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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2019, 12:07 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 275
Posted By Cat Herder
On Monday my DH paid $3.98 for a gallon of 1%...

On Monday my DH paid $3.98 for a gallon of 1% that expires April 20th and $1.98 for a quart of Silk Almond that expires on May 29th.

There is 0 chance I will use that gallon of milk before it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2019, 11:48 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 275
Posted By Cat Herder
Forgot to mention that one of the biggest blows...

Forgot to mention that one of the biggest blows to many here was when they no longer allowed powdered milk. That was more common to see than gallons when I was coming up. The poor and perceived food...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2019, 11:39 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 275
Posted By Cat Herder
My clients are really rural, deep south and...

My clients are really rural, deep south and definitely not hippies. :lol: Here it is more about the cost efficiency of extended expiration dates and high temperatures/humidity making the thought of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2019, 08:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 252
Posted By Cat Herder
If she did not have to pay last year, she will...

If she did not have to pay last year, she will expect to not have to this year, either. :hug: You will most likely need to have a discussion. Consistency is really important.

My tuition is a...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 04-12-2019, 08:37 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 121
Posted By Cat Herder
"What am I missing here...lol?" Spouses...

"What am I missing here...lol?"

Spouses income. ;) I'd never owe on my own even with the self-employment tax.

For me, it increased my income. I was also management. That increase was in part...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2019, 08:09 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 275
Posted By Cat Herder
Every. Single. Client. wants almond milk, now....

Every. Single. Client. wants almond milk, now. Even the ones that were drinking milk here two years ago. :cool: All claim "allergy" (constipation, eczema, slowed appetite), none can provide a medical...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-11-2019, 10:20 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 514
Posted By Cat Herder
I doubt I even have to complete a sentence here...

I doubt I even have to complete a sentence here for everyone to know my opinion. :cool:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-10-2019, 02:39 PM
Replies: 1,104
Views: 207,908
Posted By Cat Herder
Sitting here at my desk, the sun shining in...

Sitting here at my desk, the sun shining in through the windows, cool breeze across my face, reading my book with toddler tunes playing.

I suddenly realize it is really quiet. No banging blocks,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-10-2019, 01:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 520
Posted By Cat Herder
I just give the look, tell them to knock it off...

I just give the look, tell them to knock it off in my mom tone, then change them. If she was raising her hand to me I'd give a stern, loud, NO. The entire room would freeze as that is uncommon and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-10-2019, 07:54 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 666
Posted By Cat Herder
It is only two days. Most have at least 5 paid...

It is only two days. Most have at least 5 paid personal days, per year, in their contracts, so this should be a non-issue. Unless you are closing too often or without notice parents should not have a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-10-2019, 07:08 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 666
Posted By Cat Herder
I'd close for the day because experience has...

I'd close for the day because experience has taught me that parents will be late any time it was important for me to leave on time. FTR, I don't charge if I close.

If you can't close for the day...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-09-2019, 10:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 465
Posted By Cat Herder
Updated DAP books and training may help your...

Updated DAP books and training may help your assistants better understand the goals. https://www.naeyc.org/resources/topics/DAP/resources


Expectations change quickly, especially if you are a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-09-2019, 10:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 176
Posted By Cat Herder
I make/print them for parents to use at home as a...

I make/print them for parents to use at home as a form of family engagement for the 3-4-year-olds. Table manners, Brushing Teeth, etc.

Chuck E Cheese has great free ones that let the kids earn...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-09-2019, 08:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 161
Posted By Cat Herder
I don't sleep train infants other than "Lay in...

I don't sleep train infants other than "Lay in crib awake. Lay on back. Once they can flip alone, they can sleep on their stomach. No bottles, toys or blankets in cribs. Blanket sleeper, only. Move...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-09-2019, 05:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 280
Posted By Cat Herder
I'm not in California, but here it would be...

I'm not in California, but here it would be considered "Summer Break" and only require notification to your inspector so they know not to come for inspection during your closure. Same as any other...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-08-2019, 12:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 532
Posted By Cat Herder
My oldest walked late, too. :lol: I barely let...

