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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 07:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 293
Posted By HappyEverAfter
1. Stand your ground on your policies and put an...

1. Stand your ground on your policies and put an end to day switching and last minute late pick ups. Only you can enforce this and you should not feel bad about it at all.
2. Prep ahead of time...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Yesterday, 06:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 253
Posted By HappyEverAfter
My 9mth and my 10mth each take 6oz every 3 hrs...

My 9mth and my 10mth each take 6oz every 3 hrs plus baby food at breakfast and lunch times. My 4mth old, who is a super chunk, takes 5oz every 2.5-3hrs.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-21-2018, 02:30 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 556
Posted By HappyEverAfter
This is exactly why I donít open up for...

This is exactly why I donít open up for strangers. Iím not looking to star in a 48 Mystery or Dateline special!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-21-2018, 02:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 240
Posted By HappyEverAfter
This is how all my dck do it. Eat, play and be...

This is how all my dck do it. Eat, play and be upright (especially my reflux baby) and then 30-60 min later theyíre drowsy and fall right to sleep. I think itís better this way so that they donít...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-21-2018, 02:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 186
Posted By HappyEverAfter
Thanks for sharing! I was just telling one of my...

Thanks for sharing! I was just telling one of my dcm how I wanted to do something like this for next cold/flu season! We were laughing about how another dcm said her daughter had the flu but it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-21-2018, 02:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 346
Posted By HappyEverAfter
Do you feel he could be teachable? If you are up...

Do you feel he could be teachable? If you are up for it, Iíd say give it a full 5 days before terming. Over the next two days, keep him semi-separate from the others for their safety by putting him...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-21-2018, 02:01 PM
Replies: 1,871
Views: 234,872
Posted By HappyEverAfter
My high needs dcb didnít come today and my stress...

My high needs dcb didnít come today and my stress level has gone way, way down because of it. The kiddos who are here have had so much fun and played so well together. Added bonus that itís a gloomy,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-21-2018, 06:22 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 556
Posted By HappyEverAfter
Simply for safety reasons I wouldnít open my door...

Simply for safety reasons I wouldnít open my door and welcome in a stranger for tour and interview. I would be friendly and professional and offer to schedule a time to do a sit down meeting.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-20-2018, 06:19 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 472
Posted By HappyEverAfter
This! Do this!

This! Do this!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-19-2018, 07:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 381
Posted By HappyEverAfter
Worse than that is when you see posts like this...

Worse than that is when you see posts like this on Craigslist for childcare being needed in an hour or overnight that night. At least on FB you have a page to at least kinda see what a person is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-18-2018, 10:58 PM
Replies: 4,202
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 408,712
Posted By HappyEverAfter
Congrats on opening and already having two kids!...

Congrats on opening and already having two kids! As for your dcm, do not let her daughter stay for care if the payment, including any and all late fees are paid in full. Ever. She sounds like she...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-17-2018, 08:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 347
Posted By HappyEverAfter
When dcm cries and starts in the the ďbut they...

When dcm cries and starts in the the ďbut they canít handle thatĒ nonsense, reply with a smile and a confidant ďoh youíd be surprised how well theyíll adapt if we only give them the chance to do it.Ē...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-17-2018, 07:58 PM
Replies: 4,202
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 408,712
Posted By HappyEverAfter
A no show, no call is a blessing in disguise....

A no show, no call is a blessing in disguise. When I was opening my daycare last year Iíd filled all but one of my spots when I had a woman reach out to me via email and after several exchanged...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-15-2018, 07:08 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 869
Posted By HappyEverAfter
Their thermometer could be off caliber and they...

Their thermometer could be off caliber and they may not realize it. I had one that I recently replaced that was reading low and I didnít realize it at first until a child felt much hotter than the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-15-2018, 06:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 222
Posted By HappyEverAfter
Iíd replace the pacifier a couple times and after...

Iíd replace the pacifier a couple times and after that just stop. If the child needed or really wanted it, theyíd keep it in their mouth typically and Iím not going to force them to take one if they...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-15-2018, 06:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 222
Posted By HappyEverAfter
I allow pacifiers up to age 2 but with rules. I...

I allow pacifiers up to age 2 but with rules. I require that they leave two here for their child rather than bringing it back and forth each day since I find it easy to recognize whose is whose when...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-14-2018, 07:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 244
Posted By HappyEverAfter
I have a dcg who just turned 10mths and Iíve had...

