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Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-19-2018, 10:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 304
Posted By Pestle
Good thought! I have 4 right now, ages 14...

Good thought!

I have 4 right now, ages 14 months to 3 years, but enrollment will go up to 6 when I'm licensed and I need to have a better process in place.

It only takes once for the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-19-2018, 09:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 304
Posted By Pestle
I don't go halvsies on handwashing--it needs to...

I don't go halvsies on handwashing--it needs to be with warm water for at least 20 seconds, both so the kids build the habit and so they don't spread disease. They may not have wiped their butts, but...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-19-2018, 08:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 243
Posted By Pestle
I require rain boots and a raincoat, or a supply...

I require rain boots and a raincoat, or a supply fee so they can use mine. In the Tennessee Valley, we'd never go outside if we stayed in when it was raining/muddy.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-19-2018, 08:23 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 304
Posted By Pestle
Supervision of Meals AND Potty Break

I have a recently-potty-trained 3yo who always and only has a bowel movement five minutes after the whole crew has started to eat lunch. He won't go if I put him on the toilet before the meal. There...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-14-2018, 08:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 381
Posted By Pestle
I have had two kids who can only sleep after a...

I have had two kids who can only sleep after a good 5-10 minutes of hysterics. Both kids came with warnings from the parents that this was the case. No elaborate routines; just check that they're...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-10-2018, 06:04 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,074
Posted By Pestle
My thoughts: 1. This is an only child whose...

My thoughts:

1. This is an only child whose parents don't know the range of typical behavior among various children or the changes in behavior that come so rapidly in any given child.
2. This is...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-09-2018, 06:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 423
Posted By Pestle
Fantasizing about telling people is maybe the...

Fantasizing about telling people is maybe the most universal of human behaviors. When our ancestors crawled out of the primordial ooze, they probably paused to imagine what they REALLY should have...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-03-2018, 05:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 387
Posted By Pestle
YES. My most frustrating DCK would sit, flap her...

YES. My most frustrating DCK would sit, flap her arms, and scream in rage because I expected her to get up and WALK to the toys she wanted to play with. DCM moved her everywhere she wanted to go. She...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 10-01-2018, 04:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 678
Posted By Pestle
I gave DH a summary of this thread last night and...

I gave DH a summary of this thread last night and he choked up. You'ns are good people.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-30-2018, 07:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,163
Posted By Pestle
That's a good insight.

That's a good insight.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-30-2018, 07:35 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 695
Posted By Pestle
Moooooving back to topic . . . I have a...

Moooooving back to topic . . .

I have a Nightmare Poops child, too, and the parents have never shown any interest in checking with the pediatrician for an elimination diet or some other...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-24-2018, 01:16 PM
Replies: 1,059
Views: 194,322
Posted By Pestle
OMG OMG OMG I'm going to die. My belly is going...

OMG OMG OMG I'm going to die. My belly is going to implode. DCM is going to arrive for pickup and find a black hole hovering in space where Ms. Pestle was sitting when she read this.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-21-2018, 12:03 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 877
Posted By Pestle
Cribs are required where I'm at, but DD slept on...

Cribs are required where I'm at, but DD slept on a Pack 'n' Play mat on the floor as soon as we had a bedroom for her (around 6 mos). She rolls out of bed--still does at 6 years-- so we never used a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-19-2018, 08:58 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 349
Posted By Pestle
People who are looking to sign up ASAP are...

People who are looking to sign up ASAP are usually people with low income and an unstable job/family situation. If you told them it cost three dollars a day, they'd gasp and say "That's so expensive!...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-17-2018, 04:45 AM
Replies: 1,059
Views: 194,322
Posted By Pestle
The Standoff Me: "Good job takin' off your...

The Standoff

Me: "Good job takin' off your soggy boggy pull-up!"
DCK: "Good job me! Ah not soggy!"
Me: "Now it's time to put on a dry one!"
DCK: "Nuh Ah dun wan to!"

10 minutes later . . . ...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 09-03-2018, 03:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 304
Posted By Pestle
That's fantastic! I had three construction...

That's fantastic! I had three construction companies come out to take measurements in my back yard and promise to get back to me with proposals for a covered area. Nobody got back in touch....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-24-2018, 04:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 208
Posted By Pestle
Well, this week I'm back to spending a third of...

Well, this week I'm back to spending a third of my income on private school because trying to raise my own child in my own daycare turned my happy child into a miserable rage monster.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-17-2018, 02:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 191
Posted By Pestle
I envy you MN providers. TN generated 43 pages of...

