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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-07-2020, 01:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 179
Posted By Bluemoon5
I'd be really upset if my directors/owners tried...

I'd be really upset if my directors/owners tried to tell me I couldn't advertise my own personal side business on my own personal Facebook page. As long as she's not posting during work hours or...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-16-2020, 07:07 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 2,511
Posted By Bluemoon5
I'm just very glad I'm not the one in charge of...

I'm just very glad I'm not the one in charge of making decisions. Because really, how do you weigh the costs? And there will be costs, heavy ones, no matter what happens.
It is very real where I am....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-11-2020, 02:04 PM
Replies: 310
Views: 63,316
Posted By Bluemoon5
We're up to I think 23 cases now here. None in...

We're up to I think 23 cases now here. None in the counties where I live or work yet. Many schools here were either closed or had a half day earlier in the week so they could plan for if they had to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-10-2020, 11:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 556
Posted By Bluemoon5
I also agree with the above. It's very important...

I also agree with the above. It's very important for you to find some way to let this go. Right now those other teachers have power of you/ your mood and thoughts. Take that power back and don't let...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-25-2020, 10:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 726
Posted By Bluemoon5
I just read an article about Bernie Sanders' plan...

I just read an article about Bernie Sanders' plan to create free daycare for all, if he is elected.

"Sanders and his campaign say the plan offers up free, full-day child care for every child from...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-15-2020, 02:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 710
Posted By Bluemoon5
I have 12-18 month olds. We eat lunch around...

I have 12-18 month olds. We eat lunch around 12:15 and nap 1-3. I'm at a center so I don't really have much freedom to change things around. If I did, I would probably choose to eat and nap slightly...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-27-2019, 02:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 603
Posted By Bluemoon5
I am sooo confused. Why were children being fed...

I am sooo confused. Why were children being fed snack in a buggy in the hallway? Is that SOP at your center? Why were they in the buggy at all? Why weren't their diapers changed after nap? There is...
Forum: Curriculum 11-14-2019, 10:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,622
Posted By Bluemoon5
This year we're doing snow globes. In the past...

This year we're doing snow globes. In the past I've done handprint/footprint calendars but they're a lot of work (my guys are 12-18 months). When I don't know what to make I fall back on cinnamon...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-14-2019, 01:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 698
Posted By Bluemoon5
https://www.coxcampus.org/ There are a few...

https://www.coxcampus.org/

There are a few interesting courses here pertaining to language acquisition and literacy. If I remember correctly they are free or mostly free.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-11-2019, 11:29 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,920
Posted By Bluemoon5
We were just talking today in my room about how...

We were just talking today in my room about how much we hate pouches. Almost all of my kids get pouches of some form, whether it's baby food, applesauce, or yogurt. I have one 16 month old who only...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-02-2019, 10:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 582
Posted By Bluemoon5
I have a 16 month old who consumes nothing but...

I have a 16 month old who consumes nothing but juice and pouches. When we tried to explain to mom that her diet was causing diarrhea we got "oh no honey, she's teething."
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-25-2019, 01:58 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,166
Posted By Bluemoon5
No. No headphones, no cellphones. We are sight...

No. No headphones, no cellphones. We are sight AND sound at ALL times. Having headphones on would mean the children are not being adequately supervised. Nap time is for cleaning, paperwork, updating...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-22-2019, 05:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 591
Posted By Bluemoon5
I've had my share of head bangers over the years....

I've had my share of head bangers over the years. What kind of reaction does she get at home for that behavior? My last little one was almost two. When told no he would throw himself on the floor and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-25-2019, 10:40 AM
Replies: 5,811
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 650,566
Posted By Bluemoon5
Aaaarrrrggggghhhhhhh!!!!!!!!! Sorry, that's...

Aaaarrrrggggghhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!

Sorry, that's all I've got. There are no words to describe this morning. Just three more days until my kids all move up!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-20-2019, 02:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,089
Posted By Bluemoon5
Sorry you're dealing with this. I've been there...