My oldest walked late, too. :lol: I barely let her touch the floor I was so overprotective. When I did I would not let her off the quilt. :lol: By the time the boys came along I was over it......
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-08-2019, 11:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 532
Posted By Cat Herder
If she has just started daycare and was home with...

If she has just started daycare and was home with parents previously it may be from lack of free floor time. ;);)

I have a feeling you will have it worked through in no time at all. :Sunny:

In...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 04-08-2019, 10:54 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 361
Posted By Cat Herder
I've never paid quarterly either because it seems...

I've never paid quarterly either because it seems so much more complicated. :o I am starting this year. I've printed the 2019 Form 1040-ES and am still reading. I hope to have it figured out by...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-08-2019, 10:31 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 560
Posted By Cat Herder
Me, too. :Sunny: Plus my decon routine is...

Me, too. :Sunny:

Plus my decon routine is regulated by the state. ;)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-08-2019, 10:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 514
Posted By Cat Herder
likethis And after enough times we get...

likethis And after enough times we get comfortable with enforcing things consistently. It takes some time to correct a lifetime of being told to "be nice" :lol: and realize that being nice does not...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-08-2019, 10:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 228
Posted By Cat Herder
likethis I'd also be suspicious that DCM may be...

likethis I'd also be suspicious that DCM may be making a play at staying home and needs ammunition to get DCD on board. Is she TTC?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-08-2019, 06:00 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 522
Posted By Cat Herder
Perfect. That will take so much stress off of...

Perfect. That will take so much stress off of you. :hug:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-08-2019, 05:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 522
Posted By Cat Herder
Consider changing your policy to include up to 5...

Consider changing your policy to include up to 5 personal sick days per year, paid. :Sunny:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-07-2019, 05:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 522
Posted By Cat Herder
likethis This is a termination level offense. ...

likethis This is a termination level offense.

However, if you want to keep them (even though they broke your illness policy), you must follow your policies and refund the money. You are the one...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-05-2019, 09:31 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 428
Posted By Cat Herder
As a mother of two 19-year-old men, I can say...

As a mother of two 19-year-old men, I can say with confidence it will be a good education for him for when he starts dating. He will be way ahead of the game on recognition. :lol::lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-05-2019, 09:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 538
Posted By Cat Herder
"What would you do other than term?" I....

"What would you do other than term?"

I. Just. Can't Today.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-05-2019, 06:01 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 867
Posted By Cat Herder
1. If you do it for me all I learn is that you do...

1. If you do it for me all I learn is that you do it better than me.

2. Teach me to do good, not just be good.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-05-2019, 05:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 463
Posted By Cat Herder
"What would u say?" "I had Pleurisy. It was...

"What would u say?"

"I had Pleurisy. It was the scariest and most painful thing I have ever dealt with. Luckily, the virus I picked up that caused it has been treated and all is well. Thank you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-05-2019, 05:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 867
Posted By Cat Herder
This feels like a setup. :lol: What's the...

This feels like a setup. :lol:

What's the punchline? :ouch:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-04-2019, 12:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 428
Posted By Cat Herder
"Their needs changed." :hug: You don't have...

"Their needs changed." :hug:

You don't have to tell them she boarded the projection train. ;) Chances are they already know. Kids talk.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-04-2019, 07:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 411
Posted By Cat Herder
I don't lock things away. I keep them in upper...

I don't lock things away. I keep them in upper cabinets in the house, not the playroom/bathroom or within reach in the 3 rooms they pass through -supervised- on the way there.

I am not even...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-04-2019, 06:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 435
Posted By Cat Herder
I have always done a big decorated party with an...

I have always done a big decorated party with an Easter Egg hunt and a Christan Themed Heirloom craft and lesson plan. Lot's of cute pastel photos and go home baskets with small goodies and gifts for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-03-2019, 01:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 234
Posted By Cat Herder
I can't believe I am going to say this but I'd...

