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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-17-2011, 08:45 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,761
Posted By misspollywog
I can attest that this phenomenon is VERY real!...

I can attest that this phenomenon is VERY real! Too real. So real I look forward to forum-o-pause kwim?

Grrrrrr. :mad: :cool: :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-17-2011, 04:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,661
Posted By misspollywog
Well... I drink LOTS of V8 :lol: But......

Well... I drink LOTS of V8 :lol:

But... after watching the documentary "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" it made me want to juice and I'm not fat, sick nor nearly dead! Great and awesomely inspirational...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-17-2011, 04:37 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,569
Posted By misspollywog
I've read that we rank 52nd (after Puerto Rico...

I've read that we rank 52nd (after Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic) for rules and oversight.

Crazy!

:lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-17-2011, 04:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,569
Posted By misspollywog
Question Curious State Ratios?

What are your state's ratios? I'm in Idaho and to be honest, I find ours a bit... ummmm... well....

They just changed the rules:


Each staff member can have up to 12 points using this system,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-17-2011, 04:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,678
Posted By misspollywog
Well... :o ... I kinda also think it's unfair so...

Well... :o ... I kinda also think it's unfair so no, I don't charge for holidays or days the children aren't in my care. I know many here do, but I just personally feel awkward asking to be paid for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-17-2011, 03:34 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,329
Posted By misspollywog
:lol: At least yours open with HELLO! The...

:lol:

At least yours open with HELLO! The last one I took just opened with "how much do you charge?". In a really obnoxious voice, too!

I should've said "well, baby, it depends on which CL ad...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-17-2011, 01:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,686
Posted By misspollywog
With Yellowstone as our backyard, I would LOVE to...

With Yellowstone as our backyard, I would LOVE to get only teacher's and student's kids so I could have summers off. I am working on ways to target these dcf's specifically.

Any tips would be...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-17-2011, 12:29 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,329
Posted By misspollywog
Being picky has hurt me more than the recession!...

Being picky has hurt me more than the recession! :lol:

I've been open just over one month and already mutually termed one VERY part timer whose mom wanted her to have more dc buddies (yet knew I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2011, 03:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,373
Posted By misspollywog
I will PM you. :)

I will PM you. :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2011, 03:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,130
Posted By misspollywog
I was just thinking about that as an option! What...

I was just thinking about that as an option! What a great idea. It is now officially on my to-do list once we do the garage conversion. :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2011, 03:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,373
Posted By misspollywog
Yay! I will PM everyone this evening or tomorrow...

Yay! I will PM everyone this evening or tomorrow morning and we'll go from there.

Honestly, a good web presence is becoming essential so I'd be thrilled to help anyone who wants a great site for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2011, 12:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,373
Posted By misspollywog
Want A Really Great FREE Website??

Since my slots aren't filled yet and I'm pretty darn good at building websites I thought I would offer my services here for free to the first three takers if anyone is interested. :)

If you don't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2011, 07:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,534
Posted By misspollywog
DITTO! Their stuff would live through a nuclear...

DITTO! Their stuff would live through a nuclear holocaust, I swear!!

Also, I won't be buying these wall play thingies again anytime soon:...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2011, 06:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,534
Posted By misspollywog
:lol: BUT I NEEDED TO KNOW AND NOW I DOOO! :lol: ...

:lol: BUT I NEEDED TO KNOW AND NOW I DOOO! :lol:

To get your mind off of it, look who's at the watering hole!

http://www.pumpkinpatchacres.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/africam.jpg

Do they...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2011, 05:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,534
Posted By misspollywog
Oooh! I bet if I asked the hubs he'd make me one,...

Oooh! I bet if I asked the hubs he'd make me one, too! Men are so handy, I swear. :lol:

I agree on the dollhouse thing. We have a wooden one now and it is awesomely durable compared to the plastic...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2011, 05:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,708
Posted By misspollywog
OK, that is just MEAN!! I wouldn't do that. We...

OK, that is just MEAN!! I wouldn't do that. We actually might go pick out a young turkey for the petting zoo, not for dinner.