Sorry you're dealing with this. I've been there several times over the years. Shadowing can be effective, but only if it's an extra teacher doing the shadowing. You can't expect one person to shadow...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-30-2019, 03:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 830
Posted By Bluemoon5
At my center, yes, four year olds put their own...

At my center, yes, four year olds put their own sheets on their mats. After nap, they take the sheets off and put them in their cubbies, then put their mats away. The younger threes at least try to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-02-2019, 11:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,301
Posted By Bluemoon5
Thanks for that perspective. Being a leader in my...

Thanks for that perspective. Being a leader in my room is the thing I struggle with the most. Being with the kids and writing lesson plans comes naturally; telling other adults what to do does not....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-09-2019, 02:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,301
Posted By Bluemoon5
Sorry, I should have clarified. I'm in a center....

Sorry, I should have clarified. I'm in a center. 12 kids, 12-18ish months, myself and two assistants. I agree about the training, but I feel that is mostly the office's responsibility.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-09-2019, 02:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,301
Posted By Bluemoon5
Thanks everyone. That helps. I think...

Thanks everyone. That helps.



I think this may be part of the problem. We had an older class for awhile, but now we're back to having mostly under 15 months. I've mentioned it a few times but I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-09-2019, 10:37 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,301
Posted By Bluemoon5
Developmentally Appropriate Expectations

I'm looking for some developmentally appropriate and realistic expectations for one to one and a half year olds in group care.

Long story short I'm having issues with my assistants. I feel like I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-05-2019, 10:01 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,447
Posted By Bluemoon5
First, do no harm. To each other, to...

First, do no harm.

To each other, to yourself, to toys, furniture, etc.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-31-2019, 06:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 587
Posted By Bluemoon5
I work in a center. In my experience it's usually...

I work in a center. In my experience it's usually the parents (especially those parents) who have a harder time with teacher transitions than the kids do, particularly at that age (you said they're...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-28-2019, 10:43 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,620
Posted By Bluemoon5
Had a dcp tell me this after asking why I was...

Had a dcp tell me this after asking why I was cutting the grapes she had sent in. Kid was 13 or 14 mo. at the time.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2019, 06:44 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,337
Posted By Bluemoon5
This. It is my understanding that eating...

This. It is my understanding that eating different foods and experiencing different textures helps with speech development. Chewing foods helps develop muscles used to form certain sounds. That's...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2019, 06:29 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,285
Posted By Bluemoon5
It's 1 to 4 in my state as well. I find it's not...

It's 1 to 4 in my state as well. I find it's not that bad. I'm currently in the older infant room (12-18ish mo.) of my center, but I've helped out in the younger infant room. Sometimes a baby has to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-07-2019, 11:42 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,652
Posted By Bluemoon5
To borrow a phrase I heard recently, that mom has...

To borrow a phrase I heard recently, that mom has 'more red flags than a communist gift shop.'
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-31-2019, 03:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 945
Posted By Bluemoon5
At my center, we work 9 hour days with a one hour...

At my center, we work 9 hour days with a one hour unpaid lunch break. We can do whatever we want with that hour. There's no real break room; most people leave. I usually sit in my car. Sometimes if...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-25-2019, 10:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 834
Posted By Bluemoon5
I hear you and I'm right there with you. I'm so...

I hear you and I'm right there with you. I'm so over the "politics" of center life. I love the kids, I can deal with the parents (mostly), but right now I'm DONE with management and coworkers. I'm...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-18-2019, 10:26 AM
Replies: 5,811
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 650,566
Posted By Bluemoon5
Apparently I supposed to be able to control my...

Apparently I supposed to be able to control my coworkers' actions, attitudes, and facial expressions after I've left for the day. My room, my responsibility, even when I'm not there. When I develop...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-21-2018, 10:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,354
Posted By Bluemoon5
So, a swaddled infant on his stomach, on a boppy....

So, a swaddled infant on his stomach, on a boppy. Losing a kid's inhaler and not informing staff of his condition. How have they not killed anyone yet!?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-12-2018, 03:13 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,312
Posted By Bluemoon5
I've done several different things. If I'm...

