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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-19-2020, 08:22 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 544
Posted By Firefly
New Policy

Iím working on my new corona virus policy and Iím a little stuck on the illness part. I prefer to exclude for any symptoms at all but not sure how to handle payment. If the child has a runny/stuffy...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 04-18-2020, 04:20 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 485
Posted By Firefly
Tom-Unemployment, Eidl, and PPP

If we file for unemployment can we also be approved for the Eidl or the PPP? How does one affect the other? Iím hearing conflicting information. Maybe they just canít overlap?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-14-2020, 10:40 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 454
Posted By Firefly
Thank you!

Thank you!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-13-2020, 02:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 454
Posted By Firefly
Unemployment Form

Iím filling out the PUA application and where it asks about proof of income itís asking for a 1099 form. Since I donít have that does anyone know if they accept another form instead?
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 04-04-2020, 05:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,046
Posted By Firefly
Is the Paycheck Protection Program just for...

Is the Paycheck Protection Program just for daycares with employees?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-01-2020, 08:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,118
Posted By Firefly
Unemployment

Has anyone filed for unemployment? Do we even qualify? My state ordered all daycares close with the only exception caring for children of essential workers. Iíve been closed for two weeks now....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2020, 06:35 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 6,964
Posted By Firefly
Since I am closed I told parents I would charge...

Since I am closed I told parents I would charge 50%. How long is fair to keep doing this? I really have no idea how long I will be closed until I see how this all plays out. Iím not comfortable being...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-19-2020, 07:14 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 6,964
Posted By Firefly
Thatís what Iím doing, charging 50% and thatís...

Thatís what Iím doing, charging 50% and thatís what she didnít like.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2020, 04:29 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 6,964
Posted By Firefly
Iím sorry, let me clarify. I closed my daycare...

Iím sorry, let me clarify. I closed my daycare but she is still working. Since she has to find other care arrangements for her child she feels she shouldnít have to pay for care thatís not being...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2020, 01:58 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 6,964
Posted By Firefly
What exactly would you say to a parent who said...

What exactly would you say to a parent who said they canít afford to pay you while being closed?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2020, 12:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,050
Posted By Firefly
likethis

likethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2020, 12:22 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 6,964
Posted By Firefly
So true! She implied I was being unreasonable...

So true! She implied I was being unreasonable asking for half because she had to pay for temporary care for her child while I was closed and I was already putting her in a bind by closing in the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2020, 11:06 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 6,964
Posted By Firefly
If I was open and someone didnít pay I would term...

If I was open and someone didnít pay I would term but since Iím closed is it unreasonable to ask for half? Are any of your families having to pay someone else as well to watch their kid? And she...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2020, 08:45 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,354
Posted By Firefly
Iím looking into getting electronic payment....

Iím looking into getting electronic payment. Maybe thereís a way to send them an invoice that way.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2020, 06:03 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 6,964
Posted By Firefly
Payment During Coronavirus

I ended up closing my daycare for now and told parents I would be charging 50% of their normal rate during this time. Two seem okay with that, one never responded to me, and one said she canít afford...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-18-2020, 05:54 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,832
Posted By Firefly
Will it be recorded where we can listen to it...

Will it be recorded where we can listen to it later?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-12-2020, 10:57 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,621
Posted By Firefly
I donít have anything in my policies about...

I donít have anything in my policies about natural disasters either and I donít know what to do about payment should I need to close. I charge for days the kids donít come but I donít charge for days...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-12-2019, 05:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 821
Posted By Firefly
I would be interested in trying this.

I would be interested in trying this.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-05-2019, 10:19 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,371
Posted By Firefly
Oh my:eek:

Oh my:eek:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-04-2019, 09:10 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,675
Posted By Firefly
Spanking her child is her choice and I donít...

Spanking her child is her choice and I donít think itís a daycare providerís place to tell her how to discipline her child just like she shouldnít tell you how to discipline yours.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-28-2019, 12:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 843
Posted By Firefly
Yes they are on separate contracts.

