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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-06-2014, 07:22 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,399
Posted By AcornMama
Right now our marble race set (connecting tubes...

Right now our marble race set (connecting tubes to send marbles through) is a big hit. But you might not want marbles for your younger ones. Mine are 3.5-4. You could do the same, though, with balls...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-06-2014, 07:20 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,399
Posted By AcornMama
likethis In January we had a whole week, I...

likethis

In January we had a whole week, I think, that was basically "fun with the boxes left over from Christmas deliveries." I had found a child's measuring tape at Goodwill. We measured boxes,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-06-2014, 07:17 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 7,540
Posted By AcornMama
I do have my parents sign a privacy agreement...

I do have my parents sign a privacy agreement giving me permission to post photos on my facebook page. I give them a choice to approve non-identifying photos (no faces, just hands doing artwork or...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-06-2014, 07:09 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 8,926
Posted By AcornMama
Mine includes: My policy handbook All forms...

Mine includes:
My policy handbook
All forms required by licensing
Privacy permission form (for photos), and I make sure and tell parents when I give them the big stack of forms that the privacy...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 02-05-2014, 11:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,781
Posted By AcornMama
Thanks! I got my certificate email this...

Thanks!

I got my certificate email this afternoon. Guess I should have just been patient!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-05-2014, 09:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,451
Posted By AcornMama
I thought of that, but it didn't do anything on...

I thought of that, but it didn't do anything on my mac. Just tried it on my Windows 8 tablet and it did show up. Thanks!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-05-2014, 08:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,451
Posted By AcornMama
I'm assuming green means user in logged in, grey...

I'm assuming green means user in logged in, grey means user is logged out.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-05-2014, 08:12 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,615
Posted By AcornMama
I've only had to call about this once so far. It...

I've only had to call about this once so far. It was on MLK day, so I figured dcm must have the day off, but nothing had been communicated to me. So I texted after an hour. I could have just assumed...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 02-05-2014, 07:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,781
Posted By AcornMama
I thought it was about an hour and a half, but...

I thought it was about an hour and a half, but was kicking myself for not paying attention to the time when it ended. Thanks.
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 02-05-2014, 04:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,781
Posted By AcornMama
Tax Webinar

I enjoyed the webinar last night. I sat there with my tax workbook making notes on the different forms, and got a couple of questions ansered. Thank you, Mr. Copeland!

Now, silly me forgot to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-04-2014, 03:05 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 7,540
Posted By AcornMama
I liked 'em all! Such cute kiddos! Here's...

I liked 'em all! Such cute kiddos!

Here's mine: https://www.facebook.com/oakcrestkids

I try to update everyday with at least one note or picture of things we've done.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-04-2014, 01:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,610
Posted By AcornMama
Ok, got mine a few minutes ago.

Ok, got mine a few minutes ago.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 02-04-2014, 11:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,610
Posted By AcornMama
Have the handouts been emailed for this? I signed...

Have the handouts been emailed for this? I signed up a couple of days ago, and received a confirmation email, but haven't seen anything else. Just wondering if I've missed something, or if it's still...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-14-2014, 02:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,151
Posted By AcornMama
If it were me, I'd probably keep it friendly with...

If it were me, I'd probably keep it friendly with dcd but say something like, "You know, I try to make sure I remember each kiddo's birthday with a little something. There's no way I can keep up with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-13-2014, 04:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,636
Posted By AcornMama
I use those Ikea ones. No complaints here!

I use those Ikea ones. No complaints here!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-13-2014, 04:04 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 11,667
Posted By AcornMama
Well, my dcb (4) said he and his 7yo brother each...

Well, my dcb (4) said he and his 7yo brother each got iPads for Christmas.

Dcg (3) said she got a tv for her room for Christmas.

I'm going on their word.

My own kids, however, apparently...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-10-2014, 05:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,872
Posted By AcornMama
I made something like this, only mine is big. I...

I made something like this, only mine is big. I used a box with sides about 12 inches square. I used packing tape to affix a different color of construction paper to each side. Then I wrote a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-10-2014, 04:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,211
Posted By AcornMama
Okay, thanks. I voted.

