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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-11-2018, 03:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 574
Posted By e.j.
My mil and I didn't get along well. When my...

My mil and I didn't get along well. When my husband and I first got married, I was worried about what family friends and neighbors would think of me after hearing her version of events. My sister...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-11-2018, 11:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 574
Posted By e.j.
I agree with the others. She isn't much of a...

I agree with the others. She isn't much of a friend and I would have responded to the above quote with, "I'll miss you but I understand if you want to move on to other day care. Is this your 2 week...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-11-2018, 10:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 338
Posted By e.j.
I know it isn't me who should feel embarrassed...

I know it isn't me who should feel embarrassed and uncomfortable when having to ask for payment. I wish I didn't feel that way; unfortunately, I do.

I've found that acknowledging my discomfort...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-10-2018, 06:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 394
Posted By e.j.
At 4, he's at least old enough to understand why...

At 4, he's at least old enough to understand why he can't play in other rooms. I've had 4 year olds who were very curious about my upstairs level. Once I explain why I don't allow the kids up...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-10-2018, 03:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 394
Posted By e.j.
I use my entire 1st floor for day care but the...

I use my entire 1st floor for day care but the kids are in my playroom for the most part. The kitchen/dining area is used for eating/doing crafts. The living room is only used for babies/younger...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-08-2018, 10:03 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 404
Posted By e.j.
I think we've probably all had that fantasy at...

I think we've probably all had that fantasy at one time or another. It's nice to see the light at the end of the tunnel, isn't it? I bet you can't wait until Thursday evening! ;)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-08-2018, 09:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 314
Posted By e.j.
From what you said in your post, it sounds as...

From what you said in your post, it sounds as though you give your parents a list of the holidays you close on. If that's the case, your dcp should be upset with herself for not checking the list -...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-06-2018, 01:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 367
Posted By e.j.
As a neighbor, I think I'd appreciate the...

As a neighbor, I think I'd appreciate the courtesy of a heads up. It's rare to see emergency vehicles in our neighborhood so a firetruck would cause at least some curiosity and concern. Older...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-06-2018, 01:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 346
Posted By e.j.
Is it possible they think you were just sending...

Is it possible they think you were just sending an FYI to let them know what happened and maybe don't realize you expect a reply? (I think most parents would understand a reply is warranted but if...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 10-06-2018, 12:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 76
Posted By e.j.
I make something similar using corn, black beans,...

I make something similar using corn, black beans, diced up avocado, and salsa. Sometimes I add diced peppers. I use it more like a dip than a salad so I'm not sure if that's the kind of thing...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-26-2018, 11:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 257
Posted By e.j.
likethis Same here. Everything is the same -...

likethis Same here. Everything is the same - contract, handbook, policies, etc. I have a spot in my contract where I write the weekly tuition amount. For a drop in client, I just write "Varies" in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-21-2018, 11:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 411
Posted By e.j.
You might be surprised to realize how stressed...

You might be surprised to realize how stressed the other kids might be feeling. I had twins who behaved like the kid you're describing. I did everything I could think of to help turn their behavior...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-19-2018, 04:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 344
Posted By e.j.
That's not necessarily true. When I first...

That's not necessarily true. When I first started out, I worked 5 days a week but within a year or two, some of the kids aged out of my program and I was left with several part timers. I decided to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-17-2018, 10:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 257
Posted By e.j.
Heating oil bills?! Shhhh! Not something I even...

Heating oil bills?! Shhhh! Not something I even want to think about given the summery weather we've been lucky enough to hang on to so far. I lost sight of the fact that the first official day of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-16-2018, 03:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 257
Posted By e.j.
Kleenex, toilet paper, bread (freezer)? ...

Kleenex, toilet paper, bread (freezer)?

Probably an unnecessary warning but if you decide to stock up on things, just make sure you have a safe place to store them. Several years ago, the store...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-16-2018, 03:30 PM
Replies: 1,955
Views: 254,453
Posted By e.j.
Sweet! We have turkeys that walk through the...

