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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-21-2018, 04:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 270
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: 458
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: 320
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: 948
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: 339
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: 507
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: 764
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: 619
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: 619
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: 524
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: 231
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: 336
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: 607
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: 536
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: 536
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: 536
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: 576
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: 512
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: 473
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: 598
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: 336
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: 787
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: 472
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: 310
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: 393
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: 393
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: 443
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: 508
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: 460
Posted By e.j.
Same here.

Same here.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-31-2018, 07:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 330
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: 1,879
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: 2,856
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: 2,856
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: 618
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: 349
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: 446
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: 786
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: 372
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: 495
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: 535
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: 524
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: 899
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: 653
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: 573
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: 553
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: 808
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: 522
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: 1,186
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: 2,856
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: 2,856
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: 2,856
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: 623
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: 623
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: 623
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: 395
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: 457
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: 935
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: 772
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...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-28-2017, 09:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 699
Posted By e.j.
Personally, I would wait. You never know what...

Personally, I would wait. You never know what could happen between now and September. You may end up with openings that you aren't anticipating right now. Also, they could be assessing their own...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-26-2017, 11:44 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,591
Posted By e.j.
I think some parents read articles about day care...

I think some parents read articles about day care that encourage negotiation of rates so they feel it's something they should be doing. Unless they continue to push it after being told no, I look it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-23-2017, 02:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 855
Posted By e.j.
I agree with the others. If you want to continue...

I agree with the others. If you want to continue to provide care for this family and be treated with respect, you will need to address the problems. If you find it too difficult to deal with it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-22-2017, 11:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 715
Posted By e.j.
likethis Kids definitely have their own time...

likethis Kids definitely have their own time frame. My ds wet the bed until he was 7 or 8. We were told to wake him up before we went to bed to have him pee and to limit his liquid intake after...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-22-2017, 10:47 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,076
Posted By e.j.
I'll have to try that. I did try using cinnamon...

I'll have to try that. I did try using cinnamon butter on whole grain toast and the kids looked at me like I was trying to feed them poison. I tried telling them it tastes just like cinnamon bread...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-21-2017, 10:56 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,076
Posted By e.j.
We haven't been told any of that yet. My guess...

We haven't been told any of that yet. My guess is, they want the dust to settle on the berry/melon flap first before they hit us with more.

It was also confirmed for me that while we can serve...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-19-2017, 06:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 880
Posted By e.j.
Ugh! As bad as cigarette smoke is, cigar smoke...

Ugh! As bad as cigarette smoke is, cigar smoke is so much worse! I'd have to consider moving if I were in your position. I don't envy you at all.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-19-2017, 05:14 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 974
Posted By e.j.
If you're feeling uncomfortable with the scraggly...

If you're feeling uncomfortable with the scraggly look and it would make you feel better to say something, maybe it's worth a mention just to put your own mind at ease. If it doesn't bother you, I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-18-2017, 07:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 880
Posted By e.j.
We don't have neighbors who live close enough for...

We don't have neighbors who live close enough for us to be impacted by cigarette smoke but my sil has moved several times because she's been bothered by neighbors' smoking. She's living in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-18-2017, 06:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 871
Posted By e.j.
I give a gift to each child and I help the kids...

I give a gift to each child and I help the kids make a memento gift (something that includes a picture or hand, foot or finger prints) for their parents. They may not end up looking like it, but I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-15-2017, 05:55 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,076
Posted By e.j.
likethis Just fyi...It's been clarified...

likethis

Just fyi...It's been clarified for us that by kiwi they mean kiwi berries (which I had never heard of!) and not the kiwi with the fuzzy skin we're used to seeing around here. So you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-14-2017, 02:08 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,076
Posted By e.j.
I'm posting the most recent clarification from my...

I'm posting the most recent clarification from my food program. From what I understand, this is not just a MA regulation. If it doesn't impact you now, it will at some point. I've been told that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-14-2017, 10:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 630
Posted By e.j.
I try to subtly encourage families to keep all of...

I try to subtly encourage families to keep all of their kids home if one is sick (especially if it's something like a stomach bug or other highly contagious illness) but I don't require it.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-09-2017, 03:46 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,371
Posted By e.j.
likethis Yup. It's important to ask. I had a 3...

likethis Yup. It's important to ask. I had a 3 year old who told me to stop hitting his baby sister. I had just finished feeding her and was burping her. Patting her back apparently looked to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-04-2017, 11:54 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,371
Posted By e.j.
From what you've said, your daughter's version of...

From what you've said, your daughter's version of events didn't quite mesh with your own observation. She told you that only the boys got to eat cupcakes yet you say the other girls were eating...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-02-2017, 01:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 905
Posted By e.j.
I tell my kids, "That's potty talk and I only...

I tell my kids, "That's potty talk and I only allow that talk in the bathroom. If you want to potty talk, you can but you need to do it in the bathroom. You can talk in the bathroom all day long if...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-01-2017, 09:09 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,076
Posted By e.j.
Just in case there are providers from MA who are...

Just in case there are providers from MA who are interested....According to the Yours For Children Facebook page, they have been communicating with the MA DESE Office of Food and Nutrition Programs...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-01-2017, 04:44 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,336
Posted By e.j.
I'm probably going to be the odd man out on this...

I'm probably going to be the odd man out on this but if it were my newly 2 year old dcb, I think I'd encourage him to do things for himself but expect to still help him a lot - especially if his...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-01-2017, 12:07 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,952
Posted By e.j.
likethis This regulation has "regulatory...

likethis This regulation has "regulatory overkill" written all over it! Maybe it makes sense in some larger, public buildings with windowless corridors that you can get disoriented in if you're not...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-30-2017, 11:04 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,076
Posted By e.j.
If being licensed exempt were an option in this...

