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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-18-2014, 01:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,517
Posted By littlemissmuffet
likethis Very well put!!

likethis Very well put!!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-28-2014, 01:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,214
Posted By littlemissmuffet
:hug: thank you all! It's good to be back....I...

:hug: thank you all! It's good to be back....I have alot of catching up to do!! :D
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-28-2014, 10:22 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,214
Posted By littlemissmuffet
Hi friends!

Holy smokes! This forum was such a huge part of my life a year ago and now I barely pop in...I miss my people!

After a three month closure due my illness, I started back up the daycare in May and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-12-2014, 01:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,428
Posted By littlemissmuffet
lovethis :hug: Thank you my friend!! :Sunny:

lovethis :hug: Thank you my friend!! :Sunny:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-12-2014, 01:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,428
Posted By littlemissmuffet
Thank you for your concern, CK (and for the email...

Thank you for your concern, CK (and for the email Michael)!

As BC mentioned I fell seriously ill in late winter which required a lengthy hospital stay and some rehab. Which was then followed by...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-01-2014, 09:56 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,722
Posted By littlemissmuffet
Thank you all SO MUCH!! I am infinitely blessed...

Thank you all SO MUCH!! I am infinitely blessed to have you all rooting for me! :hug:

I am looking forward to reopening my childcare in May and spending more time here again!

My family and I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-30-2014, 08:27 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,722
Posted By littlemissmuffet
My Story

Hello ladies!!

You may have noticed I dropped off the face of the planet...
I fell ill the first week in February with what I thought was a regular cold. On February 7th I went to the hospital...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-28-2014, 08:05 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,255
Posted By littlemissmuffet
For those that don't know... Huggies makes...

For those that don't know... Huggies makes Kirkland dipes.... they are the exact same dipe with a different design.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-27-2014, 01:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 874
Posted By littlemissmuffet
If you have to take off tomorrow as well don't...

If you have to take off tomorrow as well don't sweat it. Better to take the time to heal than reinjure and take even more time later.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-27-2014, 11:11 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 874
Posted By littlemissmuffet
Oh no, sorry to hear. Don't feel bad though....

Oh no, sorry to hear. Don't feel bad though. You're only human.
Personally, if I felt ok to work tomorrow but not quite well enough to lift and carry baby then I'd open for the other families but...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-27-2014, 11:06 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,680
Posted By littlemissmuffet
My nieces and nephew talk about all kinds of...

My nieces and nephew talk about all kinds of things that happened last week or yesterday...but really happened a year or more ago. :lol:
If you are concerned he's sick currently just give mom a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-26-2014, 09:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,233
Posted By littlemissmuffet
$5/minute after 5pm; $1/min past contracted...

$5/minute after 5pm; $1/min past contracted pickup time.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-14-2014, 11:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,559
Posted By littlemissmuffet
Also wouldn't do it. F that. Totally, absolutely,...

Also wouldn't do it. F that. Totally, absolutely, unequivocally not your responsibility - and completely outrageous that he even asked.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-08-2014, 04:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,407
Posted By littlemissmuffet
Between 12:30 and 1pm until 3pm. On occasion (bad...

Between 12:30 and 1pm until 3pm. On occasion (bad days, lol) nap starts at noon!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-08-2014, 06:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,664
Posted By littlemissmuffet
I also had it as a teen and missed 2.5 months of...

I also had it as a teen and missed 2.5 months of school - didn't fully recover for about 4 though. Take care of yourself!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-03-2014, 04:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,941
Posted By littlemissmuffet
Oh, and I would be EXTREMELY clear to parents on...

Oh, and I would be EXTREMELY clear to parents on what your definition of "fully potty trained" is in order to qualify for the discount... I can't tell you how many parents claim their kid is fully...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-03-2014, 04:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,941
Posted By littlemissmuffet
I charge the same monthly rate across the board -...

I charge the same monthly rate across the board - I don't want to have to take a pay cut each time a child goes to the next rate category, and I don't want to keep track of different rates for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-03-2014, 04:21 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,272
Posted By littlemissmuffet
-22 to -50 F is our usual winter temps... along...

-22 to -50 F is our usual winter temps... along with the average snowfall of 3-5feet. Snow days are UNHEARD of here - life goes on!