I can't believe I am going to say this but I'd consider letting them bring their handhelds and earphones with your setup. Kindles preferred. I would not do a lot of school work during summer as they...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-03-2019, 01:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 362
Posted By Cat Herder
Same. And removed from group for duration...

Same.

And removed from group for duration of snack.

For the same reason BC stated.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-03-2019, 12:19 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 991
Posted By Cat Herder
:lol: I had not heard of Sanctimommy, Pestle, and...

:lol: I had not heard of Sanctimommy, Pestle, and now I am in tears laughing. "My daughter, Epsom Salt (not vaccinated), wants to make her home among the wild squirrels in our backyard and Iím...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-03-2019, 10:02 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 991
Posted By Cat Herder
How dare you judge me judging you! ...

How dare you judge me judging you!

:lol::lol::lol:

Clearly, you made the right decision. :hug:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-03-2019, 08:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 189
Posted By Cat Herder
Roth IRA. likethis

Roth IRA. likethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-01-2019, 11:37 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 730
Posted By Cat Herder
Makes kids traveling with a "lucky buckeye" in...

Makes kids traveling with a "lucky buckeye" in their pocket seem super innocuous now, doesn't it? :lol::lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-01-2019, 07:11 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,164
Posted By Cat Herder
Thank you likethis I was going to post...

Thank you likethis

I was going to post something similar. :lol: Group care is for groups, Parent -It's a verb. :ouch:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-29-2019, 11:54 AM
Replies: 5,082
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 523,727
Posted By Cat Herder
Be careful. He can legally show up with a LEO to...

Be careful. He can legally show up with a LEO to verify his ID and pick up his kids, anytime. We can't deny parents, even if the other parent wants us to. :hug:

FTR, I loathe uninvited guests....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-28-2019, 12:29 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 730
Posted By Cat Herder
:lol::lol::lol: Good luck! It did not work...

:lol::lol::lol:

Good luck! It did not work on my slice of key lime pie from DH this afternoon at all. :ouch:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-28-2019, 10:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 230
Posted By Cat Herder
She is stunning lovethis Oh, your ad and...

She is stunning lovethis

Oh, your ad and website are great, too.

She is just over the top cute and distracted me a bit. :lol::lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-28-2019, 09:37 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 730
Posted By Cat Herder
Here most centers use those spiral cut swirly...

Here most centers use those spiral cut swirly things that peel them. :lol: It has been suggested that we peel them for 3 and under (it is not in regs, yet). :rolleyes: I use a corer, then dice, for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-28-2019, 08:27 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 730
Posted By Cat Herder
:lol::lol::lol: :hug: I am going to hope...

:lol::lol::lol: :hug:

I am going to hope that your client thought that because it was so much bigger than typical grapes that it would help teach her to bite it in half as it might not fit any...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-28-2019, 08:16 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 730
Posted By Cat Herder
Spoiler alert: those black dots? Those are flea...

Spoiler alert: those black dots? Those are flea larva.

Sticking to my low cal breakfast plan was super easy this morning. happyface :lol::lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-28-2019, 07:08 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 730
Posted By Cat Herder
Ironic. :ouch: Todays "don't judge me"...

Ironic. :ouch:

Todays "don't judge me" debate on NEJM was a 10 year old whose parents thought making their kid wear shoes, while playing with the new piglets in the pen, during a vacation abroad...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-27-2019, 02:34 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,280
Posted By Cat Herder
Did you send your termination notice today?

Did you send your termination notice today?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-25-2019, 08:38 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 483
Posted By Cat Herder
Send me your address in pm. It is pinecone...

Send me your address in pm. It is pinecone season. :lol:
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 03-25-2019, 07:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 370
Posted By Cat Herder
"the court order requires them to provide me with...

"the court order requires them to provide me with everything the custodial parent is given. "

This is false, childcare providers are not a part of your divorce. We cannot be compelled to do...
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 03-25-2019, 07:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 370
Posted By Cat Herder
Because we are bound by client confidentiality...

Because we are bound by client confidentiality and you are not entitled to any information about what happens during her parenting time barring our reporting suspected child abuse to child services...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-25-2019, 06:50 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,004
Posted By Cat Herder
Rolling up to my house in an Escalade, wearing...