Okay, thanks. I voted.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-10-2014, 09:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,211
Posted By AcornMama
I'm confused. Are we voting on starting time?...

I'm confused. Are we voting on starting time? Either I'm having a stupid moment, or the time zones are backwards. Wouldn't 4pm Eastern be 1pm Pacific? Am I seeing something wrong?

Is it a time...
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 01-10-2014, 09:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,133
Posted By AcornMama
Good to know, thanks!

Good to know, thanks!
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 01-10-2014, 09:06 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,133
Posted By AcornMama
I know, weird. I'm an over-thinker and...

I know, weird. I'm an over-thinker and rule-follower, so I hate discrepancies.
Forum: Daycare and Taxes 01-10-2014, 04:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,133
Posted By AcornMama
W-10 Question

I plan to give my dc families receipts and W-10's for their 2013 totals. I have a question about the information I am to put on the W-10.

The IRS info says:
For individuals and sole proprietors,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-08-2014, 07:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,215
Posted By AcornMama
And I do nap time in the living room with me,...

And I do nap time in the living room with me, which means I have to be fairly quiet, because it's my only option and worth the money to me.

Sorry, wish I had better advice. My only thought is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-08-2014, 09:44 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,946
Posted By AcornMama
International travel guide...see the world!

International travel guide...see the world!
Forum: Daycare Menus, Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Ideas 01-07-2014, 06:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,508
Posted By AcornMama
I pretty much cook from scratch, but never could...

I pretty much cook from scratch, but never could end up with a stew I liked. I caved and bought one of those mixes/packets with the seasoning and thickeners in it. Delicious, and just like my moms...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-07-2014, 11:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,562
Posted By AcornMama
Another Craigslist Funny

Here's an ad I saw today. Suspicious quotation marks:

I am interested in "caring" for your infant or preschool child. I am mature, energetic and experienced. I have cared for infants and children...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-06-2014, 12:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,685
Posted By AcornMama
Hmm, did you at least ask for a picture before...

Hmm, did you at least ask for a picture before declining his request? ;)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 01-04-2014, 03:19 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,108
Posted By AcornMama
How wonderful! Congratulations!

How wonderful! Congratulations!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-30-2013, 11:07 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,331
Posted By AcornMama
No, but I'm getting it off anyway, as none of my...

No, but I'm getting it off anyway, as none of my dcks will be coming.

I did take off Wed as a paid holiday, but not NYE. My hubby has to work, most parents would, I'd think, so I'm willing to....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-20-2013, 09:42 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,722
Posted By AcornMama
This is how I've chosen to set up my business as...

This is how I've chosen to set up my business as well. I named it a "preschool," I focus on 3 and up (though I will consider younger), I do preschool learning activities. So my client parents call me...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-19-2013, 03:23 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,545
Posted By AcornMama
Ooh, I like this idea.

Ooh, I like this idea.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-19-2013, 02:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,218
Posted By AcornMama
I double checked my handbook from the state to...

I double checked my handbook from the state to make sure I was thinking through this correctly, and I have to have this within 30 days.

It feels like a silly reason to terminate a contract, but if...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-19-2013, 11:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,218
Posted By AcornMama
I don't think she's hiding something, I just...

I don't think she's hiding something, I just think she didn't think I'd stand by my policies. Attendance, drop-offs, and pick-ups were never consistent, and there were other minor policy issues. Mom...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-19-2013, 10:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,218
Posted By AcornMama
Need Advice On My First Contract Termination

Last week (I think) I asked for advice on dealing with misbehavior from dcg. Now it looks like she won't be back.

Dcm has never returned to me the required medical report. Licensing rules say I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-16-2013, 03:34 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,545
Posted By AcornMama
Thanks, I'll check it out. I was thinking about...

Thanks, I'll check it out. I was thinking about going with names instead of pictures just to reinforce letter/name recognition. Not really any reason other than that.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-16-2013, 03:14 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,545
Posted By AcornMama
I use the same set up for cubbies and just...

I use the same set up for cubbies and just printed out pics of the kids, and use a mini clothespin to clip the pic to the fabric box. It's not ideal, every now and then the clips get knocked off, but...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-16-2013, 10:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,954
Posted By AcornMama
That's so great! I love hearing the positive...

