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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-22-2019, 02:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 181
Posted By Pestle
DH and I have figured out a how-was-your-day...

DH and I have figured out a how-was-your-day metric in which quantity of bleach used is the X axis and decibel level is the Y axis. He works with longhaul truckers, so the metric applies to him, too....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-22-2019, 01:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 431
Posted By Pestle
I avoid plastics and other pollutants when...

I avoid plastics and other pollutants when possible. Trash trickles down to the poor and to the natural world. My consumption and disposal of materials DOES affect other communities far away from me,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-22-2019, 11:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 181
Posted By Pestle
Who Needs Moral Support?

Usually these threads go in off-topic but this feels pretty general to me. Post your well-wishes and pep talks here.

It's Friday happyface but there are still a bunch of hours for most of us :(...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-16-2019, 11:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 429
Posted By Pestle
Licensing doesn't allow my cats around the...

Licensing doesn't allow my cats around the children. One of my cats is disabled and can't get over the gates; another loves adults but has zero interest in children so he doesn't come in; the third...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-15-2019, 09:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 241
Posted By Pestle
That is a very helpful suggestion! I'm going to...

That is a very helpful suggestion! I'm going to order a flag. I think I'm also going to order one of those cords that the kids hold onto, because they are too big to hang onto the stroller for the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-15-2019, 08:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 241
Posted By Pestle
Honestly, unless you live at the bottom of a...

Honestly, unless you live at the bottom of a hill, who has their foot on the accelerator while backing out of their driveway?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-15-2019, 07:52 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 290
Posted By Pestle
"Nurture Shock" cites a study showing that kids...

"Nurture Shock" cites a study showing that kids who watch "children's programming" end up with more antisocial behaviors than kids who watch general programming. Think about the values that Star Wars...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-15-2019, 07:45 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 59
Posted By Pestle
Yeah, it's down.

Yeah, it's down.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-15-2019, 07:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 241
Posted By Pestle
Neighbor Almost Ran Us Down on Our Walk

We walk around a loop of two streets that has sidewalks--it's the only one in the neighborhood that does. We stop at each intersection and look left, right, left, then cross with joined hands while...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-15-2019, 05:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 290
Posted By Pestle
I have two kids who don't do a lot of screen...

I have two kids who don't do a lot of screen time. They engage in spontaneous narrative play. I have two kids who do a lot of screen time. They engage in narrative play, but it's only ever the same...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-14-2019, 09:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 323
Posted By Pestle
If he's only been in care for one week, he's...

If he's only been in care for one week, he's still under the impression that hysterics will bring his parents back into the room. Only time will fix this, and some kids never adjust until they've...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-14-2019, 08:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 283
Posted By Pestle
You are operating a drop-in daycare right now,...

You are operating a drop-in daycare right now, even if you don't intend to. You will attract disorganized, impulsive, financially unstable families as long as you do this. Are those the people you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-13-2019, 10:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 323
Posted By Pestle
How many days total has he been with you?

How many days total has he been with you?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-13-2019, 10:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 274
Posted By Pestle
bingo.

bingo.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-07-2019, 07:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 313
Posted By Pestle
:eek: Welcome to the 2010s. Everything is...

:eek:

Welcome to the 2010s. Everything is awful here.

Serial rapists asiiiiiiide, yeah, I have got a sibling pair and the older one is always telling me things like "mommy got me medicine this...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-07-2019, 07:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 460
Posted By Pestle
It's up to you to decide what to do, but what to...

It's up to you to decide what to do, but what to say if you choose not to take the new baby is pretty straightforward. You're no longer accepting infants into your program. That might change in the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-07-2019, 04:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 313
Posted By Pestle
Parent with Mono

I have a parent who just tested positive for mononucleosis and the doctor said the kids weren't showing symptoms so didn't see a reason to test the kids. Should I tell her the kids need to be tested...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-06-2019, 09:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 196
Posted By Pestle
I use a short bookcase attached to the wall for...

I use a short bookcase attached to the wall for the board books, and a few big books in a cheap book display with fabric pockets. Paper books are on a built-in shelf in the dining room, which we use...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-06-2019, 08:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 275
Posted By Pestle
I think Mom is still giving her a bottle with...