Rolling up to my house in an Escalade, wearing high heels, fake nails, thick makeup, sharpee brows, hair extensions, 30 pieces of jewelry, reeking of perfume, complaining about cattle gaps and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-25-2019, 06:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 449
Posted By Cat Herder
I generally do give a reason, but not so specific...

I generally do give a reason, but not so specific as to tell them I am having a medical test done. :)

EX:
Closed: Mandatory Training
Closed: Routine Drs. Appt.
Closed: Family Vacation

In...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-25-2019, 06:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 223
Posted By Cat Herder
1. How much time do you allow parents to...

1. How much time do you allow parents to complete contracts and drop off initial payment when signing up for care? It's been almost 2 weeks. - I would send a quick email either Thanking them for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-25-2019, 05:51 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 205
Posted By Cat Herder
Reading further, I can't find whether the...

Reading further, I can't find whether the discounts are more than the cost of membership. :confused:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-25-2019, 05:29 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 205
Posted By Cat Herder
I can't find what happens when you are no longer...

I can't find what happens when you are no longer a member of NAEYC. :confused:

From NAEYC: " Discounted insurance offerings through the Trust for Insuring Educators (TIE), including professional...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-20-2019, 12:12 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 483
Posted By Cat Herder
Oh, and now they'd like for us to have play...

Oh, and now they'd like for us to have play kitchens and classrooms outside. :Sunny:

It would be so cool if I could just leave outside outside and inside inside.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-20-2019, 12:05 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 483
Posted By Cat Herder
Yep. And QRIS had me move them into the...

Yep.

And QRIS had me move them into the playroom, instead.

You know, in the nature and science center. For tactile learning.

The nature center for indoors. :ouch:

Sometimes if I don't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-20-2019, 11:48 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 483
Posted By Cat Herder
Raking. Lot's of raking. And a fence...

Raking.

Lot's of raking.

And a fence within a fence.

Oh, and lots of raking. :lol:

Don't forget trip/fall hazards.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-20-2019, 11:47 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 483
Posted By Cat Herder
My lawmakers live in the city.

My lawmakers live in the city.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-20-2019, 11:23 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 483
Posted By Cat Herder
I am over here looking like this :cool: because I...

I am over here looking like this :cool: because I live bordering a national forest on a fully forested large property with springs, creeks, trails and a river and I will get cited if I leave any...
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 03-20-2019, 10:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 370
Posted By Cat Herder
I would stop all payments by check immediately,...

I would stop all payments by check immediately, schedule an appointment and request *nicely* they separate out each parent payment account. You should not share an account with your ex. This is a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-20-2019, 05:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 203
Posted By Cat Herder
What would you do if he was a paid DC child? :hug:

What would you do if he was a paid DC child? :hug:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-20-2019, 04:39 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 339
Posted By Cat Herder
I agree that having the other parent provide sick...

I agree that having the other parent provide sick care is ideal but with the fevers spiking at 1:30 in the afternoon and closing time less than 4 hours away, isolation sometimes is the only answer. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-19-2019, 10:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 339
Posted By Cat Herder
Any other symptoms? Can you isolate them to...

Any other symptoms?

Can you isolate them to their bedrooms?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-19-2019, 10:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 419
Posted By Cat Herder
I'd ask mom what her independent play environment...

I'd ask mom what her independent play environment looks like at home. Does she play in a crib? Is she in an exersaucer or swing? Is she always attended by an adult? Is she always gated away from an...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-19-2019, 05:01 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,280
Posted By Cat Herder
She is full of it. He is not paranoid, he...

She is full of it.

He is not paranoid, he is being smart. This is common advice for equality in fathers rights. He should not have ongoing strings with her post-divorce. He is free to choose...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2019, 12:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 266
Posted By Cat Herder
That would meet my regs well. likethis

That would meet my regs well. likethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2019, 12:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 266
Posted By Cat Herder
A local center does something a bit different...