:lol: I always laugh when others complain about their weather....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-03-2014, 09:17 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,832
Posted By littlemissmuffet
I don't allow carseats, strollers, diaper bags or...

I don't allow carseats, strollers, diaper bags or any other equipment to be left here, inside or out. Each child has a cubby for diapers, spare clothing, sunscreen, etc - and that's all I allow.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-02-2014, 10:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,506
Posted By littlemissmuffet
Honestly sounds like they ditched... do you think...

Honestly sounds like they ditched... do you think they ARE coming back?

I would let them know the child can't come back until they are paid in full, and AFTER you get paid for previous services...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-31-2013, 07:08 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,103
Posted By littlemissmuffet
I always take: January 1st (New Years Day) ...

I always take:

January 1st (New Years Day)
February 17th (Family Day)
April 18th (Good Friday)
May 19th (Victoria Day)
July 1st (Canada Day)
August 4th (Provincial Holiday)
September 1st...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-30-2013, 07:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,127
Posted By littlemissmuffet
I don't allow drop offs after 9am unless arranged...

I don't allow drop offs after 9am unless arranged and approved at least 24 hours prior. I was scheduled to have two kids today - usually dropped off by 8am. I promptly locked my door at 9am and went...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-23-2013, 09:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,420
Posted By littlemissmuffet
I close, and I don't EVER feel guilty about it. I...

I close, and I don't EVER feel guilty about it. I have 5 paid sick days per year - and if I have them available, I use them.

Sometimes my hubs will run the daycare for me while I rest, etc.

I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-20-2013, 10:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,470
Posted By littlemissmuffet
Is there a reason your wife would have to step...

Is there a reason your wife would have to step outside to use her e cig? They don't produce smoke which is what would be harmful to others... so why doesn't she just go into a private room or...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-19-2013, 07:40 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,370
Posted By littlemissmuffet
Same here. All pre-paid. I take off all stat...

Same here. All pre-paid.
I take off all stat holidays, 2 weeks holidays, 5 sick/personal days every year - all paid!
Daycare families don't get free or discounted vacation/sick time.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-19-2013, 04:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,352
Posted By littlemissmuffet
I think it's too personal - you don't need to...

I think it's too personal - you don't need to explain family time or that you will be revamping contracts.

Dear parents,

This notice is to remind you that we are closed from December 23rd...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-19-2013, 02:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,898
Posted By littlemissmuffet
I no longer do gifts for the kids because parents...

I no longer do gifts for the kids because parents never appreciate it... and the kids just sort of EXPECT a gift. No more.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-19-2013, 02:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,498
Posted By littlemissmuffet
I never open in front of parents. I generally...

I never open in front of parents. I generally don't get excited about gifts (from anyone) - I actually prefer not getting gifts because we have enough crap in our home, etc - and I'm not good at...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-19-2013, 02:12 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,586
Posted By littlemissmuffet
I did daycare for 10 years before having my own...

I did daycare for 10 years before having my own dd (we also tried for years and it was only when we decided to stop trying that I got pregnant :lol:). In my case, parents LOVED that I didn't have my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-19-2013, 09:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,138
Posted By littlemissmuffet
I always use 2 C flour, 1 C COARSE salt and 1 C...

I always use 2 C flour, 1 C COARSE salt and 1 C water. I find the coarse salt holds up better and makes a stronger dough. Mix thoroughly, let set in fridge for an hour or so before I roll it out and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-18-2013, 09:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,422
Posted By littlemissmuffet
I have never once had a parent ask me if they had...

I have never once had a parent ask me if they had to pay for time not used... and certainly never had a parent try and not pay me for time not used. I only really hear about this issue here on the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-18-2013, 09:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,214
Posted By littlemissmuffet
I actually have in my policies that I will not...

I actually have in my policies that I will not keep DCF carseats on my property. No carseats, no diapers bags! No exceptions!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-18-2013, 09:08 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,006
Posted By littlemissmuffet
There are actually quite a few medical reasons...

There are actually quite a few medical reasons that a young child can acquire UTIs. I started with mine as early as 18 months, had surgery at age 3 and still continue to get at least 5 a year and I'm...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-17-2013, 06:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,607
Posted By littlemissmuffet
I decoupage LOTS. I recommend doing really thin,...