I've done several different things. If I'm feeling particularly energetic and start early enough I've made hand/foot print calendars. They take a lot of work though. I have 15 kids this year (12-18...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-12-2018, 10:52 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,123
Posted By Bluemoon5
Here I call that a Tuesday.

Here I call that a Tuesday.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-25-2018, 05:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,001
Posted By Bluemoon5
We do morning and afternoon, at least half an...

We do morning and afternoon, at least half an hour each, weather permitting.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-24-2018, 10:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 793
Posted By Bluemoon5
With my ones we usually do "stick the nose on the...

With my ones we usually do "stick the nose on the jack-o'-lantern" I cut out a pumpkin shape, glue on eyes and a mouth, then give the kids yellow triangles to stick on with tape.
We'll also do some...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-03-2018, 01:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,757
Posted By Bluemoon5
At my center, anything that leaves a mark gets a...

At my center, anything that leaves a mark gets a report. Anything above the neck also gets a call home.
For biting, both children get an incident report and a call home.
Other child caused...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-03-2018, 10:37 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,161
Posted By Bluemoon5
Yeah, we're not supposed to have "background"...

Yeah, we're not supposed to have "background" music on either, just during music time. But I have a bit of a hard time following rules that aren't explained/ don't make sense. Officially of course, I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-02-2018, 10:37 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,161
Posted By Bluemoon5
From my understanding it was not so much about...

From my understanding it was not so much about the playground as it was about seeing outside in case of "intruders." Yes, I have nothing better to do during nap time than to peer outside to see if...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-01-2018, 06:16 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,161
Posted By Bluemoon5
I could not find anything in our regs about noise...

I could not find anything in our regs about noise or lighting during nap. It's all about ratios and sleep surfaces and all that. On the state website under the Division of Early Childhood Education...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-01-2018, 04:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,161
Posted By Bluemoon5
I'm in NJ too. I have yet to hear the "no music"...

I'm in NJ too. I have yet to hear the "no music" naptime rule, but if that's going around I'm not looking forward to it. My kids right now wake to the slightest noise, and several wake crying. We...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-17-2018, 01:52 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,777
Posted By Bluemoon5
Spaghetti sensory play. Most of the kids had fun,...

Spaghetti sensory play. Most of the kids had fun, but it was a lot messier than expected. I was anticipating maybe a 3 on the mess scale, which translates to the area gets blocked off so it doesn't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-10-2018, 03:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,341
Posted By Bluemoon5
Last time I looked into NJ reporting laws (I...

Last time I looked into NJ reporting laws (I think OP said that's where she is) everthing was extremely vague. From what I could tell there are no specific "mandated reporters." It just says "all...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-07-2018, 10:49 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,030
Posted By Bluemoon5
I just spit my coffee out. :lol: What's...

I just spit my coffee out. :lol: What's unfortunate is that it's not that much of an exaggeration.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-07-2018, 10:17 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,030
Posted By Bluemoon5
I almost always fix it. But I change 12 diapers...

I almost always fix it. But I change 12 diapers in a row (sometimes more for those days when everyone waits for a clean diaper to poop) so sometimes I just can't, especially if it's the last kid.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-21-2018, 04:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 878
Posted By Bluemoon5
Probably. But I was never indoctrinated into...

Probably. But I was never indoctrinated into state ratios when I started at my center. I was told the centers ratios, which are the same or lower than state ratios. We have to abide by our center...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-19-2018, 03:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,540
Posted By Bluemoon5
I agree they would probably do better with a...

I agree they would probably do better with a nanny. I just wish I could tell her that. I feel like my hands are tied with what I'm allowed to say. I can suggest that she leave quickly, encourage her,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-18-2018, 11:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,540
Posted By Bluemoon5
Extremely Anxious Parent

I work in a center, in the one-year-old room, so I have had my share of nervous, anxious, over-protective parents. Most of it is completely understandable; I'm not a mom so I can't imagine how hard...
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