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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-16-2019, 08:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,197
Posted By Indoorvoice
I used to gladly stay open late for a teacher who...

I used to gladly stay open late for a teacher who said she after school business to take care of. Then she started picking up in her work out clothes...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-06-2019, 08:59 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 609
Posted By Indoorvoice
Unless there is some sort of disability, children...

Unless there is some sort of disability, children ARE born with the ability to play. They need plenty of opportunities, nurturing, and space to foster it, yes. But it does not need to be taught....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-06-2019, 07:58 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 609
Posted By Indoorvoice
Before I quit daycare,I had a child just like...

Before I quit daycare,I had a child just like this. When I would tell him to get a toy, he would either ignore me or cry. When he would finally get a toy, he would not play with it. He would just...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-26-2019, 10:27 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 2,158
Posted By Indoorvoice
I think I'm totally missing this argument. The...

I think I'm totally missing this argument. The only reason I had a wait list was because I had more people interested in spots than I had spots available. I don't see how pricing people out of my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-28-2019, 12:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 564
Posted By Indoorvoice
That is long, but since you signed the contract,...

That is long, but since you signed the contract, then I think you are obligated to it. It isn't really her fault that you didn't read it. Not trying to be snarky but people write contracts the way...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-05-2019, 06:56 AM
Replies: 5,395
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 570,517
Posted By Indoorvoice
You should text them and say that due to low...

You should text them and say that due to low numbers and the fact that no one is using you for work purposes today you will be closing after nap. You're the boss. You can do that!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-27-2019, 02:17 PM
Replies: 5,395
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 570,517
Posted By Indoorvoice
What is even the point of dropping off at 2pm?...

What is even the point of dropping off at 2pm? This isn't a babysitter drop in service when you need to run errands for a few hours! I had 2 families who did this to me often and they did me in!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-20-2019, 05:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 577
Posted By Indoorvoice
I also think you should do a letter or email. I...

I also think you should do a letter or email. I just closed my daycare and it was difficult. I didn't have a good excuse like moving either. I just didn't want to do it anymore. I had the letter in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-14-2019, 01:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 387
Posted By Indoorvoice
Thanks,it wasn't terrible. I had just this one...

Thanks,it wasn't terrible. I had just this one boy left for the whole week but my school aged kids were home making it hard for him to nap. He was his normal crabby self this morning and I feel so...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-14-2019, 11:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 387
Posted By Indoorvoice
Last Day

Today is my last day as a formal daycare provider! I will be continuing to watch my favorite family for a while, but will be operating more as a stay at home mom/ homeschool type and not mess with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-07-2019, 06:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 515
Posted By Indoorvoice
I had to term a family once solely because of the...

I had to term a family once solely because of the grandma. She did pretty much all the drop offs and pick ups and was an absolute nightmare. Great parents, awesome kids, TERRIBLE GRANDMA. I dreaded...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-29-2019, 06:54 AM
Replies: 5,395
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 570,517
Posted By Indoorvoice
Things that make you go... :confused: Dad drops...

Things that make you go... :confused: Dad drops off in jammies today. He is too sick to go to work. Then proceeds to tell me he has the same thing dcb has... Hmm. You are too sick for work and need...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-23-2019, 12:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 720
Posted By Indoorvoice
I don't send home until it reaches 101 usually if...

I don't send home until it reaches 101 usually if they are acting ok. If they are really out of it, I will call for 100. I had a parent argue with me yesterday and today that their child was just...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-22-2019, 09:13 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,319
Posted By Indoorvoice
None of my parents can handle being told no so I...

None of my parents can handle being told no so I absolutely understand why they can't with their kids. Many in this generation of parents weren't raised with no in their vocabulary either. Had one...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-22-2019, 05:50 AM
Replies: 5,395
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 570,517
Posted By Indoorvoice
Started my morning off with a big ol poop smear...

Started my morning off with a big ol poop smear across my carpet. I was getting the new diaper ready when he scooted across the floor on his butt causing poop to ooze out of his diaper and grind into...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-16-2019, 10:43 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 778
Posted By Indoorvoice
Aw poor girl! I hate that potty training has to...

Aw poor girl! I hate that potty training has to be so all or nothing for some people! My middle daughter was fully trained for pee but asked for a pull up to poop for a good 6 months. I totally let...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-14-2019, 05:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 851
Posted By Indoorvoice
I don't let my daycare kids have screen time at...