I think Mom is still giving her a bottle with cow's milk in the morning. Mom says she doesn't have anything like this at home.

She'll be 2 in June. She's talking and following simple instructions....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-05-2019, 11:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 366
Posted By Pestle
If you are not in the room with the child and the...

If you are not in the room with the child and the child is not on their mat/in the crib, I don't consider that safe. But whether you are concerned about safety or about keeping your stuff from...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-05-2019, 11:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 275
Posted By Pestle
20 mo screams for Half an Hour + As Nap Ends

This kid has always screamed bloody murder when waking up, but she's coming up on age 2 now and becoming bigger, louder, and faster on the trigger. Lately it's ear-splitting, which is too bad because...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-05-2019, 11:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 366
Posted By Pestle
If you can't nap this kid in a childproofed area,...

If you can't nap this kid in a childproofed area, I don't think you can reasonably provide safe care.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 03-05-2019, 10:19 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 848
Posted By Pestle
T. Yes, you want that toy. It looks like fun. We...

T. Yes, you want that toy. It looks like fun. We do not take toys that other kids are playing with. Please find a toy that nobody else is already using.
U. Yes, you are sad because you are on this...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-27-2019, 08:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 433
Posted By Pestle
Turkey bacon on the panini grill. (Love my panini...

Turkey bacon on the panini grill. (Love my panini grill for grilled cheese sandwiches and turkey melts.)
Whole wheat bagels with cream cheese.
Cottage cheese and beets. (So easy! See if your...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-27-2019, 08:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 786
Posted By Pestle
No freaking way. Today I locked the door,...

No freaking way.

Today I locked the door, went out to the car, and sat in it while I waited for a grandparent to get out my driveway. I can't wait for mom to get back to town so I'm not blocked...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-20-2019, 11:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 398
Posted By Pestle
A new fantastic point of view? No one shouting...

A new fantastic point of view?
No one shouting "NO"?
Or coming to blows?
Or continuously screaming?

Unbelievable calm
Indescribable quiet
Babe, I won't miss your riot
In my once-more...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-18-2019, 02:21 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 570
Posted By Pestle
Yeah, but half the threads in this forum are "I...

Yeah, but half the threads in this forum are "I can't stand it when parents have their kids in my program on days the parents aren't working" and the other half of the threads in this forum are "This...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-18-2019, 01:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 232
Posted By Pestle
Evacuation for me just needs to be a reasonable...

Evacuation for me just needs to be a reasonable distance from the house. Are you required to transport the kids in case of a mandatory evacuation? I can't see that being reasonable. If there were a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-18-2019, 01:09 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 570
Posted By Pestle
I opened with the assumption that most of the...

I opened with the assumption that most of the families looking for daycare had "typical" jobs like my previous jobs were: M-F 8-5 with a few major holidays off.

Nope. I have a bunch of people who...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-18-2019, 10:46 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 592
Posted By Pestle
I went to urgent care, they took a swab, the...

I went to urgent care, they took a swab, the nurse practitioner came in and said I tested negative for strep, took one look at my throat and said,

"That's strep. They just missed picking it up on...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-17-2019, 09:51 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 797
Posted By Pestle
I don't mess with counting diapers. I raised my...

I don't mess with counting diapers. I raised my rates by $3 a day for every kid in every family, no negotiation.

If they need diapers just to get home, say "I buy X brand. You can get it at the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-15-2019, 04:37 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 592
Posted By Pestle
I had strep a couple of weeks ago. Now I think I...

I had strep a couple of weeks ago. Now I think I have a sinus infection, but I have a terrible cough and now DD has a cough and is losing her voice (she had strep also) and all three daycare kids...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-14-2019, 11:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 797
Posted By Pestle
That all sounds very annoying and it sounds like...

That all sounds very annoying and it sounds like you've been pulled too far into their lives. What can you do to separate?

Just starting to brainstorm:

Implement a new policy that you will...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-14-2019, 09:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 296
Posted By Pestle
I stayed open when DD had strep because I could...

