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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-15-2020, 04:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 367
Posted By Pestle
I'm a knitter/crocheter. You may have gotten the...

I'm a knitter/crocheter. You may have gotten the booties at a discount because you're a family member, or the person who made them may have been undercharging, because there's not a lot of demand for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-13-2020, 06:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,223
Posted By Pestle
Families enter the house through the living room,...

Families enter the house through the living room, which is shallow and wide, with the furniture grouped so that the seating and conversation area is at the far end, away from the cubbies and sign-in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-14-2020, 01:16 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,853
Posted By Pestle
The kind of compass with the stabby point?!

The kind of compass with the stabby point?!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-12-2020, 01:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 953
Posted By Pestle
That's so sad. Our neighbor's 8yo has extreme...

That's so sad. Our neighbor's 8yo has extreme ADHD and wets/soils himself often. He simply won't break from an activity to relieve himself, and even though it distresses and embarrasses him, he can't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-12-2020, 01:50 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,853
Posted By Pestle
Why why why why why would you be in a situation...

Why why why why why would you be in a situation in which throwing the sex toy into the diaper bag seems like a reasonable move
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-11-2020, 10:52 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,853
Posted By Pestle
Homemade muffin with nuts in it. My kid had a nut...

Homemade muffin with nuts in it. My kid had a nut allergy and no outside food was allowed in, but that family kept trying to sneak things in. Right after that, bloody tampon applicator. I had it in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-02-2020, 12:40 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 7,211
Posted By Pestle
The mayor just pulled the trigger--I'm closed as...

The mayor just pulled the trigger--I'm closed as of this Saturday. I've sent out a message to my families that I'll be charging partial tuition. I only have two enrolled families right now so I'm...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-31-2020, 10:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,820
Posted By Pestle
I waited too long to term a child for aggressive...

I waited too long to term a child for aggressive behavior and screaming. Lost my best client when their kid picked up the disruptive kid's behavior.

Don't wait.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-23-2020, 07:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 823
Posted By Pestle
My husband has ADHD and has been working in an...

My husband has ADHD and has been working in an open office for three years. He's finding the living room just the right balance of activity and accountability vs. sitting alone in a silent room. He...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-05-2020, 12:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,054
Posted By Pestle
"Only kids who don't have accidents can wear...

"Only kids who don't have accidents can wear undies here. DCK is going to need to go back into pull-ups until we've been two weeks without an accident."
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-05-2020, 12:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 729
Posted By Pestle
I liked them for my own kid, because it made...

I liked them for my own kid, because it made travel easy, but for my daycare I use only open cups and bottles. No point in training them on one thing after another after another.

I also wouldn't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-25-2020, 01:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,427
Posted By Pestle
Since you don't have much info, I'm not sure how...

Since you don't have much info, I'm not sure how useful reporting it would be, but you do know there was a foreign object forcibly inserted into his rectum and you don't know for a fact that it was...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-25-2020, 01:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 928
Posted By Pestle
Since I'd still be working in the same industry,...

Since I'd still be working in the same industry, I'd see a relationship with her as a threat to my own employability.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2020, 10:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 650
Posted By Pestle
Noses and Lawn: Everything is Soggy

Both my infants have mild colds and are fussy. One of them keeps curling up on the floor and the other won't sleep at all and screams with rage about it. I had one out for three days with this but...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-04-2019, 10:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,164
Posted By Pestle
Swaddling's illegal in daycare here in Tennessee.

Swaddling's illegal in daycare here in Tennessee.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-19-2019, 11:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 788
Posted By Pestle
I'm on tenterhooks. I've never even used the word...

I'm on tenterhooks. I've never even used the word "tenterhooks" before and I'm on them.

Edit: You posted before I did! Wow. She even failed at being terminated. What a disaster.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-18-2019, 06:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,335
Posted By Pestle
This is horrible, and also funny in a "This...

This is horrible, and also funny in a "This sounds like the 2/3 point in a movie, where they finally find the production factory where the villainous communist ninjas are making their weapons, except...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2019, 06:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 599
Posted By Pestle
The Infant with Separation Anxiety Who Shoves Everything and also Hates Me

I've got that kid. 13 mos, only child, parents seem typical of this generation of white-collar American parents--a little too clingy but not over the top.