I don't let my daycare kids have screen time at all and wouldn't allow other people's children to be exposed to this in my home. But times are different now and I see nothing wrong with my own kids...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-14-2019, 05:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 276
Posted By Indoorvoice
No. When a child is sick,they need to be...

No. When a child is sick,they need to be comfortable in their home. HFM can be really uncomfortable and they will need the attention of a parent or someone who can give them 1:1. It won't be good for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-09-2019, 01:27 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 31,145
Posted By Indoorvoice
Yup, people DO have the choice. You don't have to...

Yup, people DO have the choice. You don't have to work THAT career just because that's what you have now. The work from home options are endless right now. My teaching career worked for my family for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-29-2019, 10:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 422
Posted By Indoorvoice
The first week I did not. They had a rough week...

The first week I did not. They had a rough week being in and out of the hospital with a family member so I figured it was oversight and was willing to let it go since they've never had issues and I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-29-2019, 09:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 422
Posted By Indoorvoice
Contract Predicament

I kind of vented about this in the venting thread, but thinking this through more, I need a little advice about something I might have gotten myself into.

I offered one teacher family a very...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-29-2019, 07:47 AM
Replies: 5,395
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 570,517
Posted By Indoorvoice
My favorite family has not paid me for 2 weeks! I...

My favorite family has not paid me for 2 weeks! I get paid online and normally don't check right away because I have never had payment issues. Well I noticed Monday last week that my favorite family...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-26-2019, 01:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 725
Posted By Indoorvoice
I have had families like this too. I guess we...

I have had families like this too. I guess we can't win. Either one extreme or the other! :lol: I don't think I've had one family straight down the middle yet. I'm not even judging, it's just so...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-26-2019, 12:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 725
Posted By Indoorvoice
Parents Anxious for Their Babies to Be Big Kids

Not really a complaint, just an observation I've had with my last few baby families and curious if you've seen the same or if this is typical or a newer phenomenon since I've only been in business...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-19-2019, 07:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 396
Posted By Indoorvoice
I think it's clear that mom is not that...

I think it's clear that mom is not that interested in potty training him anymore and I would follow her lead and put him back in diapers. It's not your job to do the leg work, especially since he is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-17-2019, 07:27 AM
Replies: 5,395
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 570,517
Posted By Indoorvoice
It's always somethimg. Finally got dcb2 to stop...

It's always somethimg. Finally got dcb2 to stop screaming at drop off and actually give me a nice hello for the last month. A perfect little transition that I've been feeling awesome about after...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-10-2019, 05:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 516
Posted By Indoorvoice
My daughter who is 2.5 just potty trained this...

My daughter who is 2.5 just potty trained this way. I was keeping her in diapers because she would not keep them dry even though she was able to use the toilet when I asked her. I put her in undies...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-09-2019, 11:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 863
Posted By Indoorvoice
I think your expectations are on point. One year...

I think your expectations are on point. One year old behaviors can be frustrating but that doesn't mean they are bad or intentionally being naughty. Definitely grab some articles online for your...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-20-2019, 07:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 577
Posted By Indoorvoice
I agree it's a sleep issue! I have this kid too...

I agree it's a sleep issue! I have this kid too and it was getting to the point I dreaded him every day. I started putting him to bed as soon as he arrives. He doesn't always fall asleep, but he gets...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-15-2019, 05:16 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,145
Posted By Indoorvoice
I don't answer. If they have a question for me,...

I don't answer. If they have a question for me, they ask. I have a parent who would talk to his baby like that, and when dcb didn't answer (obviously) dcd would turn to me and say "so DID he have a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-13-2019, 02:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 510
Posted By Indoorvoice
I don't have much advice. It could just be that...

I don't have much advice. It could just be that he hasn't been there very long. Just came here to tell you this has been the norm lately for babies in my care. They seem pretty normal at first when I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-12-2019, 09:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 676
Posted By Indoorvoice
I had a parent like this and ended up terming...

I had a parent like this and ended up terming over it. It ended up being a daily thing that her daughter said or did something disturbing at home and wondered if I knew where she would have seen or...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-11-2019, 05:36 AM
Replies: 5,395
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 570,517
Posted By Indoorvoice
WHY do parents continuously not feel the need to...

WHY do parents continuously not feel the need to tell me when they're going to be more than an hour late or not coming at all for a scheduled day? It's so rude! I've addressed it so many times and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-08-2019, 09:10 AM
Replies: 5,395
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 570,517
Posted By Indoorvoice
Constantly. I get the "he's making himself sick"...