I have a dcg who just turned 10mths and Iíve had her since she was almost 4mths. Initially I would rock her in arms while singing until she was asleep. At about 5mths I started rocking and singing...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-14-2018, 06:46 PM
Replies: 4,202
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 408,712
Posted By HappyEverAfter
This is the advice you gave me before Christmas...

This is the advice you gave me before Christmas when I was worried the little ones would bother my Christmas Tree! It worked like a charm and not one little finger EVER touched my tree, ornaments or...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-14-2018, 10:11 AM
Replies: 4,202
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 408,712
Posted By HappyEverAfter
Maybe itís just me, maybe the kids are being...

Maybe itís just me, maybe the kids are being fussier than normal, but I am utterly over it today. First kid got here at 7am and all the others soon after and by 8:15 I was at my breaking point. Had...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2018, 07:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 514
Posted By HappyEverAfter
I donít transport kids anywhere. Too much...

I donít transport kids anywhere. Too much liability and my liability insurance cost would go way up. I would think a flat fee for the duration of the summerís field trips would be simple.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2018, 07:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 422
Posted By HappyEverAfter
I donít allow any food or beverages to come from...

I donít allow any food or beverages to come from home. If they like this cup so much for him, maybe they can buy one to leave at your house and have one for their house/car. I also donít let kiddos...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2018, 07:40 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 614
Posted By HappyEverAfter
7 months. Total newbie, especially compared to...

7 months. Total newbie, especially compared to the rest of you! I have no idea how long Iíll do this. At least the next 4-5 years. Maybe longer. As long as it makes me happy, Iíll keep doing it. 😊
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-08-2018, 07:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 549
Posted By HappyEverAfter
I only allow full time so the rate is the same...

I only allow full time so the rate is the same regardless of whether you come 3 hours or 11 hours. I have one dck who comes usually just 4 hours. She pays exactly what the parents of my 10 hour dck...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-08-2018, 07:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 472
Posted By HappyEverAfter
This is what I would do too.

This is what I would do too.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-08-2018, 07:31 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 429
Posted By HappyEverAfter
I would administer a neb if needed for allergies...

I would administer a neb if needed for allergies or asthma. For an illness Iíd likely have to make a case by case decision depending on if itís contagious and what other issues/symptoms go along with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-08-2018, 07:17 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 835
Posted By HappyEverAfter
Ridiculous. I never let the kids touch my phone...

Ridiculous. I never let the kids touch my phone or iPad but I know they must get to do that at home because all of them reach their hands out for them when they see I have them. And all of mine are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-08-2018, 07:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 241
Posted By HappyEverAfter
I only keep 4 kids so I have a small group but...

I only keep 4 kids so I have a small group but here is my set up. I have an 11x11 downstairs bedroom that I use as a playroom which has a dedicated attached bathroom. This is where we spend the bulk...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-07-2018, 10:38 AM
Replies: 4,202
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 408,712
Posted By HappyEverAfter
Dcm comes in this morning telling me that dcb has...

Dcm comes in this morning telling me that dcb has a flaming red diaper rash. He has never had one before since coming to me last July and didnít have one when he left my house last night at 5:30. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-06-2018, 06:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 322
Posted By HappyEverAfter
I require bottles be left here and I wash them...

I require bottles be left here and I wash them myself, however I only have formula babies. If it was bottles of breast milk coming in Iíd probably rinse and put back in the bag for the parents to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-06-2018, 06:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 480
Posted By HappyEverAfter
I never eat in front of the kids. Theyre like...

I never eat in front of the kids. Theyre like tiny vultures and it doesnít matter if itís broccoli, if they see me eat it they HAVE to have a bite. Once a dck smelled a freaking cough drop on my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-05-2018, 06:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 722
Posted By HappyEverAfter
I have a chalkboard by the front door that on...

I have a chalkboard by the front door that on Mondays I always write ďtuition is dueĒ. Iíve never had to ask for a payment. All of mine pay weekly except one who pays ahead 2 weeks at a time.
I do...
Forum: Book Club - Reviews / Suggestions 02-04-2018, 09:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 95
Posted By HappyEverAfter
Before We Were Yours

Just finished reading a fictional story based on the true events of Georgia Tann and the black market adoptions she helped orchestrate back in the 30ís, 40ís and 50ís. Itís called ďBefore We Were...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-04-2018, 12:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 274
Posted By HappyEverAfter
I have an 18mth old similar to this. Her tongue...