Infant has been here for two and a half...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-30-2019, 06:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 955
Posted By Pestle
Naptime would be beyond challenging.

Naptime would be beyond challenging.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-19-2019, 06:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 840
Posted By Pestle
Ditto--I have a new 10mo who's been here nearly a...

Ditto--I have a new 10mo who's been here nearly a month and isn't adapting. He doesn't want me to touch him. His parents rock him to sleep. He's fussy and it's driving the other kids up the wall.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-17-2019, 08:23 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,220
Posted By Pestle
Parents' Desperate Phrases Coming out of DCK's Mouths

So what have your daycare parents been saying lately that's coming out of the kids' mouths? Today I'm chuckling at:

"THAT is NOT gonna happen!"

"You just worry about YOUR food and I'LL worry...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-15-2019, 02:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,072
Posted By Pestle
I don't permit carseats. Even if I did, I...

I don't permit carseats.

Even if I did, I certainly wouldn't buckle the kids myself. Too much room for a lawsuit if they were in an accident afterward.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-14-2019, 10:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,506
Posted By Pestle
Yeah, we're not seeing improvement three weeks...

Yeah, we're not seeing improvement three weeks in. 10 mos, doesn't hold own bottle at home, is rocked to sleep, still on hunger strikes most of the day here and fussing continuously if not in the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-10-2019, 12:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 691
Posted By Pestle
I've had two foster kids in my program. The first...

I've had two foster kids in my program. The first was a disaster; the second was great.

The first was with the same parents from birth, but birth mom was on drugs and the child, at 4, had...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-04-2019, 09:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,506
Posted By Pestle
Jesus Take the Wheel: I Have Infants Again

Two of my toddlers aged out and I've got two infants right now so's I can grow some more toddlers. One is 7 mos and transitioned in smoothly. The other is 10 mos, we're at the end of our first...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-04-2019, 03:21 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,839
Posted By Pestle
You need to find out who's responsible for...

You need to find out who's responsible for licensing and oversight in your area. The Department of Human Services might be it--Google your state (if you're in the US) and "daycare licensing".

In...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-23-2019, 04:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 730
Posted By Pestle
Maybe she needs to be isolated to a small gated,...

Maybe she needs to be isolated to a small gated, carpeted area that's very boring every time she does this. "Oh, bummer! This floor is too hard for you. This table is too hard for you. Looks like you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-23-2019, 04:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,435
Posted By Pestle
I simply don't take phone calls during my...

I simply don't take phone calls during my operating hours. Only call during an emergency.

Brightwheel is free for the basic service. They get live updates on meals, naps, and toileting. You can...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-22-2019, 05:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,389
Posted By Pestle
Only tell the kids to do something if you have...

Only tell the kids to do something if you have the ability to immediately back it up. So if you tell the big kids to put their electronics away, don't give them a second warning; confiscate the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-20-2019, 08:27 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,332
Posted By Pestle
I used to feel guilty. Then I started taking more...

I used to feel guilty. Then I started taking more time off so I could be present at my kid's school events, and I actually feel less guilty, because I'm paying attention to how often the school is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-20-2019, 06:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,817
Posted By Pestle
I respond to "I WANT X!" with "I hear you. You...

I respond to "I WANT X!" with "I hear you. You want X. How are you going to get it?"

SCREAMING that you want something gets the something immediately put out of the daycare area. We try again...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-20-2019, 06:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 603
Posted By Pestle
Can you text them this weekend? "I can accept...

Can you text them this weekend? "I can accept Jimmy into care Monday morning if he's got all his supplies and the forms come with him."

The only reason you need to give is "I legally must have the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-20-2019, 06:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,073
Posted By Pestle
DHS is the regulating agency, not the employer....

DHS is the regulating agency, not the employer. Home daycare providers are self-employed.

"License Exempt" means she's not providing care at the level that kicks in the requirement for a license....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-23-2019, 09:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 634
Posted By Pestle
Thoughts, Feelings, and Actions after Terming for Behavior

I have termed a 4yo and have one more week with him. Throughout each day, I'm alternating between "Why did I term? We're going to be fine, and all it took was a can-do attitude from myself," and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-20-2019, 06:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 713
Posted By Pestle
I'm not sure what you are asking. Are you...