Constantly. I get the "he's making himself sick" all the time. Sure,a 1 year old totally has the ability to think through faking an illness...:rolleyes::confused: I almost never have had a parent...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-08-2019, 05:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 358
Posted By Indoorvoice
Baby Never Used to Cry, Now Cries All Day

I've watched this baby since he was 3 months, now he is almost 1. He made it through the trial period beautifully. Never cried just to cry, only when he needed something. Since he turned 11 months,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-07-2019, 01:54 PM
Replies: 5,395
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 570,517
Posted By Indoorvoice
One of my guilty pleasures is when parents are...

One of my guilty pleasures is when parents are wrong and I get to say something passively aggressively about it.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-07-2019, 06:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 547
Posted By Indoorvoice
I have a compromised immune system due to meds...

I have a compromised immune system due to meds I'm on so maybe I should look into this. This time of year is really rough on me.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-07-2019, 06:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 547
Posted By Indoorvoice
No I honestly didn't know that was a thing!

No I honestly didn't know that was a thing!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-07-2019, 06:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 547
Posted By Indoorvoice
Thank you both. The child went to the Dr...

Thank you both. The child went to the Dr yesterday but Dr did not give any medications or breathing treatments and just told Mom to observe. I just didn't even think of following up because when mom...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-07-2019, 06:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 547
Posted By Indoorvoice
Have You Excluded for Bronchiolitis?

I have a 6 month old diagnosed with bronchiolitis. Everything I'm reading says it could take weeks for breathing to go back to normal. Obviously I can't exclude that long, or would you? Need some...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-06-2019, 01:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 309
Posted By Indoorvoice
No suggestions. I have the same kid only 11...

No suggestions. I have the same kid only 11 months old. There is no calm/happy/content. Only on the move/fussy/crying. Luckily I have the option of giving him his own nap room, so we've been working...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-05-2019, 10:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 591
Posted By Indoorvoice
In my state those crib covers are prohibited. I...

In my state those crib covers are prohibited. I use sleep sacks for my crib jumpers who aren't old enough to stay on a cot, though I think that may be prohibited in some states for older kids so you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-02-2019, 10:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 504
Posted By Indoorvoice
This sounds like my sensitive little guy. He is...

This sounds like my sensitive little guy. He is also 2. I don't make him do anything. He is invited to do our more structured activities and he either comes or not. When parents ask why he doesn't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-26-2019, 12:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 660
Posted By Indoorvoice
I get it! These people are supposed to be full...

I get it! These people are supposed to be full time,they just never use it! I prefer full timers so I can plan!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-26-2019, 11:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 660
Posted By Indoorvoice
Ideally BC, I would like them to give me a...

Ideally BC, I would like them to give me a schedule like, Mon:7:30-5, TUE: 8:30:2 Wed: 7:30-4, etc...

But instead on Sunday they schedule me everyday 7:30-5 but then just actually use me when they...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-26-2019, 11:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 660
Posted By Indoorvoice
I cracked down on no dropping off after 9. They...

I cracked down on no dropping off after 9. They do pick up during nap time a lot, but it's not a huge deal since their babies don't typically nap the whole time the big kids do anyway and it's...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-26-2019, 11:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 660
Posted By Indoorvoice
ALSO: I want their jobs! That kind of flexibility...

ALSO: I want their jobs! That kind of flexibility would be amazing. I had to rearrange my entire life and get a sub so I could get a desperately needed haircut this evening.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-26-2019, 11:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 660
Posted By Indoorvoice
Yes! That's what they're doing! They schedule the...

Yes! That's what they're doing! They schedule the whole week for the hours they're contracted me for and then will show up on a say Tuesday and say "I'm off work today but I have to go to the salon....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-26-2019, 11:12 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 660
Posted By Indoorvoice
Parents Who Use You as a Babysitter

I know we've talked a lot about what parents do when after they drop off is no big deal as long as they pay and pick up on time. I'm usually in the camp of just not caring. I'm curious what your...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-25-2019, 02:11 PM
Replies: 5,395
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 570,517
Posted By Indoorvoice
People who can't (or won't) take a hint are the...

People who can't (or won't) take a hint are the worst kind of people. I have kept track recently of the number of times my neighbor has asked for her daughter to come play at my house after school...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-22-2019, 12:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 455
Posted By Indoorvoice
Thanks for that input! He doesn't eat nearly as...

