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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-07-2011, 11:28 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,044
Posted By DancingQueen
well.. I just got a voicemail message from mom #1...

well.. I just got a voicemail message from mom #1 She wants to go with me (interviewed on Tuesday). But now she only needs 2 days per week.
I originally told her I could do the 3 days at 35 per...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-07-2011, 05:22 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,044
Posted By DancingQueen
Do You Offer Part Time / Day Rates?

I have not offered part time in the past. I am only allowed a certain # of daycare kids, and if I take part time kids I risk losing full time pay unless I can find kids to take the time a part time...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-20-2011, 10:54 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,775
Posted By DancingQueen
I think either is fine. I'm not personally a fan...

I think either is fine. I'm not personally a fan of the Miss *** but I get why people like it and I always respect it. And generally I have my children introduced to other adults as Mr or Mrs. so...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-20-2011, 05:36 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,775
Posted By DancingQueen
I ask them all to call me Tara (I hate...

I ask them all to call me Tara (I hate formalities in my family environment).

but..
4.5 dcb - Tara
2.5 dcb - Mum
2 dkg - mommy, mom or Tara (normally mom)d
18m dkg - mom or mommy
3.5month dkg...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-20-2011, 05:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,214
Posted By DancingQueen
If you ask around it really IS the norm. At...

If you ask around it really IS the norm. At homes and at centers.

I don't have a problem with a child that doesn't need the sleep waking up and having a quiet activity if it weren't at the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-19-2011, 12:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,214
Posted By DancingQueen
How Long Is Your "Mandatory" Quiet Time..

What I mean is..

We all have our "quiet time" frame which is the time frame that kids go down until the last one wakes up.

But what if you have a kid that only stays down for 30 minutes. And...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-17-2011, 06:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,982
Posted By DancingQueen
you can go all the way up to 3yrs or more if...

you can go all the way up to 3yrs or more if wanted/needed.

I haven't had to do that. Once my kids got mobile they didn't really want to be worn.
But I do the backpack up to beyond a year (I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-17-2011, 11:30 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,786
Posted By DancingQueen
As hard as it is to leave our babies when we...

As hard as it is to leave our babies when we really have no choice - I just can't imagine how I would have responded if someone were to have insinuated that I didn't want to enjoy my child....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-17-2011, 10:49 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,786
Posted By DancingQueen
I'd love to see what they consider a suitable...

I'd love to see what they consider a suitable sleeping pnp for an infant
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-17-2011, 10:46 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,786
Posted By DancingQueen
http://www.parenting.com/article/ask-dr-sears-co-s...

http://www.parenting.com/article/ask-dr-sears-co-sleeping-a-sids-danger
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-16-2011, 11:22 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,786
Posted By DancingQueen
I did my senior thesis in high school on SIDS. ...

I did my senior thesis in high school on SIDS. It was a few months after my niece had died. She was 8 weeks old.

I was in 7th grade when my nephew died and he was 10 weeks old.

I always...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-16-2011, 11:08 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,786
Posted By DancingQueen
Can you tell this is my first daycare baby? ...

Can you tell this is my first daycare baby?

I've had 4 children of my own. All four of them had me terrified of SIDS. I never let them CIO, I wore them all the time, I co-slept, I bf way beyond...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-16-2011, 10:22 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,786
Posted By DancingQueen
I just checked my regulations and there isn't...

I just checked my regulations and there isn't anything at all regarding sleeping except that they have to have 2 exits and a smoke detector while sleeping.

I'm not saying this is allowing me...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-16-2011, 10:19 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,786
Posted By DancingQueen
Times clearly have changed and I will read up on...

Times clearly have changed and I will read up on the latest and share with mom. I do appreciate your input. just 5 years ago my doc encouraged me to allow my daughter to sleep in a swing at night. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-16-2011, 08:13 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,786
Posted By DancingQueen
I haven't read the book. But I'll check it out. ...

I haven't read the book. But I'll check it out.

She won't take a pacifier (and remember is just barely taking a bottle - she's got to be pretty worked up to accept it).

she was not a preemie....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-16-2011, 08:05 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,786
Posted By DancingQueen
It is almost as if she just isn't reaching that...