I decoupage LOTS. I recommend doing really thin, careful layers of glue over the photo when building it up so as not to smudge the ink of the photo! Good luck!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-17-2013, 02:01 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,427
Posted By littlemissmuffet
I'm very organized, can multitask easily and I...

I'm very organized, can multitask easily and I manage time, stress and finances quite well... I've known all along I could balance the actual work part of this job (dealing with multiple kids) and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-17-2013, 01:18 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,864
Posted By littlemissmuffet
This is true for some... though, not for...

This is true for some... though, not for providers like me who are legally unlicensed. It's not hard to fake references either, unfortunately. But I do get what you're saying.

I think there can...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-17-2013, 01:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,607
Posted By littlemissmuffet
Personally I'd use decoupage glue - building up...

Personally I'd use decoupage glue - building up thin layers... it will never come off and it will add a nice sheen to the ornament.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-17-2013, 01:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,131
Posted By littlemissmuffet
happyface That's great news... enjoy your extra...

happyface That's great news... enjoy your extra day!!!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-17-2013, 01:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,864
Posted By littlemissmuffet
Have you ever thought about the fact that we are...

Have you ever thought about the fact that we are complete strangers to the daycare parents who trust us with their children? Sure, over time we get to know our DCFs and they get to know us... but...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-16-2013, 04:43 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,915
Posted By littlemissmuffet
I would take the time to sew on Velcro tabs (just...

I would take the time to sew on Velcro tabs (just a few stitches in each corner) to the fabric drawers and then stick the other half of the Velcro to the laminated labels. They will last for many...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-16-2013, 03:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,703
Posted By littlemissmuffet
No breaks, I charge. It's even in my policies. We...

No breaks, I charge. It's even in my policies. We have snow storms frequently, and parents need to plan accordingly. There are always storm warnings hours before the storm actually arrives, so...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-16-2013, 11:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,249
Posted By littlemissmuffet
We put money aside throughout the year if hubs or...

We put money aside throughout the year if hubs or I have to take extra days outside of our vacation or sick time. We don't expect other people to be responsible for us - we are adults.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-12-2013, 09:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,923
Posted By littlemissmuffet
I agree that the child isn't doing art - but it's...

I agree that the child isn't doing art - but it's still a keepsake that parents love. I always do handprint/footprint crafts for babies parents while the older children have arts/crafts time -...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-10-2013, 08:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,727
Posted By littlemissmuffet
Nope, I wouldn't explain. Dad was supposed...

Nope, I wouldn't explain.

Dad was supposed to pick up early, you made plans based on the expectation dcd would pick up when he said he would. He didn't, and you had to carry on with your plans....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-10-2013, 04:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,945
Posted By littlemissmuffet
My only advice is once you're up and running and...

My only advice is once you're up and running and doing this for a considerable amount of time, be prepared to change your policies, rate plan, ideas and overall goals.

I don't run my daycare at...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-10-2013, 10:11 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,470
Posted By littlemissmuffet
Wow, I'd never spend my own money clothing...

Wow, I'd never spend my own money clothing someone else's child. I simply turn the parent and child away at the door (without fee reimbursement) and tell them to come back tomorrow properly dressed...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-09-2013, 10:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 817
Posted By littlemissmuffet
I was scheduled for a c-section, but had our...

I was scheduled for a c-section, but had our daughter naturally over three months early - so my best advice is to plan as well as you can (and keep parents as in the loop as you can), but be prepared...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-06-2013, 05:10 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 13,998
Posted By littlemissmuffet
Open a new Hotmail/Gmail/etc email account with...

Open a new Hotmail/Gmail/etc email account with no identifying information (daycarelady01 or something) and post it in this thread for the OP to see. She can then create an email account to contact...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-06-2013, 09:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,009
Posted By littlemissmuffet
:lol: :lol: :lol: I love you!!

:lol: :lol: :lol: I love you!!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-06-2013, 09:03 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,203
Posted By littlemissmuffet
I am sure the mom wouldn't have had an issue if...

I am sure the mom wouldn't have had an issue if it wasn't a man.

We are proud that my husband is my business partner and part time assistant. He makes a HUGE difference in the lives of some of my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-05-2013, 09:17 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 13,998
Posted By littlemissmuffet
So many people are under the false impression...