Thanks for that input! He doesn't eat nearly as delicately, but I'll take it!:lol: His style is more of a 'open mouth as wide as you can with as much on the utensil as possible,spill half of it down...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-22-2019, 09:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 455
Posted By Indoorvoice
Developmentally Appropriate Feeding Skills

Google is not helping! Is it developmentally appropriate for a 2 year old to still be flipping the spoon or fork upside down before it enters his mouth so that he can scrape the food off with his...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-21-2019, 06:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 563
Posted By Indoorvoice
Her excuse was that they aren't morning people...

Her excuse was that they aren't morning people :lol: I told her that I wasn't either, but here I am forcing myself to be one so I can make my kids breakfast before school and be available for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-21-2019, 05:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 563
Posted By Indoorvoice
What I ended up doing was reminding her that her...

What I ended up doing was reminding her that her contract was for 8am and I would not be able to serve breakfast to a baby at my normal breakfast time anyway since I am busy getting kids off to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-20-2019, 03:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 563
Posted By Indoorvoice
No that's ok it's my fault! I wish I could do...

No that's ok it's my fault! I wish I could do what you do. I have my own kids here who are school age and it's really tough to have a smooth morning when I don't know who is coming when and I have a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-20-2019, 03:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 563
Posted By Indoorvoice
Makes sense! But one of the problems I'm having...

Makes sense! But one of the problems I'm having is that when they first started they contracted at 7:30, and I changed it to 8 because they NEVER made it here by that time and I didn't want them...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-20-2019, 02:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 563
Posted By Indoorvoice
How to Approach Adding Extra Time and An Extra Meal in The Morning to a Contracted SC

I'm confusing myself thinking this through:

Dcf is contracted 8-5. She told me (didn't ask) that they are going to try to get here in time for breakfast for 11mo dcb from now on in passing as she...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2019, 04:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 652
Posted By Indoorvoice
I just got a job teaching for VIPKID. I've heard...

I just got a job teaching for VIPKID. I've heard good and bad things and JUST started so we will see. I'm hoping it's my exit out of daycare or at least my exit from these 2 families. I have one...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2019, 04:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 652
Posted By Indoorvoice
Thanks for all your feedback. I think I decided I...

Thanks for all your feedback. I think I decided I can continue to be flexible for about 5 minutes but after that it's a no. I charged them both late fees. When the weather was bad all day and you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2019, 02:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 652
Posted By Indoorvoice
Leniency for New Parents for Weather?

We've had some really crappy weather lately even for Michigan. For weather I try to give a 5 minute buffer since I'm usually not going anywhere anyways in bad stuff. But when all my parents are in a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2019, 05:58 AM
Replies: 5,395
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 570,517
Posted By Indoorvoice
Got snapped at by a dcm today when I tried to...

Got snapped at by a dcm today when I tried to hurry her out the door because she was late to drop off and I had to get my kids out to the bus stop. She sees my kids dressed and standing there waiting...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-08-2019, 05:28 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 490
Posted By Indoorvoice
Thank you! I will look into that because I was...

Thank you! I will look into that because I was definitely dreading the collection aspect of it!

And thank you so much Ariana and BC for all of your advice. This was SO helpful!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-07-2019, 08:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 490
Posted By Indoorvoice
Ok you have told me that before and I love it,...

Ok you have told me that before and I love it, I've just been struggling how to start. Write out a huge explanation,or just start doing it?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-07-2019, 08:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 490
Posted By Indoorvoice
Like, they'll often tell me Wednesday that they...

Like, they'll often tell me Wednesday that they won't be coming Thursday. Then Thursday comes and they change their mind saying they're coming anyway. I can't stop them from doing that because they...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-07-2019, 08:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 490
Posted By Indoorvoice
I'm just struggling with how to word everything I...

I'm just struggling with how to word everything I want to say and explaining it. They're going to be confused as to why this is a big deal. I want these points I think.

-you now have to submit...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-07-2019, 08:34 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 490
Posted By Indoorvoice
Thank you! How do I handle or charge when they...

Thank you! How do I handle or charge when they say they are picking up early but change it to the normal time later? Like my parent today who changed her pick up drop off time 4 times today. I'm...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-07-2019, 08:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 490
Posted By Indoorvoice
I'm specifically annoyed that each takes one or 2...

