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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-09-2015, 12:41 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,426
Posted By DBug
I think you have some good points, BlackCat, and...

I think you have some good points, BlackCat, and I don't totally disagree with you (btw, I LOVE debating stuff like this too ;) ).

I think my main concern lies in the public perception of the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-05-2015, 12:52 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,426
Posted By DBug
Yeah, this case worries me a great deal for that...

Yeah, this case worries me a great deal for that reason -- mandated reporters are screwed. Whether Tammy Larabie should have claimed her two week's pay (which was in her contract) is beside the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-31-2015, 03:32 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,426
Posted By DBug
Daycare Operator Sued For Reporting Suspected Abuse

What do you ladies (and gents) think of this one?

http://welcometothezoo.ca/when-your-feelings-are-more-valuable-than-a-childs-life/

I'd love to hear your take on it. I've heard a ton of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-01-2014, 12:30 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,137
Posted By DBug
Research for a book - What advice would you give?

Hello all,

I haven't been around in quite some time, as I closed my home daycare almost 2 years ago. However, I write a blog that includes many of my experiences doing daycare, and I've had so...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 01-18-2014, 07:05 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 24,542
Posted By DBug
Yep, it's my original writing :). I finally...

Yep, it's my original writing :). I finally bought my own domain name within the last year or so, so it may also be posted under beautifulchaos.tk or at Wordpress -- I had no idea what I was doing...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 01-17-2014, 09:49 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 24,542
Posted By DBug
That's from my blog :Sunny:. Here's the original...

That's from my blog :Sunny:. Here's the original link: http://welcometothezoo.ca/?p=498

I'm glad to see it's getting exposure!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-20-2012, 11:09 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 17,988
Posted By DBug
:confused: US is listed at 10.2 per 100,000...

:confused: US is listed at 10.2 per 100,000 people whereas Canada is listed at 4.78 per 100,000 people ... unless I'm reading it wrong?

Granted, Canada's info on that chart is from '92.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-19-2012, 11:36 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 17,988
Posted By DBug
This whole debate really boils my blood, so I'll...

This whole debate really boils my blood, so I'll keep my mouth shut :ouch: :lol:

However, I did want to add this link to provide a little bit of international perspective :Sunny: Gun Laws in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-15-2012, 05:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,288
Posted By DBug
This is completely rooted in my faith, but it may...

This is completely rooted in my faith, but it may be helpful for others as well.

One thing I've always tried very hard to teach my kids is that even when Mommy and Daddy aren't there, God is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-13-2012, 04:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,677
Posted By DBug
Yep, I agree with the others -- I have a change...

Yep, I agree with the others -- I have a change pad, spare diapers, wipes and hand sanitizer strategically placed near the daycare entrance. If a child arrives with a messy diaper, I just say `No...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-10-2012, 04:09 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 8,089
Posted By DBug
I have a dcg like this! On Friday, her bangs...

I have a dcg like this! On Friday, her bangs were attached to her nose because it was running so much after playing outside :eek:. Ick!

I'll be getting out the baby elastics today :D
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-30-2012, 09:11 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,665
Posted By DBug
I had t-shirts made up through vistaprint as...

I had t-shirts made up through vistaprint as well, with my daycare name, logo and website. It sure saved my regular clothes from being destroyed! When they wore out, I got the embroidered polos...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-29-2012, 11:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,592
Posted By DBug
I totally agree. Way back when I was young and...

I totally agree. Way back when I was young and VERY inexperienced, I nannied for a summer for a family with a 12 yo girl and a 6 yo boy. The boy had ADHD and was medicated for it. He had lots of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-16-2012, 11:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,919
Posted By DBug
What Not to do When Dropping Your Child Off At Daycare

What Not To Do... (http://beautifulchaosdotcom.wordpress.com/) :lol::lol:

Got any to add, you guys? I'd love to add them to the list (with credit, of course!).
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-16-2012, 05:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,552
Posted By DBug
I'd just occupy the dc kids elsewhere while...

I'd just occupy the dc kids elsewhere while feeding my own. I've always fed my kids supper while dc kids were here (when I was open that late), or given them after-school snacks at a different time...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-16-2012, 05:11 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 965
Posted By DBug
My DS has Transient Tic Disorder, which looks...

My DS has Transient Tic Disorder, which looks like mild Tourette's. As far as I know, developmental delays are not part of the deal with either thing. However, if there is a developmental delay...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-16-2012, 04:43 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,155
Posted By DBug
We have never led our children to believe in...