Cuz I am nice like that and don't want to traumatize the dck's. :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2011, 05:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,534
Posted By misspollywog
Angry Can We Talk About Things NOT To Buy??

I don't know about you all, but I usually am very good about researching things online before I buy them. However, I was in Toys R Us the other day and found a lego table I thought would be perfect...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2011, 05:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,273
Posted By misspollywog
I have a huge bay window and found these really...

I have a huge bay window and found these really nice pull-down shades at JCPenney a couple years ago. They were on sale (half off - woot!) so I got them for every room in the house.

They are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2011, 04:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,708
Posted By misspollywog
What a great idea! Love this. Would it be...

What a great idea! Love this.

Would it be inappropriate to take the dck's to the local organic turkey farm and let them help me pick out a "friend" for Thanksgiving dinner? :lol:

Kidding of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2011, 04:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,794
Posted By misspollywog
:lol: Cheeky boy!!

:lol:

Cheeky boy!!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2011, 04:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,794
Posted By misspollywog
Ha! We must have taken the same parenting class. ...

Ha! We must have taken the same parenting class.

That door would be out in the barn with a warning that he would soon follow if he chose to act like that lol. :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2011, 04:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,971
Posted By misspollywog
We collected leaves, twigs and berries outside...

We collected leaves, twigs and berries outside and then I printed out a large tree template that had no leaves (here:...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2011, 04:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,794
Posted By misspollywog
Ugh, poor you!! Thankfully mine are all young...

Ugh, poor you!! Thankfully mine are all young adults now and we're past that sort of stuff.

Tell him that he embarrassed himself, and you, in front of clients and he owes you and them an apology....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2011, 02:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,621
Posted By misspollywog
Who is Grant and why is he giving you free...

Who is Grant and why is he giving you free money?? :p

You bought smart and I'm sure the kiddos will love it! Did you get one of those kidney-shaped preschool tables? I really want one. Don't know...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2011, 02:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,755
Posted By misspollywog
Love this! Very professional. I do the prepay...

Love this! Very professional. I do the prepay thing so haven't had to deal with late payments (whew). No pay, no play! :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2011, 02:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,867
Posted By misspollywog
Anything ponies! Girls always seem to love...

Anything ponies! Girls always seem to love horses, don't know why but I'm guilty of it too (which is why I collect real live ones now haha). :)

Also, dress up stuff. Lots of hats and shoes seem to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-14-2011, 02:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,559
Posted By misspollywog
wallies.com has really cute stuff for those of us...

wallies.com has really cute stuff for those of us who aren't creative! :lol:

BTW, I am soo jealous. I want to convert my oversized 2 car garage, too! It's connected to the bottom half of our split...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-13-2011, 10:02 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 8,539
Posted By misspollywog
:lol: You already got really great advice so...

:lol:

You already got really great advice so I just wanted to say I love the tags for this post!

:lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-13-2011, 08:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,329
Posted By misspollywog
Oooh, I want one of those! I think that's a...

Oooh, I want one of those!

I think that's a great option for babies who want to be in the middle of things but need to be contained (for their safety as well as to keep the older kids from...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-13-2011, 06:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,408
Posted By misspollywog
SCORE!! Woot! :D Gotta love CL. :cool:

SCORE!! Woot! :D

Gotta love CL. :cool:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-12-2011, 10:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,139
Posted By misspollywog
Yep! I've gotten a ton of great stuff donated by...

Yep! I've gotten a ton of great stuff donated by a fabulous dcm. In exchange I give her extra hours of care. It is a win-win! :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-12-2011, 07:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,398
Posted By misspollywog
Yep, you did the right thing. Have you thought of...

Yep, you did the right thing. Have you thought of doing the prepay only thing? That's what I'm doing and so far so good.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-11-2011, 06:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,508
Posted By misspollywog
It certainly is here in Idaho. :) edited to...

It certainly is here in Idaho. :)

edited to add: under the law, the parent has to "direct" the hs'ing but can bring in private tutors. There are also hs'ing groups that have parents co-teach...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-11-2011, 06:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,317
Posted By misspollywog
:lol::lol::lol::ouch:

:lol::lol::lol::ouch:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-11-2011, 04:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,317
Posted By misspollywog
There was a big bull elephant a little bit ago,...