Yes they are on separate contracts.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-28-2019, 09:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 843
Posted By Firefly
I do have late fees in my contract but it states...

I do have late fees in my contract but it states $10 per 15 minutes and she was 15 minutes late so didnít know if I should charge 10 or 20.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-28-2019, 09:35 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 843
Posted By Firefly
Late Fees

If a family with two kids picks up late then do you charge double the late fee for them or is it the same flat rate per family no matter how many kids? I never specified this in my contract and now...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-20-2019, 07:13 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,982
Posted By Firefly
I think itís common curtesy to let you know the...

I think itís common curtesy to let you know the night before if they know they wonít be there on time. Iíve had this happen many times and itís so frustrating. Like one dad who worked second shift...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-15-2019, 09:35 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,925
Posted By Firefly
Itís her problem now. Good for you! And yeah,...

Itís her problem now. Good for you! And yeah, kicking one of my pets would have been the last straw.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-15-2019, 07:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,573
Posted By Firefly
It sounds like they are understaffed and the fact...

It sounds like they are understaffed and the fact that they use boppy pillows would really scare me. I have never used these in my daycare. Itís so important to practice safe sleep. I wouldnít leave...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-10-2019, 07:51 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,925
Posted By Firefly
I think you are doing the right thing. You will...

I think you are doing the right thing. You will feel so relieved once they are gone. There is only so much you can do when parents wonít cooperate. I hope your rabbit is ok.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-09-2019, 07:27 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,304
Posted By Firefly
Thatís what I was thinking! Iíve never heard that...

Thatís what I was thinking! Iíve never heard that one before. I hope this works out for you. Iím glad they are starting to appreciate you.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-08-2019, 10:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,052
Posted By Firefly
I have had those kids. I have one right now that...

I have had those kids. I have one right now that keeps repeating my name constantly. When I say ďwhatĒ you can tell heís trying to think of something to ask me. I used to watch a dcb who constantly...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-06-2019, 11:14 AM
Replies: 1,172
Views: 246,713
Posted By Firefly
:lol::lol::lol::lol:

:lol::lol::lol::lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-03-2019, 10:37 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,639
Posted By Firefly
Iíve had this exact same thing happen. Mom said...

Iíve had this exact same thing happen. Mom said he ďwouldnít let meĒ put a pull up on him so she sent him in underwear. Kid hadnít even started potty training yet. I wonít rinse poopy underwear...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-02-2019, 11:59 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,512
Posted By Firefly
I think pull ups are great for kids that are...

I think pull ups are great for kids that are potty training but I have had kids sent here in pull ups who havenít even begun potty training and I donít understand why. Maybe the parent thinks their...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-01-2019, 10:39 AM
Replies: 5,883
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 671,361
Posted By Firefly
Are you serious? Wow :eek:

Are you serious? Wow :eek:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-01-2019, 06:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 924
Posted By Firefly
Iím sorry youíre having such a hard time at work....

Iím sorry youíre having such a hard time at work. I think I would make it my goal to find a new job if youíre not happy there. Iím sorry about your dad too. :( That must be hard.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-01-2019, 06:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,231
Posted By Firefly
I cannot understand why parents always say itís...

I cannot understand why parents always say itís allergies. I just had one say that this morning. I donít exclude for mild colds anyways so itís not like I would turn them away. I donít get it.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-26-2019, 07:33 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,513
Posted By Firefly
I had a parent who wanted to interview a long...

I had a parent who wanted to interview a long time ago and she said she wanted to come when the other children were here so she could see how they interact together. How would you respond to that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-16-2019, 10:41 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,022
Posted By Firefly
Oh thatís disgusting!!!

Oh thatís disgusting!!!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-16-2019, 10:27 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,022
Posted By Firefly
Chocolate milk or hot chocolate?

Chocolate milk or hot chocolate?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-15-2019, 11:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 801
Posted By Firefly
I used to have a girl in my daycare exactly like...