I'm not sure what you are asking.

Are you talking about a particular child, or about a behavior that you're seeing in many children?

Are you talking about a child that you don't like, or a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-19-2019, 05:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 845
Posted By Pestle
I was told by the fire inspector I have to keep...

I was told by the fire inspector I have to keep my exterior doors unlocked at all times daycare kids are inside the house, unless I change my doors so they open from the inside while locked.
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-13-2019, 07:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 966
Posted By Pestle
Okay. They just picked it up and haven't...

Okay. They just picked it up and haven't administered it to her at all before, so I'll send it home today.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-12-2019, 05:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 966
Posted By Pestle
Enfamil Iron Supplement Drops

Had a new parent drop off infant (6mo) this AM and tried to drop off iron supplements. I said I needed the medication form filled out, so they took the drops home and brought them back at pick up....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-07-2019, 08:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,535
Posted By Pestle
You definitely don't want to punish a family for...

You definitely don't want to punish a family for giving notice. Negative reinforcement of following policies is a bad idea! But this isn't exactly giving notice; it's vague. I'm in the same boat and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-02-2019, 11:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 580
Posted By Pestle
If you ever retire but want to pick up a few...

If you ever retire but want to pick up a few bucks, you should start a charge-by-the-minute daycare hotline. Like Miss Cleo, but for standard practices and developmental milestones. "I'm getting . ....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-02-2019, 10:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 580
Posted By Pestle
Thank you! likethis This is what I come here for.

Thank you! likethis This is what I come here for.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-02-2019, 10:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 580
Posted By Pestle
Skin color is good, breathing and snotty nose...

Skin color is good, breathing and snotty nose were normal for crying baby before falling asleep. Yes, full-on hysteria for a good 10 minutes before falling asleep. Doesn't want to be held by me when...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-02-2019, 10:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,207
Posted By Pestle
It sounds like you don't feel this is a good fit...

It sounds like you don't feel this is a good fit for you. It sounds like your heart's not in it. It sounds like you don't like the workplace culture.

It sounds like you don't need us to tell you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-02-2019, 10:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 580
Posted By Pestle
Crying/Gasping in Sleep--Periodic Breathing?

Got a brand-new infant, just turning 6mos now, is rolling and getting ready to crawl. It's their second day so they're not pleased. Lots of screaming yesterday, more today. Napped for 20 minutes...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-16-2019, 07:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,089
Posted By Pestle
Only in my husband! He has ADHD. The ODD is...

Only in my husband! He has ADHD. The ODD is undiagnosed but certainly there. It's often comorbid with ADHD.

It's not helpful for friends, family, or care providers to diagnose a child. We are not...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-07-2019, 11:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,056
Posted By Pestle
If he starts it again after he's done teething,...

If he starts it again after he's done teething, it's very common for kids to bit when they're on the cusp of becoming fully verbal. They get aggressive and frustrated when they want to communicate...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-24-2019, 10:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,100
Posted By Pestle
You don't want it to be too stimulating. Can you...

You don't want it to be too stimulating. Can you offer a choice? Maybe some fine motor skills activities (sorting, puzzles, nesting/stacking), with the option of sitting and listening to a story...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-24-2019, 05:09 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,339
Posted By Pestle
Had a dropoff today with "They haven't had an...

Had a dropoff today with "They haven't had an accident in two days, so they're in underpants." The parent was horrified when I said, "Sure, we can try that, but if they have an accident here they'll...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-24-2019, 05:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,190
Posted By Pestle
One of the first laws of daycare is that if the...

One of the first laws of daycare is that if the parent says a given symptom is allergies, they've got a child with a communicable infection. I just went through this last month. And I think it's...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-19-2019, 04:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 713
Posted By Pestle
I washed anything washable on high heat with a...

I washed anything washable on high heat with a little bleach and dried on high heat, and vacuumed/bleached everything else as applicable. I also bought a bunch of metal lice combs, marked them with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-19-2019, 06:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,388
Posted By Pestle
Melissa and Doug is the very lowest-end of all...