Sweet! We have turkeys that walk through the yard now and then. The kids love watching them. Sometimes it's the simple things in life that bring the most joy.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-10-2018, 11:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 604
Posted By e.j.
likethis I was thinking the same thing and... If...

likethis I was thinking the same thing and... If you report them, you look like a disgruntled employee who is just trying to retaliate against them.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-08-2018, 04:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 852
Posted By e.j.
When my kids were in school, I worked a 4 day...

When my kids were in school, I worked a 4 day week with Fridays off. I wanted one day a week that I could use to schedule IEP meetings, dr and dentist appointments, etc. It worked great for me. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-07-2018, 10:21 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 997
Posted By e.j.
I do the same - snap the middle during the day...

I do the same - snap the middle during the day and then snap them all at the last diaper change. I would fix them if I snapped them all up and they were done incorrectly, though. I have enough of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-05-2018, 05:49 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 481
Posted By e.j.
I'm licensed to have 6 children here at any given...

I'm licensed to have 6 children here at any given time. I like to have as close to 6 as possible but a lot depends on the ages of the kids. I don't rush out to fill spots if I have a lot of younger...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-29-2018, 11:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 404
Posted By e.j.
:lol::lol::lol: We pick our crab apples...

:lol::lol::lol:


We pick our crab apples up before they have a chance to ferment. I'm always afraid a dc parent, food program lady or licensor will slip and fall on the apples and then sue us if...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-28-2018, 08:05 PM
Replies: 1,955
Views: 254,453
Posted By e.j.
It really is. He came to me as an infant. I had...

It really is. He came to me as an infant. I had just decided I didn't want to take any more infants for awhile but my neighbor (his great grandmother) wouldn't take no for an answer and talked me...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-28-2018, 12:06 PM
Replies: 1,955
Views: 254,453
Posted By e.j.
The mail was delivered early today. While the...

The mail was delivered early today. While the kids were eating their lunch, I noticed an envelope that was addressed to me and the return address was that of a former day care family. Inside was a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-23-2018, 11:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 278
Posted By e.j.
Congratulations! :)

Congratulations! :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-17-2018, 02:46 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 636
Posted By e.j.
I agree. When I hear a child say, "You're not my...

I agree. When I hear a child say, "You're not my friend", I ask, "How would you feel if he said that to you?" I explain that you don't have to be friends but you do have to treat each other with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-15-2018, 06:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 293
Posted By e.j.
I think I may have picked up the idea from...

I think I may have picked up the idea from someone here? I can't remember!:o
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-15-2018, 11:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 293
Posted By e.j.
I have a big box wrapped to look like a birthday...

I have a big box wrapped to look like a birthday present that I fill with books, pads of drawing paper, crayons and small TY stuffed animals and toys I pick up on sale. On their birthdays, each...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-02-2018, 02:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 572
Posted By e.j.
likethis I really like how you think!:lol: ...

likethis I really like how you think!:lol:

This thread reminds me of a 3 year old dcb I had years ago. He was my neighbor's nephew and I agreed to take him as a drop in one day. My neighbor...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-31-2018, 10:51 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 453
Posted By e.j.
I'm sorry you're going through this. Stay safe.

I'm sorry you're going through this. Stay safe.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-28-2018, 07:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 412
Posted By e.j.
Try being proactive. Ask your director if you...

Try being proactive. Ask your director if you can speak with her when she has a minute and then ask her how she feels you're doing so far. Explain that you enjoy the job and where you're so new...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-27-2018, 05:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 408
Posted By e.j.
If she needs guaranteed availability, she needs...

If she needs guaranteed availability, she needs to pay for that. If she were here with me, I'd offer drop-in care with the understanding that an opening wouldn't be guaranteed. She could call me to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-26-2018, 03:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 386
Posted By e.j.
Personally, I would just start off doing M-Th if...

Personally, I would just start off doing M-Th if you really want Fridays off. I used to work M-Th when my kids were young. I loved having one day a week when I could schedule appointments without...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-25-2018, 11:45 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 594
Posted By e.j.
I'm with Gemma! I'd probably want to hang in...