A local center does something a bit different from me to meet our "no touch" rules. They store each childs sheet and blanket in a plastic bag with handles (think trick-or-treat bag) and have them...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2019, 11:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 266
Posted By Cat Herder
I had the same issue. Wash linens daily. ...

I had the same issue.

Wash linens daily.

Store mats stacked after they dry, daily, without sheets.

Store clean sheets and clean blankets stacked on another shelf.

Dirty linens (sheets...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 03-18-2019, 09:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 200
Posted By Cat Herder
Are public schools closed for the weather right...

Are public schools closed for the weather right now, OP?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2019, 05:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 281
Posted By Cat Herder
Part-time should be more expensive and not...

Part-time should be more expensive and not guaranteed. Full-time always comes before part-time. If you have someone wanting full-time, the part-time slot is filled.

I don't even offer part-time...
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 03-18-2019, 05:05 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 125
Posted By Cat Herder
If parents are off-site for any amount of time...

If parents are off-site for any amount of time you are responsible for childcare. That means licensing, liability and training requirements.

Look up "camp" rules, although I suspect that will...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2019, 04:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 528
Posted By Cat Herder
My dogs stay in the house and the kids stay in...

My dogs stay in the house and the kids stay in the playroom. Licensing regulates which breeds I can have along with how and when the DCK's can interact with them. :cool: Snakes, rats, ferrets and a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2019, 04:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 398
Posted By Cat Herder
"Help me understand the mindset behind this" ...

"Help me understand the mindset behind this"

Fear, denial, projection and rationalization.

Acceptance takes a while.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-17-2019, 05:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 373
Posted By Cat Herder
"I am a mandated reporter, had I witnessed...

"I am a mandated reporter, had I witnessed anything concerning I would have reported it to child services. I do not get involved in civil court cases barring issues extreme enough to have involved...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 03-15-2019, 01:47 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,022
Posted By Cat Herder
She does not have to. The provider already tells...

She does not have to. The provider already tells people about her policy. It is literally in her contract that the OP signed.

The OP is the problem in this scenario.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-15-2019, 01:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 541
Posted By Cat Herder
I don't think so. Our regs started recommending...

I don't think so. Our regs started recommending offering formula since so many parents were watering it down, not offering enough or stopping too soon due to cost.

Iron-deficient anemia is a real...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-15-2019, 12:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 541
Posted By Cat Herder
Yes, it does. I am also required to provide...

Yes, it does.

I am also required to provide one brand of Iron Enriched formula since meals are written off on my taxes. ;) Up to 12 months.

I offer formula until age two by choice. I give it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-15-2019, 12:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 442
Posted By Cat Herder
I require a complete change of clothing to...

I require a complete change of clothing to include shoes and socks to be kept in their cubby.

I don't allow attendance without it. I send them back home to get it if they "forget" with their...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-15-2019, 10:51 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 904
Posted By Cat Herder
That was me. :lol: Sorry, only had a quick sec to...

That was me. :lol: Sorry, only had a quick sec to get my thought across earlier.

Awkward silence is an amazing tool when applied correctly.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-15-2019, 10:46 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 904
Posted By Cat Herder
Now that I have a minute ;) everyone is asleep....

Now that I have a minute ;) everyone is asleep. likethis

This is a huge pet peeve of mine. :lol:

I stand with awkward silence until they make direct eye contact with me. This usually prompts...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-15-2019, 09:54 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 904
Posted By Cat Herder
I don't.

I don't.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-14-2019, 09:31 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,164
Posted By Cat Herder
All the hate on crocs kills me. :lol::lol::lol: ...

All the hate on crocs kills me. :lol::lol::lol:

I got a great deal years ago on them ($3 per pair) and bought several pairs in each toddler/preschool size (they are a hideous pattern, but...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-14-2019, 09:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 383
Posted By Cat Herder
I only offer full-time slots. Weekly pay, 52...

I only offer full-time slots. Weekly pay, 52 weeks per year, paid online on Mondays by 10 am, in advance for the week. Payment is not based on attendance, kids can attend 5 days or none, the rate...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-14-2019, 07:28 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,133
Posted By Cat Herder
Timely news story: "A federal judge, citing an...