I used to have a girl in my daycare exactly like that! She could not stop talking and couldnít stand it if the attention wasnít on her. If I told her to go play she would start running in circles...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-11-2019, 06:16 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,637
Posted By Firefly
I hear this all the time! One time a parent...

I hear this all the time! One time a parent dropped off her son who wasnít potty trained yet in underwear saying he wouldnít let me put a pull up on him! Hadnít even started potty training with me...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 04-09-2019, 11:28 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,940
Posted By Firefly
I just realized I could count my basement and...

I just realized I could count my basement and garage in my total square footage if I store things in those areas, which I do. This would more than double my square footage so I thought it would...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 04-06-2019, 11:41 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,047
Posted By Firefly
Claiming Lunches

Hi Tom, you had said that we can claim lunches on our taxes if we serve one component and I didnít know that. I read in your blog this would go on form 1040X if we amend this. Exactly where on this...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-05-2019, 10:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 544
Posted By Firefly
Naps

I have a 1.5 yr old who always took 2 naps up until recently. Now heíll take a morning nap but no afternoon nap. We shortened the morning nap but he still wonít sleep in the afternoon. Can anyone...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 04-03-2019, 10:39 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,255
Posted By Firefly
So in the above example where they finish off...

So in the above example where they finish off their basement and use it for daycare, use section 179 but go out of business in 5 years, how much of that deduction would need to be repaid?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-22-2019, 01:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 690
Posted By Firefly
Thanks for the pep talk! I have a terrible...

Thanks for the pep talk! I have a terrible migraine today too and a little one that keeps repeating my name over and over no matter how much I acknowledge him!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-20-2019, 07:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,000
Posted By Firefly
Have you tried talking with his parents about his...

Have you tried talking with his parents about his sleep schedule at home? Do you know what time they put him to bed? Sleep deprived kids are hard to deal with so hopefully this gets resolved!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-13-2019, 06:03 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,299
Posted By Firefly
How cute! I can see the kids loving that!

How cute! I can see the kids loving that!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-08-2019, 07:35 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 742
Posted By Firefly
Does he actually have a cold? Or does he always...

Does he actually have a cold? Or does he always do this?
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 01-28-2019, 07:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,190
Posted By Firefly
Home Write-Offs

If we put in a fireplace would we be able to write off the cost? Also what about finishing a basement? Would there be any tax benefit to that? Or would it just be the t/s that would change if I used...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-21-2019, 07:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 831
Posted By Firefly
Change in Contract

So Iíd like to make a small change in my contract and add a couple of holidays to my list of paid holidays. Iím also doing away with discounted vacation days for parents. How would I go about doing...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2019, 09:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,010
Posted By Firefly
Wow! Thatís disrespectful! I would not allow...

Wow! Thatís disrespectful! I would not allow anyone to come in my house with their shoes or boots on. I had a parent who walked right in with her boots on when she came to pick her child up. I just...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 01-10-2019, 11:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,101
Posted By Firefly
I tried the links and the first two work for me...

I tried the links and the first two work for me but the third one says no matches for me as well.
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 01-07-2019, 10:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 966
Posted By Firefly
Ok, so if the kids bring their own lunches and I...

Ok, so if the kids bring their own lunches and I provide the milk (which Iíve always done) I can claim their lunches? I had no idea!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-07-2019, 09:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,179
Posted By Firefly
Exhausted

I have a small in home daycare with 4 kids ages 1, 2, 3 and 4 yrs. All the kids are well behaved and get along but my challenge is with the 1 yr old. I feel like all I do is chase her all day. She is...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 01-03-2019, 11:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 966
Posted By Firefly
So if the kids bring their own lunches do we...

So if the kids bring their own lunches do we claim those too? I’m not on the food program and I’ve only ever counted breakfast and 2 snacks.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-20-2018, 06:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,428
Posted By Firefly
I guess Christmas shopping is more important than...