Melissa and Doug is the very lowest-end of all wooden toys. They're sort of okay for home use with only one or two kids who are gentle with toys. Crummy with regular use. If you have the money to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-05-2019, 06:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 793
Posted By Pestle
Zoinks! We sure do wear ourselves out fast, don't...

Zoinks! We sure do wear ourselves out fast, don't we? I'm only 35. I was thinking back over what my physical activity was the day before this started. "I didn't fall or feel anything happen to it! I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-04-2019, 09:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 793
Posted By Pestle
Water on the Knee

I imagine this is a common complaint among people who are down on the floor with small children all the time. This knee has given me trouble for a few years, since before I was doing daycare....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-04-2019, 05:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,789
Posted By Pestle
American popular culture is only starting to...

American popular culture is only starting to recognize that spanking is not a disciplinary tool but a spirit-breaking tool. It's legal in the home but illegal in public schools and daycare--go...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-28-2019, 01:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 878
Posted By Pestle
My contract says "$1.00 per minute per child" for...

My contract says "$1.00 per minute per child" for late fees and "$15 per day per child" for late payment fees.

You're still caring for multiple kids when they don't pick up on time. They need to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-28-2019, 01:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,544
Posted By Pestle
WHAT en garde! Seriously. Grits, like...

WHAT

en garde!

Seriously. Grits, like baked potatoes, are a medium for cheese, salt, butter, and bacon. CLEARLY. :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-26-2019, 07:39 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,319
Posted By Pestle
Okay, sure, if we were all rich we might go for...

Okay, sure, if we were all rich we might go for that. Amazingly, we ALL need that much sleep. :rolleyes:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-24-2019, 01:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,375
Posted By Pestle
I try to do at least an hour in the morning and...

I try to do at least an hour in the morning and somewhere between half an hour to an hour in the afternoon. It depends upon the weather. Right now, in late May, it is already hitting the 90s in the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-24-2019, 01:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,013
Posted By Pestle
Anxiety definitely manifests as rigidity and...

Anxiety definitely manifests as rigidity and rage/terror. But what can you do about that? I put up with a child like this for months and it only got worse. I came up with a behavioral plan, read...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-24-2019, 01:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,544
Posted By Pestle
A third of the items on that list are ethnic...

A third of the items on that list are ethnic foods that haven't yet fully made it into the mainstream. But which are very common and useful where they are popular. I wonder if the slowness to approve...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-24-2019, 07:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,361
Posted By Pestle
So, I did this. I sent the parent a link to a...

So, I did this. I sent the parent a link to a page that listed red flags for emotional development, and said this is the time to address issues, before public school begins.

Pediatrician said the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-23-2019, 03:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 851
Posted By Pestle
At 3, it's the "pre-" skills. Pre-writing,...

At 3, it's the "pre-" skills. Pre-writing, pre-math. Pencil grip, drawing straight lines and smooth arches, learning to assign one number per object, etc. Some kids will pick the letters and some...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-21-2019, 10:25 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,319
Posted By Pestle
I gave birth in an excellent hospital in one of...

I gave birth in an excellent hospital in one of the most affluent regions of the United States. I had to sit through a class on sleep safety and feeding, and they checked the car seat.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-21-2019, 04:22 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,319
Posted By Pestle
Well, the child is loosely swaddled, with a hat...

Well, the child is loosely swaddled, with a hat on and another loose object in the crib, lying in a positioning form, surrounded by bumpers, but at least they didn't put the child in face down. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-20-2019, 07:26 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,319
Posted By Pestle
Pinterest finally recognized its role in the...

Pinterest finally recognized its role in the spread of anti-vax misinformation. Wouldn't it be nice if the social media platforms that are the Wests' bread and butter opted out of hosting promotions...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-20-2019, 03:22 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,319
Posted By Pestle
Didn't you know rich babies can't die?

Didn't you know rich babies can't die?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-20-2019, 09:22 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,759
Posted By Pestle
WTH no way! It is not medically appropriate or...

WTH no way! It is not medically appropriate or acceptable to take an eight-month-old off of formula. Tell the parents that they will be providing formula, full stop.

Optionally, if you're ready...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-16-2019, 01:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,361
Posted By Pestle
Thanks for the advice! How would you turn it back...