I envy you MN providers. TN generated 43 pages of "guidelines" and still wants us to make our own dang plan.

I hope that, somewhere out there, somebody has made an emergency plan that's seven...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-17-2018, 02:44 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 635
Posted By Pestle
My work gives me scary amounts of power. People...

My work gives me scary amounts of power. People drive up, leave their kids with me, and drive away. That warrants an accountability I can't erase by shredding documents or deleting computer files.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-17-2018, 02:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 191
Posted By Pestle
I'll see your six pages and raise you 19. ...

I'll see your six pages and raise you 19.

Oops; sorry. That was just the guide to creating a written plan. If that's too complicated, here's a simpler guide in checklist form...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-16-2018, 05:05 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,843
Posted By Pestle
OOOOOH stealing

OOOOOH stealing
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-15-2018, 08:09 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,843
Posted By Pestle
Tom, would the OP be in the clear if they tried...

Tom, would the OP be in the clear if they tried to get this client to drop out by charging every family by the minute for late pick ups? And refusing to accept drop offs if there are outstanding late...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-15-2018, 11:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 472
Posted By Pestle
Fine art posters. I have several prints with...

Fine art posters. I have several prints with children in them. https://shop.nga.gov/category/5000/prints/1.html?category_type[]=Prints

Check Etsy for alphabet posters. There are some great,...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-15-2018, 11:03 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 521
Posted By Pestle
Ditto. Even if it's not in your handbook,...

Ditto.

Even if it's not in your handbook, it's well within your scope of authority as the presiding grown-up to say "I'm putting the electronics up until you go home."
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-15-2018, 11:01 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,843
Posted By Pestle
lovethis And this is a great reason to...

lovethis

And this is a great reason to enforce our all of our policies from the get-go. So often, the triggering reason we want to terminate a family is just part of a whole host of other issues...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-10-2018, 10:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 370
Posted By Pestle
My nearly-6yo is becoming more and more...

My nearly-6yo is becoming more and more disruptive at pick up, so she has to stay in her room.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-10-2018, 09:59 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,767
Posted By Pestle
This.

This.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-08-2018, 05:42 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,767
Posted By Pestle
Everybody gets the same food. This isn't Burger...

Everybody gets the same food. This isn't Burger King. There's a ton of variety on the plate. Don't like it? You still need to stay at the table, like a civilized human being, so the other kids don't...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-07-2018, 04:41 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 426
Posted By Pestle
I won't use Zelle because of questionable...

I won't use Zelle because of questionable security (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/22/business/zelle-banks-fraud.html); I'm with a regional bank instead of one of the major national banks that Zelle...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 08-03-2018, 05:36 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 694
Posted By Pestle
Someone told me about compassion fatigue when I...

Someone told me about compassion fatigue when I was describing the gradual, and now-thorough, draining of warm feelings toward a spouse whose behavior is disordered. It's made me feel like less of a...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-28-2018, 04:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 509
Posted By Pestle
Wait, what? Does your classroom only keep the...

Wait, what? Does your classroom only keep the minimum number of toys per child? You don't rotate toys out?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-26-2018, 04:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 347
Posted By Pestle
Thanks, nannyde! I have one who sprints...

Thanks, nannyde! I have one who sprints perpendicular to the group, and she mumbles and wails and refuses to walk when I put her hand on the stroller. She's testing her boundaries at the moment....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-26-2018, 03:52 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 743
Posted By Pestle
Who's got the energy to mix up a cocktail?! I...

Who's got the energy to mix up a cocktail?! I just go for a cordial glass of limoncello.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-22-2018, 05:36 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 901
Posted By Pestle
Flip flops or any other shoes that were easy for...

Flip flops or any other shoes that were easy for the parents to slap on but cause twisted toes/ankles when the kids try to run around outside.

Crocs, lace-up shoes, or any other shoes that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 07-09-2018, 01:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 296
Posted By Pestle
Brightwheel Predictive Text

Aside from catching it before my iPhone's voice to text function inserts profanity into my notes (her = wh*r* etc.:eek:), I also have to watch out for the predictive text giving me food items that...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-28-2018, 10:51 AM
Replies: 4,754
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 459,603
Posted By Pestle
:eek: Do you think the parents use that...

:eek: Do you think the parents use that threatening "It's your fault if I punish you in this way" phrase? "Don't make me count to 10" kinda thing?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-27-2018, 09:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 330
Posted By Pestle
I think you need, then, to weigh whether it's...

