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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-31-2017, 05:27 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,847
Posted By Shell
Just my two cents: I went back to a center after...

Just my two cents: I went back to a center after closing my home daycare. I went back not as the director, but as a program manager and also teacher. I was very excited about getting out of the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-15-2017, 04:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,249
Posted By Shell
Thanks happyface

Thanks happyface
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-14-2017, 07:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,249
Posted By Shell
I've always taken on the responsibility of potty...

I've always taken on the responsibility of potty training, and it is a burden. I agree with the others that it's the parents responsibility, but to be honest, it mostly inconveniences me because I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-31-2016, 09:30 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,689
Posted By Shell
Just came back to wish you a happy birthday!...

Just came back to wish you a happy birthday! Thanks for everything- I won't forget you!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-27-2015, 07:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,366
Posted By Shell
likethis love your optimism. Oh, and it's also...

likethis love your optimism. Oh, and it's also someone's birthday on Saturday...:D
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-23-2015, 07:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,625
Posted By Shell
Ugh! That is an obnoxious request! I wouldn't...

Ugh! That is an obnoxious request!
I wouldn't get too wordy here, just let them know that it's your (and staff) clean up and prep time. No need for further explanation-
It's the same at centers,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-20-2015, 04:55 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,181
Posted By Shell
I haven't been on here in a while, but this gave...

I haven't been on here in a while, but this gave me a good laugh :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-30-2015, 02:55 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,440
Posted By Shell
In my opinion, and I know many don't agree, a...

In my opinion, and I know many don't agree, a year old is old enough to cry it out.

You simply cannot mimic how dcm gets baby to sleep at home in GROUP care. I would put baby in pack and play and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-25-2015, 07:10 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 5,721
Posted By Shell
Been thinking of you all day- :hug:

Been thinking of you all day- :hug:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-25-2015, 06:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,516
Posted By Shell
Wow, that's odd. I was at first thinking...

Wow, that's odd.

I was at first thinking maybe she's going to open a daycare herself, and is trying to get the scoop on how it all works?

This one has me scratching my head, I'm not sure why...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-24-2015, 10:08 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,007
Posted By Shell
Hmm, I think I would keep paying her what you're...

Hmm, I think I would keep paying her what you're paying now, but I think circumstances have changed, and it's worth a conversation with her to see what her thoughts are.

She will essentially be...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-18-2015, 07:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,835
Posted By Shell
I've been in this situation before, and done...

I've been in this situation before, and done exactly what you have done.

I'm not sure if I would have responded at all, but if so, I may have said something short and sweet like, "I apologize for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-11-2015, 06:47 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,428
Posted By Shell
This is not your problem, and I am mad for you. ...

This is not your problem, and I am mad for you.

The kindergarten teachers will understand that this is not because of anything you have /haven't done.

All I can see here is a compromise- you're...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-07-2015, 01:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,123
Posted By Shell
Wow, that was fast! What a ridiculous woman- best...

Wow, that was fast! What a ridiculous woman- best of luck to her next provider - poor thing :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-07-2015, 12:19 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,347
Posted By Shell
I always told my students that they could only...

I always told my students that they could only "shoot" pretend water.
They were always creative and often I would find them shooting things other than water. I would just remind them to pretend it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-06-2015, 04:27 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,123
Posted By Shell
Is this really worth a investigation? I can...

Is this really worth a investigation? I can picture the licensor getting the call, rolling her eyes, and telling the parent that this isn't something to report.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-06-2015, 02:21 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,123
Posted By Shell
likethis

likethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-06-2015, 11:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,488
Posted By Shell
As I am leaving the business, my parting words on...

As I am leaving the business, my parting words on this issue are, Do what works for you! It's plenty of time, and you deserve a break!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-31-2015, 01:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,461
Posted By Shell
likethis better late than never!

likethis better late than never!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-31-2015, 07:39 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,011
Posted By Shell
likethis likethis likethis

likethis likethis likethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-30-2015, 07:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,192
Posted By Shell
Aww, I'm closing next week after 5 years and feel...

Aww, I'm closing next week after 5 years and feel the same as you! lovethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-30-2015, 12:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,787
Posted By Shell
Ugh, what a mess! I know it's hard not to...

Ugh, what a mess!

I know it's hard not to get emotional, and I feel you handled yourself well.

I would call and explain what happened- just the facts- make it as simplified as you can.

