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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-16-2018, 08:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 238
Posted By Meeko
Be in charge. You are interviewing THEM to...

Be in charge.

You are interviewing THEM to see if they would be a good fit for your daycare.

They are not interviewing you for a job and they will never be your employers.

Answer their...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-14-2018, 08:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 180
Posted By Meeko
What and how they do things at home has NOTHING...

What and how they do things at home has NOTHING to do with daycare.

Here, they must be dry and clean for two complete weeks with NO prompting from us to be considered trained.

If they aren't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-11-2018, 01:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 490
Posted By Meeko
I too get tired of the "disease" excuse. ...

I too get tired of the "disease" excuse.

You have no choice in getting a disease. Taking illegal drugs always begins with a choice.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-11-2018, 01:25 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 797
Posted By Meeko
Nothing. I have the kids help me bake (last...

Nothing.

I have the kids help me bake (last year was apple bread) and each family got a loaf.

I gave up on the kids making gifts because the parents made it miserable.

"Can you make one for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-08-2018, 04:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 317
Posted By Meeko
Let Mom know that you refuse to be put in the...

Let Mom know that you refuse to be put in the middle of family disputes. You are paid to take care of the child, not be a mediator. If she doesn't want items to go with grandma...then don't send...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-08-2018, 04:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 253
Posted By Meeko
I close at 6pm. At 6:01pm, I add $5. Then a $1...

I close at 6pm. At 6:01pm, I add $5. Then a $1 per minute after that.

I have a digital clock right on the sign in table and it is in my handbook that the sign in and out time is taken ONLY from...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-26-2018, 12:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 411
Posted By Meeko
I have 16 daycare kids. I just tell parents that...

I have 16 daycare kids. I just tell parents that as I can't go to all the parties, I don't attend any.

I went to one a long time ago at a skating rink. It became very obvious that I was invited...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-21-2018, 09:31 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,166
Posted By Meeko
I think many newbies (including myself 30+ years...

I think many newbies (including myself 30+ years ago) get trapped into thinking that the parents own us and our time. That because they are paying..they get to dictate hours and policies.

When...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-20-2018, 07:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 289
Posted By Meeko
I raise my rates regularly, but only for incoming...

I raise my rates regularly, but only for incoming clients.

I have some families paying $30 a week more than others.

I offer clients the same price for life as long as payment is current,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-19-2018, 12:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 379
Posted By Meeko
Just tell him that your working situation has...

Just tell him that your working situation has changed (it has...you are no longer comfortable) and you have to let them go. No further explanation is needed.

And you are not terminating for "no...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-18-2018, 03:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 322
Posted By Meeko
I got tired of the "this year needs to be better...

I got tired of the "this year needs to be better than last year" race and stopped giving a bunch of gifts. I make apple bread or some kind of baked loaf (the kids help) and every child takes one...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-16-2018, 07:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,568
Posted By Meeko
I put my rates up regularly...but only for...

I put my rates up regularly...but only for incoming clients.

I do a "same price for life" with my clients as long as they follow policy and their account is current, their rate will never...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-16-2018, 07:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 358
Posted By Meeko
I make it clear to parents that a spot is a spot....

I make it clear to parents that a spot is a spot. It needs to be paid for.

I see no reason whatsoever that I should be the one taking a financial loss in order to make life easier for a client....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2018, 06:10 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 618
Posted By Meeko
All my parents now pay with Venmo. Free for both...

All my parents now pay with Venmo. Free for both of us, no bank information given out and I receive my money the next day. I get an immediate text as soon as they have made the transfer. I can...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2018, 07:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 344
Posted By Meeko
Parents who ask for a discount are actually...

Parents who ask for a discount are actually saying

"Hey! We decided to have two kids and boy it's expensive! So we want YOU to take a cut in pay to make life easier for US....OK??

NOPE!!!!!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-09-2018, 01:17 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 894
Posted By Meeko
I hate seeing posts on FB, with parents gushing...