I'm with Gemma! I'd probably want to hang in until my current group of kids aged out but after that, I'd quit. It's not the kids or parents that would drive me away; I've been very lucky in that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-20-2018, 11:43 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 894
Posted By e.j.
All of the above - except onesies. I actually...

All of the above - except onesies. I actually like onesies. They're wonderful when you have a kid that likes to put his hands down his pants after a bm.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-17-2018, 12:24 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,750
Posted By e.j.
Pick your battles. Let this one go. I know it's...

Pick your battles. Let this one go. I know it's frustrating. I've had a few kids in my care who were super picky. One wouldn't eat the grill cheese sandwich I made because I cut it lengthwise vs....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-15-2018, 06:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,063
Posted By e.j.
The food program won't allow us to serve grapes...

The food program won't allow us to serve grapes (among other things) to kids under 4 years of age. I stopped serving them years ago since most of my kids are under 4. (Not sure if it's just the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-07-2018, 08:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 574
Posted By e.j.
Yes you did! :)

Yes you did! :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-05-2018, 10:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 563
Posted By e.j.
So parents owe you money for care you gave...

So parents owe you money for care you gave previously? If that's the case, I'd send home a note today stating that you're adopting a no pay/no stay policy for the next 2 weeks. In order to receive...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-03-2018, 05:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 711
Posted By e.j.
I have kids in diapers for the same reasons...

I have kids in diapers for the same reasons everyone else listed. I can't stand using Pull-Ups on a kid that isn't almost fully trained.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-01-2018, 07:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 509
Posted By e.j.
That's adorable! If he's anything like one of...

That's adorable! If he's anything like one of the kids I have in my care now, he'll put it on and never want to take it off. That was such a caring and thoughtful thing for you to do for him.:)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-27-2018, 11:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 446
Posted By e.j.
I don't blame you. I hope you feel better!

I don't blame you. I hope you feel better!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-25-2018, 07:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 365
Posted By e.j.
When I first started doing day care, I tried...

When I first started doing day care, I tried holding interviews during work hours but found it too stressful. The day care kids acted up to the point where I didn't recognize some of them! I also...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-21-2018, 04:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 456
Posted By e.j.
That's a brilliant idea, really! School aged...

That's a brilliant idea, really! School aged kids are too old for the toddler size toys but they're still kids and they still enjoy playing with ride on toys even though some would have a hard time...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-18-2018, 12:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 649
Posted By e.j.
I had one mom ask, "What do you do if you're...

I had one mom ask, "What do you do if you're outside and a thunderstorm hits? You do bring them inside, don't you?"

No, we like playing a game called "Dodge the Lightening Bolts"? Of course we go...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-18-2018, 11:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 508
Posted By e.j.
"Dcm, I hate to think I'm to blame for your kids...

"Dcm, I hate to think I'm to blame for your kids not being able to sleep in the summer! As a result of your feedback, I've changed my policy. Your kids are no longer required to attend in order to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-05-2018, 07:58 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,227
Posted By e.j.
Without seeing you in action, it's hard to know...

Without seeing you in action, it's hard to know exactly what to suggest but I think you've been given some really good, honest feedback already. I think you have to try to strike that happy medium -...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-31-2018, 03:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 423
Posted By e.j.
Wishing you luck tonight. Hopefully, the parents...

Wishing you luck tonight. Hopefully, the parents will be reasonable and understand there is no way you can keep a child in your care who behaves the way he does. Are you prepared to lose the other...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-29-2018, 05:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 621
Posted By e.j.
You have to wonder what goes through their heads...

You have to wonder what goes through their heads sometimes.:confused:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-28-2018, 07:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 926
Posted By e.j.
Oh, that stinks! I understand why you feel the...

Oh, that stinks! I understand why you feel the way you do. It's especially tough when you grow attached to the kids and expect to have a long term relationship with them. I'm sorry the parents...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-25-2018, 06:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 796
Posted By e.j.
Wow! I get their point but what a rude way to...