I stayed open when DD had strep because I could keep her in her room and it was already going around among the daycare families. Then I closed when I had strep until I'd been on antibiotics for 24...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2019, 12:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 529
Posted By Pestle
There are some things I do similar to time out,...

There are some things I do similar to time out, but not as a punishment.

When a kid loudly announces that "I NOT CLEAN" they have to wait with no activities while everybody else works together to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2019, 12:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 327
Posted By Pestle
I have a 3.5yo with an immature male parent who's...

I have a 3.5yo with an immature male parent who's a gamer. DCB turns every toy into a gun. I say, "Oh, bummer. There are no guns allowed in Miss Pestle's house. Since this is a gun, it goes away...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-13-2019, 12:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 420
Posted By Pestle
I'm sorry for what you're going through with her,...

I'm sorry for what you're going through with her, but I'm also HIGHLY amused. :p
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2019, 06:13 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 489
Posted By Pestle
TN has one adult to four infants PLUS three kids...

TN has one adult to four infants PLUS three kids over 24 months in licensed family daycare. In centers, it's 1:4 for infants; 12 mos. to 30 mos. is 1:6.

I agree that you'll spend most of your...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-12-2019, 03:19 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 769
Posted By Pestle
I think there is some misapprehension by some...

I think there is some misapprehension by some people that "baby food" is a magical category of food that is somehow substantially different from everything else. It's not. It's just regular food...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-08-2019, 09:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 435
Posted By Pestle
A dollar a minute PER CHILD, they must pay...

A dollar a minute PER CHILD, they must pay immediately or they start accruing late fees of $15/day, and they can't drop off again until it's paid. Frequent or egregious lateness results in immediate...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-06-2019, 12:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 479
Posted By Pestle
I'm using grocery delivery and paying someone to...

I'm using grocery delivery and paying someone to clean and I still can't keep up. Some of us are just really really bad at keeping it together ;) and, if this mom is working evenings and weekends, I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-06-2019, 12:38 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 864
Posted By Pestle
I don't know about pedophiles, but my licensing...

I don't know about pedophiles, but my licensing evaluator walked into the house today while I was in the bathroom dealing with a bodily function. :ouch: Whaddaya gonna do? :lol: She was going to stop...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-05-2019, 08:52 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 864
Posted By Pestle
Am I the only one required to keep the doors...

Am I the only one required to keep the doors unlocked due to fire safety? Both the licensing evaluator and the fire chief said the front and back door have to be unlocked while kids are present.
...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-05-2019, 11:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 321
Posted By Pestle
The pediatrician said it was probably just...

The pediatrician said it was probably just allergies but that it didn't seem to be bothering her so they weren't going to test for it. :confused: I am liking this pediatrician less and less. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-04-2019, 07:39 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 321
Posted By Pestle
Blocked tear ducts seems to fit this perfectly --...

Blocked tear ducts seems to fit this perfectly -- globs of pale mucus, watery eyes, puffiness that comes and goes. Apparently a small percentage of kids are born with it and don't outgrow it.

I'm...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-04-2019, 05:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 321
Posted By Pestle
Also, she frequently has red puffiness or a...

Also, she frequently has red puffiness or a purple ring under one eye or the other, but often not the same eye that happens to be weeping/producing discharge.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-04-2019, 05:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 622
Posted By Pestle
Either the "designer" is an algorithm in a...

Either the "designer" is an algorithm in a basement computer somewhere, or they need psychiatric help.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-04-2019, 05:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 321
Posted By Pestle
Child with Frequent Eye Discharge

I have a little one (21 months) who I swear has thick, chunky matter coming from one or the other of her eyes every other week. I do exclude for eye discharge but I hate how often I'm sending her...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-25-2019, 12:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,695
Posted By Pestle
Half-decade-old BUMP. Hey. Guess what?...

Half-decade-old BUMP.

Hey. Guess what? :ouch:
I have a three-year-old who is only here once a week. Half the time he is too excited to nap and cannot stand having other people nap while he is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-25-2019, 06:14 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 819
Posted By Pestle
I prefer to do pickup outside, but we've been hit...