Timely news story: "A federal judge, citing an "unprecedented measles outbreak" in suburban Rockland County, New York, has denied a request to let 44 unvaccinated children return to school.On the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-14-2019, 05:09 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,133
Posted By Cat Herder
The difference between childcare providers and...

The difference between childcare providers and doctors is the duty to act. They can only mitigate risk, we can exclude it.

As a childcare provider, I am only required to report, advocate and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-13-2019, 01:45 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,164
Posted By Cat Herder
I would then add the photo menu. :lol: I tell...

I would then add the photo menu. :lol: I tell you, I really have to do this with some for them to get it.

"DCM, This is what I am trying to prevent. Please refer to your handbook. Thanks!" :Sunny:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-13-2019, 12:32 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,164
Posted By Cat Herder
Exactly. :lol: I am in the deep south and don't...

Exactly. :lol: I am in the deep south and don't have a stitch of carpeting anywhere. Bare, sweaty, feet mucking up my floors would drive me crazy, not to mention transmission. I mop and vacuum daily...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-13-2019, 12:20 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,164
Posted By Cat Herder
I'd mention the spread of foot fungus from child...

I'd mention the spread of foot fungus from child to child, she may not get what you are saying. ;) I have one DCM I practically have to give a photo menu to about everything. :lol: :hug:

She may...
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 03-13-2019, 12:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 154
Posted By Cat Herder
Welcome!! :hug: Stick around. I can't...

Welcome!! :hug: Stick around.

I can't really give you advice on this as center rules, policies and procedures are not really up to you, but management. It is one of the hardest parts of working...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-13-2019, 11:23 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,164
Posted By Cat Herder
I'd probably email it "Hey DCM, Just finished...

I'd probably email it "Hey DCM, Just finished getting everyone down for nap and wanted to quickly touch base about shoes... "

The longer you wait the longer her co-workers will have to voice their...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-13-2019, 11:09 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,164
Posted By Cat Herder
likethis My guess is that is what she may be...

likethis My guess is that is what she may be asking, just poorly.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-13-2019, 11:03 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,164
Posted By Cat Herder
What do you have the kids wear for playing in...

What do you have the kids wear for playing in sprinklers, puddles or with water/sand tables?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-13-2019, 10:39 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,164
Posted By Cat Herder
She may be curious about outdoor sandals and...

She may be curious about outdoor sandals and water play for spring and summer. ;)

I have them send in closed toed sneakers and socks and I provide water shoes (crocs) to make this confusion...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-13-2019, 10:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 585
Posted By Cat Herder
likethis Never feel guilty. Also, am I the...

likethis Never feel guilty.

Also, am I the only one who reads this *erythema infectiosum* in Hermione Granger's voice? :ouch:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-13-2019, 08:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 541
Posted By Cat Herder
I would not be willing to do it, either. My regs...

I would not be willing to do it, either. My regs would not support it. Feeding 3 oz every two hours would only work if I was physically breastfeeding my own. I am required to offer (not make them...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-13-2019, 07:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 341
Posted By Cat Herder
I'd pass. My responsibility is to provide a...

I'd pass.

My responsibility is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for a group of kids. It is not fair or impartial to allow one child to continually bully another. I'd also let her go on...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-12-2019, 02:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 585
Posted By Cat Herder
"The most common causes of low grade fever in...

"The most common causes of low grade fever in children are viral infections like flu and common cold. Children tend to suffer from these infections quite often, probably because they spend a lot of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-12-2019, 11:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 784
Posted By Cat Herder
I always say something along the lines of "Of,...

I always say something along the lines of "Of, course. It's cold, flu and allergy season and I work with little kids. Someone always has some little sniffle or so, but incubation times, exposure...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-12-2019, 11:24 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 784
Posted By Cat Herder
No. It is against confidentiality rules. I...

No. It is against confidentiality rules.

I can send home an illness reminder for say flu; "Flu is going around, just a reminder of ....." and fill in with whatever I want like illness policy,...
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