There was a big bull elephant a little bit ago, he seems to hang out alone after dark. It's addictive! :D
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-11-2011, 04:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,634
Posted By misspollywog
DONE! :D This was a long week, glad it is...

DONE! :D

This was a long week, glad it is over. Hoping the weekend feels as long as this week has! :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-11-2011, 04:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,317
Posted By misspollywog
Cool Anyone Africam?

We LOVE it and check in several times a day: http://www.africam.com/wildlife/index.php

The dck's get so excited when something pops up. So far, we've seen elephants, water buffalo, gazelles,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-11-2011, 04:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,878
Posted By misspollywog
Yep, I teared up too. That was awesome, thanks...

Yep, I teared up too. That was awesome, thanks for sharing. :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-11-2011, 09:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,408
Posted By misspollywog
I love your spaces! I wish I knew someone who...

I love your spaces! I wish I knew someone who could paint murals on my toddler room and play room walls. Instead, I'm looking at wallies.com for sales on their big murals. :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-11-2011, 09:10 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,408
Posted By misspollywog
I just acquired the castle slide, LOVE IT! It is...

I just acquired the castle slide, LOVE IT! It is small and gets tons of use.

I also have the Step 2 sandbox with the picnic bench attached and I filled the pit with balls instead (pic attached...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-10-2011, 08:48 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,841
Posted By misspollywog
People who allow their children to scream as if...

People who allow their children to scream as if they are in distress just for fun of it. I NEVER allowed my kids to scream like these kids in my 'hood do and I certainly don't allow the dc kids to do...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-10-2011, 03:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,068
Posted By misspollywog
:mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad: Just to spite...

:mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:

Just to spite her, I would add "National Day Care Providers Day" to your holiday list. When she says she hasn't heard of it, tell her we here instituted it in your...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-08-2011, 10:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,051
Posted By misspollywog
I guess I wouldn't have minded so much if she'd...

I guess I wouldn't have minded so much if she'd have at least said "hello" after I did. The conversation literally went:

Me: Hello?
Her: How much do you charge?

That's what annoyed me. At...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-08-2011, 09:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,700
Posted By misspollywog
Ugh. I know what sort of position you are in and...

Ugh. I know what sort of position you are in and this isn't easy at all.

I've had to make calls like this THREE TIMES in my life and believe me, those were the hardest calls I've ever made. The...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-08-2011, 06:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,939
Posted By misspollywog
Agreed. My hubs doesn't think there should be...

Agreed. My hubs doesn't think there should be criminal charges in these circumstances. I guess I'm feeling mean today, I'd want to throw the book at her!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-08-2011, 06:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,588
Posted By misspollywog
I was wondering the same thing! I have plenty of...

I was wondering the same thing! I have plenty of supplies for the kiddos so not sure what I'd spend it on. It would basically be just "free money" I guess?

Looking forward to the answers. :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-08-2011, 05:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,939
Posted By misspollywog
Child Abandoned At Daycare :(

Just saw this in the news:

WEATHERFORD, Texas - A 1-year-old girl is now in foster care after her grandmother allegedly abandoned her at her day care. Officials are concerned because of the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-08-2011, 05:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,051
Posted By misspollywog
:lol: Sorry, but I just imagined them...

:lol:

Sorry, but I just imagined them calling a wrong # and hearing that as an answer.

I like your list, I'm keeping it handy because I get tongue tied when they don't even bother to open with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-08-2011, 05:20 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,373
Posted By misspollywog
I spend way too much but I blame Craigslist!! I...

I spend way too much but I blame Craigslist!! I get tons of stuff from there for cheap. We pretty much set up and stocked our dc for less than $300 by buying quality used stuff.

Of course, I still...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-08-2011, 04:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,051
Posted By misspollywog
When "How Much Do You Charge?" Is The First Question

Just got a call from someone looking for dc for a 1 and 2.5 year old and the first thing I hear after saying hello is "how much do you charge?". No "hello, my name is ____ and I saw your ad and I'm...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-05-2011, 04:57 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,390
Posted By misspollywog
Thanks for the input everyone. I can totally see...