I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-30-2015, 10:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,562
Posted By Shell
likethis I was feeling too snarky yesterday, so I...

likethis I was feeling too snarky yesterday, so I didn't reply :lol:

These are great ideas, and it's very nice of you OP to care so much.

I'm jaded also, and realize that anyone of my families...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-29-2015, 12:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,150
Posted By Shell
I guess it all depends on how long of a maternity...

I guess it all depends on how long of a maternity leave you plan on taking.

If you want to start dc before you have your baby, then start advertising now. If you get enough kids in before, the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-29-2015, 08:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,553
Posted By Shell
Wow, what an uncomfortable spot to be put in! ...

Wow, what an uncomfortable spot to be put in!

I think you've handled it well, and I'm sure when she pulls, it won't be long before she's begging for dcb to come back.

I would just tell her flat...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-29-2015, 07:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,400
Posted By Shell
Maybe put it back on them via text: Hey dcm, I...

Maybe put it back on them via text:
Hey dcm, I noticed dcb doesn't have enough diapers for today. Would you like me to use ds' (name brand) and you pay $10 for the ones used, or do you want to stop...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-28-2015, 11:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,818
Posted By Shell
I don't know, I guess it's ok. I've done the...

I don't know, I guess it's ok. I've done the reverse and asked mutual friends if they know anything about a potential client.

Go with your gut. I had one dcm contact me and I can't quite explain...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-28-2015, 09:22 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,630
Posted By Shell
BC has some great advice, and I've so found it...

BC has some great advice, and I've so found it to be true that you kind of have to go with the flow.

This is the hardest part for me- always feeling like I had to look five steps ahead, just in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-28-2015, 08:58 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,248
Posted By Shell
likethis ds was at a reputable dc center last...

likethis ds was at a reputable dc center last year. I've pulled my kids out of programs for far less than this and in some instances, I paid a hefty fee. I can't understand keeping your child...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-28-2015, 06:28 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,306
Posted By Shell
likethis this is great!

likethis this is great!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-28-2015, 06:20 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,248
Posted By Shell
:eek: this is a terrible story, but several are...

:eek: this is a terrible story, but several are at fault here, including the staff and dcm. However, there is no excuse for letting this happen to a child.

I have never, in all my years, left a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-24-2015, 07:19 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,587
Posted By Shell
What an awesome yard!!! Agree with Craftymom, my...

What an awesome yard!!! Agree with Craftymom, my dh wouldn't be too pleased either :lol: , but as a parent, I would love to bring my child to such a cool, imaginative and really awesome daycare!!!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-22-2015, 07:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,218
Posted By Shell
If you have other families lined up, I would...

If you have other families lined up, I would term. Sometimes all it takes is one kid that is always sick, and then you are constantly battling illnesses. That wouldn't necessarily be my reason for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-20-2015, 05:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,605
Posted By Shell
:dislike: likethislikethislikethis

:dislike:

likethislikethislikethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-20-2015, 05:41 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,084
Posted By Shell
likethis

likethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-17-2015, 02:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,612
Posted By Shell
I think in Ma we have one month? I always tell...

I think in Ma we have one month? I always tell parents that I need it before enrollment so they don't slack off about it.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-16-2015, 04:44 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 18,016
Posted By Shell
Wow, just read through this long thread! I...

Wow, just read through this long thread!

I absolutely agree that she knew about the allergy and tried to sneak it in after you had already accepted dcg and the $.

I had a parent very casually...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-16-2015, 12:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,942
Posted By Shell
She needs a nanny...that will likely quit within...

She needs a nanny...that will likely quit within a week :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-16-2015, 10:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,610
Posted By Shell
I had one like this. She wouldn't say she didn't...

I had one like this. She wouldn't say she didn't want to come, but would walk in with arms crossed and pouting and wouldn't step off the mat by the door for about 30 mins. Dcm had no tolerance for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-16-2015, 10:28 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,965
Posted By Shell
:( is there a legitimate reason, or does she need...

:( is there a legitimate reason, or does she need ME time?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-16-2015, 07:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,133
Posted By Shell
In my experience, "flexible" means late almost...

In my experience, "flexible" means late almost every night!

It depends how much you need the enrollment- if you're willing to close later, then charge a hefty fee.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-15-2015, 03:46 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,993
Posted By Shell
I think a letter is totally reasonable. As...

I think a letter is totally reasonable.