I hate seeing posts on FB, with parents gushing about their kids..photos etc. They pose as parents of the year and lap up all the "OH, I don't know how you do it, Super Mom!" comments from their...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-04-2018, 09:25 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 862
Posted By Meeko
I have and have had children I feel a lot of...

I have and have had children I feel a lot of affection for. I keep in touch with some of my "kids" who now have kids of their own.

I have kids in care right now who I feel great affection for. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-03-2018, 12:20 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 698
Posted By Meeko
likethislikethislikethis:hug:

likethislikethislikethis:hug:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-02-2018, 12:59 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 698
Posted By Meeko
Isn't it great that there are all kinds of...

Isn't it great that there are all kinds of daycare available for your children?

You are free to try and find a place where your children can run wild, damage property at will and never learn to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-01-2018, 08:35 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 698
Posted By Meeko
Your sarcasm is not lost... While having fun...

Your sarcasm is not lost...

While having fun is part of daycare...so is learning manners, learning what is safe behavior, learning to obey rules, preparing to enter kindergarten, learning to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-28-2018, 12:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 263
Posted By Meeko
We do face paint and have a candy exchange. The...

We do face paint and have a candy exchange. The kids decorate bags and then share out the treats they bring.

I don't allow costumes at all.

Super hero boys just use them as an excuse to kick...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-27-2018, 03:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 788
Posted By Meeko
Two weeks completely dry and clean with NO...

Two weeks completely dry and clean with NO prompting from an adult is considered potty trained. Until then....pull-ups.

I don't care how they do at home. I am only interested in how they do...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-27-2018, 03:21 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 582
Posted By Meeko
I think it's perfectly alright NOT to have a...

I think it's perfectly alright NOT to have a public bathroom.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-25-2018, 02:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 297
Posted By Meeko
It is really cute! However, after years of...

It is really cute!

However, after years of trying to juggle family situations...I gave up on doing gifts from the kids to their parents.

Split families meant doing two or even three of the same...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-25-2018, 02:20 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 788
Posted By Meeko
This exactly. I let parents know they have a...

This exactly. I let parents know they have a right to see where their child is spending the day (and sleeping). BUT...no right whatsoever to be around someone else's child. So they can see all...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-22-2018, 01:17 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,168
Posted By Meeko
I only have one parent left who still writes me a...

I only have one parent left who still writes me a check. All other clients, and all new clients are to pay cash or use Venmo only.

I mobile deposit the check as soon as I get it.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-22-2018, 01:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 498
Posted By Meeko
I've had parents show up after our scheduled...

I've had parents show up after our scheduled mealtime. They assumed I would feed their child anyway. I just smile and say "Next meal is at such-and-such time!" They don't do it twice.

I have it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-16-2018, 02:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 532
Posted By Meeko
I see it regularly with pacifiers. It's...

I see it regularly with pacifiers.

It's Mommy Dearest who is screaming:

"But she/he can't live without it!"
"She NEEDS it!"

No sweetie....YOU are the one trying to brainwash Snowflake...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-15-2018, 01:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 531
Posted By Meeko
I always did no gift parties for my own children....

I always did no gift parties for my own children. They received plenty from family and close friends.

Parties were for celebration and fun and sharing....not getting.

People mentioned that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-11-2018, 01:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 662
Posted By Meeko
My basement (1600 SQ feet) is dedicated to...

My basement (1600 SQ feet) is dedicated to daycare. Upstairs is private family space.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-11-2018, 11:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 433
Posted By Meeko
No pay = no stay No exceptions

No pay = no stay
No exceptions
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-11-2018, 11:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 240
Posted By Meeko
The child has learned that it is somebody else's...

The child has learned that it is somebody else's responsibility to take her to the potty.
I tell parents we don't do that. I have 16 kids. I would spend all day in the bathroom if I did that. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-11-2018, 11:24 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 606
Posted By Meeko
I am sure that the OP can translate just fine. ...