Thanks for the input everyone. I can totally see both sides and I'm still so torn on this! :(

I think I'll peruse some of the local dc websites and see what they do. A lot of them put their parent...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-04-2011, 11:29 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,390
Posted By misspollywog
I Feel Awkward Taking Paid Holidays!

Is it the norm to charge for holidays and vacation days? If so, why do I feel so awkward doing so??? :o

Just not feeling right about it. I don't have an official contract or policies yet, those...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-04-2011, 07:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,103
Posted By misspollywog
Those fires... ugh. The forest is regrowing...

Those fires... ugh. The forest is regrowing nicely though and it's good for the natural cycle but still, right afterwards it was so depressing to drive through it! :(

Everyone should see...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-04-2011, 07:21 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,649
Posted By misspollywog
I think it would've taken ME five minutes to...

I think it would've taken ME five minutes to figure out that she actually thought I was providing her formula for at home! :eek:

My gosh some people are dumber than a bag of hammers.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-04-2011, 07:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,103
Posted By misspollywog
Yellowstone is our "backyard" so yeah, it's...

Yellowstone is our "backyard" so yeah, it's pretty awesome. :)

(Er, ask me in January when it is 10 below and I'll have a whooole other view on living here hehe.)

This spring I want to go on a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-04-2011, 06:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,103
Posted By misspollywog
She is completely out of line and I'd have shown...

She is completely out of line and I'd have shown her the door right then. How rude of her!! :mad:

My kiddos would LOVE to go on hikes, but we're relegated to staying in our large, fenced play...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-04-2011, 05:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,026
Posted By misspollywog
Do it!!!!!! You won't regret it and neither will...

Do it!!!!!! You won't regret it and neither will your child. My dc ad now specifically targets hs'ers because I love it that much. :)

We hs'd our three as well as a neighbor's son who was being...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-03-2011, 09:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,905
Posted By misspollywog
I have had several people tape small flyers to...

I have had several people tape small flyers to the mailbox and I always look at them. If you have a printer you could make two or three on a sheet for relatively cheap and then target specific...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-03-2011, 01:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,293
Posted By misspollywog
Creepy Bikini Man Breaks Into Daycare

I just found this on the news: Bikini man pleads not guilty in daycare break-in case
...
Forum: Parents and Guardians Forum 11-02-2011, 04:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,481
Posted By misspollywog
If you signed a contract and they require a 2...

If you signed a contract and they require a 2 week paid notice, then you have to pay it or risk being taken to small claims court. Daycare is a business and when you sign your name on a contract, you...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 11-02-2011, 04:10 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,144
Posted By misspollywog
Non Profit Daycare Question

I posted this in the main forum and then realized this is probably a better place to ask. :)

My dh and I are starting up a non-profit to host summer camps for disadvantaged youths up here at...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-02-2011, 03:49 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 935
Posted By misspollywog
Question How Do I Do A Non-Profit Daycare?

I'm wanting to use a portion, maybe half or more, of the proceeds from my hdc to fund a non-profit organization my dh and I are starting up. We will be hosting week-long camps up here in Yellowstone...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-02-2011, 01:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,232
Posted By misspollywog
Maybe you should hook her up with the serial...

Maybe you should hook her up with the serial hugger from this thread today:

http://daycare.com/forum/showthread.php?t=36554

:lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-31-2011, 04:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,656
Posted By misspollywog
Sigh. This is partly why I have the security cams...

Sigh. This is partly why I have the security cams running at all times. I want to be able to protect myself against false accusations even if they come from a 3 year old. :(
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-31-2011, 04:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,387
Posted By misspollywog
This is what I was going to suggest. It is heavy...

This is what I was going to suggest. It is heavy duty and easy to clean up.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-31-2011, 04:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,176
Posted By misspollywog
I brought this on myself, really, for not reading...

I brought this on myself, really, for not reading all the awesome advice here BEFORE I started signing up customers. Luckily I know better now. :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-31-2011, 04:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,769
Posted By misspollywog
I've only been open for 2 weeks and the calls are...