We have never led our children to believe in myths (Santa, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny ...) simply because we couldn't justify lying to them. That might sound harsh, but I tend to be a very...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-09-2012, 11:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,197
Posted By DBug
I guess maybe I trust the parents a little too...

I guess maybe I trust the parents a little too much, but I hand out the closures at the beginning of the year and then forget about it. It's up to them to remember, not me :p.

If a parent were...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-09-2012, 08:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,242
Posted By DBug
I change them every hour to 2.5 hrs, and I...

I change them every hour to 2.5 hrs, and I haven't had a problem (other than the odd diaper explosion that would have happened with disposables too).

I would say they'd hold a couple of good...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-09-2012, 05:19 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 989
Posted By DBug
Remembrance Day isn't a stat here in Ontario,...

Remembrance Day isn't a stat here in Ontario, except for federal employees. In this military town, that means technically the military have it as a stat, however most of them are working on parade,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-07-2012, 11:52 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,608
Posted By DBug
I've got our local Christian station playing...

I've got our local Christian station playing pretty much non-stop here (Life 100.3 -- you can listen online too ;) ). I just put it down low so that you have to really pay attention to hear it while...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-07-2012, 09:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,634
Posted By DBug
They also have traces of nuts, not just honey ;)....

They also have traces of nuts, not just honey ;).

I'd never give them to anyone under 2 because of the honey, the nuts, and the sugar :Sunny:. Maybe the mom could just give them at home if she's...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-02-2012, 09:15 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,158
Posted By DBug
Soccermom, I notice you're in PEI -- my dad is...

Soccermom, I notice you're in PEI -- my dad is from the Island (my maiden name is Gallant) :D:Sunny::Sunny:.

I'm in Ontario, and I believe the ages are different across Canada. I found this in "A...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-01-2012, 06:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 880
Posted By DBug
Yeah, you've got to hand them out to each child...

Yeah, you've got to hand them out to each child with their treat. You never know, families themselves might not need care, but they all have a circle of friends and acquaintances that they can pass...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-31-2012, 08:42 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 773
Posted By DBug
I'd start (if you aren't already) giving dcm...

I'd start (if you aren't already) giving dcm feedback everyday about EXACTLY how the day went. Sometimes filling in the parent (and seeing their reaction) makes the decision easier to make ;).
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-31-2012, 08:26 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,571
Posted By DBug
In the past I've had the kids who didn't bring...

In the past I've had the kids who didn't bring anything make construction paper cards (super simple cutouts), and help them sign it "Happy Halloween, from ---". They also make one for themselves ;)....
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 10-30-2012, 10:42 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 9,726
Posted By DBug
I totally respect the OP for going with his gut...

I totally respect the OP for going with his gut and pulling his DD from this daycare.

I would definitely have a 3 yo help me clean up after an accident. We teach them to wipe anyway, so how is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-28-2012, 04:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 783
Posted By DBug
:lol::lol::lol: I don't, but only because...

:lol::lol::lol:

I don't, but only because I've never learned about it. I'm always open to teaching the kids about new things though!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-25-2012, 09:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,745
Posted By DBug
This has nothing to do with the OP (although I'm...

This has nothing to do with the OP (although I'm in the same boat she is), but THANK YOU for the reality check :Sunny::Sunny:. You are so right, and I think because we're watching kids for a living,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-24-2012, 10:27 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,969
Posted By DBug
I have 3 SA kids of my own, and random friends...

I have 3 SA kids of my own, and random friends show up every now and then. Some of them I know, some of them I don't. I live in a small neighbourhood, so maybe it's different, but I let my own...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-19-2012, 09:22 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 45,078
Posted By DBug
I agree not to push the issue unless you have...

I agree not to push the issue unless you have undeniable truth.

But if you do .... think about the fact that all of the other children in your care could have been recorded or filmed by a stranger...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-18-2012, 12:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,447
Posted By DBug
Yep, they do. I always hand out the full year's...

Yep, they do. I always hand out the full year's closure dates in January :Sunny:.

I like that idea -- telling them November 23rd. That gives them all of December plus some to find a new place....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-18-2012, 11:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,447
Posted By DBug
Okay, just to confuse matters -- I'm closed for...