I think you need, then, to weigh whether it's more important for her to eat at the time you currently have breakfast scheduled, or for the screaming to be managed.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-27-2018, 08:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 400
Posted By Pestle
Update: He caved after fifty minutes of...

Update: He caved after fifty minutes of screaming. Calmly put his pull-up on, got confused about the pants but managed them eventually, and is cheerfully eating lunch. Then we get to change again...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-27-2018, 07:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 400
Posted By Pestle
Did I Pick the Wrong Hill to Die On?

Got a barely-3yo whose parents are splitting up. His mom is overwhelmed; she let him eat whatever he wanted when the breakup started, and ended up inadvertently creating a juice cleanse. :ouch:

He...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-23-2018, 07:32 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 738
Posted By Pestle
Thanks for the reminder. I just opened another...

Thanks for the reminder. I just opened another tab and dropped eighty bucks on a five-hour course. Blech!
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-19-2018, 11:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 487
Posted By Pestle
Parents send it in, I keep it just inside the...

Parents send it in, I keep it just inside the door to the backyard, and I apply it.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-19-2018, 11:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 262
Posted By Pestle
Those look neat. How quickly do the kids manage...

Those look neat. How quickly do the kids manage to gnaw them to pieces? I had a silicone toothbrush but my bitey bud destroyed it. I'd worry about the beads getting bitten through over time.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-15-2018, 01:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 583
Posted By Pestle
I just got back from a walk that was too long in...

I just got back from a walk that was too long in weather that was too hot, and they were blissfully pooped for about five minutes. Now it's the squawking again. Three boys, best friends all their...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-15-2018, 01:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 541
Posted By Pestle
First priority? Keep children safe. I'm glad...

First priority? Keep children safe. I'm glad you're working to report the situation. It's good that you're concerned for this illegal provider, but the provider is an adult who is choosing actions...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-14-2018, 05:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 640
Posted By Pestle
"Sharing" in her sense is not appropriate. She...

"Sharing" in her sense is not appropriate. She means that she wants her kid to be the biggest fish in the pond.

I enforce "no taking a toy until the other child has finished with it."
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-14-2018, 05:59 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 778
Posted By Pestle
I buy Aldi whole milk. Parents send in milk...

I buy Aldi whole milk. Parents send in milk alternatives; no nut milks permitted.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-13-2018, 08:19 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 673
Posted By Pestle
When my teacher mom is out of town, her husband...

When my teacher mom is out of town, her husband has to drop off before he goes to his physical therapy job, so they drop off an hour before I open. They pay fifteen per day.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-11-2018, 01:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 497
Posted By Pestle
Not reading anything about this but what you've...

Not reading anything about this but what you've shared, what I find unbelievable is that she had an assistant. She must've been truly delusional instead of simply malevolent, to think that another...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-08-2018, 07:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 431
Posted By Pestle
Oh, if you're into art, let me wholeheartedly...

Oh, if you're into art, let me wholeheartedly recommend Philip Yenawine's books: Shapes (https://www.amazon.com/Shapes-Philip-Yenawine/dp/038530255X/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1528467637&sr=1-3),...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-08-2018, 07:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 431
Posted By Pestle
That's them! I love them so much. I use...

That's them! I love them so much.

I use Sister Wendy's Story of Painting (https://www.amazon.com/Sister-Wendys-Painting-Enhanced-Expanded/dp/0789468050) for supplemental images; it's super-cheap...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-08-2018, 05:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 431
Posted By Pestle
Do you have any friends with older kids? Can you...

Do you have any friends with older kids? Can you borrow some outgrown toys and activities from them?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-08-2018, 05:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 431
Posted By Pestle
I'd say, pick a subject you're extremely familiar...

I'd say, pick a subject you're extremely familiar with and spend some time planning ahead for learning and activities that can be approached at different levels of capability.

I like to do art...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-05-2018, 10:00 AM
Replies: 185
Views: 4,569
Posted By Pestle
Yeah; this is the one I'm talking about: ...

Yeah; this is the one I'm talking about:
http://www.dogingtonpost.com/good-news-vermont-law-allows-citizens-to-save-dogs-from-hot-cars/
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-05-2018, 09:17 AM
Replies: 185
Views: 4,569
Posted By Pestle
Lots of states already have Good Samaritan laws,...

Lots of states already have Good Samaritan laws, don't they? Vermont does.