So many people are under the false impression that men are not emotionally driven - that all they think about is sex. This just simply isn't true, and this misbelief is creating a society where men...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-05-2013, 07:39 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 13,998
Posted By littlemissmuffet
I understand that is your opinion and you do not...

I understand that is your opinion and you do not agree, but the studies show that indeed most men do cheat for emotional and mental stimulation rather than purely for sexual stimulation.

The men...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-05-2013, 06:57 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,027
Posted By littlemissmuffet
My after work life with hubby is pretty similar...

My after work life with hubby is pretty similar to Blackcat's and daycarediva's - right down to the shared showers/baths. Hubs is my best friend and we do EVERYTHING together. :Sunny:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-05-2013, 03:54 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 13,998
Posted By littlemissmuffet
The more I read, the more I can guarantee this is...

The more I read, the more I can guarantee this is just the tip of the iceberg... cheating is one thing, cheating with a hooker is a whole new ballgame. I'm inclined to think there are some more...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-04-2013, 08:17 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 13,998
Posted By littlemissmuffet
I am sick to my stomach for you... and teary...

I am sick to my stomach for you... and teary eyed. I was reading the initial post to my hubs, and reading through I finally got to your update... I got very upset and emotional while reading it to my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-04-2013, 04:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,891
Posted By littlemissmuffet
Blackcat has an awesome letter to give to...

Blackcat has an awesome letter to give to divorced/separating families. I had to hand it out the other day again actually because once again a dad is trying to involve me in break-up drama.

It's...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-29-2013, 08:18 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 14,078
Posted By littlemissmuffet
In a true emergency I would run to a child wet...

In a true emergency I would run to a child wet and naked - there are towels and robes hanging on our bathroom door but I KNOW I would likely be so panicked that I'd not stop to put one on.
It is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-29-2013, 10:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,584
Posted By littlemissmuffet
REALLY???! Yikes. I hope this gets handled right...

REALLY???! Yikes. I hope this gets handled right away for you.

I stopped accepting any form of payment other than cash a few years ago when I got my first bounced check... it was just way too much...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-29-2013, 10:55 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 14,078
Posted By littlemissmuffet
Yes, see that's why I really like this forum......

Yes, see that's why I really like this forum... we all technically have the same "job" - but we all run our daycares very differently, have different policies, different ideas, different families and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-29-2013, 10:06 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 14,078
Posted By littlemissmuffet
I am glad you chimed in here, Nanny - I know a...

I am glad you chimed in here, Nanny - I know a lot of the providers here look up to you, and then a lot of providers look up to BlackCat... so I think it's interesting that we have two very different...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-29-2013, 09:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,584
Posted By littlemissmuffet
Did she reply back?

Did she reply back?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-28-2013, 07:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,831
Posted By littlemissmuffet
happyface That's great! I only have three...

happyface That's great! I only have three families right now and they are all amazing - I am super thankful too!

I never open on holidays even though my parents sometimes work - so I'm sure your...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-27-2013, 12:29 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 14,078
Posted By littlemissmuffet
I respect both sides of this argument - but I...

I respect both sides of this argument - but I lean more to it being fine. I wouldn't take a bubble bath or anything, but a quick shower with the door open, sure.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-26-2013, 06:45 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,987
Posted By littlemissmuffet
My sister's a mooch too, I can relate. She...

My sister's a mooch too, I can relate.

She never has money for the necessities, but always has money for the frivolous. She's ALWAYS asking someone for a handout... i.e. a couple of months ago my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-25-2013, 06:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,128
Posted By littlemissmuffet
happyface Enjoy your day off! Some extra time...

happyface Enjoy your day off! Some extra time with DD and Santa sounds lovely lovethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-23-2013, 12:32 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,676
Posted By littlemissmuffet
I always take xmas eve, xmas and boxing day...

I always take xmas eve, xmas and boxing day (Canada) and new years day off with pay. I NEVER take the days between off because I have a policy that only WORKING parents (in a two parent home bith...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-23-2013, 12:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,096
Posted By littlemissmuffet
I usually start Christmas or "winter" decorating...

I usually start Christmas or "winter" decorating the day after Halloween :D
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-20-2013, 09:27 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,295
Posted By littlemissmuffet
I HATE Parent's Choice... too small, dry and just...