Okay, just to confuse matters -- I'm closed for Christmas holidays from the 24th to the 28th. The 31st is a Monday. Obviously, I'm not going to open on the Monday as my final day, so in any other...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-18-2012, 10:27 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,173
Posted By DBug
[QUOTE=DaisyMamma;275314] Does anyone plan on...

[QUOTE=DaisyMamma;275314]
Does anyone plan on doing daycare until they retire?
Not me :Sunny:

Why did you open your daycare?
To help pay for our first house and be available to my own kids...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-18-2012, 05:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,447
Posted By DBug
How Much Notice Would You Give If Closing?

So, IF I do end up closing (we're still figuring out the finances), how much notice should I give?

My contract says 2 weeks notice for either the parents or myself. I've always assumed I'd give...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-16-2012, 06:00 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,896
Posted By DBug
This is kind of what we're planning to do in the...

This is kind of what we're planning to do in the short-term future. There are two small loans I need to pay off within the next few weeks, and then we want to bank the rest of it until I do actually...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-16-2012, 08:06 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,896
Posted By DBug
Lol! :lol::lol: Hang in there! Is there any...

Lol! :lol::lol:

Hang in there! Is there any way you can restructure to reduce the stress/tiredness?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-16-2012, 06:24 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,896
Posted By DBug
It's a business that I ran before daycare, and I...

It's a business that I ran before daycare, and I would have to make sure it'll make as much money as I need it to, of course. I really enjoy it, and I believe there's a market for it in our town.
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-16-2012, 06:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 999
Posted By DBug
"Dear Parents, I will be attending an...

"Dear Parents,

I will be attending an appointment on ---day. My substitute, -----, will be watching the kids from x:00 to x:00. Please call or email me if you have any questions.

Thank you,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-16-2012, 05:22 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,896
Posted By DBug
If anyone else had asked the same question,...

If anyone else had asked the same question, that's what my answer would be too! :Sunny:

This is a great gig, but I'm doing it for the $$, not as a career. If I don't need the $$ anymore, what's...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-16-2012, 04:10 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,896
Posted By DBug
Yeah, that was a thought that occurred to us. ...

Yeah, that was a thought that occurred to us. We've got RRSP's and RESP's going with hubby's paycheck, but obviously we could always be contributing more. My thought was that I could be working...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-16-2012, 03:43 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,896
Posted By DBug
Big Decision

Would you quit home daycare if you didn't technically NEED the money any more?

I'm in a position to do just that. I have a way to work from home with flexible hours to make the amount of money...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-14-2012, 10:50 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,156
Posted By DBug
I'm SO glad to hear that others have the same...

I'm SO glad to hear that others have the same issue -- bringing in a new exciting toy only to find out that the kids don't play with it, or will play with it inappropriately!

I can't have any push...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-12-2012, 05:17 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,650
Posted By DBug
So cute!! But I have to give OP a heads-up -- I...

So cute!! But I have to give OP a heads-up -- I had something similar for two of my squirrelly kids. They can walk around with them strapped to their backsides :eek:. OP, you may want to borrow...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-12-2012, 04:51 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,650
Posted By DBug
This is why my playroom is completely...

This is why my playroom is completely childproofed. There's nothing in there that I wouldn't want the kids to play with. Kleenex is up out of reach, there are no curtains to swing on, blinds are...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 10-12-2012, 04:12 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,922
Posted By DBug
I've had similar situations, and I've always...

I've had similar situations, and I've always charged for the additional day. For example, one little girl used to come everyday buy Thursday, and her parents paid for 4 days/week. When she was sick...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-11-2012, 06:48 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,154
Posted By DBug
That's odd :confused:. I wish stats were common...

That's odd :confused:. I wish stats were common all across Canada!

I'm near Barrie, Ontario, and stores and businesses are closed on Thanksgiving Monday. Restaurants, gas stations, etc. are open...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-11-2012, 04:20 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,088
Posted By DBug
I encourage the kids to walk as much as possible...

I encourage the kids to walk as much as possible (mine are all 13 mos to 3.5yrs), BUT I make sure I have a way to "contain" them all for safety reasons. For example, unless I can really trust a child...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-09-2012, 11:04 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,255
Posted By DBug
ITA with this -- I only ever give out my email...

ITA with this -- I only ever give out my email address. If a person has even just your phone number they can easily find out your address.

My business cards have my daycare name and the website...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-09-2012, 10:56 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,608
Posted By DBug
Obviously this won't help for this situation, but...