I prefer to do pickup outside, but we've been hit with freezing weather and heavy rainstorms for MONTHS now and we have as many days inside as days with outdoor play. The Tennessee Valley had the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-23-2019, 08:45 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 299
Posted By Pestle
Unfortunately, all three of them started using...

Unfortunately, all three of them started using the tables as battering rams yesterday and it has escalated today. I just brought them all to the tables to eat, and the little one immediately grabbed...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-23-2019, 08:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 299
Posted By Pestle
Shoving, or: I Don't Own Enough Gates for This

Over the last week, my infant who is becoming a toddler has started casually shoving. Not unexpected behavior. However, my toddler who is becoming a preschooler, who was outgrowing that behavior, has...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-23-2019, 04:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 345
Posted By Pestle
It is what it is. Caring for babies is gross. If...

It is what it is. Caring for babies is gross. If it's clear I don't exclude them. Teaching them how to recognize when they need to blow their noses, how to do it, and what to do with the tissue...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-18-2019, 11:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 525
Posted By Pestle
I spoon feed only until the child is capable of...

I spoon feed only until the child is capable of holding a spoon. Thin foods like soups and applesauce and yogurt need a spoon, so I put one spoon into the infant's right hand (so they get used to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-14-2019, 11:07 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 825
Posted By Pestle
We work on pre-writing skills: pencil grip,...

We work on pre-writing skills: pencil grip, tracing curved and straight lines, tracing sandpaper letters with their fingers, reciting the alphabet and beginning to associate letters with sounds. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-13-2019, 12:32 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 757
Posted By Pestle
My kid has food allergies, so nobody but me...

My kid has food allergies, so nobody but me brings food in here.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-09-2019, 05:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 951
Posted By Pestle
Same as above. The food comes out. If you choose...

Same as above. The food comes out. If you choose to eat only one of the items on the plate, you don't get seconds of that item! If you want something that is not on the plate, you don't get what you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-09-2019, 05:12 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 411
Posted By Pestle
I get a lot of use out of mine. I actually only...

I get a lot of use out of mine. I actually only two of them now.

If your older kids are climbing gates, you have a problem that can't be solved with a particular gate. I would love to hear some...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-08-2019, 11:52 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,415
Posted By Pestle
I can see 24 oz over just half the day being...

I can see 24 oz over just half the day being excessive, unless the child isn't eating at home, but if 10 oz won't take the child through the day, 10 oz is too little. The link you provided says that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-08-2019, 11:38 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,415
Posted By Pestle
I wouldn't write a book because there's no point....

I wouldn't write a book because there's no point. She wrote a book for you. Did it educate you? Improve your relationship with her? No. She's got blinders on and she'd rather tank her daycare than...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-07-2019, 05:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 587
Posted By Pestle
I have a 2yo who has to be gated onto his napping...

I have a 2yo who has to be gated onto his napping mat so he doesn't rush around the room, and when the mat is folded up and put away the kids all beg me to leave the tiny gated area up so that two of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-07-2019, 10:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 587
Posted By Pestle
Screams forever, or screams until she starts...

Screams forever, or screams until she starts actually crying, then settles down and starts playing? I have a 1yo like that, too. Can't abide a gate between herself and the other kids, but she's not...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-07-2019, 06:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 460
Posted By Pestle
Cat Herder has great advice for getting yourself...

Cat Herder has great advice for getting yourself started on the right foot, but also:

A shocking number of people are flakes. Until you have a word-of-mouth network, expect a flake-to-normal ratio...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-07-2019, 06:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 510
Posted By Pestle
She is harassing you and if you didn't need to...

She is harassing you and if you didn't need to have the ability to contact her in an emergency I'd say block her.

This could turn into something nasty, too. How do you feel about giving her an...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-02-2019, 05:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 488
Posted By Pestle
WHOA! I find it hard to believe there's no...

WHOA!

I find it hard to believe there's no code requirement for an adjacent washroom with sink. This is asking for an outbreak.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-02-2019, 05:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 584
Posted By Pestle
How obnoxious! I must have more...

How obnoxious! I must have more sensible/sensitive friends. Maybe it's because they're parenting young kids right now and know how expensive care is and how critical steady work is. They almost all...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-02-2019, 05:37 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 446
Posted By Pestle
Toddlers on mats in the playroom, infants in Pack...