I HATE Parent's Choice... too small, dry and just don't clean a dirty bum well, IMO.

I also dislike Pampers and Huggies - seem too wet and greasy.

The only wipes (and diapers for that matter)...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-20-2013, 09:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,095
Posted By littlemissmuffet
I'd have also had the child spit the cough drop...

I'd have also had the child spit the cough drop out and then spoke to the parents about it and said they were not allowed in your home for the same reasons you have (choking hazard, no medicine).
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-20-2013, 09:19 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 8,799
Posted By littlemissmuffet
Hubs and I are the same way. We pool all our...

Hubs and I are the same way. We pool all our money together on paydays, put portions aside to pay for what needs to be paid and we split what's left for extra spending cash. We have NEVER had a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-20-2013, 09:20 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,512
Posted By littlemissmuffet
:lol: We USED to have these too... until we...

:lol: We USED to have these too... until we realized ALL the kids could get them out. We switched to the old school basic kind like these: ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-20-2013, 07:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,010
Posted By littlemissmuffet
I hope it is allowed for you. I know how...

I hope it is allowed for you.

I know how awesome these visits are for you because my sister also operates a home daycare down the road from me and we get together with all of our daycare kids...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-19-2013, 07:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,416
Posted By littlemissmuffet
Almost all my kids eat breakfast at home and then...

Almost all my kids eat breakfast at home and then eat a second light breakfast here. Are they eating it if you serve it? If so, carry on - if not, try a morning snack and see if that goes better.
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2013, 03:27 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,123
Posted By littlemissmuffet
Oh yes, I didn't mean offence in any way... just...

Oh yes, I didn't mean offence in any way... just thought some more perspectives would be nice.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2013, 11:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,736
Posted By littlemissmuffet
Is this a recent occurrence? I went my...

Is this a recent occurrence?

I went my entire life without headaches until 2 years ago. They progressively got worse and worse - turns out I have high blood pressure and that was the cause of the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2013, 10:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,515
Posted By littlemissmuffet
likethis Exactly how I handle things here....

likethis

Exactly how I handle things here. My kids know within a few days of starting that they stay in the playroom while I'm prepping meals.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2013, 09:34 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,123
Posted By littlemissmuffet
And here's a link to the other thread I...

And here's a link to the other thread I mentioned... unfortunately, you are certainly not alone!

http://www.daycare.com/forum/showthread.php?t=66540
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2013, 09:31 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,123
Posted By littlemissmuffet
This was discussed the other day actually... ...

This was discussed the other day actually...

I wouldn't and don't tolerate comments like this.

I'd say something "Yeah, the whole $3.00 (or whatever the amount really is) an hour you pay me is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-13-2013, 08:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,842
Posted By littlemissmuffet
Though this is true, the primary reason for the...

Though this is true, the primary reason for the change was to deter the increase of unnecessary elective c-sections that patients are requesting and doctors are approving. I know of many medical...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-13-2013, 11:37 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,547
Posted By littlemissmuffet
Does she talk to you like this at drop off? If so...

Does she talk to you like this at drop off? If so I'd say "You know what, Suzie, you're not allowed to talk to me like that in my house. Your mom is going to take you back outside and when you decide...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-13-2013, 09:46 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,842
Posted By littlemissmuffet
Being born 6 weeks early isn't really considered...

Being born 6 weeks early isn't really considered premature... anything after 37 weeks is pretty much considered full term. The kiddos that would come at 33-37 weeks into the NICU, unless they were...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-13-2013, 07:31 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,547
Posted By littlemissmuffet
:lol: Instead of showering, I'd have spent...

:lol:

Instead of showering, I'd have spent that time printing off and filling out an immediate term form and handed it over when I opened the door. BUHBYE!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-12-2013, 02:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,702
Posted By littlemissmuffet
I was only off for three days after baby was born...

I was only off for three days after baby was born (and only because she was born on Christmas Day), but she was in the NICU for 3 and a half months after being born. I worked as usual and then spent...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-12-2013, 11:03 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 787
Posted By littlemissmuffet
I use coat hooks. Each child has a double hook...