I am sure that the OP can translate just fine. It's just one more step she shouldn't have to do. Her paperwork isn't that way.

I would ask dcd to write it like everyone else.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-04-2018, 09:18 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 564
Posted By Meeko
"I understand that you're not happy with the...

"I understand that you're not happy with the contract you agreed to any more. Shall I put this as your two week notice?"

Then stand back and watch the backtracking, or they will leave and you can...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-27-2018, 12:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 443
Posted By Meeko
I raise my rates every year. But only for...

I raise my rates every year. But only for incoming parents. I have a "same rate for life" deal with my clients. As long as payment is always on time, enrollment is current and they follow policies...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-26-2018, 01:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 311
Posted By Meeko
I make sure that my daycare kids know that the...

I make sure that my daycare kids know that the toys aren't their's. Every child is taught that every single toy belongs to me. I am willing to share with them as long as they are nice.

The...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-12-2018, 06:31 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 849
Posted By Meeko
Her husband is in the Air Force. They live on...

Her husband is in the Air Force. They live on base housing. They have been told to just hunker down. They have sand bagged all their doors etc and moved as much stuff up high in their house as...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-12-2018, 01:23 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 849
Posted By Meeko
Please keep my daughter and her husband in your...

Please keep my daughter and her husband in your prayers. They moved to Goldsboro NC a couple months ago. They just got married. Scared Momma Bear here :(
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-10-2018, 07:30 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 616
Posted By Meeko
Licensed for 16. Four kids can be under age 2. ...

Licensed for 16.
Four kids can be under age 2.
Two providers if the headcount is over 8.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-10-2018, 07:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 731
Posted By Meeko
I'm going to guess there were no parent...

I'm going to guess there were no parent complaints. You spoke to them about being out of compliance with several regulations and they saw you as trouble. An employer who isn't following the regs...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-09-2018, 01:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 623
Posted By Meeko
It is also the law here, that parents be allowed...

It is also the law here, that parents be allowed to see the areas their children use during the day. That said...it does not mean they can march through the home at will.

If a parent wants to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-20-2018, 07:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 623
Posted By Meeko
I have signs up outside the front door and inside...

I have signs up outside the front door and inside the foyer. NO SHOES!

Most parents don't want to bother to remove their shoes in order to walk on the carpet. I also make sure at interview,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-16-2018, 08:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 616
Posted By Meeko
Nothing from home. No electronics, no toys, no...

Nothing from home. No electronics, no toys, no blankies. Nothing.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-16-2018, 08:45 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 789
Posted By Meeko
The latest fingerprint scanning (not just ink...

The latest fingerprint scanning (not just ink prints) is actually awesome. It became law here in Utah a year or so ago. With fingerprints in the data base, children are safer and that's what is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-12-2018, 02:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 606
Posted By Meeko
Not Looking Forward to This Coming Week

The fires here in Utah are heartbreaking. The Coal Hollow fire (500ft flames and exploding pine trees) is very close to us and out air is filled with smoke. 150 on the scale is considered...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-07-2018, 07:37 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 521
Posted By Meeko
Venmo! Love, love, love it! And it's FREE!

Venmo! Love, love, love it! And it's FREE!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-02-2018, 02:52 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,535
Posted By Meeko
I give parents a time slot with a beginning and...

I give parents a time slot with a beginning and an end. Too many parents think 7pm means 7-ish...and then stay as long as they like.

I make sure they understand that their appointment is 7-7:30...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-02-2018, 02:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 657
Posted By Meeko
Many. many moons ago (before I did daycare), my...

Many. many moons ago (before I did daycare), my husband's brother and family came to stay with us for a couple days on their way across country. My brother-in-law was a brat and unfortunately his...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-02-2018, 02:24 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 657
Posted By Meeko
Puke is puke. Nasty, dirty stuff and you can't...