I have an 18mth old similar to this. Her tongue is always out. And whatever she holds, she almost mindlessly brings it to her mouth. I mostly have her trained not to do it but when sheís distracted...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-02-2018, 06:57 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 576
Posted By HappyEverAfter
Wow, with a work history like that, itís a wonder...

Wow, with a work history like that, itís a wonder you let her stay as long as you did. Youíve worked through what most never could tolerate and she canít make it through a full week. I think youíll...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-01-2018, 09:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 282
Posted By HappyEverAfter
Yay!!!

Yay!!!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-01-2018, 09:15 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 576
Posted By HappyEverAfter
Ive never called out sick from any job that much...

Ive never called out sick from any job that much in my life. My last job I was in a car accident on my way to work where someone ran a light and hit me, totaling both cars, and I still made it to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-01-2018, 08:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 301
Posted By HappyEverAfter
I just got my first official diaper digger this...

I just got my first official diaper digger this week. Yay me. :ouch:
The first thing I did today when she got here was take her t shirt off and put a onesie over her pants so she canít reach down...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-31-2018, 07:38 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 967
Posted By HappyEverAfter
We will have cupcakes that day and I got each of...

We will have cupcakes that day and I got each of them a Valentines Day book as a gift but thatís it.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-31-2018, 07:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 536
Posted By HappyEverAfter
I allow pick up at anytime but itís in my...

I allow pick up at anytime but itís in my handbook that parents should make every effort not to come at nap times when possible. I wouldnít really have a reason outside of naps why they would have to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-31-2018, 07:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 332
Posted By HappyEverAfter
Open 7am-6pm. Breakfast 8 AM snack 9:45 ...

Open 7am-6pm.
Breakfast 8
AM snack 9:45
Nap 10-11 (allowed to sleep until 12 if not awake at 11)
Lunch 12
PM snack 2:30
Nap 3-4 (allowed to sleep until pick up if not awake at 4)
Late PM...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-30-2018, 07:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 361
Posted By HappyEverAfter
I only have 4 kids, all under the age of 2. I...

I only have 4 kids, all under the age of 2. I have one basket of board books. Iíd guess maybe 15 books are in there and I rotate them as needed. I have enough cars for each child to use one. I have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-29-2018, 08:26 PM
Replies: 4,202
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 408,712
Posted By HappyEverAfter
Ugh, that dcm does not sound like fun. I...

Ugh, that dcm does not sound like fun. I definitely wouldnít let it be up to her as to if another child was terminated, especially if you didnít see the bite happen or know for sure who did it. Itís...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-29-2018, 07:19 PM
Replies: 4,202
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 408,712
Posted By HappyEverAfter
Today was the Monday-est Monday ever! One poorly...

Today was the Monday-est Monday ever! One poorly timed drop off disrupted my morning naps after theyd been napping only 10 minutes. One child is super constipated and not happy about it. One child is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-28-2018, 02:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 304
Posted By HappyEverAfter
With the doors off the closet and the crib being...

With the doors off the closet and the crib being flush with the entrance of the closet, and assuming there are no clothes or items being stored in the closet, this wouldnít bother me. It really...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-27-2018, 10:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 332
Posted By HappyEverAfter
I donít know if there is any truth to the...

I donít know if there is any truth to the probiotics causing problems later on. I suppose itís possible.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-26-2018, 07:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 332
Posted By HappyEverAfter
My nephew who I watch is super gassy. They...

My nephew who I watch is super gassy. They switched to a different formula that helps with gas but it took several tries before they found one that seemed to help. He gets gas drops added directly to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-26-2018, 07:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 515
Posted By HappyEverAfter
I take checks, cash and credit cards via square....

I take checks, cash and credit cards via square. If they choose to pay with credit card they are charged a $3 fee to cover the fee charged to me by square. Almost all mine pay with checks though...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-26-2018, 07:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 345
Posted By HappyEverAfter
I have an 18mth old that sleeps 10-12 hrs at...

I have an 18mth old that sleeps 10-12 hrs at night and typically takes a 1.5hr-2hr nap in the morning and a 2 hr nap in the afternoon. Some days she will sleep even longer in the afternoon. She is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-25-2018, 05:39 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 493
Posted By HappyEverAfter
I wish I had that problem, lol. I have one parent...