Obviously this won't help for this situation, but have you thought of including the cost of a new seat in your registration fees? That way you can purchase one for each new child yourself. You'll...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-09-2012, 09:15 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,986
Posted By DBug
I've been lurking on this thread, and I'm dying...

I've been lurking on this thread, and I'm dying to know what happened too!



I would be LIVID if someone even attempted this!! I would totally press charges if someone tried to place a camera...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-09-2012, 04:12 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,154
Posted By DBug
The Monday has always been the day my side of the...

The Monday has always been the day my side of the family does our big Thanksgiving dinner, so yep, I'm always closed Thanksgiving Monday :Sunny:.

It's a stat, all my parents get paid for it and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-05-2012, 04:50 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,175
Posted By DBug
I put alot of faith in intuition. I'd make sure...

I put alot of faith in intuition. I'd make sure I watch him closely the next time you're out for a walk and you see him. Watch his body language, listen to what he's saying to his dog (if...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 10-05-2012, 04:41 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,824
Posted By DBug
I would call the police, maybe not to press...

I would call the police, maybe not to press charges but to at least file a complaint. Some people are clueless -- she may need a call from the police to fill her in on how unacceptable this is. On...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-04-2012, 04:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,987
Posted By DBug
It doesn't bother me at all. I work with open to...

It doesn't bother me at all. I work with open to close hours, and parents are free to use whatever amount of time they wish. If I get an extra 10 minutes here or there without a given child, that's...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 10-04-2012, 04:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,140
Posted By DBug
I've had several tantrum-ers over the years,...

I've had several tantrum-ers over the years, where the same situation has happened many times -- I've been ignoring the tantrum, but it could very well look like I'm being cold and uncaring.

I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-03-2012, 11:29 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,468
Posted By DBug
LOVE this! I'm going to keep this one in mind in...

LOVE this! I'm going to keep this one in mind in case I ever deal with this! :Sunny:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-03-2012, 10:25 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,419
Posted By DBug
If you provide meals and snacks, you're using...

If you provide meals and snacks, you're using that money to put food into the child's mouth. ;)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-03-2012, 09:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,013
Posted By DBug
I use 6 foot tall, cheap Walmart bookshelves :p. ...

I use 6 foot tall, cheap Walmart bookshelves :p. We only put the top and bottom shelf in. Hubby added 2 hooks, one on the inside of each side panel (so the hooks face each other), and he reinforced...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-03-2012, 03:57 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,321
Posted By DBug
Why do you have to get him ready anyway? I'd say...

Why do you have to get him ready anyway? I'd say "Hi, how are you? Here's dcb!" and turn around and walk back to the group. I'd keep them distracted with a book or something so that they don't act...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-03-2012, 03:52 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 12,102
Posted By DBug
That was my husband lovethis. I let you all know...

That was my husband lovethis. I let you all know if and when he gets it done! :Sunny:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-02-2012, 03:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,711
Posted By DBug
That's a great solution! I do bus runs,...

That's a great solution!

I do bus runs, and personally I would never take a child that I wasn't able to supervise up until they step onto the bus.

I'd be worried about exactly what you were...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-02-2012, 09:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,214
Posted By DBug
Well, call me the Queen of Over-reaction, because...

Well, call me the Queen of Over-reaction, because dcd wasn't lying :o. I talked to dcg's daycare provider this morning at the bus stop. Dcd WAS telling the truth, and I guess he had just gotten...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-02-2012, 04:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,214
Posted By DBug
Okay, so since my "hypothetical" cover is blown,...

Okay, so since my "hypothetical" cover is blown, I'm giving up the ruse. :lol:

I plan on asking the current provider this morning whether she's closing or not. I'm just not sure about telling her...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-01-2012, 05:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,214
Posted By DBug
Provider/Parent Confidentiality vs. Provider/Provider Confidentiality?

Just curious what all of you would do in this "hypothetical" situation?

Dcg leaves care because according to her parents, her "auntie will provide free care". Dcg then appears four weeks later at...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-01-2012, 11:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,439
Posted By DBug
I use carabiners for everything! But something...

I use carabiners for everything! But something to keep in mind is that when they start to wear out and lose their springiness, there's a little metal rectangle that can fall out. I would keep them...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-01-2012, 11:28 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,468
Posted By DBug
I totally hear you on wanting to be Christ-like! ...