Puke is puke. Nasty, dirty stuff and you can't have it around the other kids in your care. Junior goes home. Every. Single. Time. Until said time his parents figure out how to stop it. That's...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-26-2018, 02:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 362
Posted By Meeko
If you live in a hard water area, the new...

If you live in a hard water area, the new dishwasher formulations are not strong enough to clean well (and products like Finish rinse agent etc are next to useless). There is a product called...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-25-2018, 01:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 362
Posted By Meeko
Dishwasher Hint

Anybody use Lemishine in their dishwasher?

I started using it when they changed the soap formula. Great stuff! But expensive as I run my dishwasher several times a day.

A friend told me to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-25-2018, 01:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 375
Posted By Meeko
I am in Utah. The regs are very precise and...

I am in Utah. The regs are very precise and there is an easy to read manual for providers. The checklist for both announced and un-announced inspections is available for providers online. So there...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-25-2018, 12:55 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 693
Posted By Meeko
Oh yeah! I would retire in a heartbeat!

Oh yeah! I would retire in a heartbeat!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-25-2018, 08:47 AM
Replies: 188
Views: 5,565
Posted By Meeko
All so tragic. What really gets me worked up...

All so tragic.

What really gets me worked up is comments like:

"They should put something important like their phone or purse in the back seat, so that way they can't forget..."

You DO have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-22-2018, 11:53 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 801
Posted By Meeko
I feel that potty training means the child is...

I feel that potty training means the child is learning to tend to their needs THEMSELVES. So some form of easy up and down disposable underwear is required.

Pee just pools in plastic pants, so I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-20-2018, 09:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 702
Posted By Meeko
It was here.

It was here.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-20-2018, 07:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 702
Posted By Meeko
Interesting thread. When I recently...

Interesting thread.

When I recently replied to a post that I always use the "will let you know..I'm still interviewing"...I was told it was wrong to do and I was called unprofessional and a liar...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-28-2018, 09:42 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,075
Posted By Meeko
I just stated what I do when interviewing. I...

I just stated what I do when interviewing. I don't interview unless I have an opening. If I have an opening, I want it filled...so yes....I would continue to interview until I found a good family. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-28-2018, 01:38 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,191
Posted By Meeko
One more thing for parents to throw on the floor...

One more thing for parents to throw on the floor of their car....

I have a copy hanging in my entry and parents can go online and check my record with licensing any time they want. In fact, I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-28-2018, 01:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,075
Posted By Meeko
First off...I don't appreciate being called a...

First off...I don't appreciate being called a liar.

I ALWAYS interview many families for the same spot. I ALWAYS tell them that I will decide which child I am going to take on such and such...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-20-2018, 11:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,075
Posted By Meeko
Message: "I loved meeting your family! I am...

Message: "I loved meeting your family! I am going to be interviewing with interested families until (insert date). I will then decide which family I will be taking. Thank you!"

Then you send a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-19-2018, 09:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 583
Posted By Meeko
Teachers

I know some of you offer teachers the option of paying a higher rate during the school year, so that they can stay home over the summer and still have a place for their child in the fall.
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-14-2018, 06:30 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 4,853
Posted By Meeko
Still here! I did a complete 180 when we had our...

Still here! I did a complete 180 when we had our child rapist dad hanging out for hours at a time. I used to invite parents to do so...help out with parties...play with the other kids etc.....until...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-14-2018, 06:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 681
Posted By Meeko
I never, ever accept on the spot...even if the...

I never, ever accept on the spot...even if the family appears absolutely perfect. because maybe...just maybe...something even better is in the wings. Or maybe the golden family suddenly start...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-14-2018, 10:41 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 681
Posted By Meeko
I usually interview to confirm my suspicions and...

I usually interview to confirm my suspicions and end the interview with "I am continuing to interview interested families until Friday. I will choose which child to take by then and let you know"
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-16-2018, 07:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 771
Posted By Meeko
Try and offer something different from other...