As far as your staff, I can understand that they are fed up- they have a right to be. But, they are your employees and if you want to have parties, they...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-15-2015, 07:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,233
Posted By Shell
Aww lovethis

Aww lovethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-14-2015, 10:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,874
Posted By Shell
I might be in the minority opinion here, but if...

I might be in the minority opinion here, but if it's true and not just retaliation, good for her! And those parents should be ashamed for not paying attention to the number of kids in care.

I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-14-2015, 09:01 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,161
Posted By Shell
I don't mind them at all, and think in some...

I don't mind them at all, and think in some instances it is easier! I can often pop in the pacifier of a baby, and that action soothes the baby enough for the child to drift off to sleep.

I have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-13-2015, 04:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,904
Posted By Shell
Very cool! Thanks for sharing!

Very cool! Thanks for sharing!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-13-2015, 11:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,794
Posted By Shell
I had a child like this a few years back...

I had a child like this a few years back (granted, she was only 3), but I completely understand how disgusting this is to deal with!

At age 5, it is just bizarre to me that she gets that sick...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-13-2015, 10:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,146
Posted By Shell
likethis sounds good! I was venting to my friend...

likethis sounds good! I was venting to my friend when I first opened about how annoying it is for parents to pick up late, and how so many of them do.
She said her daycare lady didn't allow late...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-11-2015, 08:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,099
Posted By Shell
I can relate to this. I have contracts with all...

I can relate to this. I have contracts with all my families, but I didn't write one up for a family friend just because they weren't new to daycare, and we were friends, so they wouldn't take...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 07-10-2015, 09:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,155
Posted By Shell
Thank you so much Tom for the thorough response. ...

Thank you so much Tom for the thorough response.

The third scenario applies- I didn't deduct for any of them, and I am getting less than what they are worth.

Again, thanks so much! It's so nice...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 07-10-2015, 10:08 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,155
Posted By Shell
Selling My Stuff (Tom)

I'm closing the daycare, and I've been selling off many of my toys, outdoor climbers, etc.

I've sold some of it to a local Childcare business, and the check they've given me ($400) is a check from...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-09-2015, 01:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,173
Posted By Shell
Yep, it sure sounds like she is making an excuse...

Yep, it sure sounds like she is making an excuse to get out of paying and thinks threatening you with pictures and going to the doctor will make you scared enough not to pursue the $.

I would...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-09-2015, 07:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,207
Posted By Shell
likethis

likethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-09-2015, 07:45 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,883
Posted By Shell
I've done it before- in the beginning I didn't...

I've done it before- in the beginning I didn't charge and towards the end I started charging. There's no amount of money that's worth giving up family time and/or personal time. I always wound up...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-08-2015, 02:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,425
Posted By Shell
I have no real advice because I am closing next...

I have no real advice because I am closing next month after five years happyface , but I totally understand how you feel.

This job is tough, and we put up with so much, so often.
The hardest...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-08-2015, 01:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,252
Posted By Shell
The screaming drives me crazy, but I can put up...

The screaming drives me crazy, but I can put up with just about anything one day a week. Dcb here used to come 1 day a week and scream his head off. It just took time. I don't have a crying corner, I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-07-2015, 05:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,040
Posted By Shell
lovethis that's so sweet!

lovethis that's so sweet!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-07-2015, 01:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,532
Posted By Shell
I'm always in the camp of not hurting people's...

I'm always in the camp of not hurting people's feelings, so I would just keep it simple, "it was very nice meeting you, at this time the spot is filled...will contact you if anything changes, blah...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-07-2015, 08:19 AM
Replies: 2,065
Views: 314,230
Posted By Shell
It's awesome when it works out like that!likethis

It's awesome when it works out like that!likethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-06-2015, 12:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,378
Posted By Shell
It happens, don't worry about it. When this kind...

It happens, don't worry about it. When this kind of stuff happens, I try to have a plan of action to try and prevent it the next time (ex, take away a sharp toy and replace with soft ones). This kind...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-06-2015, 07:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,537
Posted By Shell
I completely understand how you feel! I very...

I completely understand how you feel!

I very rarely take a day off. I started the business to have flexibility and make my own rules, but found that if I needed a day off, it was often met with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-06-2015, 07:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,789
Posted By Shell
Good advice above! It sounds like the...

Good advice above!

It sounds like the parents hold the baby all the time, or he is just having trouble adjusting to being away from home. I find babies that take short naps at daycare are usually...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-02-2015, 02:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,615
Posted By Shell
If you operate during regular business hours, and...