I guess Christmas shopping is more important than paying your bills. You will be relieved when they are gone.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-19-2018, 07:56 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,373
Posted By Firefly
I didnít either.

I didnít either.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-17-2018, 06:27 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,175
Posted By Firefly
How do they know itís not an illness?

How do they know itís not an illness?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-14-2018, 10:21 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,291
Posted By Firefly
A lot of times kids say things that arenít true....

A lot of times kids say things that arenít true. Reminds me of the saying that goes something like ďIf you only believe half of what your kid says about me, Iíll only believe half of what he says...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-08-2018, 11:03 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 911
Posted By Firefly
I guess I wouldnít see an issue with the parents...

I guess I wouldnít see an issue with the parents supplying the food. My daycare kids bring their own lunches everyday and Iíve never had an issue with kids throwing fits. That could depend on the...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 12-07-2018, 06:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 981
Posted By Firefly
Great, thank you! One more question-when I...

Great, thank you! One more question-when I finally decide to shut down my daycare for good, how will my taxes be figured on the things Iíve been depreciating such as house, furniture, etc?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-06-2018, 06:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,108
Posted By Firefly
I still charge if a child is sick and doesnít...

I still charge if a child is sick and doesnít come to daycare no matter how they got sick. And many times Iím sure it was one of my daycare kids that got me sick and then I had to close without pay.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-05-2018, 11:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,171
Posted By Firefly
I have never done this. I really look forward to...

I have never done this. I really look forward to my time off after working long hours and I feel something like this would come to be expected.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-05-2018, 10:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 792
Posted By Firefly
I was in a similar situation with a 12 month old....

I was in a similar situation with a 12 month old. For about the first month of her coming here she would scream when getting dropped off and was crying as all the other kids were getting dropped off...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-03-2018, 10:30 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,519
Posted By Firefly
Donít feel bad for having to close. I know itís...

Donít feel bad for having to close. I know itís hard not to, but when I look back there were times I still feel bad for NOT closing. I hope your husband feels better soon.
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 12-03-2018, 06:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 981
Posted By Firefly
Tax Questions

Does anyone know if I can write off a new tv? Also can I count the time it takes to shovel and snowblow towards my total hours? Thanks!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-28-2018, 06:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 701
Posted By Firefly
When Iím interviewing a family with a flexible...

When Iím interviewing a family with a flexible schedule I will let them know the days that work best with my schedule and they will usually choose those. Once they pick their days they are contracted...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-21-2018, 08:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 980
Posted By Firefly
I raise my rates every couple of years but only...

I raise my rates every couple of years but only for new incoming families. I also stopped giving sibling discounts.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2018, 01:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,398
Posted By Firefly
I used to offer a discount but I donít anymore....

I used to offer a discount but I donít anymore. It doesnít mean any less work and over time Iím losing money.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2018, 11:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 842
Posted By Firefly
Meal and snack times are challenging too. He gets...

Meal and snack times are challenging too. He gets quite upset about food. Letís say weíre having apples and carrot sticks for snack. Heíll eat all his apples and want more but not touch his carrots....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2018, 06:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 842
Posted By Firefly
Instant Gratification

How do you teach kids to wait for what they want? I have a 2.5 yr old who really needs help in this area. When he wants something he wants it now. Iíll tell him just a minute and he throws a fit....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2018, 05:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,858
Posted By Firefly
No itís not just you. I think our daycare...

No itís not just you. I think our daycare families rely on us too much and when we have a day off they donít know how to act!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2018, 05:46 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,503
Posted By Firefly
Yes illnesses are one of my biggest issues. I...

Yes illnesses are one of my biggest issues. I will usually end up getting sick from one of the kids and thatís when I really donít like my job.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-10-2018, 12:59 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,959
Posted By Firefly
I see this all the time. I used to think it was...

I see this all the time. I used to think it was only my families but that seems to be the trend. I worked outside the home for about a week when my daughter was little and I couldnít wait to pick her...
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