I'm specifically annoyed that each takes one or 2 days off a week of daycare but they never tell me until after daycare starts for the day so I could have planned appointments and stuff but am unable...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-07-2019, 08:11 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 490
Posted By Indoorvoice
How to Make A New Policy about Submitting Weekly Schedules and Sticking to It

I've been very lenient with schedules and allow parents to switch or change days and change drop off and pick up times when needed. Its now being abused and affecting baby schedules when parents...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-05-2019, 10:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 519
Posted By Indoorvoice
Ok! I haven't paid for this year yet so I have...

Ok! I haven't paid for this year yet so I have nothing right now. Since I've heard such bad things about KK I've been looking into other things, but I'm getting cold feet because I was just so used...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-05-2019, 09:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 519
Posted By Indoorvoice
Thanks BC! So basically I just should not renew...

Thanks BC! So basically I just should not renew MMK and just start with kidkare or something else.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-31-2019, 06:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 864
Posted By Indoorvoice
So Burnt Out From Never Knowing The "Right" Thing To Do

So I posted in another thread this week my teacher policy of charging less for teachers with the understanding that they stay home on snow days and breaks. Of course this comes back to bite me.

My...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-29-2019, 10:11 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 893
Posted By Indoorvoice
I'm in Michigan and I'm really really struggling...

I'm in Michigan and I'm really really struggling with what to do! I have 2 kids tomorrow. One mom is a nurse and has to go, but dad is a mechanic. The other set is a store manager and dad works in an...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-29-2019, 08:45 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 772
Posted By Indoorvoice
I know not everyone agrees with this or can...

I know not everyone agrees with this or can afford it, but I give my teacher families a slight discount on their tuition with the understanding that they stay home on snow days and school vacations....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-29-2019, 06:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 519
Posted By Indoorvoice
Minute Menu?

I know I'm way behind the times..

I started using minute Menu in 2014 I believe. I had heard that it was switching over to kid kare but renewed my subscription through minute menu last year anyway...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-28-2019, 04:49 AM
Replies: 5,395
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 570,517
Posted By Indoorvoice
We're in the middle of a huge snowstorm with...

We're in the middle of a huge snowstorm with blowing snow. I offered to credit today if people stayed home as I can't keep up with snow removal and it's only going to get worse as the day goes on....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-25-2019, 06:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,058
Posted By Indoorvoice
What Does Your Pick Up Time Look Like As Parents Walk In?

I have parents contracted to pick up between 4:30 and 5:00 but lately pick up is anywhere between 3:30 and 5. It's a long window and I never really know if someone is coming early or at their...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-23-2019, 01:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 677
Posted By Indoorvoice
I kind of had to force it. I explained in a nice...

I kind of had to force it. I explained in a nice way. I just said something similar to "hey, I hope you're not thinking I'm being mean or rude by doing this, but it's just soooo much easier for dcb...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-23-2019, 12:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 677
Posted By Indoorvoice
I had this same issue I wrote about a few weeks...

I had this same issue I wrote about a few weeks back. My dcb is close in age. The only thing that has worked is I immediately take him from dcd and shoo him out the door. I then have dcb take all his...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-22-2019, 12:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 611
Posted By Indoorvoice
Thanks! That's exactly my problem. This was my...

Thanks! That's exactly my problem. This was my only kid today so I told my kids I could pick them up from school. Now I can't. It sucks. I will try this.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-22-2019, 12:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 611
Posted By Indoorvoice
Late Charges for The Early Pick Up Myth?

How awful of a daycare provider would I be if when a parent tells me they're picking up early that I charge them if they aren't here by the time they tell me? I have one parent really bad about this...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-21-2019, 12:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 558
Posted By Indoorvoice
I have once before with my SIL. My nephew was...

I have once before with my SIL. My nephew was very hard and my mental health would have suffered with another one of her babies. I'm also at that point now. I have 2 infants and when these families...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-16-2019, 12:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 869
Posted By Indoorvoice
It's not hard for them, but it's even less hard...

It's not hard for them, but it's even less hard for them to give you that job. I don't think you need to explain it, they won't hear you anyway. You put it out there and they can either hop on board...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-15-2019, 05:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 869
Posted By Indoorvoice
Sick, Unhappy Babies

I used to prefer infants over preschool aged children and always kept my infant spots full. I love the age and felt they were overall pretty easy to care for. Eat, change, play, sleep, repeat.