I wish I had that problem, lol. I have one parent who is tight with diapers for some reason and so Iím constantly asking her to send some in. An example, I told her on Friday that dck would need...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-25-2018, 03:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 408
Posted By HappyEverAfter
Just make her do it. She wonít like it but it...

Just make her do it. She wonít like it but it will get better and itís so, so important!
I had two infants (ages 2 and 3 months at the time) that started the same day. One did tummy time regularly...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-25-2018, 09:32 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 910
Posted By HappyEverAfter
The way thing she are set up at your daycare...

The way thing she are set up at your daycare sound awful. Now Iíve never worked in a center, just home daycare, but it would seem to me that changes need to happen immediately. Being out of ratio is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-24-2018, 09:22 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 901
Posted By HappyEverAfter
Oh that drives me crazy! My sister and her...

Oh that drives me crazy! My sister and her husband did that same sort of thing with their daughter and it got worse as she got older. When she was 10 or 11 she refused to come to a family dinner...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-21-2018, 02:36 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 877
Posted By HappyEverAfter
A rule like this bothers me a lot. So, so much. ...

A rule like this bothers me a lot. So, so much.

I am not and will never be a mother. That said, I am someone who loves children, has ample experience caring for children, made the Deanís List...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-21-2018, 01:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 377
Posted By HappyEverAfter
I get the majority of my larger items off of...

I get the majority of my larger items off of Facebook resale sights which saves me a ton of money. You just have to watch for things to be listed and jump as soon as you see them. Last week I scored...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-19-2018, 06:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 14,364
Posted By HappyEverAfter
I canít imagine ever wanting to offer weekend...

I canít imagine ever wanting to offer weekend care. I need my weekends to myself!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-19-2018, 06:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 709
Posted By HappyEverAfter
Sounds like you just got a bad one. There are...

Sounds like you just got a bad one. There are tons of great ones out there, just look for those and listen when you hear your inner red flag go up during an interview. And definitely get a contract...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-17-2018, 08:01 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 659
Posted By HappyEverAfter
I wouldnít allow it either. My first thought was...

I wouldnít allow it either. My first thought was about the recording and photos you can take and how a child could easily accidentally video record or photograph a diaper change and end up with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-16-2018, 08:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 521
Posted By HappyEverAfter
Yes, yes, yes!

Yes, yes, yes!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-16-2018, 08:25 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 586
Posted By HappyEverAfter
Yes, I do charge the regular rate. We actually...

Yes, I do charge the regular rate. We actually just had snow and ice here and schools have been closed since last Friday. I have been technically open but had no kids on Friday and none today. On...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-16-2018, 07:23 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 932
Posted By HappyEverAfter
My policy says they can drop in anytime but are...

My policy says they can drop in anytime but are greatly discouraged from coming at nap times. If they come at meal time they are not allowed to bring any outside food for the child. Iíve actually...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-15-2018, 06:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 723
Posted By HappyEverAfter
I do have a 24 hr rule and already told her he...

I do have a 24 hr rule and already told her he was out until Wednesday but perhaps I do need a 24/48 rule instead. Pretty confident he was a dope and drop today.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-15-2018, 12:20 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,709
Posted By HappyEverAfter
This is exactly what I do. I serve it and they...

This is exactly what I do. I serve it and they eat or donít. And if you donít eat, you have to wait for the next snack or meal time too.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-15-2018, 12:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 723
Posted By HappyEverAfter
Itís impossible to keep illness totally away. The...

Itís impossible to keep illness totally away. The best you can do is clean well and regularly, boost your immune system as much as possible, and stick to your exclusion policies like crazy.

I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-15-2018, 06:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 439
Posted By HappyEverAfter
THis is exactly what I do and it seems to work....

THis is exactly what I do and it seems to work. On the rare occasion that it isnít working and I find myself with a constant whiner, I tell them they must be over tired and need to take a nap and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-12-2018, 07:19 AM
Replies: 1,871
Views: 234,872
Posted By HappyEverAfter
Itís a snow day today! I live in the south so...

Itís a snow day today! I live in the south so anytime thereís any ice or snow everything shuts down. I am officially open but every dck is out because of the weather today! Iíve had a brutal week...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-10-2018, 09:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 457
Posted By HappyEverAfter
I will have to show this to my husband. I dont...

I will have to show this to my husband. I dont allow any dck on my living room furniture and he thinks that is so mean of me. This is one of many reasons why they arenít allowed up there on the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-10-2018, 09:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 457
Posted By HappyEverAfter
I am fairly new and havenít had a puke incident...