I've only been open for 2 weeks and the calls are quite sporadic. I started advertising 2 weeks before I opened and really have only used CL up until this weekend when I put flyers and road signs...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-31-2011, 03:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,176
Posted By misspollywog
This Is A Daycare, Not Your Personal Playgroup! Ugh!

Well, today I learned my lesson about offering hourly rates with no minimum hours! This morning I termed a 21mo dcg whose mom only wanted her her for "preschool and socializing" a couple hours a day,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-31-2011, 02:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,201
Posted By misspollywog
Glad you clarified, I was fixating on what the...

Glad you clarified, I was fixating on what the bad word could possibly be! Too funny. :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-30-2011, 11:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,807
Posted By misspollywog
I think it's great if that works for you. :) ...

I think it's great if that works for you. :)

I want a time clock for the wall so they can clock their kids in and out. I saw one at a thrift store yesterday for $150.00 :eek::mad:

I think I'll...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-29-2011, 10:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,624
Posted By misspollywog
I am making t-shirts with our logo on them for...

I am making t-shirts with our logo on them for myself and staff to wear as a uniform. What I really want eventually is to have the logo embroidered on the front of jeans over-alls, with white...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-29-2011, 10:15 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 18,553
Posted By misspollywog
This whole thing makes me sick to my stomach. :(

This whole thing makes me sick to my stomach. :(
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2011, 07:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,881
Posted By misspollywog
Question Marketing Idea For Those With Websites??

Here, locally, we have quite a few shops and businesses that could be a potential client goldmine. I am thinking of speaking with the owners of a few places (recycled baby clothes, fun zone, gym,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2011, 06:48 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,587
Posted By misspollywog
Awww! :( Nothing cool ever washes up on the...

Awww! :(

Nothing cool ever washes up on the beaches here in Idaho!! Lucky!! :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2011, 06:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,140
Posted By misspollywog
Idaho ranks 50th in the nation for dc laws so if...

Idaho ranks 50th in the nation for dc laws so if you have a pulse you are pretty much legal. :rolleyes:

I just threw up a couple of pics on my website (which I bet SHE doesn't even have a website...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2011, 06:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,702
Posted By misspollywog
Smile Wow!!!!! You guys all have AMAZING spaces! I...

Wow!!!!! You guys all have AMAZING spaces! I snapped a few pics of my place with the cell phone (hubby has the good cam, ugh!) and added them here:

http://www.pumpkinpatchacres.com/album/

Of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2011, 03:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,505
Posted By misspollywog
Another great idea! We live in camper's heaven...

Another great idea! We live in camper's heaven (Yellowstone is our backyard!) so an organized trip up to the park would be awesome. Everyone here has a camper or can borrow one. Heck, our own 5th...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2011, 03:44 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,886
Posted By misspollywog
We opted for the no audio because of...

We opted for the no audio because of eavesdropping laws (not even sure they apply in Idaho but still lol). It records directly to a DVR that came with the system but also can be hooked to a computer,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2011, 03:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,140
Posted By misspollywog
Funny, I just found out a lady behind me is doing...

Funny, I just found out a lady behind me is doing dc! She just moved in a few weeks ago and apparently the house is a rental (grrr property values grumble grumble).

Right now I can see her from my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2011, 03:26 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 16,152
Posted By misspollywog
((((((((HUGS)))))))) This is why I dislike...

((((((((HUGS))))))))

This is why I dislike the texting option. It complicates things.

I just switched over from an hourly rate to a weekly, and added some rather strict policies that I plan to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2011, 03:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,505
Posted By misspollywog
Ooooh, sneaky!! :lol: (writing this trick...

Ooooh, sneaky!! :lol:

(writing this trick down so I don't forget lol)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2011, 02:47 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,886
Posted By misspollywog
This is exactly why I use cameras. :)

This is exactly why I use cameras. :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2011, 12:37 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,587
Posted By misspollywog
Oh, no you don't!! I want him to come live with...

Oh, no you don't!! I want him to come live with ME!!!! He'd SURELY love these long, wintry winters up here at Yellowstone!!!!! :lol:

Sign my petition and I'll sign yours! :p
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2011, 10:08 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,505
Posted By misspollywog
That is a really neat idea! I'm adding it to my...