If being licensed exempt were an option in this state, I'd be there with you!

I've been wondering, though...if QRIS becomes mandatory in every state, as some have said will happen eventually,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-30-2017, 10:55 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,076
Posted By e.j.
Thanks for looking further into this. I actually...

Thanks for looking further into this. I actually had found the same information which is why I went back to my fp rep to question her on it. I did get an update this morning from her saying...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-30-2017, 10:33 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,076
Posted By e.j.
To my knowledge, grapes were taken off the menu...

To my knowledge, grapes were taken off the menu years ago. I was told by my food rep at the time to just stop serving them at all since we can't serve them to kids under 4 and most of my kids are 4...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-29-2017, 04:08 PM
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Posted By e.j.
So I did go to the CACFP website to see who I...

So I did go to the CACFP website to see who I could contact. While on the site, I read information that appeared to say providers can still serve these foods; they just can't be served whole.

I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-29-2017, 11:09 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,076
Posted By e.j.
I've always served berries, melons and tomatoes,...

I've always served berries, melons and tomatoes, too, and it's never been an issue until now. Apparently, from what my food program says, they are no longer allowed under the new rules. My food...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-29-2017, 05:34 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,076
Posted By e.j.
I had served those foods during the month of...

I had served those foods during the month of October and last week, received a form letter from my food program saying, "choking foods for children under 4 years should not be served (including...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-28-2017, 08:00 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,076
Posted By e.j.
Hmmm...up until the new rules were put in place,...

Hmmm...up until the new rules were put in place, it hadn't been an issue here. Now i'm told those foods will be disallowed for kids under 4. Apples and pears are ok but not berries and melons -...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-28-2017, 05:25 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,076
Posted By e.j.
New Food Program Rules

For those of you who are members of a food program, are you allowed to serve cut up pieces of melon (cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew), cut up pieces of berries (strawberries, raspberries,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-22-2017, 12:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 959
Posted By e.j.
About a month ago, one of my 4 year olds pooped...

About a month ago, one of my 4 year olds pooped on my toilet for the first time. (She would use it to pee but told me she didn't like to poop on it. :confused: Instead, she would have multiple poop...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-17-2017, 06:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,008
Posted By e.j.
I read Love and Logic quite a few years ago. If...

I read Love and Logic quite a few years ago. If I remember correctly, the premise is if you allow your child to make decisions and experience the natural consequences of those decisions, he/she will...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-01-2017, 06:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,233
Posted By e.j.
Happy belated birthday, Blackcat.

Happy belated birthday, Blackcat.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-01-2017, 06:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,554
Posted By e.j.
I spent Halloween night in the ER with my dd. It...

I spent Halloween night in the ER with my dd. It took them 8 hours to diagnose her with pneumonia. Got to bed at 3:30 this morning and got up at 5:45 to get ready for my first dc kid. I was...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-27-2017, 12:41 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,379
Posted By e.j.
I'm in MA. Anyone 15 years or older who is...

I'm in MA. Anyone 15 years or older who is regularly on the premises has to be fingerprinted. My licensor told me we have to go through the fingerprinting process each time we re-license which is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-25-2017, 03:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,690
Posted By e.j.
I wouldn't say I worry about it but, based on the...

I wouldn't say I worry about it but, based on the stories I hear about things that happen at home, I often wonder what's being said at home about our day care day.:cool:

I did have a parent come...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-23-2017, 04:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,661
Posted By e.j.
If parents need a guaranteed spot, they pay me to...

If parents need a guaranteed spot, they pay me to hold it open for them. For instance, if a parent works Monday thru Thursday one week but then works Tuesday thru Friday the following week...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-21-2017, 04:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,377
Posted By e.j.
likethis There are days when I really miss my van...

likethis There are days when I really miss my van with the built in car seats. Most of the time, though, I'm happy we traded it in for a small car. Fewer field trips and so much less money spent on...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-20-2017, 03:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,377
Posted By e.j.
I'll bet those parents couldn't have arrived soon...

I'll bet those parents couldn't have arrived soon enough for you! ;) I hope the kids calmed down a little and that you ended up having a good time - as well as an early start to your weekend!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-20-2017, 03:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,501
Posted By e.j.
Usually I say something like, "You have until the...

Usually I say something like, "You have until the count of 3 to come over hear so I can speak with you." Then I stare at the kid with what my husband calls my "hairy eyeball". I've never had a kid...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-20-2017, 03:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,641
Posted By e.j.
My dc kids weren't as dramatic as yours but they...

My dc kids weren't as dramatic as yours but they wouldn't touch them either. I tried them myself and thought they weren't bad but they weren't all that good either. I'll stick with regular veggies.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-20-2017, 03:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,486
Posted By e.j.
likethis It clears the air quickly so you don't...

likethis It clears the air quickly so you don't spend time worrying about it and it's kind of funny to see their expression when they realize their kid ratted them out.;)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-20-2017, 03:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,108
Posted By e.j.
Years ago, I was a passenger in a car that was...

Years ago, I was a passenger in a car that was T-boned. I ended up with a bad case of whiplash. Ever since that accident, I've experienced muscle spasms in my neck/shoulder area any time I enroll...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-08-2017, 01:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,370
Posted By e.j.
likethis I agree. This is not your problem to...

likethis I agree. This is not your problem to solve for her. She'll either make 7:00 work or find someone else to watch her son. If you weren't dealing with morning sickness and you wanted to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-08-2017, 12:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,929
Posted By e.j.
This was my first thought or possible hearing...

This was my first thought or possible hearing problem?
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