I am fairly new and havenít had a puke incident yet but I have had an infant start pooping diarrhea like a fountain out the legs and waist of her pants. I was holding her when it happened and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-10-2018, 02:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 462
Posted By HappyEverAfter
I have a 3mth old with awful reflux. Doctor wonít...

I have a 3mth old with awful reflux. Doctor wonít do meds yet because baby is actually gaining weight. Did switch formulas three times and several types of bottles before finding anything that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-10-2018, 02:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 553
Posted By HappyEverAfter
Send home. Better safe than sorry. Pink eye is...

Send home. Better safe than sorry. Pink eye is something no one wants!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-09-2018, 02:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 480
Posted By HappyEverAfter
Under 12 months mine donít follow the group nap...

Under 12 months mine donít follow the group nap schedule. Around 9 months I begin working towards them following the group schedule in that they start going down at the same time as the bigger kids...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-09-2018, 09:34 AM
Replies: 4,202
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 408,712
Posted By HappyEverAfter
How can one infant be so difficult? He screams...

How can one infant be so difficult? He screams over anything that doesnít go his way. Wants me to hold him instead of another child so he screams. Wants me to pick him up and move him to the other...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-08-2018, 07:36 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 904
Posted By HappyEverAfter
I didnít increase rates this year but they will...

I didnít increase rates this year but they will go up next year. When I opened this past year, I researched rates in the area and placed myself at the top right off the bat. I went $5 week cheaper...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-08-2018, 07:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 836
Posted By HappyEverAfter
Iíve started premeasuring formula for my infants...

Iíve started premeasuring formula for my infants so that when feeding times roll around all I have to do is dump the formula into the bottle and shake it. I have 3 currently using formula and always...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-08-2018, 07:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 516
Posted By HappyEverAfter
Itís tough. Iíve got 4 in my care, all 18mths and...

Itís tough. Iíve got 4 in my care, all 18mths and younger. There are many days where I feel like Iím just barely keeping my head above water. There have been days where I was actually in tears of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-08-2018, 06:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 327
Posted By HappyEverAfter
I have one booster made by fisher price that has...

I have one booster made by fisher price that has a removable tray and when I started a 12mth old awhile back, I started with the tray and was also helping to feed her. Sheís now 18mths old and no...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-05-2018, 10:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 423
Posted By HappyEverAfter
I actually just put it in my contract and...

I actually just put it in my contract and handbook that unless a doctor has deemed it to be medically necessary I do not serve formula beyond 15mths and that at 13mths if theyíre still taking formula...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-05-2018, 10:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 446
Posted By HappyEverAfter
I donít offer part time. I only offer full time....

I donít offer part time. I only offer full time. But, if they pay the full time rate, they can attend as much or little as they want. I actually have one dck who does this. Usually sheís out at least...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-05-2018, 09:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 519
Posted By HappyEverAfter
Simple mistake. Happens to all of us. The best...

Simple mistake. Happens to all of us. The best you can do is apologize and that was very kind of you to not charge her for today.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-05-2018, 09:56 AM
Replies: 4,202
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 408,712
Posted By HappyEverAfter
Same thing happened to me yesterday! I was like,...

Same thing happened to me yesterday! I was like, there is no way that was a fresh diaper because you live 10 minutes away and she just peed through it and onto my floor. The thing weighed a ton when...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-05-2018, 09:54 AM
Replies: 4,202
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 408,712
Posted By HappyEverAfter
Day 3 of my little screamer dck making everyoneís...

Day 3 of my little screamer dck making everyoneís head hurt. Dcm and dcd say they have no idea why heís like this and that he never acts like this at home. Well, um, Iíd say he doesnít act like this...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-04-2018, 08:21 PM
Replies: 4,202
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 408,712
Posted By HappyEverAfter
-45!?!? Omg, I canít even imagine...

-45!?!? Omg, I canít even imagine...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-04-2018, 08:20 PM
Replies: 4,202
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 408,712
Posted By HappyEverAfter
Oh the day got even more eventful when 9 mth old...

Oh the day got even more eventful when 9 mth old dck girl pooped and then went diaper digging and before I even knew what happened she managed to get it on the playroom carpet and multiple toys. This...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-04-2018, 08:53 AM
Replies: 4,202
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 408,712
Posted By HappyEverAfter
So far today every child has had multiple...