Toddlers on mats in the playroom, infants in Pack 'n' Plays in the living room. I haven't done nap time in my room since I last had a child who was impossible to get to sleep without an elaborate...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-29-2018, 07:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 483
Posted By Pestle
Carrying Defensive Tools on Walks?

WELL. Had about the scariest day of my life. Was out for a walk with 6yo DD when a polar bear (maybe a white Malamute or Great Pyrenees; if memory serves, it was the size of my house) ran snarling up...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-28-2018, 03:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 409
Posted By Pestle
Nearly 3 Still in Crib

I have a little guy who's been with me since three months old. He plays loudly and rambunctiously in the crib before falling asleep, often for up to 45 minutes. He's the same way at home. We have a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-27-2018, 02:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 459
Posted By Pestle
Yes, I texted the mom that if it's open tomorrow...

Yes, I texted the mom that if it's open tomorrow he'll have to stay home! It's been a heckuva couple of weeks for them. Head lice, conjunctivitis, herpes simplex, and hand foot and mouth disease all...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-27-2018, 09:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 459
Posted By Pestle
Aaarghh now there's another one forming on his...

Aaarghh now there's another one forming on his other lip.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-24-2018, 06:41 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,094
Posted By Pestle
I got money. https://youtu.be/whFBCIzwxp8?t=104

I got money.
https://youtu.be/whFBCIzwxp8?t=104
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-24-2018, 06:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 459
Posted By Pestle
I told her he could come in if she was confident...

I told her he could come in if she was confident that it was healed over and if he wasn't going to pick at it, but that I'd contact her for pickup if he couldn't leave it alone. She's a great client....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-23-2018, 05:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 459
Posted By Pestle
Herpes Simplex Picking at Mouth

Had a 3yo with an eruption last week, sent home early on Friday when it became apparent what it was and he was compulsively rubbing it. Mom want to know if he can come back in now that it's scabbed...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-23-2018, 10:50 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 845
Posted By Pestle
If they're Jewish, the body is often interred...

If they're Jewish, the body is often interred within 24 hours. In this situation, I don't think you let them make it your job to play detective. You should ask yourself, "Do I want to be on call for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-20-2018, 02:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 423
Posted By Pestle
I don't permit anything from home, and I don't...

I don't permit anything from home, and I don't give them plushies here. The inability to participate in the schedule without a lovey tells me they aren't ready for care.

Plus I have a cat with a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-19-2018, 04:59 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 725
Posted By Pestle
Wow; I just read over the part about the late...

Wow; I just read over the part about the late pick up. Yes, termination on the spot for things like that. Don't let your clients reach into your family's time and ruin it.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-18-2018, 06:45 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 358
Posted By Pestle
Can't you just put half of the bottle you are...

Can't you just put half of the bottle you are working on into a clean jar and refrigerate it?

Are you sure a level one nipple wouldn't help?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-18-2018, 06:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 423
Posted By Pestle
One of the parents came in laughing at me this...

One of the parents came in laughing at me this morning because, in the middle of texting back and forth last night about lice notification and policies, I broke out with "ERMAGERD LET'S JUST SET THE...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-18-2018, 05:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 358
Posted By Pestle
What's the nipple flow on the bottles? Can you...

What's the nipple flow on the bottles? Can you use a slower-flow nipple?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-18-2018, 05:41 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 478
Posted By Pestle
We all have days like that! Some days I know I'm...

We all have days like that! Some days I know I'm the one who brought the bad attitude that set everybody else off; some days I know which of them brought it; some days I just blame the Devil. :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-18-2018, 05:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 423
Posted By Pestle
Good to know! Yikes, I hate the nit combs....

Good to know!

Yikes, I hate the nit combs. The metal ones actually work, but they rip my hair out . . . it's medium, not fine or coarse, and right now it's super-long, so if I end up with lice I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-18-2018, 05:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 478
Posted By Pestle
Edit: My state also has a strict...

Edit: My state also has a strict no-cats-allowed-with-the-kids rule.