I totally hear you on wanting to be Christ-like! The problem is -- Jesus didn't do childcare (that we know of!), so sometimes it's hard to figure out what He would do in a given situation.

I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-01-2012, 11:19 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 12,102
Posted By DBug
My husband wrote a touchscreen program for me...

My husband wrote a touchscreen program for me :Sunny:. The main screen has headshots of each of the kids. The parent taps the pic and the screen goes to that child's pic with two options: "Sign In"...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-28-2012, 05:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,585
Posted By DBug
In the past, I've given an extra 10 minutes at a...

In the past, I've given an extra 10 minutes at a discounted late fee. I usually charge $1/minute, but if I know that they are coming straight from work and that they are doing their best to get here...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-28-2012, 03:47 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,796
Posted By DBug
I'm also one of the few who don't do contracted...

I'm also one of the few who don't do contracted hours. I'm open 7am (no earlier, ever!) and I close at 5pm (strictly enforced by a $1/minute late fee with no grace period and no allowance for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-27-2012, 02:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 995
Posted By DBug
Imo, I don't think I would send the child home or...

Imo, I don't think I would send the child home or term for something like that.

I think if a 4 yo had said that to me, I would have said in a completely bored tone "Cool. Here's a pull-up. Put...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-27-2012, 09:27 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,779
Posted By DBug
likethislikethis I totally agree! I have a...

likethislikethis I totally agree! I have a friend whose DS did this at school. He started off with pencils and erasers and ended up stealing iPods and Nintendo DS's. He will tell you he doesn't...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 09-27-2012, 09:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,392
Posted By DBug
I totally empathize with OP -- this was...

I totally empathize with OP -- this was unthinkable on the part of the new daycare. A bus driver has 48 to 60 kids in his/her care, and they likely don't know the kids by name, especially a child...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-26-2012, 10:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 812
Posted By DBug
My last two are picked up at 5pm, so we stay...

My last two are picked up at 5pm, so we stay outside til 4:30. The playroom stays relatively clean, and then when we do come in, I give the two last dck's tot trays at the table (especially if I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-25-2012, 02:21 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,726
Posted By DBug
Unless you already have a pre-itemized list, I'd...

Unless you already have a pre-itemized list, I'd just tell the parents you'll be charging $xx/week on top of the usual rate for the additional care that the child requires. I think it's totally...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-23-2012, 10:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 839
Posted By DBug
I was thinking "okay, this person is looking for...

I was thinking "okay, this person is looking for a bit of discount ..." but then read the number of kids! :eek:

That's just crazy!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-22-2012, 06:38 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,855
Posted By DBug
I can't imagine going through this situation with...

I can't imagine going through this situation with my husband :(. My heart breaks for you and him, and I just hope that you are able to make some amazing memories in the meantime! Enjoy every...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-22-2012, 06:26 AM
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Views: 1,356
Posted By DBug
Dramatic Play-Doctor/Vet Supplies

Just thought I'd share -- www.allheart.com has real stethoscopes and blood pressure cuffs for pretty good prices. I just bought two stethoscopes for $2.99 each. Of course, I have to factor in extra...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-20-2012, 06:44 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,363
Posted By DBug
I read it and found that she was just pointing...

I read it and found that she was just pointing out the obvious. Of course there will be high turnover, of course there will be caregivers with very little education, of course children will resort...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-19-2012, 10:43 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,904
Posted By DBug
ITA with Willow too! Well put! The reaction...

ITA with Willow too! Well put!

The reaction has been exactly what this mom was going for. But just like the mom awhile back that blogged about leaving her 8-week-old baby, this mom is using her...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-17-2012, 11:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,134
Posted By DBug
"I have enjoyed getting to know Little Johnny...

"I have enjoyed getting to know Little Johnny over the past while, but find that I am no longer able to provide the care that he needs. Little Johnny's last day of care at *** Daycare will be ***x,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-12-2012, 02:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,373
Posted By DBug
Where are the holes for the screws -- on the...

Where are the holes for the screws -- on the surface of the workbench, or do they go in the pegboard? I was actually looking at the pictures for a spot for them to drill screws in and couldn't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-12-2012, 10:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,373
Posted By DBug
Ikea Duktig Workbench and/or Kitchen?

Has anyone got either the workbench (http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/90157299/) or kitchen (http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/S49874533/) from Ikea? I'm slowly getting rid of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-10-2012, 02:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,040
Posted By DBug
SOO true! I'm in the same position as you. ...