So far today every child has had multiple crying/screaming fits. Iíve had one child projectile spit up multiple times, soaking my outfit and his. Iíve had one diaper poo explosion that resulted in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-03-2018, 06:57 PM
Replies: 4,202
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 408,712
Posted By HappyEverAfter
My screamer dck was on vacation for two weeks and...

My screamer dck was on vacation for two weeks and today was his first day back. He celebrated his return by screaming (not crying) for 7.5 hrs out of the 9 that he was here. If I so much as touched...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-02-2018, 09:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 511
Posted By HappyEverAfter
My teacher policy is that they can drop to part...

My teacher policy is that they can drop to part time, coming just 2 set days per week for a period of 8 consecutive weeks during the summer at half my regular weekly tuition rate. If they do this...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-02-2018, 10:13 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,368
Posted By HappyEverAfter
I have all my closed days noted in my handbook,...

I have all my closed days noted in my handbook, posted on the chalkboard by the door the week prior to being closed and still worry someone will forget and show up. Itís never happened but I do have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-01-2018, 11:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 573
Posted By HappyEverAfter
I have a holding agreement that they have to...

I have a holding agreement that they have to sign. It states how long I will hold the spot, that NO care will be given during this time and that they will pay 50% of the normal rate in order to hold...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-29-2017, 02:12 PM
Replies: 4,202
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 408,712
Posted By HappyEverAfter
Holy moly that is some seriously cold weather! I...

Holy moly that is some seriously cold weather! I like cold too but wouldnít even know what that kind of cold feels like!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-28-2017, 08:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 633
Posted By HappyEverAfter
Last week on Friday I had a dck suddenly out with...

Last week on Friday I had a dck suddenly out with the flu after having been with me open to close all week. I only had one other kid scheduled to come that day since my others were on vacation. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-27-2017, 08:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 763
Posted By HappyEverAfter
I agree with this. Personally I would much rather...

I agree with this. Personally I would much rather have the interview cancelled than waste my time or someone elseís time.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-27-2017, 08:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 613
Posted By HappyEverAfter
Not to take this thread off the main question of...

Not to take this thread off the main question of the op, but how do you train everyone to nap in the same room? All mine are currently in separate rooms but schedule changes with some of the kids...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-27-2017, 01:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 613
Posted By HappyEverAfter
Some may frown on this, but, can you put her pack...

Some may frown on this, but, can you put her pack n play in front of a tv? I have a 17 month old that sleeps in a pack n play in my master bedroom. When I put her down for a nap, I put her in a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-27-2017, 09:10 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,044
Posted By HappyEverAfter
I recently had a parent gift me a small ball pit...

I recently had a parent gift me a small ball pit made by Infantino. Itís shaped like a turtle and meant for younger children. I can comfortably place my 7 and 8 month olds in there together and they...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-22-2017, 09:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 704
Posted By HappyEverAfter
Donít feel awkward about letting them know they...

Donít feel awkward about letting them know they have shorted you in pay. I have a parent that twice now has rounded down her vacation week fee from $67.50 to $65 and I shamelessly reminded her it was...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-18-2017, 08:34 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,021
Posted By HappyEverAfter
If youíd like to have them back, Iíd do it on a...

If youíd like to have them back, Iíd do it on a trial basis at first. Iíd also insist that efforts be made to build the infants independence and Iíd keep calling if he kept crying. If the trial...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-17-2017, 09:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 715
Posted By HappyEverAfter
Oh I would most definitely need the parent to get...

Oh I would most definitely need the parent to get approval from the pediatrician!
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 12-16-2017, 09:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 564
Posted By HappyEverAfter
I am sorry for your familyís loss. According...

I am sorry for your familyís loss.
According to my contract, I charge the full rate regardless of attendance and that includes days missed for bereavement. When I opened my daycare, I researched...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-16-2017, 07:49 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,256
Posted By HappyEverAfter
I have two teacher families. One is a non issue...

I have two teacher families. One is a non issue and understands I am running a business. The other one of them started in August and has already tried push my vacation policy. I allow parents two,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-15-2017, 10:44 PM
Replies: 4,202
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 408,712
Posted By HappyEverAfter
Omg, YES! This is exactly my dck!

Omg, YES! This is exactly my dck!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-15-2017, 10:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 715
Posted By HappyEverAfter
Weighted Blankets

Has anyone ever used weighted blankets or weighted sleep sacks? One of my parents and I were discussing it and thinking it might be a good fit for her son. Iíve never used one so I was curious what...
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