Try and offer something different from other providers. Maybe a parents "date night". We do this sometimes. Pizza, games, a movie etc. We stay open until midnight. Parents love it. We charge...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-15-2018, 08:11 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,024
Posted By Meeko
For $1000-$1200 a month...it's totally worth it...

For $1000-$1200 a month...it's totally worth it for me! We are Tier 1 because of the school district. My program is great and the reps are awesome. We missed the annual training class for our area...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-09-2018, 07:55 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,152
Posted By Meeko
It's none of their business. The moment a parent...

It's none of their business. The moment a parent has a problem with smelling HOME smells...they need to look at places other than a HOME daycare.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-04-2018, 01:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 750
Posted By Meeko
I gave up on pnp's and did like BC and got...

I gave up on pnp's and did like BC and got portable cribs. very glad I did. They store well and are are much sturdier.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-04-2018, 01:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 475
Posted By Meeko
Just don't claim them!

Just don't claim them!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-22-2018, 07:40 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,119
Posted By Meeko
Cash or Venmo. I don't take checks any more. ...

Cash or Venmo. I don't take checks any more. Parents started complaining that they never used checks other than for me and were only ordering them to pay me. They also didn't like having to go to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-17-2018, 02:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,863
Posted By Meeko
"Sorry Twinkle is covered from head to toe in...

"Sorry Twinkle is covered from head to toe in chocolate. She "insisted" on having the chocolate donut in the car"

" Terror wanted Laffy Taffy for breakfast. Oh...can you get it out of his hair....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-13-2018, 01:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 757
Posted By Meeko
I absolutely love that none of them are here on...

I absolutely love that none of them are here on weekends.....:lol::lol:

Not too bad a group right now. I'm getting good in my old age at flushing out the worst ones. So no problems most of the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-07-2018, 02:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 535
Posted By Meeko
It's great glue or wallpaper paste......;)

It's great glue or wallpaper paste......;)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-05-2018, 09:48 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,668
Posted By Meeko
Life for poor Unregistered......

Life for poor Unregistered......
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-05-2018, 09:38 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,668
Posted By Meeko
Actually this has been a fun read. Except...

Actually this has been a fun read.

Except the part where BC said she didn't like broccoli. I am seriously going to have to consider if I ever talk to her again......;););)lovethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-05-2018, 07:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 602
Posted By Meeko
Of course parents aren't going to like the idea...

Of course parents aren't going to like the idea of a flat rate. They want to pay as little as possible! Don't ask them what they think is fair. To them, $5 a week is "fair".

But do these same...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-04-2018, 12:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 553
Posted By Meeko
I tell the parents that as I can't go to all the...

I tell the parents that as I can't go to all the parties, I don't go to any...just to be fair.

Truth is, I have no desire to go at all. I did once, many years ago and will never do it again. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-04-2018, 12:31 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,668
Posted By Meeko
Me exactly :)

Me exactly :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2018, 08:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,147
Posted By Meeko
Nothing from home. Period. Happy (and clean)...

Nothing from home. Period. Happy (and clean) life.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-26-2018, 08:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,111
Posted By Meeko
So with Dave on this one. My husband (also named...

So with Dave on this one. My husband (also named Dave!) and I are part of a package. We all are. Me, hubby, 33 year old son and two daughters age 23 and 21. This a FAMILY daycare in our HOME. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-12-2018, 07:00 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,157
Posted By Meeko
Hate the darn things! Most "dummies" (as...

Hate the darn things!

Most "dummies" (as they are called in the UK) are for the parents and not the kids. They are merely "let me shut you up" plugs. Nasty, ugly, dirty chewable plastic...ugh!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-10-2018, 01:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 897
Posted By Meeko
At 5:20, make sure child is ready to go. Have...

At 5:20, make sure child is ready to go. Have your car keys in hand and act as if you are ready to leave. Or have your husband yell for you...or something to get the message across that you are on...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-01-2018, 06:25 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,929
Posted By Meeko
In Utah, we get paid in advance. We can see...