SOO true! I'm in the same position as you. Hubby & I started on the adoption process and a few months later, a friend became unexpectedly pregnant. We've been able to track with her as she goes...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-10-2012, 10:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,040
Posted By DBug
I would totally adopt the child. Can you get...

I would totally adopt the child. Can you get your homestudy, etc., updated in time? (I'm from Canada, so there may be different requirements where you are ...)

However, I would seriously...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-07-2012, 10:57 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 813
Posted By DBug
Naptime Laugh: BoredShortsTV

:lol::lol: Has anyone else seen these on YouTube? I'm loving it!!

I'm trying SO hard not to wake up the kiddos with my silent laughter though :lol::lol:

BoredShortsTV: Salesman...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-07-2012, 10:19 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,216
Posted By DBug
I took this from a blog post I did many months...

I took this from a blog post I did many months ago - 12 Things Daycare Providers Wish Parents Knew...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-06-2012, 02:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,097
Posted By DBug
I always pick up the kids and say "Give...

I always pick up the kids and say "Give Mommy/Daddy a hug and kiss!" at drop off. I do it for two reasons: It gives Mom or Dad the closure they need (otherwise all of my dc kids would just run off...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-05-2012, 11:59 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,872
Posted By DBug
I would just add it to the following week's bill,...

I would just add it to the following week's bill, along with any late fees. But I would email dcm as soon as I realized. Something like "DCM, just wanted to let you know that last week's payment...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-05-2012, 10:33 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,998
Posted By DBug
I have spares here. Mostly hand-me-downs from my...

I have spares here. Mostly hand-me-downs from my own kids, but also a few that I've picked up second-hand. I also stock up on dollar store mitts and hats that I also use for my own kids.

I tell...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-31-2012, 10:41 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,248
Posted By DBug
I've tried two Step 2 wagons together. I took...

I've tried two Step 2 wagons together. I took the handle off of the second one and just used rope looped through and wound around (it kind of looked like a noose when I was done :lol:) from the rear...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-28-2012, 10:21 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,531
Posted By DBug
I did my B.Ed and all of the teachers I worked...

I did my B.Ed and all of the teachers I worked with had LOOONG hours. 7 to 5 usually, sometimes 8 to 5. They got one 15 minute break either in the am or pm, and 15 minutes to eat lunch. Other than...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-28-2012, 10:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,300
Posted By DBug
The Ikea high chairs don't fold flat, but they do...

The Ikea high chairs don't fold flat, but they do stack and would probably take up the same amount of storage space as two folded flat. They're cheap ($25-$30 each) and they wipe clean with no pads...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-27-2012, 04:12 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,291
Posted By DBug
My experience is that parents will go to the...

My experience is that parents will go to the internet first.

Google your town and "daycare" and check out the things that come up first. If it's a daycare listing website, list your daycare...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-25-2012, 04:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,145
Posted By DBug
As much as I love my dc families, I have to put...

As much as I love my dc families, I have to put my own family (and therefore my income) first. I would not advertise for or fill a temporary spot in the hopes that a family would come back after...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-24-2012, 01:31 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,832
Posted By DBug
I wonder if this article has increased traffic to...

I wonder if this article has increased traffic to her blog at all? Idk, but it seems to me like she's fishing for a controversy, increased exposure and increased blog traffic. Mission accomplished...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-14-2012, 11:47 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,439
Posted By DBug
I've had several parents ask, and I allow it as...

I've had several parents ask, and I allow it as long as the child is completely registered (which means I have all of the parent's contact info on file, in case something were to happen). I tell...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-13-2012, 05:23 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,098
Posted By DBug
We have an outdoor arena close to us. It's got a...

We have an outdoor arena close to us. It's got a roof, but the walls are open to the fresh air, and in the summer it has a plastic mesh floor. When it's raining, we put on raincoats and head over...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-13-2012, 04:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,623
Posted By DBug
Personally I wouldn't even offer to let him make...

Personally I wouldn't even offer to let him make his own decisions. With the chair example: "Your chair isn't there. No problem. Go get it from the playroom (or whatever)" in a matter-of-fact...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-10-2012, 01:02 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 5,014
Posted By DBug
Not a state, but I'll add it anyway :) ...

Not a state, but I'll add it anyway :)

Ontario - 5 max (not including your own for unlicensed)
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