That's so great! I love hearing the positive reports!

Wish I could get some interviews lined up!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-13-2013, 02:44 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 29,042
Posted By AcornMama
I didn't read the article, I'm just responding to...

I didn't read the article, I'm just responding to what Blackcat wrote, but seriously, if crying is so bad for babies, and due to inexperienced caregivers, then I guess no moms should stay home with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-13-2013, 11:06 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,961
Posted By AcornMama
This is a good point, I forgot this was a waiting...

This is a good point, I forgot this was a waiting list situation. I've not gotten to this point in my business, but I think this is how I would handle it, keeping a waiting list of people who would...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-13-2013, 10:22 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,747
Posted By AcornMama
Mine are getting a Dr. Seuss book (The Foot Book)...

Mine are getting a Dr. Seuss book (The Foot Book) because that's been the most requested and enjoyed book we've read together. And because Barnes and Noble has Dr. Seuss books for buy 2, get the 3rd...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-13-2013, 10:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,125
Posted By AcornMama
;) You're welcome. I wish we had a Half...

;)

You're welcome. I wish we had a Half Price books near us. Loved the one near us when we were in another state.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-13-2013, 10:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,125
Posted By AcornMama
Thanks for the feedback. We'll have the party on...

Thanks for the feedback. We'll have the party on Wednesday, but I'm just giving the dcks each a copy of the same book (a favorite read aloud), so there's no need to open it here and play with it. I'm...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-13-2013, 07:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,125
Posted By AcornMama
Question about Timing of Christmas gifts

I'm pretty sure that in the grand scheme of things, this really doesn't matter at all. But in my constant pursuit of perfection (or maybe self-doubt)...

I'm debating when to give Christmas gifts...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-13-2013, 06:57 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,416
Posted By AcornMama
I've been a stay-at-home mom for 18 years now, so...

I've been a stay-at-home mom for 18 years now, so I'm making more money than I have in 18 years!

Before that I was a teacher. Theoretically, if I could get my enrollment up, I think I'd come close...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-13-2013, 06:51 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,961
Posted By AcornMama
I'm in the camp of allowing a very brief visit...

I'm in the camp of allowing a very brief visit during daycare hours AFTER an initial interview/tour outside of daycare hours. And then only if I think the family is a good fit.

I've offered this,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-12-2013, 12:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,780
Posted By AcornMama
We work on please and thank you around here. And...

We work on please and thank you around here. And we're in the South, so we do "yes ma'am" as well. :)

The problem I'm having is I have two dcg's that almost always mumble answers to questions. I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-12-2013, 10:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,382
Posted By AcornMama
Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I suspect this...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I suspect this is where I'm heading with my dcg, making a behavior plan with parents, and terming if things don't improve after that.

Like I said in my op,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-11-2013, 06:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,382
Posted By AcornMama
Thanks, this is helpful feedback. And no, I...

Thanks, this is helpful feedback. And no, I didn't list everything, but yes, most of it just three year old behavior, it's just that there's so much of it, it affects the whole group's ability to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-11-2013, 10:51 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,148
Posted By AcornMama
Just wanted to say I'm looking forward to reading...

Just wanted to say I'm looking forward to reading the responses to your question. Looks like we're having the same kind of day. I posted a similar question.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-11-2013, 10:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,382
Posted By AcornMama
She's been here 4 weeks. I have addressed...

She's been here 4 weeks. I have addressed specific things before with mom. For example:

1. One day I called mom and said that dcg was having a really bad day and was there anything I should know,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-11-2013, 10:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,382
Posted By AcornMama
Yeah, my own kids are quiet well behaved kids...

Yeah, my own kids are quiet well behaved kids because that's what I've expected and taught. And my other two dck's are sweet kids who generally obey and cooperate, so no complaints there.

Do you...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-11-2013, 10:09 AM
Replies: 1,218
Views: 262,139
Posted By AcornMama
If only today was going well enough to allow time...