Wow! I get their point but what a rude way to express it.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-24-2018, 06:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 796
Posted By e.j.
I'm the same way. I'd love to be able to do day...

I'm the same way. I'd love to be able to do day care without being licensed but would never dare to do it illegally.

I'm not sure how diligent licensing is in my state when it comes to closing...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-24-2018, 12:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 664
Posted By e.j.
Things you wish you hadn't been doing at pick up:...

Things you wish you hadn't been doing at pick up: puking! One day a few years ago, I woke up feeling a little dizzy and nauseated. I thought it might be my allergies bothering me because I didn't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-24-2018, 11:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 325
Posted By e.j.
What a great idea. I'll send one and have my...

What a great idea. I'll send one and have my older dc kids make him a card, too.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-15-2018, 11:11 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 466
Posted By e.j.
I think I have his clone. I thought once dck...

I think I have his clone. I thought once dck headed off to school in September, I'd have some peace and quiet. Unfortunately, younger sibling has recently picked up the same habit. Could be...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-14-2018, 04:53 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 870
Posted By e.j.
How much you get depends on what Tier you're...

How much you get depends on what Tier you're assigned to and how many kids you claim per month. I'm Tier 2 so the money I get back each month is quite a bit less than the money I used to get in the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-14-2018, 11:51 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 922
Posted By e.j.
I'm not sure why your post reminded me of my dd's...

I'm not sure why your post reminded me of my dd's stick "incident" but...she was walking toward a friend who was holding and playing with a relatively large stick. He threw it down on the ground...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-12-2018, 06:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 922
Posted By e.j.
I'm not sure I'd get written up for a few sticks...

I'm not sure I'd get written up for a few sticks on the ground but safety is one of the reasons we (mostly me) work together to pick them up and put them in a bucket. The bucket is removed from the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-11-2018, 05:39 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 922
Posted By e.j.
I have a fenced in play area that has mulch for...

I have a fenced in play area that has mulch for ground cover. Usually, the kids stay in that area and don't go on to the grass so there's no grass or rocks for them to play with. When we take walks...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-05-2018, 07:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 702
Posted By e.j.
That's wonderful! Congratulations!

That's wonderful! Congratulations!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-26-2018, 03:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 631
Posted By e.j.
In the house I started out in, I let the kids use...

In the house I started out in, I let the kids use the couch because much of the day was spent in the living room. After my niece pee'd on the couch one day and then pooped and rubbed it all over the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-26-2018, 02:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 565
Posted By e.j.
"...and that's why we don't bring dandelions into...

"...and that's why we don't bring dandelions into the house, Dad!" (said as you hand him the broom and dust pan)

I had a dcm who, every morning, used to pluck strands of her long hair off her...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-25-2018, 12:01 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 703
Posted By e.j.
I get attached to some kids more than others. (I...

I get attached to some kids more than others. (I still have a voicemail message from years ago that one of those kids left one day after kindergarten saying, "We had our first French Toast sticks at...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-22-2018, 03:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 447
Posted By e.j.
Good luck in your new job and with the move.

Good luck in your new job and with the move.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-21-2018, 10:59 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 978
Posted By e.j.
I've never had a specific requirement for how...

I've never had a specific requirement for how parents get their payment to me. Usually, they just hand it to me or leave it on my kitchen counter when they come in. The only time I've had to look...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2018, 11:27 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 643
Posted By e.j.
The youngest kids are enjoying Goodnight...

The youngest kids are enjoying Goodnight Moon,Brown Bear, Brown Bear and anything with baby pictures like Anne Geddes' Down in the Garden Alphabet Book. The older kids like funny books like Hogwash...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-04-2018, 08:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 423
Posted By e.j.
I do drop in care and am only licensed for 6. ...

I do drop in care and am only licensed for 6. Parents know there is no guarantee I'll have an opening on the date they need care. I also let them know up front that I may have to bump them if a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-04-2018, 05:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 574
Posted By e.j.
I've only had 1 child in over 20 years who pushed...