My...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-14-2019, 08:30 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 408
Posted By Indoorvoice
Michigan Friends, New Law Help

My friend had a family daycare for a few years and shut down before the new law changes went into affect. She has since reapplied and got her letter in September that she could reopen. They did not...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2019, 09:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 634
Posted By Indoorvoice
DCB Won't Eat Unless Prompted

Dcb 1.5 (I post about him a lot) came back from vacation unable to eat unless I tell him to. He will sit and look at his food until I say "take a bite" which then he will spoon up the food himself...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-09-2019, 03:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 754
Posted By Indoorvoice
Do I Have the Words "Please Take Advantage of Me" Written on My Forehead?

I have found out my neighbor is leaving their 9 year old daughter home alone from 7-8:15 when she walks next door to my house to get on the bus. This week the little girl has been knocking on my door...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-07-2019, 08:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,329
Posted By Indoorvoice
I think you're right. Its probably a waste of my...

I think you're right. Its probably a waste of my breath and will cause more unneeded drama. Maybe just not giving attention to the bye bye show is best.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-07-2019, 07:45 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,329
Posted By Indoorvoice
Do You Think This is OK to Say?

I have a dcb 1.5 who comes in every morning screaming and the parents don't do anything to stop it until I physically take him from dcp and tell him to be quiet. He immediately stops when I do this....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-22-2018, 05:25 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,432
Posted By Indoorvoice
F1: nothing F2: nothing F3: $50 Amazon...

F1: nothing

F2: nothing

F3: $50 Amazon gift card and a nice card
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-20-2018, 04:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 542
Posted By Indoorvoice
I don't allow B&A to attend at all on days off or...

I don't allow B&A to attend at all on days off or breaks and if they have a full week off I don't charge, but if they only have a partial week I do charge the whole week.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-18-2018, 06:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 555
Posted By Indoorvoice
Dcm is premaking the bottles and sending them so...

Dcm is premaking the bottles and sending them so I honestly have no idea the ratio she is using. When she first started she told me she wanted to wean to all formula "soon" but I assumed soon would...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-18-2018, 06:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 555
Posted By Indoorvoice
Oh duh! That's a great idea! I'm not sure about...

Oh duh! That's a great idea! I'm not sure about the nipple. DCM just switched to 2s right after starting here and she threw away the 1s. Maybe I'll just go grab some at the store and see if that helps
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-18-2018, 06:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 555
Posted By Indoorvoice
Right now dcm sends me prepared bottles because...

Right now dcm sends me prepared bottles because she mixes breast milk with formula. So she sends 4 6oz bottles. The nipple is size 2 but I do paced feeding with her so that's not a huge issue I don't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-18-2018, 05:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 555
Posted By Indoorvoice
Too Much Food?

Does 6 oz of formula mixed with breast milk for a 2.5month old every 2-3 hours sound like a lot of food? Baby downs the bottles but then spits most of it back up. If I give baby less, dcm gets really...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-17-2018, 06:00 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 845
Posted By Indoorvoice
Just last month my daughter had a virus that...

Just last month my daughter had a virus that sounds similar to this. She would get a headache, vomit, then be completely back to normal within an hour for the rest of the day. I thought it was food...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-12-2018, 05:10 PM
Replies: 5,395
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 570,517
Posted By Indoorvoice
All of my families suck this week. I'm ready to...

All of my families suck this week. I'm ready to shut down the daycare and just say "good luck finding a new daycare!!!" to the whole lot of them. Every single one of them have pushed the boundaries...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-11-2018, 11:18 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,492
Posted By Indoorvoice
For the babies who can't decorate the templates...

For the babies who can't decorate the templates themselves, I just trace their handprints and add a few polka dots. Voila.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-11-2018, 11:16 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,492
Posted By Indoorvoice
I have simplified this for myself by doing the...

I have simplified this for myself by doing the same thing every year. We download templates from makit.com and I let the kids decorate a plate template and then I just upload them on my computer and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-06-2018, 11:41 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 794
Posted By Indoorvoice
I am also like BC I think. If a child starts...

I am also like BC I think. If a child starts acting up and the parent isn't parenting I will take the child's hand gently and then walk them to the parent and physically hand the child to the parent...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-05-2018, 06:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 499
Posted By Indoorvoice
Drop Off Chaos

Here is a typical morning for me:
7:15- wake my big kids up and assist with getting out clothes, brushing hair,etc. My 2 year old likes to sleep until 8:30 ish so I try to let her sleep. All...
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