I use coat hooks. Each child has a double hook with their photo above their particular hook. I hang ski pants on the lower hook and their jacket and scarf on the top hook. Their mitts and hats go in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-12-2013, 08:17 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,805
Posted By littlemissmuffet
I have free play pretty much the entire day...

I have free play pretty much the entire day (outside of meal times, nap time, story time, circle time, arts/crafts and outdoor play).

My kids have access to all toys at all times. They need to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-09-2013, 03:28 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,258
Posted By littlemissmuffet
Wow, I'd have NO problem terming a parent on the...

Wow, I'd have NO problem terming a parent on the spot for talking to me the way that some of the parents have talked to you guys.

I don't care if a parent is paying me - I more than EARNED that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-09-2013, 03:02 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,804
Posted By littlemissmuffet
Where I live ALL retails stores are open every...

Where I live ALL retails stores are open every day of the year except Christmas (and some ARE open Christmas). I think it's a little weird that people get upset about it, especially when not everyone...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-08-2013, 12:58 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,955
Posted By littlemissmuffet
I've been giving my preemie home-made solids...

I've been giving my preemie home-made solids since 5 months (and tried new foods every few days)... and since she was born over three months early, she was developmentally only 2 months old. Now, at...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-04-2013, 12:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,578
Posted By littlemissmuffet
So sick of hearing the single mom excuse...

So sick of hearing the single mom excuse constantly. And everywhere. I know SO MANY people who open every conversation up with "I'm a single mom so... such and such." So what? With all the government...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-04-2013, 08:13 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,374
Posted By littlemissmuffet
I completely disagree about little boys with long...

I completely disagree about little boys with long hair being cute... it completely and utterly turns me off. I like it when little boys have shaved heads or very short haircuts.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-04-2013, 08:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,022
Posted By littlemissmuffet
"Joe, please understand there are two reasons...

"Joe, please understand there are two reasons that I do not accommodate alternate nap arrangements. The first reason is this is group care - and a large part of how and why group care works is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-04-2013, 07:17 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 14,864
Posted By littlemissmuffet
I personally would not have any kind of dog while...

I personally would not have any kind of dog while running a daycare. It's too much of a risk FOR ME, but I fully support other childcare providers having dogs while doing childcare.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-04-2013, 07:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 896
Posted By littlemissmuffet
I do not change my routine (especially nap or...

I do not change my routine (especially nap or meal times) for anyone else's special needs. I'm not a nanny, I do group care.

I certainly will not tolerate a parent diagnosing a child and then...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-03-2013, 12:05 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,354
Posted By littlemissmuffet
I don't look after children unless the parents...

I don't look after children unless the parents are at work or in school, so I would have no problem saying "Sue, since you're done work at 4pm on Fridays, I expect you to be here by 4:30 to have the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-30-2013, 07:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,783
Posted By littlemissmuffet
I don't allow siblings to come in. Simple. Tell...

I don't allow siblings to come in. Simple. Tell mom it's causing unnecessary drama and longer pick ups than you like. The sib is obviously more than welcome on Fridays, but Monday-Thursday there's no...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-27-2013, 04:32 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,575
Posted By littlemissmuffet
Oh dear... I am so very sorry for your loss....

Oh dear... I am so very sorry for your loss. lovethis :hug:

I personally would close for the week and let the parents know that they should also be prepared to have back up care for the following...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-25-2013, 05:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,117
Posted By littlemissmuffet
How many kids do you have? I only keep a maximum...

How many kids do you have? I only keep a maximum of six and on many occasions I have had dad comes and wonder which shoes were their child's... not all men pay attention to that kind of thing......
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-25-2013, 11:18 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,555
Posted By littlemissmuffet
My mom pops in randomly all the time. My dcks...

My mom pops in randomly all the time. My dcks call her grandma - the parents all think it's cute.

My sister and her kids come by on occasion.

My best friend and her daughter often stop by.
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-22-2013, 09:23 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,431
Posted By littlemissmuffet
I chose open spaces I do not want to fill. I am...

I chose open spaces I do not want to fill. I am legally allowed 8 but only keep a max of 6 (sometimes I have 7 temporarily if a replacement child starts before the leaving child is finished). I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-20-2013, 08:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,321
Posted By littlemissmuffet
Make princess wands with various craft supplies,...

Make princess wands with various craft supplies, make castles out of blocks, have pink colored food for lunch......
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