Thanks for the advice! How would you turn it back to the parent? For instance, I woke the child up after 3 hours, and when they saw that all the navy blue cups were in the sink and they had yellow...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-16-2019, 10:08 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,682
Posted By Pestle
So grateful for my laundry sink, in the room...

So grateful for my laundry sink, in the room adjacent to my playroom. It is directly next to the water heater so the water is instantly warm, and it has a sprayer hose on the faucet. It has seen a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-16-2019, 12:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,361
Posted By Pestle
Aggressive Screaming, Panicked Pestering

Experiences with older preschoolers who use screaming as a weapon? Not frightened or sad screaming. Full-bodied maximum-volume leaning-toward-us ground-shaking roaring.

Experiences with older...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-15-2019, 11:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,397
Posted By Pestle
. . . moving along There is nothing...

. . .

moving along

There is nothing sexual about representing families that have two same-gender parents. If there were, having opposite-gender parents would also be sexual content in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-13-2019, 05:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,356
Posted By Pestle
Offer the bottle and table food at the same time....

Offer the bottle and table food at the same time. Keep parents updated. Let them deal with the bottle at home.

Mix a few ounces of formula and offer it in a shot glass, one ounce at a time. Teach...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-13-2019, 03:49 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,246
Posted By Pestle
Terminated one on the spot for extreme aggression...

Terminated one on the spot for extreme aggression (FAS case and the family lied about being kicked out of the previous daycare for aggression)

Terminated one on the spot for drug paraphernalia out...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-13-2019, 04:36 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 630
Posted By Pestle
Kids this age are at a critical stage for...

Kids this age are at a critical stage for developing fine motor control. It's not appropriate to withhold all small objects from them out of fear they'll choke. You need to have enough control over...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-08-2019, 02:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,274
Posted By Pestle
You can change the environment to discourage...

You can change the environment to discourage horseplay.

You can change your own behavior to encourage their compliance.

You can't make them not have these impulses and behaviors. If you could,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-06-2019, 10:21 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,730
Posted By Pestle
In the garbage? I just bag the underwear up, poop...

In the garbage? I just bag the underwear up, poop and all, tie a knot in the bag, and hand it to the parents at pick up
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-06-2019, 04:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,084
Posted By Pestle
I have one who asks the same question repeatedly....

I have one who asks the same question repeatedly. I have taken to saying "what was my answer the last time you asked me that question?" to which the child responds, "I don't know." Then I say "since...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-25-2019, 03:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 684
Posted By Pestle
Ariana, you can implement a predictable,...

Ariana, you can implement a predictable, consistent consequence and ALSO work to educate yourself and expand your skills. If you're assuming it takes months to research a topic, we aren't approaching...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-25-2019, 02:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 993
Posted By Pestle
I have a camel. She pees maybe twice a day, in...

I have a camel. She pees maybe twice a day, in huge amounts, and also drinks maybe twice a day, in huge amounts. Can't be coaxed to drink at meals or snack but she does drink while we're playing...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-25-2019, 02:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 684
Posted By Pestle
The consequence of being separated from the other...

The consequence of being separated from the other children is extremely upsetting to this child. It is always the consequence that I impose for antisocial behavior. Then, at the next transition, they...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-25-2019, 02:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 684
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Yes, I am doing this. Yes, I am doing...

Yes, I am doing this.


Yes, I am doing this.


If you've found this works, good for you. I'm pretty sold on the notion that appealing to guilt and empathy is spitting into the wind with a 3yo....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-25-2019, 01:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 684
Posted By Pestle
Angry, Anxious, Bullying, Grabbing Nearly - 4yo

I have a nearly-3yo and a barely-3yo in my program, and a nearly-4yo. The younger two are head and shoulders above the nearly-4yo in terms of spacial sense, cause and effect, attentiveness, and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2019, 06:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,032
Posted By Pestle
I'm in approx. 1600 sf and it's fine. (Listing...

I'm in approx. 1600 sf and it's fine. (Listing says 1800 but it's totally not.) We have one child, two bedrooms, a family bathroom, and the kitchen and large living room to ourselves. The dining room...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-23-2019, 12:37 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 8,052
Posted By Pestle
The truly accidental ones are heartbreaking. The...