I've only had 1 child in over 20 years who pushed it around. He was very big and very strong for his age. He used to walk around the room inside of it, dragging all the toys inside the pen along...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-04-2018, 02:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 574
Posted By e.j.
I use something like this superyard:...

I use something like this superyard: https://www.amazon.com/North-States-Superyard-Classic/dp/B06XP6FC5B/ref=sr_1_16_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1522878820&sr=8-16&keywords=superyard+classic

I have several...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-04-2018, 02:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 573
Posted By e.j.
I had a dcd/neighbor who was allowing his kids...

I had a dcd/neighbor who was allowing his kids (youngest was 4 and enrolled in my day care) to ride home in the back of his truck. I didn't see it but got a phone call from another dc parent who...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-04-2018, 11:03 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 619
Posted By e.j.
Strep is a 4-letter word in my house! I don't...

Strep is a 4-letter word in my house! I don't know how anyone could work while they have it; it makes me feel that miserable when I get it. You thought you'd feel better but it didn't work out that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-02-2018, 11:35 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 584
Posted By e.j.
Same here.

Same here.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-31-2018, 07:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 450
Posted By e.j.
I sign the contract after the parents read,...

I sign the contract after the parents read, initial and return it to me. I then give them a copy. I don't have them renew their contract unless something changes - like hours needed, tuition rate,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-31-2018, 10:35 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,329
Posted By e.j.
In colder weather, I wear jeans and a casual top...

In colder weather, I wear jeans and a casual top with a sweater. In warmer weather, I wear capris jeans with a casual top.

I wish I could say I didn't understand having "kid stuff" all over me. ...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 03-21-2018, 02:23 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,284
Posted By e.j.
I had heard that, too. I wonder if we could...

I had heard that, too.

I wonder if we could get some of those bigger centers to raise a stink about some of the rules that don't make a lot of sense? Like why can we serve maple syrup (53g of...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 03-21-2018, 12:08 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,284
Posted By e.j.
I'm glad this thread popped up again. I just had...

I'm glad this thread popped up again. I just had my food program inspection on Monday. I asked why we can't serve Wheat Thins when the box states they're 100% whole grain. She told me she just...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-21-2018, 11:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 732
Posted By e.j.
I plan to have an organized craft each day. ...

I plan to have an organized craft each day. Usually we make it happen, but I don't stress if we can't get to it. Having an infant enrolled can make it difficult to stay on schedule every day. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-11-2018, 07:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 410
Posted By e.j.
If it were me, I'd rather have day care rooms I...

If it were me, I'd rather have day care rooms I could close the door on after hours. The pros to having two rooms for me would be being able to separate two kids who don't get along and being able...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-08-2018, 02:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 552
Posted By e.j.
Are you doing day care related things when you...

Are you doing day care related things when you have time off? I'm usually doing something related like curriculum planning, paperwork, taxes, cleaning the day care room, laundering blankets and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-08-2018, 01:24 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 967
Posted By e.j.
I also agree with not taking away a security item...

I also agree with not taking away a security item if the child needs it but if a child seems ready and seems to only be using it out of habit, I start by "forgetting" to give it to him/her at nap...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-04-2018, 07:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 436
Posted By e.j.
For me, it depends on the level of interest a...

For me, it depends on the level of interest a child is showing vs. age. I've had some really young kids (12 - 18 mo) who have loved sitting with the older kids and doing crafts and I've had 3 year...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-03-2018, 09:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 602
Posted By e.j.
If I decide to close, I don't charge for the day....

If I decide to close, I don't charge for the day. If parents decide to keep their children home, I do charge. I almost never close because of the weather, though. We get snowstorms that will...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-24-2018, 10:52 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 653
Posted By e.j.
Those are my favorites as well.

Those are my favorites as well.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2018, 07:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 653
Posted By e.j.
In MA, we have to keep records for 5 years after...

In MA, we have to keep records for 5 years after a child leaves our care.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2018, 12:12 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,057
Posted By e.j.
I've been in business for 21 years. I'm hoping...