It is almost as if she just isn't reaching that solid state of sleep. But basically if she isn't moving she's screaming.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-16-2011, 08:04 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,786
Posted By DancingQueen
I've tried swaddling - not working. She is...

I've tried swaddling - not working.

She is in a carseat in front of me sleeping at the moment. This is at mom's request. Mom would rather she not lie down in a pnp yet. Mom's best friend...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-16-2011, 07:50 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,786
Posted By DancingQueen
3.5 months

3.5 months
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-16-2011, 07:41 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,786
Posted By DancingQueen
What Do You Do With An Infant That..

is only happy when held or being rocked.
Swing doesn't work. But car seat works as long as I keep moving it.
The minute I stop she screams.

I wear her when I can but she doesn't love the sling...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-04-2011, 12:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,594
Posted By DancingQueen
ok - she's doing 1-2oz every 2-3 hours that...

ok - she's doing 1-2oz every 2-3 hours

that seems really low to me
I'm also feeding her on demand this is just what mom said and what she seems to be doing today.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-04-2011, 11:58 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,594
Posted By DancingQueen
how often?

how often?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-04-2011, 11:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,594
Posted By DancingQueen
breastfed 3 months old mom has been trying...

breastfed
3 months old
mom has been trying for a while now and tried many nipples - the only one they had any success with at all was the playtex (with bags).
She has pumped everything into 2oz...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-04-2011, 08:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,594
Posted By DancingQueen
Tell Me It Will Get Better...

New baby 3 months old started today
barely taking bottles.
cried for about 2 hours.
total of 2 oz consumed.
only way I got her to sleep was carrying her in her car seat.
My arms are on fire and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-29-2011, 11:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,640
Posted By DancingQueen
This morning one busted out of it's shell while...

This morning one busted out of it's shell while all of the kids were staring at it. I thought they were going to burst they were so excited. That is all they've been talking about all day. What...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-28-2011, 10:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,640
Posted By DancingQueen
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v157/tara7815/IM...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v157/tara7815/IMAG0164.jpg
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-28-2011, 09:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,640
Posted By DancingQueen
Eggsiting Day Here Today..

Our incubator has been cooking 20 plus eggs and today is day 21
so far 2 have hatched and more are busting through.
The kids are incredibly excited!!!!

Check out this video :)
So much fun!!!
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-27-2011, 08:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,034
Posted By DancingQueen
Later hours. Charges more 35$ more per week than...

Later hours. Charges more 35$ more per week than I do but he doesn't care because he doesn't pay for daycare .. mom does.

He goes on vacation with dcg tomorrow so I have a week off to think about...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-27-2011, 08:16 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 11,273
Posted By DancingQueen
Does anyone have the issue where ALL of the kids...

Does anyone have the issue where ALL of the kids act up during a pick up.. even the kids who's parents arent the ones that are picking up. So if I have 5 kids here and kid #1 is getting picked up...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-27-2011, 12:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,034
Posted By DancingQueen
The thing is .. I know if I politely asked him...

The thing is .. I know if I politely asked him not to go home first.. he would not go home first. If I gave him a 'reminder' he'd never do it again.
but he wouldn't like that I asked.
this is the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-27-2011, 11:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,034
Posted By DancingQueen
I Need Polite Wording Help...

I should preface by saying that I have very casual relationships with my families. If I were to hand them a notice it would really throw them off guard. I would rather have a conversation or shoot...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-27-2011, 11:37 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 11,273
Posted By DancingQueen
there is no way I'd allow a dck to be outside...

there is no way I'd allow a dck to be outside when mom or dad is inside with me. I have a ridiculous fear of them getting into trouble or something bad happening to them and I really don't need the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-27-2011, 11:34 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 11,273
Posted By DancingQueen
Oh and I had a parent (short lived famiily LOL)...

Oh and I had a parent (short lived famiily LOL) who would try to talk to me about their child's day upon pick up but her kids were OUT. OF. CONTROL. during pick up because she was there.

So...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-27-2011, 11:29 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 11,273
Posted By DancingQueen
I have one. I posted about him before. I made...

I have one.
I posted about him before.
I made a deal with dad to text me when he's 5 or 10 minutes away and I have dcb get his shoes and coat on and sit on the bench by the door.

He still tries...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-27-2011, 11:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,532
Posted By DancingQueen
This is what I do. But be prepared to deal with...

