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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-24-2012, 06:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,987
Posted By ritah
I get what some of you are saying about living in...

I get what some of you are saying about living in fear, I really do. In many ways, I wish I could be that brave.

However, to me, the Jessica Ridgeway story is just one recent example of why DD...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-24-2012, 04:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,987
Posted By ritah
Hello, OP here... May I first say that you...

Hello, OP here...

May I first say that you folks ROCK! Thanks for all the very thoughtful and helpful replies. You gave me lots of food for thought.

Since my original post, I've read the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-22-2012, 05:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,987
Posted By ritah
DD's Classmate Comes To Our Door Constantly - WWYD?

I have a situation that is bothering me and I'm not sure what to do. It's kind of daycare related, but not completely. I'm hoping some of you won't mind giving me your input as a parent and a DCP. ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-19-2012, 12:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,885
Posted By ritah
likethislikethis

likethislikethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-18-2012, 07:40 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,350
Posted By ritah
:lol::lol::lol: I wish!

:lol::lol::lol: I wish!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-18-2012, 07:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 8,648
Posted By ritah
:lol::lol::lol: It is so funny to see this...

:lol::lol::lol:

It is so funny to see this post right now! My hubby and I were just talking about this at dinner tonight...

My 9-year-old daughter has a friend that occasionally comes to our...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-18-2012, 06:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,786
Posted By ritah
Just a thought...maybe it's because your daughter...

Just a thought...maybe it's because your daughter is 3 and doesn't have to nap, yet he is 4 and has to. This is not a judgment (I NEED nap time too! :)), but I could see a 4-year-old having this...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-11-2012, 06:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,315
Posted By ritah
:lol::lol: I'm the same way!

:lol::lol: I'm the same way!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-11-2012, 01:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,026
Posted By ritah
I just read through some of the older threads and...

I just read through some of the older threads and came across an idea I like...offer to swap criminal background checks with the potential DCF...

http://daycare.com/forum/showthread.php?t=31463
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-09-2012, 04:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,693
Posted By ritah
My experience has been that two days a week is...

My experience has been that two days a week is not enough for a little one to adjust to your routine, especially if they have a different routine at home.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-20-2012, 08:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,477
Posted By ritah
My 8yo daughter mostly bathes/showers every other...

My 8yo daughter mostly bathes/showers every other night. On the nights that she doesn't, she takes a "wipe bath" with baby wipes and changes her undies. She has long, very thick hair and it gets very...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-18-2012, 07:10 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,196
Posted By ritah
I would come right out and ask her why she is...

I would come right out and ask her why she is dropping dcb off early. Have a conversation about how to resolve the issue. I find it's best to always be open and honest about concerns and issues.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-30-2012, 06:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,892
Posted By ritah
:lol::lol::lol:

:lol::lol::lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-23-2012, 06:40 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,656
Posted By ritah
Love this idea! Thanks renodeb!

Love this idea! Thanks renodeb!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-23-2012, 04:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,997
Posted By ritah
If I really liked the family and wanted to show...

If I really liked the family and wanted to show compassion, I would make an exception...and be very clear that it is an exception because I value them as clients.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-23-2012, 04:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,893
Posted By ritah
:lol::lol: My now 9 year old, who loved Dora was...

:lol::lol: My now 9 year old, who loved Dora was she was little, watched this me and was cracking up!
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 08-23-2012, 03:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,921
Posted By ritah
likethis Agree. And for a specific amount of time...

likethis Agree. And for a specific amount of time before he has to come home to check in with you.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-23-2012, 12:37 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,921
Posted By ritah
likethislikethislikethislikethislikethis

likethislikethislikethislikethislikethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-22-2012, 07:24 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 12,163
Posted By ritah
My 2 cents... My primary concern would be...

My 2 cents...

My primary concern would be for the other children in my care. If this was the only child I took care of, I would be fine with calling them whatever the parents decided was...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-16-2012, 06:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,143
Posted By ritah
It certainly does - thank you!!

It certainly does - thank you!!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-16-2012, 11:56 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,143
Posted By ritah
Blackcat, Can you help me understand why you...

Blackcat, Can you help me understand why you don't think this is a good idea? I've done it before and am now wondering if I shouldn't in the future. Thanks!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-15-2012, 03:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,677
Posted By ritah
Four weeks does seem like a really long notice...

Four weeks does seem like a really long notice period.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-15-2012, 03:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,941
Posted By ritah
I wouldn't just term...I would sit down and talk...

I wouldn't just term...I would sit down and talk with her.

Tell her that, even though you agreed to the arrangement at the beginning, it is not working out. Professionally explain the challenges...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-14-2012, 03:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,433
Posted By ritah
I agree with Blackcat on this.

I agree with Blackcat on this.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-06-2012, 04:46 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,003
Posted By ritah
I don't charge a deposit. It's not the norm in my...

I don't charge a deposit. It's not the norm in my area. My families pay me on Monday for that week and I make it clear in interviews that if payment is not received by Tuesday at the latest, they...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-18-2012, 08:15 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,466
Posted By ritah
Ditto for me! Very well said.

Ditto for me! Very well said.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-26-2012, 08:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,725
Posted By ritah
Would LOVE some rain and cool weather in CO! We...

