family was great and always complimented me. When I asked her why, she said "Well I am taking...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-28-2016, 08:13 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,733
Posted By Laurel
I don't understand the concept. Is this some huge...

I don't understand the concept. Is this some huge building with various daycare rooms with various providers for parents to choose from? Kind of like a school with classrooms and each classroom is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-27-2016, 08:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,473
Posted By Laurel
Same here. I think I did get asked a time or two...

Same here. I think I did get asked a time or two but I just said that I didn't do that. That was the end of it.
Forum: Curriculum 03-26-2016, 09:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,866
Posted By Laurel
In 20 years I never did one or had one. Learning...

In 20 years I never did one or had one. Learning was just a natural consequence of doing fun things yet all the children were prepared for kindergarten. We did 'school' things but there was no rhyme...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-25-2016, 07:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,261
Posted By Laurel
That's darling!

That's darling!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2016, 08:09 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,577
Posted By Laurel
I would do open art almost exclusively but would...

I would do open art almost exclusively but would do things like you are describing simply to teach following directions, so I get what you are saying.

Do you have one made ahead that he can...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-20-2016, 07:00 PM
Replies: 235
Views: 15,723
Posted By Laurel
likethis If she comes to your door, I would...

likethis

If she comes to your door, I would say (through the locked door). "Leave my property now or I will call 911." At most, repeat it one more time then just call. To get them there fast, I'd...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-19-2016, 04:20 PM
Replies: 235
Views: 15,723
Posted By Laurel
Isn't it interesting that she heard the part of...

Isn't it interesting that she heard the part of the interview about t.v. time but didn't hear the part about hours?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-17-2016, 03:26 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,976
Posted By Laurel
You draw the line when it bothers you. It would...

You draw the line when it bothers you. It would bother me if a person was consistently 10 minutes late but not if they were 1 to 3 minutes late. At the 10 minute point I would talk to them. I haven't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-16-2016, 05:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,976
Posted By Laurel
That's fine if that is the way you want to do it....

That's fine if that is the way you want to do it. I just can't imagine charging someone for one minute. Seems a bit over the top. We can agree to disagree. :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-16-2016, 08:13 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,976
Posted By Laurel
For 2 or 3 minutes on either end, I wouldn't let...

For 2 or 3 minutes on either end, I wouldn't let it bother me at all. How can anyone be expected to be 'exactly' on time? That doesn't sound reasonable to me.

When it starts getting to 10 minutes...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-15-2016, 11:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 889
Posted By Laurel
All of the above answers! If you are okay...

All of the above answers!

If you are okay with letting her use the computer, here is a site my granddaughter and I like. http://www.dressupgames.com/girls
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-14-2016, 08:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,267
Posted By Laurel
likethis

likethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-13-2016, 05:39 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,023
Posted By Laurel
I haven't read all the posts but I can't keep...

I haven't read all the posts but I can't keep plants alive either. What you can do though is fill styrofoam cups with potting soil and plant grass seed. It grows fast and you can draw a face on the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-13-2016, 05:28 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,023
Posted By Laurel
When you have a little money, I'd use it to buy...

When you have a little money, I'd use it to buy some thrift store/garage sale play clothes for the kiddies if the parents can't afford them. Something stretchy like sweat pants so they fit longer.
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-12-2016, 05:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,675
Posted By Laurel
I didn't read all the posts so this may have been...

I didn't read all the posts so this may have been said.

I hired my 12 year old home schooled neighbor to help me a few hours a week in my childcare. She stayed off and on until she was in college....
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