This is what I do. But be prepared to deal with them wanting to bring toys into the other room. That then takes away from the "quiet room" effect. It has been a battle but they're getting used to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-27-2011, 11:17 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,427
Posted By DancingQueen
I'm starting small. *I started raising my...

I'm starting small.

*I started raising my blinds as high as they'll go and pushing the curtains up and over the curtain bar.

*I removed the train table

*I turned the rug to go back and forth...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-19-2011, 07:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,427
Posted By DancingQueen
Thanks for the feed back - it really helps a lot....

Thanks for the feed back - it really helps a lot.

Train table is going this weekend. It isn't a sitting table - it has always been used for the trains they usually play while standing - but like...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-19-2011, 10:49 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,427
Posted By DancingQueen
You won't hurt my feelings I promise - I wouldn't...

You won't hurt my feelings I promise - I wouldn't ask for in put if I couldn't take it.. LOL

The new play room is a tiny bit smaller. maybe by a couple of sq ft. Not much though.
The other...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-19-2011, 10:43 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,611
Posted By DancingQueen
I have each parent provide a sippy for their...

I have each parent provide a sippy for their child upon enrollment. That is THEIR sippy only to be used by them.
I wash it every night and it is ready for them the next morning.

The ONLY time I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-19-2011, 10:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,271
Posted By DancingQueen
I wish I could let kids come in and out like...

I wish I could let kids come in and out like that.
But I have to be with all of them at all times.
So if one it is out - we all are out.
If one has to pee - we all go in to pee..
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-19-2011, 10:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,497
Posted By DancingQueen
First of all .. UGH!!! Why on earth would they...

First of all .. UGH!!! Why on earth would they do that????

Second - who on earth leaves a message on their machine telling people their out of town. "why hello there, I'm going to be gone for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-19-2011, 10:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,271
Posted By DancingQueen
It really is hard with that age. I don't blame...

It really is hard with that age. I don't blame you one bit.

I have all walkers. 2 kids can do their own shoes and coats and 3 can not.
it is a lot of work. But the exhausted kids at nap time...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-19-2011, 10:25 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,427
Posted By DancingQueen
great ideas!!! keep them coming. My overhead...

great ideas!!!
keep them coming.
My overhead light broke so it only holds ONE bulb when it is supposed to hold 2
I'm fixing that this weekend in hopes that it will also help!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-19-2011, 10:11 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,427
Posted By DancingQueen
New play room has been since 2/1 gated off...

New play room has been since 2/1
gated off "quiet time" room is 3 weeks now.

I was hoping it would get better.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-19-2011, 09:54 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,427
Posted By DancingQueen
Kids Do Not Like The Play Room - What Am I Doing Wrong?

I know I've posted pictures before.
I've moved everything around though. I'm prepping for two babies and I really want to keep the play room as the play room so I've made my living room "quiet...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-15-2011, 04:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,912
Posted By DancingQueen
um.. I think that is NOT true. But I'm no expert.

um.. I think that is NOT true. But I'm no expert.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-15-2011, 11:32 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,471
Posted By DancingQueen
I LOVE the community idea! That would last me...

I LOVE the community idea!
That would last me a while too
What if you have one family with 2 kids and the others only have one child.
does everyone still just bring one bottle?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-15-2011, 11:29 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,412
Posted By DancingQueen
everyone will get either 288 or a 2. And both...

everyone will get either 288 or a 2.
And both sides will have good arguments for why their answer is correct.
I'm still giggling about it.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-15-2011, 11:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,565
Posted By DancingQueen
my old provider had one of the smaller ones (for...

my old provider had one of the smaller ones (for like ages 6 and under or so)
the kids loved it - she brought it out a few times per month
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-15-2011, 11:21 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,934
Posted By DancingQueen
I have no problem with paci's if parents use...

I have no problem with paci's if parents use them and they want me to use them - but I won't allow them to travel within my house. for the same reason I don't allow toys - it is going to get lost,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-15-2011, 11:16 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,412
Posted By DancingQueen
Some Off Topic Fun For A Friday

There are debates all over on this one. In math I was always taught that there is only ONE right answer.
So WHAT is the answer to this one...