Would LOVE some rain and cool weather in CO! We have wildfires burning homes less than 15 miles from us. And new fires starting every day due to severe dryness and record-breaking heat. Ugh!! :mad:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-31-2012, 08:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,372
Posted By ritah
I agree with this.

I agree with this.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-24-2012, 03:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,440
Posted By ritah
So glad it worked out - congrats! Just out of...

So glad it worked out - congrats! Just out of curiosity, what did she say about why she needed care so quickly?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-09-2011, 04:56 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,788
Posted By ritah
What a tough position to be in, daycare. My heart...

What a tough position to be in, daycare. My heart goes out to you.

I'm not sure what advice to give you other than to work your butt off to get a new client and terminate this family as soon as...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-05-2011, 04:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,208
Posted By ritah
Google "sound spa". They usually come with...

Google "sound spa". They usually come with different sounds like rain, ocean, rainforest, etc. and are awesome for white noise.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-30-2011, 02:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,774
Posted By ritah
This. Maybe do an activity where all your DCKs...

This. Maybe do an activity where all your DCKs make cards for each of their parents. No reason...'just cuz'. Would make the kiddos and the parents feel good. And you! :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-21-2011, 02:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,249
Posted By ritah
I would be very concerned about her choking on...

I would be very concerned about her choking on the little bits of pacifier that she chews off.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-21-2011, 12:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,425
Posted By ritah
I'm so glad to read this today! I have a 2yo DCG...

I'm so glad to read this today! I have a 2yo DCG that has suddenly decided she won't eat lunch or snacks here. She does get catered to at home, but I have refused to do that. I was starting to worry...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-16-2011, 01:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,037
Posted By ritah
Wow...I don't usually jump in on these...but I...

Wow...I don't usually jump in on these...but I can't resist this one and just have to say this...the OP didn't ask for opinions about or whether or not to use a bottle holder. She simply asked if...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-15-2011, 09:41 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 13,336
Posted By ritah
I can't not even begin to imagine what this must...

I can't not even begin to imagine what this must be like. So sorry for all involved. {{{{virtual hugs}}}}
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-15-2011, 08:59 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,026
Posted By ritah
Love it!! lol

Love it!! lol
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-15-2011, 08:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,004
Posted By ritah
I saw them advertised on TV and wondered...if you...

I saw them advertised on TV and wondered...if you use them because baby is too wiggly to stay still while you put on a regular diaper...and you pull this one on instead, how do you wipe them?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-13-2011, 05:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,733
Posted By ritah
Question Do You Use Current DCPs As References?

I have an interview with a potential DCF tomorrow. The baby is now 6 weeks old and would be 12 weeks when care starts. I'm spending some time preparing for the interview and have read some very...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-09-2011, 01:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,472
Posted By ritah
I agree wholeheartedly!

I agree wholeheartedly!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-08-2011, 08:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,633
Posted By ritah
I like that - EASY...easy to remember too! ...

I like that - EASY...easy to remember too!

It seems like you've talked with the mother about what she does and doesn't do at home, so the line of communication is already open. :) I would approach...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-08-2011, 08:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,273
Posted By ritah
I'm finding this to be the case also. I've gotten...

I'm finding this to be the case also. I've gotten many more inquiries about part-time care than full-time and have had people comment to me how hard it is to find care on a part-time basis.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-08-2011, 06:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,633
Posted By ritah
Just posted this on another thread, but thought...

Just posted this on another thread, but thought it MAY be helpful here as well...

My daughter and all the babies I've taken care of over the years have an eat, play, sleep cycle - meaning they eat...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-08-2011, 05:48 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,698
Posted By ritah
Lori Berkner songs are fun and the kiddos really...

Lori Berkner songs are fun and the kiddos really like them.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-08-2011, 05:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,657
Posted By ritah
Thumbs up I completely agree with this! My daughter and all...

I completely agree with this! My daughter and all the babies I've taken care of over the years have an eat, play, sleep cycle - meaning they eat right after they get up, then play and then go down...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-31-2011, 04:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,284
Posted By ritah
Yes, yes and no!

Yes, yes and no!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-31-2011, 09:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,391
Posted By ritah
I don't think you can make him nap if he won't go...

I don't think you can make him nap if he won't go to sleep, I would have him do a quiet time for a couple of hours - put him in a quiet place and have him rest, no playing during this time. If...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-31-2011, 08:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,487
Posted By ritah
I know exactly what you mean! The other day, I...

I know exactly what you mean! The other day, I put my plate of lunch on the table next to a four-year-old and sat down to eat. Before I could even take a bite, he sneezed and I got "sprayed" up and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-30-2011, 11:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,300
Posted By ritah
Thanks to everyone who has replied! These stories...

Thanks to everyone who has replied! These stories make me want to cry!

If this potential family wants to go any further in this process, I am definitely going to ask to see and make a copy of the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-30-2011, 11:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,300
Posted By ritah
That is SO sad!! :(

That is SO sad!! :(
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-29-2011, 01:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,300
Posted By ritah
Potential DCB Was "Removed from Abusive Home"

Hi all, I am new here and to providing child care. It looks like this is a great place where everyone is very helpful and willing to share information! I received a call from a potential new daycare...
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