In Utah, we get paid in advance. We can see online as soon as a parent is approved. The state pay their part and the parent must make up any difference. If they don't pay their part...the state...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-22-2018, 01:39 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,346
Posted By Meeko
I've been at this for over 30 years now. Almost...

I've been at this for over 30 years now. Almost all parents were on the same wavelength back then. They spent more time with their kids, actually listened when I needed to discuss behavior and so...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-17-2018, 12:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 732
Posted By Meeko
Check around collection agencies. Some will take...

Check around collection agencies. Some will take a cut of what you get. I use one that doesn't. They add 40% to the amount I want for themselves. I get 100% of what I am owed and the "perp" has...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-16-2018, 02:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,185
Posted By Meeko
I started daycare in the Air Force over 30 years...

I started daycare in the Air Force over 30 years ago. Many of the on base providers had their daycare in the garage. Most of them were really, really cute! They had to get inventive, but it worked!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-14-2018, 02:43 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,687
Posted By Meeko
We do a candy exchange for Valentines. The kids...

We do a candy exchange for Valentines. The kids decorate bags and we share out the candy they each bring. But that's it. I personally loathe Valentines Day. I think it's the worst commercial...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-10-2018, 03:14 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,718
Posted By Meeko
I raise prices yearly, but only for incoming...

I raise prices yearly, but only for incoming clients. I offer "same price for life" as people sign up. As long as they pay on time and follow rules etc...their payment will never go up[ (I charge a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-09-2018, 07:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 519
Posted By Meeko
Depends on the state. My state is easy and...

Depends on the state. My state is easy and awesome. Payment in advance on the first of each month. As long as the child attends at least 8 hours, you keep the whole months pay even if the child is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-09-2018, 02:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 504
Posted By Meeko
Having So Much Fun With This Kid!

Boo from Monsters Inc is alive and well and enrolled in our daycare. OMG...cute overload!!!!
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 02-07-2018, 08:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,282
Posted By Meeko
I have to use it for the food program, but hate...

I have to use it for the food program, but hate it. I wouldn't trust it when it comes to anything else.
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 02-07-2018, 10:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,282
Posted By Meeko
I wouldn't trust Kidkare for ANYTHING! I...

I wouldn't trust Kidkare for ANYTHING!

I have to use it for the food program, but it is still chock full of technical problems. I would never, ever trust it with money issues.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-06-2018, 01:28 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,320
Posted By Meeko
Love Venmo. Last month I had a dad pay me while...

Love Venmo. Last month I had a dad pay me while he was sitting on a beach in Bali and a mom pay me from Disneyland. I like easy!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-20-2018, 12:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 729
Posted By Meeko
My basement is 1500 sq feet...and has an outside...

My basement is 1500 sq feet...and has an outside entrance...so plenty of space. But it IS darker than upstairs. We just have plenty of warm lighting and bright colors. Nobody has ever said...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-16-2018, 02:16 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,534
Posted By Meeko
It's over age 12 here in Utah. We have 10 days...

It's over age 12 here in Utah. We have 10 days after a child turns 12 to get them fingerprinted and an FBI check done....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-16-2018, 08:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,029
Posted By Meeko
Visions of Daycare!

Some days I would prefer raptors......
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-15-2018, 04:02 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,534
Posted By Meeko
By Utah law...every parent must have access to...

By Utah law...every parent must have access to their child at any time they are in care.

That does NOT mean they can come and hang out and be part of our day.

They must have access to THEIR...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-12-2018, 07:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 769
Posted By Meeko
Exactly...why pay for a useless background check...

Exactly...why pay for a useless background check that won't even be back before they left?!!!!!!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2018, 11:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 769
Posted By Meeko
In Utah, anyone who stays over two weeks is...

In Utah, anyone who stays over two weeks is supposed to have a background check. When my parents come visit from England they stay 4-6 weeks. The situation is silly when it comes to them and...
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