If only today was going well enough to allow time for cheesecake making. And to have friends to share it with, that'd be wonderful! Sigh.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-11-2013, 09:47 AM
Replies: 1,218
Views: 262,139
Posted By AcornMama
Having lunch, dcb just looked up at me and said,...

Having lunch, dcb just looked up at me and said, "How about some cheesecake?"

Hey, yeah, good idea, dcb! I'll just whip up a cheesecake!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-11-2013, 09:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,382
Posted By AcornMama
How Much Misbehavior/Disobedience Do You Put Up With?

I have a 3yo dcg who is my greatest challenge, behavior-wise, of my 3 dcks. Today she has been very difficult. Isolated, none of her behaviors are a big problem, it's just the all day from one child...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 12-04-2013, 08:17 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 26,749
Posted By AcornMama
I was this teacher, only I was teaching...

I was this teacher, only I was teaching highschoolers. I was young, right out of college. I was reprimanded by administrators for assigning homework and having unreasonable expectations.

So there...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-25-2013, 10:02 AM
Replies: 2,152
Views: 360,609
Posted By AcornMama
DCM brought me a birthday present and a card that...

DCM brought me a birthday present and a card that she and dcg made together!

I had mentioned to them days before that we'd be having a mini celebration, since one dcb and I have b-days close...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-22-2013, 10:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,315
Posted By AcornMama
I'm closed New Years Day only. Hubby will work a...

I'm closed New Years Day only. Hubby will work a full day on New Year's Eve, and we just do a family celebration at home, so there's really no need for time off. Hubby won't even get home until 2.5-3...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-22-2013, 10:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,431
Posted By AcornMama
Bummer! But yes, at least they communicated with...

Bummer! But yes, at least they communicated with you.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-22-2013, 10:33 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 11,550
Posted By AcornMama
Do you know married couples who really say this...

Do you know married couples who really say this to each other? That would seem very weird to me.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-21-2013, 09:32 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 11,550
Posted By AcornMama
This makes a lot of sense. And now that I'm doing...

This makes a lot of sense. And now that I'm doing the daycare thing, will be the first time that I've had my "own" money. I'm sure that will change the dynamics for us a bit.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-21-2013, 09:16 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 11,550
Posted By AcornMama
Maybe I'm old fashioned, but it seems to me that...

Maybe I'm old fashioned, but it seems to me that when you decide to live together, then life becomes "together," whether or not you have that marriage license. I think you'll have constant struggles...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-20-2013, 06:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,431
Posted By AcornMama
Yay! happyface :) happyface

Yay! happyface :) happyface
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-19-2013, 12:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,477
Posted By AcornMama
Wow! That's been a long time coming....

Wow! That's been a long time coming. Congratulations! happyface
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-19-2013, 11:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,824
Posted By AcornMama
Perfectly! Mom actually had to pick up early...

Perfectly! Mom actually had to pick up early today because older sibling has an appointment. I had been worried about nap time, but she went down perfectly. Then I had to wake her up early, and was...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-19-2013, 11:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,824
Posted By AcornMama
She did! Well, one form was missing, but brought...

She did! Well, one form was missing, but brought it later in the day. Still working on getting all the supplies here (I require raincoat, rain boots, sunscreen and insect repellant to be left here,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-19-2013, 11:15 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,123
Posted By AcornMama
likethis This. I don't know how you ladies...

likethis

This. I don't know how you ladies and men that are by yourselves manage. I'm constantly calling on my older kids (one is an adult) for an extra hand.

But now that I'm working, I have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-19-2013, 11:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,123
Posted By AcornMama
I homeschool mine. I'm new to being a daycare...

I homeschool mine. I'm new to being a daycare provider, but I have seven kids, so I've always homechooled with little ones around.

I have a more hands-on, less curriculum approach to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-18-2013, 06:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,824
Posted By AcornMama
Had An Interview Tonight, Tried Playing It Cool And Non-Desperate

Must've worked, because new dcg will enroll tomorrow morning. :eek:

I'm a little surprised to move this fast, but with next week being Thanksgiving and this little girl only attending part-time, I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2013, 07:45 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,605
Posted By AcornMama
Aw, someone should bring you some pie. ;)

Aw, someone should bring you some pie. ;)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2013, 01:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,813
Posted By AcornMama
I love re-purposing! Not many of my projects have...