48/2(9+3)=
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-15-2011, 11:12 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,841
Posted By DancingQueen
btdt I call it getting "family ready" because...

btdt
I call it getting "family ready"
because I spend Sunday evening getting "daycare ready"

I just sent home boots and snowpants that have been here all winter and I feel lighter!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-15-2011, 10:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,693
Posted By DancingQueen
oh I always kill em with kindness and it always...

oh I always kill em with kindness and it always pays off for me.
Kharma baby - love Kharma.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-15-2011, 10:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,208
Posted By DancingQueen
I wouldn't have answered the door LOL

I wouldn't have answered the door LOL
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-15-2011, 10:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,693
Posted By DancingQueen
Parent Opened A Daycare..

I had a family start end of last August.
NIGHTMARE kids. (and mom)
All they did was wine - no exaturation.


After 2 weeks I kept thinking (this is NOT working for me).

then like a dream...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-15-2011, 10:29 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,558
Posted By DancingQueen
I really like the way you charge. You are still...

I really like the way you charge. You are still getting full time pay/rate but anything beyond 9hrs they are gonna pay good for and it discourages families from doing that.
I love it.

What do...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-15-2011, 10:26 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,934
Posted By DancingQueen
Newborn babies can have them - but once they...

Newborn babies can have them - but once they start moving around they are only for bed time and I won't stop using them at bedtime until parents do.

I refuse to allow them to walk around with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-15-2011, 10:19 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,396
Posted By DancingQueen
Fridays I have to leave the second my last 4:30...

Fridays I have to leave the second my last 4:30 pick up gets here to get my son to his dance classes.

I usually have my car started and my kids buckled and watching a video when dad pulls up at...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-14-2011, 07:02 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,558
Posted By DancingQueen
I would never go up much - I love my families and...

I would never go up much - I love my families and don't want to blow a good thing - but even THEY think my rates are too low LOL
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-13-2011, 12:08 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,558
Posted By DancingQueen
I currently charge 140 for full day regardless of...

I currently charge 140 for full day regardless of age. No more than 9 hours
65 for b/a school

I am getting a baby in May though and I am charging 160 for her. (her sibling is here at 140 rate)
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-13-2011, 11:29 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,558
Posted By DancingQueen
When Giving Yourself A Raise..

or raising your rates.

What percentage do you go up? Or what $ amount? I am raising mine 1/1/12 (I plan ahead LOL) and I have seriously undercut myself up til now. But I also don't want to lose...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-13-2011, 11:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 988
Posted By DancingQueen
I actually just switched her out of my room...

I actually just switched her out of my room because it is a tight squeeze for a PNP and she has long arms. She was able to reach my bed and would rip all the blankets off LOL

Luckily that is all...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-13-2011, 11:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,553
Posted By DancingQueen
I don't care if they are late as long as they ...

I don't care if they are late as long as they
A) have told me ahead of time
B) haven't asked me to open early just for them and then not show up until late (happened a lot)
C) call me

I just...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-13-2011, 11:21 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,463
Posted By DancingQueen
with my random pick up times it gets tricky. I...

with my random pick up times it gets tricky. I can't say "time for you to get out of my yard" when I have 2 kids still needing to be picked up
But I do rather ignore the parent and play with the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-13-2011, 11:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 988
Posted By DancingQueen
Remember daycare girl that I decided to keep in a PNP?

Well she's climbing out now.
And she's in my kid's rooms so I don't want her in there getting into their stuff if I don't catch her right away. Their room is safe but I just dont want it happening....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-13-2011, 10:33 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,463
Posted By DancingQueen
I Hate When They Are Slow To Leave

I have a daycare mom who struggles with getting her dd out of here. I think a lot of it has to do with not wanting to cause a scene in front of people. I'm fine with the scene. I'd rather you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-13-2011, 10:14 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,930
Posted By DancingQueen
I think it all may have more to do with the fact...

I think it all may have more to do with the fact that I just started last year. This is all very new for them. I think my 5 year old absolutely loves it. My 9 year old loves it but behavior wise...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2011, 11:32 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,187
Posted By DancingQueen
I have a week at the Cape in July (all expenses...

I have a week at the Cape in July (all expenses paid - how awesome is that?)
then time off for our county fair ( I sleep over with the animals LOL) in August

So I am very much looking forward to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2011, 11:31 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,930
Posted By DancingQueen
I live in a very rural community on a very busy...