If you operate during regular business hours, and she was planning for a typical type schedule, I wouldn't have waited either. I know some providers have a cut off time, also. There's no way I would...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-02-2015, 10:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,338
Posted By Shell
Hadn't thought of this, but it makes sense. Sad :(

Hadn't thought of this, but it makes sense. Sad :(
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-02-2015, 09:12 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,338
Posted By Shell
Agree with trying an early nap- that could be the...

Agree with trying an early nap- that could be the issue.

I know it's hard, and some might say insensitive, but I completely ignore when kids are crying over nothing. I know it might be hard for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-02-2015, 09:05 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,136
Posted By Shell
I have dcm provide them now just due to the cost....

I have dcm provide them now just due to the cost. He will also eat dehydrated strawberries, but not regular ones- it's been a lot of trial and error over a year long process.

Maybe they just need...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-02-2015, 08:12 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,915
Posted By Shell
One of my dcg's (8 mos) was wearing one of these...

One of my dcg's (8 mos) was wearing one of these when my licensor came for my re- licensing visit. She told me dcg could not wear it, any necklace is a choking hazard, and she even emailed me to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-02-2015, 08:05 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,136
Posted By Shell
I have a kid just like this. Not sure if this...

I have a kid just like this. Not sure if this would work for you, but he loves those yobaby brand yogurt drinks with the caps. From there, I started giving him organic baby food in pouches (yes,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-01-2015, 06:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,054
Posted By Shell
That's adorable! Let's hope she doesn't pray...

That's adorable!

Let's hope she doesn't pray for a pony next :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-01-2015, 06:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,183
Posted By Shell
I'm also closing in a few weeks, and I plan on...

I'm also closing in a few weeks, and I plan on talking to all of the dcm's about it, along with handing them a letter that says my last day is (x).

I personally would wait until Monday- that gives...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-30-2015, 07:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,430
Posted By Shell
likethis :lol:

likethis :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-30-2015, 03:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,293
Posted By Shell
likethis

likethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-30-2015, 02:31 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,586
Posted By Shell
Don't do it! I get that the "babysitter" isn't...

Don't do it! I get that the "babysitter" isn't doing things the way she wants, but neither were you- she wanted you to be cheaper, kwim?

If you go along with this, it's entirely possible she will...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-29-2015, 11:22 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,355
Posted By Shell
Wow! That was quite a story! That dcm was...

Wow! That was quite a story!

That dcm was beyond rude and disrespectful to you and you did a fantastic job remaining professional and not playing along with her childish behaviors!

Glad to hear...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-29-2015, 04:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,955
Posted By Shell
likethis

likethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-26-2015, 06:05 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,546
Posted By Shell
I don't see how that is any better than a sleep...

I don't see how that is any better than a sleep sack?!

I would blame licensing and say the only approved anything are the sleep sacks.

I'm glad to be getting out of the infant game- there's a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-25-2015, 10:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,251
Posted By Shell
:mad: wow! Agree that you handled that all...

:mad: wow! Agree that you handled that all perfectly.

Is she serious?! I can't wait until she tries to pull that again (if she tries). The next person probably won't handle it as professionally as...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-25-2015, 09:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 912
Posted By Shell
:hug: Some parents view out relationship as a...

:hug: Some parents view out relationship as a business one, and figure they give us our "thanks" by paying us each week. I personally believe this is the wrong way to look at child care- we are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-25-2015, 06:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,033
Posted By Shell
I was just thinking more about this- and you...

I was just thinking more about this- and you don't have to take my advice, but just a thought.
Writing in a notebook is a "safe" way for kids to get their feelings out, like a journal. Even though...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-25-2015, 06:38 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,033
Posted By Shell
Don't let it bother you- I know it's hard not to...

Don't let it bother you- I know it's hard not to though.
They all have attitude problems at that age, and usually you hear this kind of stuff when they don't get their way.
When I taught...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-24-2015, 11:48 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,897
Posted By Shell
I had one like this, she's slowly improving, also...

I had one like this, she's slowly improving, also age 2.

My dcg was still being spoon fed by dcm and dcd. I don't do that :rolleyes:

One day, I put cucumbers out on a plate in the playroom and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-22-2015, 02:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,957
Posted By Shell
I'm in the exact same position as you- except...

I'm in the exact same position as you- except mine are 5 and 2.

I'm likely going back to my old job, too. I think it will be tough, but I'm kind of excited to clean my house and have it stay...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-22-2015, 08:22 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,308
Posted By Shell
I do water play a couple times a week with my...