That is a really neat idea! I'm adding it to my list of a-million-and-one great ideas I've gotten here. :Sunny:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2011, 09:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,410
Posted By misspollywog
My kids are teens and we love the PA movies but...

My kids are teens and we love the PA movies but to us they aren't scary at all. If anything, they are comedic!

We lol'd through them, especially part 2: Why does the "pool roomba" get so much...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2011, 09:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,157
Posted By misspollywog
Funny Story

A few years ago a friend of mine who has a licensed DC was freaked out because they had just installed a pellet stove and hadn't put up a regulation protective screen around it. They had the screen...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-26-2011, 09:22 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,505
Posted By misspollywog
Interactions Between Your DC Parents?

How much interaction goes on between your DC parents when they are coming and going? Do you discourage it or try to intervene if two moms (or dads) start yaking at the door? I do, mostly because I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-25-2011, 10:30 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 67,369
Posted By misspollywog
I am still working on my own website:...

I am still working on my own website: http://pumpkinpatchacres.com and I agree, if you can, BUY YOUR DOMAIN NAME!!! Hosting is dirt cheap and so is domain name registration.

I've got quite a bit...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-25-2011, 10:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,140
Posted By misspollywog
I think it's important because even though we are...

I think it's important because even though we are competitive, it is nice to know that if I need to refer someone to another dc, I am not just stabbing blindly in the dark but have an actual idea of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-25-2011, 10:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,702
Posted By misspollywog
Nice!!!!! Your green playroom looks a lot...

Nice!!!!!

Your green playroom looks a lot like my blue toddler room. :D

I am adding pics to my new website tomorrow but first I have to get the goat and chickens to smile for the camera. :lol:...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-25-2011, 08:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,712
Posted By misspollywog
You should be compensated and I would approach...

You should be compensated and I would approach NOW rather than later. Explain to her that the cost of feeding him dinner and your time is worth X amount of money and if you break the rules for her,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-25-2011, 05:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,105
Posted By misspollywog
They can be spendy but there are some units for...

They can be spendy but there are some units for less than $1,000 at Radio Shack and Home Depot etc. that have a dvr and a few cams, then you can add more cams to it as needed (if you get one with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-25-2011, 05:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,537
Posted By misspollywog
If it makes you feel better, I have a MIL from...

If it makes you feel better, I have a MIL from hell so yes, I can totally relate. I have learned to just blow her "concerns" off.

There is a book, Toxic People (or something similarly titled,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-25-2011, 04:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,983
Posted By misspollywog
I personally would NOT pay for care if she cut...

I personally would NOT pay for care if she cut the hours. Now if it were the other way around, well... :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-25-2011, 12:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,254
Posted By misspollywog
You summed it up pretty nicely with: I...

You summed it up pretty nicely with:



I would start with that and end with "perhaps he isn't a good fit for my program". :)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-25-2011, 12:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,105
Posted By misspollywog
I was reading on another site where a DCP said...

I was reading on another site where a DCP said something to the effect of "if you have these cams it signals to the parents that you must have something to hide!" LOL WUT? :lol:

I find myself...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-25-2011, 11:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,105
Posted By misspollywog
I realize this, nothing is fool proof. But, it...

I realize this, nothing is fool proof. But, it does deter people from making false accusations and this is actually part of our overall home surveillance system that covers the entire property 24/7....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-25-2011, 11:48 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 6,615
Posted By misspollywog
With the $$ from the video game sale! :lol:

With the $$ from the video game sale! :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-25-2011, 11:45 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 6,615
Posted By misspollywog
Wow. You should write it all down in a heartfelt...

Wow. You should write it all down in a heartfelt letter to your dh (so he can read it when he is alone, and re-read it again!) and include everything you've told us and more, in a loving but sincere...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-25-2011, 11:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,254
Posted By misspollywog
^^ Same here. I require that they bring all of...

^^ Same here. I require that they bring all of the children to the interviews now (I learned the hard way) and I know pretty much within 10 minutes if the parent/child(ren) are a fit.

I'm very...
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