I love re-purposing! Not many of my projects have been daycare related, though.

My favorite project so far: taking an old upright piano that was too far gone to keep tuning and repairing, taking...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2013, 12:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,633
Posted By AcornMama
I have frequent headaches. My culprits are: ...

I have frequent headaches. My culprits are:

high blood pressure
caffeine withdrawal (where's my Dr. Pepper?)
eye muscle strain...got reading glasses earlier this year and they have helped...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-15-2013, 10:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 13,963
Posted By AcornMama
This is what I was told as well. Our family car...

This is what I was told as well. Our family car is a 15 passenger van, and when we went to get new insurance, it was a big run around. For some reason, this particular company couldn't get their...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-13-2013, 05:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,829
Posted By AcornMama
Update: My consultant did indeed call me...

Update:

My consultant did indeed call me yesterday, and was at my house this afternoon! She had to do another mini inspection to make sure I was equipped for infants and toddlers. She did all the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-13-2013, 05:19 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,954
Posted By AcornMama
That was my worry as well. FWIW, and I know every...

That was my worry as well. FWIW, and I know every situation is different, but when the supervisor called me back (very quickly!), she said I did absolutely the right thing. That if I ever needed to...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-13-2013, 04:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,954
Posted By AcornMama
Yep, that was me. Contacting the supervisor did...

Yep, that was me. Contacting the supervisor did the trick for me.

However, when I was in OP's position, trying to get initially licensed, I had a lot of hassle from licensing because they were...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-12-2013, 07:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,829
Posted By AcornMama
The supervisor returned my call! happyface ...

The supervisor returned my call! happyface

She said that I absolutely can't enroll a child under 2 as long as my license is written for 2-12.

But she also said she'd already talked to my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-12-2013, 06:18 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,533
Posted By AcornMama
Oh, I'm so sorry for you guys! Love on your...

Oh, I'm so sorry for you guys! Love on your little guy...take a minute and catch your breath. And follow your mama instincts. Praying for you guys.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-12-2013, 06:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,829
Posted By AcornMama
So Frustrated With Licensing!

I don't know what to do, and this is largely venting, so thanks in advance for letting me get it out.

I was licensed in early August. I have never been able to contact my licensing consultant...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-08-2013, 02:14 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,920
Posted By AcornMama
DCM actually asked me what hours would be best...

DCM actually asked me what hours would be best for me, as her new schedule isn't set in stone. Right now AM might be better, because the baby still takes a long morning nap, but I know that won't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-08-2013, 02:04 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,920
Posted By AcornMama
This is true. My 18yo daughter is here with me...

This is true. My 18yo daughter is here with me (homeschooled high school senior) so I can switch between kids/groups when I need to, and have an extra set of eyes and hands around.

I completely...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-08-2013, 01:56 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,920
Posted By AcornMama
Yeah, I really want a house full of happy...

Yeah, I really want a house full of happy preschoolers coming to my little school. But I don't want to ignore reality and potential income in pursuit of my ideal.

But I also don't want to pull my...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-08-2013, 01:53 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,920
Posted By AcornMama
I have, but it's just all over the place,...

I have, but it's just all over the place, $90/week to $200/week.

I think I'm about $5 per week over my local center for preschool aged kids, but I limit that rate to 8hours/day. My weekly rate...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-08-2013, 11:26 AM
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Posted By AcornMama
That's what I was thinking. Of course, I charge...

That's what I was thinking. Of course, I charge more for preschoolers than our local centers, because I'm trying to offer specialty care. But that doesn't matter for parents who need to worry more...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-08-2013, 11:13 AM
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Views: 4,920
Posted By AcornMama
Nice perspective. I've wanted to focus on...

Nice perspective.

I've wanted to focus on preschool, since I'm also busy homeschooling my own. It's seems easier to set the preschoolers to work with a project while I'm helping mine with...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-08-2013, 10:56 AM
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Views: 4,920
Posted By AcornMama
Ha, looks like we were posting at the same time....