I live in a very rural community on a very busy road (route 44). Have to drive anywhere we go. :(

I would love to go the assistant route but I just can't afford to relinquish any of my income...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2011, 11:29 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,930
Posted By DancingQueen
My kids would never, in a million years do...

My kids would never, in a million years do anything wrong during daycare hours or in front of parents. They know better.
But they verbalize it often off hours. We have an open and honest...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2011, 11:27 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,968
Posted By DancingQueen
I could see if she just wanted to have some 1 on...

I could see if she just wanted to have some 1 on 1 time with her son. I love that idea actually and wish I had more opportunities to have that with my own children. But I think that she should have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2011, 11:25 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,930
Posted By DancingQueen
The seed is planted in the back of my head to...

The seed is planted in the back of my head to start looking next summer. My dd will be in school full time then and I wouldn't have to pay for daycare if I found the right hours.

But that is 2...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2011, 11:21 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,187
Posted By DancingQueen
almost 17 almost 15 9 and 5

almost 17
almost 15
9
and 5
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2011, 11:16 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,187
Posted By DancingQueen
Oh don't get me wrong. I LOVE the warm weather. I...

Oh don't get me wrong. I LOVE the warm weather. I love the playing outside. I love the sun and the tan legs and the fresh air. And I do not miss my cubicle and fake lighting at all!
But my only...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2011, 11:14 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,930
Posted By DancingQueen
Speaking Of My Own Children - How Much Weight

does their opinion have on your business?

I ask because I'm starting to get quite a bit of resistance from my older two (almost 15 and almost 17) My 17 year old is respectful about it and helpful...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2011, 11:03 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,187
Posted By DancingQueen
Anyone Else Dreading Summer At All?

My own kids make it so difficult.
They really hate nap time because the entire house is shut down and can't make a peep for 2 hours LOL
Forum: Book Club - Reviews / Suggestions 04-12-2011, 10:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 6,130
Posted By DancingQueen
But what about your older kids. I leave them all...

But what about your older kids. I leave them all out more for my 4&5 year old to be able to look at them when they want.

I suppose I could just have them ask for one book at a time. That might...
Forum: Book Club - Reviews / Suggestions 04-12-2011, 04:17 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 6,130
Posted By DancingQueen
Books and Toddlers

I know we have a post started about book shelf but here is another question.
VERY rarely do any of the toddlers (if you recall the bulk of my kids are toddlers) look at books. I read 1 - 2 books...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2011, 03:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,813
Posted By DancingQueen
insist on shoes or robeez. Period. I can't...

insist on shoes or robeez.
Period.

I can't afford to keep all these extra supplies for all of these kids and I don't have the storage to keep storing it all.
Parents need to provide the basic...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2011, 03:49 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,639
Posted By DancingQueen
Yesterday my 4 year old finished lunch and was...

Yesterday my 4 year old finished lunch and was sent into the bathroom to wash her hands and face and go to the bathroom (not in that order LOL).
I was rushing like mad to get all the kids cleaned...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-11-2011, 11:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,470
Posted By DancingQueen
Big hits in my yard are. Hoola hoops balls ...

Big hits in my yard are.
Hoola hoops
balls
bubbles
chalk
ride on cars and trikes
the slide
the swings
but most of all the sandbox
so I suggest you get a big one LOL
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-11-2011, 11:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,992
Posted By DancingQueen
Honestly? I really do. This is why I've carved...

Honestly? I really do.
This is why I've carved out some me time. 2x per month I get out with no kids and I have girl's night out.
I also go to my sister's every Friday night (with kids in tow) and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-11-2011, 11:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,867
Posted By DancingQueen
Anyone Have Mostly Toddlers?

I have 3 kids that are all about the same size and developmental stage. 21 months to 30 months in age.

Then i have a 4 year old and my dd who is 5.

I have a really hard time with the toddlers...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-11-2011, 11:22 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,992
Posted By DancingQueen
Thank you for the advice. It helps a lot. And I...

Thank you for the advice. It helps a lot. And I do have my kids to help. My 16 and 14 year old are both very helpful. Especially my 16 (almost 17) year old son. He is absolutely amazing!
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-11-2011, 11:14 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,597
Posted By DancingQueen
So jealous of your craft table. I used to...