I do water play a couple times a week with my group, ages 1-5, and it's a real hassle! The parents always bring their bathing suits, do I kind of do it out of obligation. It's really a pain- and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-18-2015, 11:51 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,416
Posted By Shell
Ugh! I would be showing this family the door! ...

Ugh! I would be showing this family the door!

How many times have our own kids said they "hate" something, and it's really because they're upset they can't do something, or aren't getting their...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-18-2015, 07:10 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,957
Posted By Shell
It's ridiculous! When I used to teach pre-k and...

It's ridiculous! When I used to teach pre-k and k, the centers always made us have graduation ceremonies- fine. But, I drew the line at the caps and gown. It would make my director furious, but I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-17-2015, 12:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,615
Posted By Shell
My group sits wherever they want. I have a few...

My group sits wherever they want. I have a few different tables that I serve lunch/crafts/etc so we rotate tables often.
When I taught at centers, we had assigned seating and name tags- it was great...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-15-2015, 07:04 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,857
Posted By Shell
I doubt a couple of my dcd's could fix anything,...

I doubt a couple of my dcd's could fix anything, but I love this idea for a couple of them- really cute!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-11-2015, 07:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,873
Posted By Shell
Oh man, that's quite a story! You poor thing! ...

Oh man, that's quite a story! You poor thing!

I've had days where someone vomits on the floor, or somehow a diaper leaks, or a "potty trained" kid poops their pants while sitting on the carpet,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-10-2015, 10:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,362
Posted By Shell
I have one like this. I have the older kids...

I have one like this. I have the older kids pretend to sleep- they are very convincing. No one moves a muscle until the child is asleep, and then the big kids get up and do activities. Hth!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-10-2015, 10:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,100
Posted By Shell
They probably think because theirs is the only...

They probably think because theirs is the only family you care for, that it's a more casual relationship, and they can now come and go as they please.

I would set a date/time that schedules need...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-10-2015, 10:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,592
Posted By Shell
likethis we did this just prior to planting our...

likethis we did this just prior to planting our garden this year. The kids have never had so much fun. Forget the climber, sandbox, etc- a fun place to play with dirt is all they need!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-10-2015, 10:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,222
Posted By Shell
I recently had a fox bolt across my unfenced ...

I recently had a fox bolt across my unfenced yard and snag a rabbit.
I rushed all the kids inside, and have been vigilant going forward, but it hasn't returned.

Since a few of my dc kids were...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-09-2015, 12:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,104
Posted By Shell
I've mentioned it before, but when I worked in a...

I've mentioned it before, but when I worked in a center, the preschool teachers were instructed to keep a dcb awake for these same reasons.

Everyday, the teachers would have to physically hold him...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-08-2015, 10:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 990
Posted By Shell
No real advice, but I kinda feel the same way...

No real advice, but I kinda feel the same way lately.

Sounds like this could be a good move for you. I would suggest keeping it upbeat and your daughter could be excited about making new friends...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-08-2015, 10:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,675
Posted By Shell
likethis Personally, I'm not sure I could wait...

likethis Personally, I'm not sure I could wait the two weeks and might term by the end of the week for the disrespect. But, 2 weeks is more professional and gives her more time to find a replacement....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-05-2015, 11:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,425
Posted By Shell
I think it's a lot, but I wish kids could come to...

I think it's a lot, but I wish kids could come to me at 12 months, rather than as little babies.

At 12 months, I try to follow what they used to do at centers where I worked: cups only, one nap a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-05-2015, 11:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,467
Posted By Shell
I'm not sure I fully understand what you wrote, ...

I'm not sure I fully understand what you wrote, but I once had an interview for a nanny position, and the mom's test was whether or not her baby would come to you after meeting you, like a second...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-05-2015, 06:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,079
Posted By Shell
happyface 5:00 can't come soon enough today!

happyface 5:00 can't come soon enough today!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-05-2015, 06:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,332
Posted By Shell
I think so much of it is age. When I taught...

I think so much of it is age. When I taught pre-k/k, my classroom was immaculate, just the way I liked it, and I could "train" the kids to put things away so neatly.

My home daycare mostly...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-04-2015, 07:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,148
Posted By Shell
Been there, and am sometimes there if ds doesn't...

Been there, and am sometimes there if ds doesn't get enough sleep or what have you.
I tried preschool, and pulled him out of two different programs. One was a few hours, so it was tricky doing drop...
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