The truly accidental ones are heartbreaking. The clueless ones are tragic. But the drug-addled ones make me wish they'd just leave the kid in a shopping cart in a Target somewhere instead.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-22-2019, 10:04 AM
Replies: 1,181
Views: 249,677
Posted By Pestle
Well, you do have to get it on the air or you...

Well, you do have to get it on the air or you won't make any money off of it.

DH texted "First time in 3 years I take Good Friday off, and one of my teams gets arrested for cocaine and hookers on...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-22-2019, 10:01 AM
Replies: 5,939
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 680,641
Posted By Pestle
It's a Day of Many Gates. My two boys cannot keep...

It's a Day of Many Gates. My two boys cannot keep their hands to themselves. One is shrieking joyfully at the chaos and misery he can cause, and the other is panicking and howling and yanking on toys...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-18-2019, 10:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 764
Posted By Pestle
Yeah, this needs a behavioral plan. And if the...

Yeah, this needs a behavioral plan. And if the other kids in your program are in physical danger, you can't keep her.

In the moment, I'd phrase it like "Maude is expressing some big feelings today...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-18-2019, 04:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,841
Posted By Pestle
So were they operating illegally? With an...

So were they operating illegally? With an assistant, either they're licensed or illegal, right?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-17-2019, 05:11 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,065
Posted By Pestle
ExACTly. "Oh, bummer! Your shirt is too germy to...

ExACTly. "Oh, bummer! Your shirt is too germy to wear!"
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-14-2019, 05:41 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,691
Posted By Pestle
From what I have read and heard from foster...

From what I have read and heard from foster parents, children who have been through the kind of trauma that leads them into the foster system don't act out for the same reasons that typical children...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-13-2019, 02:07 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,691
Posted By Pestle
Bingo. Old enough to grasp consequences? Don't...

Bingo. Old enough to grasp consequences? Don't let them put the consequences on you. We're doing this with DD more often than we want to, but she can cry in embarrassment and change in the school...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2019, 07:07 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,005
Posted By Pestle
Here's how somebody phrased their question on...

Here's how somebody phrased their question on Quora:
I read that babies should play on the floor in the kitchen instead of in a walker, but is it safe to let her sit on the tile, since she could...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2019, 06:50 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,214
Posted By Pestle
I'm not on the food program yet, but I'm...

I'm not on the food program yet, but I'm providing food like I am so it won't be a challenging transition. Since DD has a nut allergy it's been easy for me to just enforce my food allergy rules and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2019, 05:05 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,005
Posted By Pestle
Hm. I must be thinking I'm in Canada or...

Hm. I must be thinking I'm in Canada or something. :lol: Fortunately, word of mouth must have worked here, because I don't know anybody who used or asked for one. I think they're still popular in the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-12-2019, 04:43 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,370
Posted By Pestle
Ha, after seeing the other thread I wish I hadn't...

Ha, after seeing the other thread I wish I hadn't titled this "Won't let me" but something like "When a Meltdown and a Poop Coincide"

Big sibling had a meltdown yesterday after nap. Parent came...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-11-2019, 11:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,370
Posted By Pestle
No, there was no three-year-old who slapped at...

No, there was no three-year-old who slapped at me. There was the child in my thread. She is 22 months.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-11-2019, 11:15 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,005
Posted By Pestle
You left the flight-of-stairs descension device,...

You left the flight-of-stairs descension device, er, sorry, the baby walker, off the list. :p At least that one's a distant memory in the US.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-11-2019, 04:02 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,370
Posted By Pestle
It was a massive uncontrolled meltdown and all...

It was a massive uncontrolled meltdown and all contact from me made it worse. Yes, of course she got a stern "no" when she slapped at me. She'd already passed the event horizon of freaking out just...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-10-2019, 12:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,370
Posted By Pestle
Eh, she finally screamed herself to exhaustion...

Eh, she finally screamed herself to exhaustion and I was able to change her on the floor like an infant. Let's hope that never ever repeats. Is that your advice/experience? Just let the big kids...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-10-2019, 12:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,370
Posted By Pestle
I let her cool down, then smiled and said, "Let's...

I let her cool down, then smiled and said, "Let's try again!" and she threw herself onto the floor and started gagging herself and biting her hand. Changing on the floor has already proved a no-go...
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