So jealous of your craft table.
I used to always have one out for my kids but i can't with the daycare kids. They are just too destructive right now. :( Maybe their age? I don't know what I'm...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-11-2011, 11:11 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 6,833
Posted By DancingQueen
I had someone (not a client, but a friend) say to...

I had someone (not a client, but a friend) say to me once.. "you cleaned your kitchen?" I said "yes - it was dirty"
She said "but they are paying you to watch their kids and play with them and take...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-11-2011, 11:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,992
Posted By DancingQueen
The Reason For My Absence And A Question

I joined here a while back and was pretty active. But then I haven't posted much of anything in quite some time.
The reason for that is that my husband moved out (my choice - not his). So life has...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-11-2011, 10:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,112
Posted By DancingQueen
I've only had one parent ever ask for references...

I've only had one parent ever ask for references and then found out later that she never even called them (but hired me).
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-11-2011, 08:14 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 6,833
Posted By DancingQueen
Thank you - this makes me feel a lot better. We...

Thank you - this makes me feel a lot better.
We had an incredibly horrible winter. So bad in fact that we were housebound almost the entire winter. It has been horrible. Then we had some nice...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-11-2011, 08:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,380
Posted By DancingQueen
My daycare boy told me his mom bit him this...

My daycare boy told me his mom bit him this morning when I clearly saw he bit himself LOL
I'd wait til it wore off. Just makes it all easier.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-11-2011, 08:02 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 6,833
Posted By DancingQueen
Do You Ever Do Yard Work

while the kids play outside?

Today we went outside and the kids were SO occupied. That I just began raking. They were right there and we were talking the entire time - but I got a LOT of raking...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-11-2011, 05:04 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,232
Posted By DancingQueen
MMK And Tracking Sick/Personal/Vacation Days

Is there something in MMK that will allow me to plug in days that I've used as my personal, vacation and sick days for MYSELF and not the children so that I can easily track how many of each I've...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-11-2011, 05:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,660
Posted By DancingQueen
I decided to keep the other 2 year old in the pnp...

I decided to keep the other 2 year old in the pnp but I still am struggling with this little guy falling asleep and not playing around
he seems to think that I'm joking around everytime I remind him...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-11-2011, 04:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,120
Posted By DancingQueen
I think I've decided not to move the 2 yr old...

I think I've decided not to move the 2 yr old girl (she actually turns two the end of this month).
I really don't think she is ready and I'm not ready for the battle just yet.

I'm going to try to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-11-2011, 04:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,928
Posted By DancingQueen
We had a CPA do our taxes for the first time ever...

We had a CPA do our taxes for the first time ever and he loved the reports that I handed him from MMK. He had nothing but good things to say about it.

I think the ONLY thing he said was that I...
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 04-10-2011, 07:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,139
Posted By DancingQueen
He started meds 2 weeks ago and I have a journal...

He started meds 2 weeks ago and I have a journal that I track everything he does in. Food, sleep, mood - all of it.

He is currently enrolled at a dance studio where he takes hip-hop and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-10-2011, 06:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,852
Posted By DancingQueen
I did my own so I promise it is super easy. My...

I did my own so I promise it is super easy. My 16 year old and I did it. If you can swing a hammer you can do it.
Forum: New Members - Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! 04-10-2011, 06:21 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,139
Posted By DancingQueen
Thank you everyone. I'm just so proud of him. ...

Thank you everyone.
I'm just so proud of him.
and yes - these little glimpses is just what I need.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-10-2011, 04:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,852
Posted By DancingQueen
the driveway ones worry me because in a pinch...

the driveway ones worry me because in a pinch they are not going to stop a kid from running right through them and knocking them down. They are more of a visual deterant but if you have any daycare...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-10-2011, 04:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,852
Posted By DancingQueen
You buy a big roll of wire fencing like this ...

You buy a big roll of wire fencing like this
http://images.lowes.com/product/converted/086546/086546709485lg.jpg
It is about $37 bucks for about 50' of it (has to be 48" tall here)
then you need...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-10-2011, 03:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,852
Posted By DancingQueen
This is what we use and it is fine with Daycare...

This is what we use and it is fine with Daycare licensing. Easy to install and very reasonably priced.
http://www.prime-number.com/images/IMG_6288.JPG
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