I've been in business for 21 years. I'm hoping to retire in about 10 years or so but much will depend on any new regulations my state decides to introduce. If it becomes mandatory for me to get a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-06-2018, 11:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 756
Posted By e.j.
We had rain Sunday night but it got colder over...

We had rain Sunday night but it got colder over night and we had a "flash freeze" in some areas. Drivers were warned to keep an eye out for black ice on the roads but it didn't sound like a big deal...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-19-2018, 03:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 682
Posted By e.j.
In my last house, I had the day care in a...

In my last house, I had the day care in a finished cellar. I never heard complaints or comments about it not being bright enough and usually got complements on it. In my current house, the day care...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-18-2018, 01:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 645
Posted By e.j.
It's possible dcb has been constipated but also...

It's possible dcb has been constipated but also happened to came down with the stomach bug at the same time. One doesn't necessarily cancel the other out. Probably tmi but I know when I'm fighting...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-16-2018, 08:42 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 910
Posted By e.j.
I do charge if I'm open. I don't charge if I...

I do charge if I'm open. I don't charge if I close the day care. Since I live here and don't have a commute to worry about, I am usually open when it snows.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-15-2018, 06:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 630
Posted By e.j.
I play "Happy" and turn on the lights.

I play "Happy" and turn on the lights.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-15-2018, 03:16 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,386
Posted By e.j.
When parents ask me, I let them know that...

When parents ask me, I let them know that according to state regulation, they can drop in at any time and that I will always welcome them at any time. I explain some of the drawbacks of stopping by...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 01-15-2018, 07:33 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,284
Posted By e.j.
Interesting! I also just checked a list put out...

Interesting! I also just checked a list put out by the USDA listing Wheat Thins as a suggested snack. Does the box you have have a gold whole grain stamp and does it specifically say 100% on the...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 01-11-2018, 05:52 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,284
Posted By e.j.
I know and it's driving me just a little crazy...

I know and it's driving me just a little crazy these days! I try to feed the kids healthy meals and thought I'd have no issues with the new rules but the more the food program tries to clarify them,...
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 01-11-2018, 11:32 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,284
Posted By e.j.
I know the questions wasn't directed toward me...

I know the questions wasn't directed toward me but I thought I'd chime in because my food program rep sent out an email message addressing the issue of whole grain crackers. She said the only whole...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2018, 11:15 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 747
Posted By e.j.
likethis That's how I feel, too. I figure I...

likethis That's how I feel, too. I figure I only have a small window of time to call the parent before the second round hits. I want the parent on their way to my house sooner than later.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2018, 11:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 747
Posted By e.j.
As far as a vomiting kid is concerned, I try to...

As far as a vomiting kid is concerned, I try to clean the kid up as best I can before calling the parent. I make the call to the parent and then clean up the mess while we wait for the parent to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-11-2018, 10:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 747
Posted By e.j.
I stopped allowing the kids on my living room...

I stopped allowing the kids on my living room furniture the day my niece pooped, stuck her hands in her pants and then proceeded to smear the poop all over the back of the couch. The day before, she...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-09-2018, 11:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 473
Posted By e.j.
In my state, it works the same way. As long as I...

In my state, it works the same way. As long as I don't go over ratio for the day, I can have as many kids enrolled as I want.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-08-2018, 02:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 548
Posted By e.j.
I don't go by age so much as ability. As soon as...

I don't go by age so much as ability. As soon as I think a child can eat from his/her plate without tossing it on to the floor, I try to make the transition from high chair to a booster.

I have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-28-2017, 10:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,046
Posted By e.j.
likethis This is how I would handle it. If I...

likethis This is how I would handle it. If I were her, I'd much rather you cancel the interview and not waste my time if you. I don't think there's anything unprofessional about telling her that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-28-2017, 09:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 907
Posted By e.j.
likethis I do it much the same way. My babies...

likethis I do it much the same way. My babies sleep in a port-a-crib in the living room until they're old enough to move to a cot in the day care room. The younger kids know they can't move to the...
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