Ha, looks like we were posting at the same time. You put what I suspected (more work, more expense) into better words than I did.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-08-2013, 10:55 AM
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Views: 4,920
Posted By AcornMama
Ha, not your ignorance, but mine! In my case, it...

Ha, not your ignorance, but mine! In my case, it might not be necessary. I just know others charge more. Certainly some do because of ratios. Others probably do just because of the extra work of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-08-2013, 10:44 AM
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Posted By AcornMama
Ratios don't work that way here. Basically, I can...

Ratios don't work that way here. Basically, I can have 5 preschoolers and 3 school agers. There is no technical limit on the number of preschoolers. That only comes into play if I go for the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-08-2013, 10:21 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,920
Posted By AcornMama
How Do Your Infant Rates Compare To Preschooler Rates?

Backstory that I'll probably make too long:
I've been advertising my fcch as a preschool/daycare combo ideal for ages 3-5, with 2yos considered on an individual basis. I received an inquiry today...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-07-2013, 01:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,718
Posted By AcornMama
Yep, it did. I put her in a church Mother's Day...

Yep, it did. I put her in a church Mother's Day Out program, because I only needed a few hours a week while I was tutoring.

That was about 17 years ago. None of my kids have been in any kind of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-07-2013, 11:03 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,739
Posted By AcornMama
Ah, thanks. I have 7 kids of my own, but we don't...

Ah, thanks. I have 7 kids of my own, but we don't really watch tv, so I don't know SpongeBob.

We do like tuna melts, though, or tunawhiches, as my mom always called them.

Unimportant side note:...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-07-2013, 10:57 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,416
Posted By AcornMama
I had this come up a few weeks ago. I knew a day...

I had this come up a few weeks ago. I knew a day ahead of time that dcb (my only dc kid on Fridays) would be home sick. When I remembered that it was payday, I sent mom an email just saying, hey,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-07-2013, 10:31 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,739
Posted By AcornMama
My dcb has been talking about "crabby patties"...

My dcb has been talking about "crabby patties" and I've had no idea what he was talking about. He saw a picture of a hamburger and said it looked like a "crabby pattie."
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-07-2013, 10:29 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,739
Posted By AcornMama
We had good old fashioned beef stew, biscuits...

We had good old fashioned beef stew, biscuits (that my 13yodd made...delicious!), cut grapes, and milk.

Oh, and the chocolate I'm having now during nap time. Shhh.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-07-2013, 06:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,718
Posted By AcornMama
As a young mom, I once toured a center when I was...

As a young mom, I once toured a center when I was looking for part time care for my daughter who was about 11 months at the time. They took me to the room she would have been in, and there was a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-04-2013, 10:21 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,367
Posted By AcornMama
I just remembered that Dad is picking up today,...

I just remembered that Dad is picking up today, so I can address it with a parent without it looking like I've typed up a formal complaint. I am keeping my own written records, though.

And yeah, I...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-04-2013, 10:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,367
Posted By AcornMama
Yup! I appreciate the feedback. My first...

Yup!

I appreciate the feedback. My first thought was to tell parents, but I'm new enough to doubt my instincts. :o
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-04-2013, 09:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,367
Posted By AcornMama
I've basically implemented what you have listed...

I've basically implemented what you have listed for strikes one and two, so you probably could combine those two if you wanted it down to three strikes.

But then, I'm the newbie at this asking for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-04-2013, 09:11 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,367
Posted By AcornMama
At this point, I don't think immediate pick-up is...

At this point, I don't think immediate pick-up is going to be necessary. For being so aggressive, he handles the consequences well. He's shadowing me, sitting near me while I fix lunch, etc., with no...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-04-2013, 08:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,367
Posted By AcornMama
ITA! Mom doesn't pick up, an extended...

ITA!

Mom doesn't pick up, an extended family member does, and mom and I both prefer that communication go directly to her, not passed through others who may or may not remember to tell her, or...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 11-04-2013, 08:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,367
Posted By AcornMama
My First Biting Incident, Looking For Advice

Today I had my first biting incident. The biter is the child I asked for advice about last week...3yo (almost 4), highly competitive, me first and I'm in charge of all the games and play kind of kid....
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