While it's concerning when a toddler is rough with animals, I don't think it's over-the-top behavior, and I think allowing the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-18-2018, 04:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 423
Posted By Pestle
Lice Policy in 2018/2019

Well GUESS WHAT. :ouch:

So I didn't have a lice policy in place and now I need it. At least this is happening just before the new year so it'll be easy to change directions now and send out an...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-17-2018, 02:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 689
Posted By Pestle
Compare "previous" to "updated" recommendations...

Compare "previous" to "updated" recommendations here from the USDA. You can see the major change from "just milk and cereal" to "milk and a ton of whole foods and/or a little bit of cereal."...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-14-2018, 11:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 297
Posted By Pestle
You don't need to create an artificial image of...

You don't need to create an artificial image of an idyllic play group. If Mom has a kid who's disruptive, Mom needs to be on board with solutions.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-14-2018, 11:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 689
Posted By Pestle
At 6mos, grains will give him a false sense of...

At 6mos, grains will give him a false sense of satiation and he won't take in the nutrition he needs. Standard practice now is meats and vegetables for first foods. I gave my kid an avocado as her...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-14-2018, 05:20 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 617
Posted By Pestle
Transitions, man.

Transitions, man.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-14-2018, 05:04 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 736
Posted By Pestle
I have a 2yo whose mom keeps coming in worried...

I have a 2yo whose mom keeps coming in worried because he's been aggressive and he's starting reporting to her daily that he hit Billy. He has never hit Billy, and Billy only comes Fridays.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-13-2018, 11:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 297
Posted By Pestle
I'm not allowed to use a crib as punishment, and...

I'm not allowed to use a crib as punishment, and I need to provide more space per child than a crib gives. My playroom has a gate up at all times so I can shuffle the kids back and forth depending on...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-13-2018, 10:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 292
Posted By Pestle
I don't exclude for shots, but I let the parents...

I don't exclude for shots, but I let the parents know that if the kids can't rest or participate, they'll have to go home. Hasn't happened yet, but I'm only two years in and with a small group.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-13-2018, 06:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 650
Posted By Pestle
Slightly stunned, and I think a little came out...

Slightly stunned, and I think a little came out the nose.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-13-2018, 06:11 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 501
Posted By Pestle
If you do mix it with mom's approval, also be...

If you do mix it with mom's approval, also be aware that you've tanked the ability to reuse the breast milk, because while breast milk can be cooled and saved and reheated, formula doesn't behave the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-13-2018, 05:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 650
Posted By Pestle
I don't put any kids in a spot they can't reach...

I don't put any kids in a spot they can't reach themselves. How "baby" is baby?

One of my toddlers just took a gulp of the paint-with-water water, so I'm off to a bad start today.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-12-2018, 08:14 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 501
Posted By Pestle
Good thought on the lipase. My kid refused breast...

Good thought on the lipase. My kid refused breast milk in bottles for a few days before I realized what was going on. You could smell it! It was just like dish soap. I couldn't freeze the milk and it...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-11-2018, 01:50 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 714
Posted By Pestle
I agree that drugs are a choice and that drug...

I agree that drugs are a choice and that drug users are a danger to their nearest and dearest. I'm just arguing that jail time as a deterrent is a nonstarter, because the very people doing drugs are...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-11-2018, 04:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 351
Posted By Pestle
My child started exhibiting some significant...

My child started exhibiting some significant behavioral problems when I had her in my daycare.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-11-2018, 04:23 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 714
Posted By Pestle
I know a family whose child came from a drug...

I know a family whose child came from a drug addicted parent. It has changed my perspective on jail time for drug use, because the child thrived when the mom was locked away and couldn't yank her...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-08-2018, 06:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 477
Posted By Pestle
This is nonsense. ( what she is doing, not what...

This is nonsense. ( what she is doing, not what you are saying.) If this were a family daycare, none of us would allow this woman to send in little trinkets and things in order to make it easier for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-07-2018, 08:57 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 588
Posted By Pestle
I step back and let the parents wrangle their own...

I step back and let the parents wrangle their own children. However, if a child were hitting their parent and the parent provided positive reinforcement by treating it as something entertaining, I...
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