Here's some practical advice I read on it:
http://qr.ae/TUpRop
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-05-2018, 09:00 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 790
Posted By Pestle
I haven't done much with holiday projects. Right...

I haven't done much with holiday projects. Right now, one of my families is turning into a single-mom family due to an affair, so I think a Father's Day project would be insensitive.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-01-2018, 08:50 AM
Replies: 1,059
Views: 194,322
Posted By Pestle
Also this from a couple of years ago: Kid got...

Also this from a couple of years ago:
Kid got the message but missed the nuance when told to call 911 if she was in trouble....
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-01-2018, 06:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 564
Posted By Pestle
Cloth diapers need changed much more often, yes....

Cloth diapers need changed much more often, yes. This is a toddler? Is it a child who's reached that age where they control their bladder all morning and then let loose during nap?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 06-01-2018, 06:35 AM
Replies: 1,059
Views: 194,322
Posted By Pestle
We bought a Whirlpool washing machine when the...

We bought a Whirlpool washing machine when the ancient machine that came with the house died shortly after we moved in. The dryer sort of worked for a few more years, then finally died, and we bought...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-31-2018, 08:15 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 407
Posted By Pestle
If there’s one thing we can all agree on – we...

If there’s one thing we can all agree on – we mommas do love our babies. Unfortunately, someone – somewhere – at some point in time - planted a seed of doubt in our minds, telling us if we set...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-30-2018, 05:10 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 634
Posted By Pestle
I hate grocery shopping, plus I always add 3x...

I hate grocery shopping, plus I always add 3x what I came for. :ouch:

So I use Instacart on Wednesdays and Sundays. My spouse has compulsive eating issues, so I gave up cooking for him years ago;...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-25-2018, 06:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 532
Posted By Pestle
My rock box was kicked to death by...

My rock box was kicked to death by kindergarteners last year and I've been using a plastic swimming pool with holes drilled in the bottom for drainage, but my next outdoor project is going to be...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-25-2018, 04:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 394
Posted By Pestle
I have commercial carpet tiles from a discount...

I have commercial carpet tiles from a discount store. They're great, but I don't permit food in that area of the house.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-23-2018, 01:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 667
Posted By Pestle
Things You Wish You Hadn't Been Doing at Pick Up

Pro tip: If you're getting afternoon snack ready while belting out a modified version of The Moody Blues' "In Your Wildest Dreams (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmmPFrkuPq0)" about your inability...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-22-2018, 08:58 AM
Replies: 185
Views: 4,569
Posted By Pestle
If we were required to monitor the children's...

If we were required to monitor the children's safety when they were not in our care, we would also, I hope, be entitled to the stipend the state pays to foster parents. Heck, they should just...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-22-2018, 06:12 AM
Replies: 185
Views: 4,569
Posted By Pestle
How does it happen? My ADHD spouse goes on...

How does it happen? My ADHD spouse goes on autopilot and takes the wrong route quite often. He also forgets part of the schedule when there are multiple steps to it, so people don't get dropped off...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-19-2018, 12:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 512
Posted By Pestle
Well, you've done it again: Shared an insight...

Well, you've done it again: Shared an insight that's going to stick with me forever and probably help ease a conflict I haven't even had yet. likethis
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-19-2018, 12:54 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,691
Posted By Pestle
Immediate termination for verbally abusing you....

Immediate termination for verbally abusing you. You can't let this family poison your daycare dynamic or your home life.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-18-2018, 09:32 PM
Replies: 4,754
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 459,603
Posted By Pestle
Last week I had to send two minor injury reports...

Last week I had to send two minor injury reports to parents within one minute, because they happened at opposite ends of the room and I’m not Stretch Armstrong. And this is why I have approximately...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-18-2018, 10:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 512
Posted By Pestle
I had one who screamed while crawling. Her mother...

I had one who screamed while crawling. Her mother carried her everywhere. I was glad to lose that one.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-17-2018, 06:30 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 593
Posted By Pestle
I use Amazon Subscribe and Save for Honest...

I use Amazon Subscribe and Save for Honest Company diapers. I have a small program, so everything else I buy when I need it.

My program is geared toward toddlers and focuses on building motor...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-17-2018, 06:19 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 385
Posted By Pestle
Junior Bandages

Does nobody sell these any more? I just ordered a couple of boxes on Amazon after checking all the pharmacies, grocery stores, Target, and Walmart.

What do you use for tiny fingers?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-16-2018, 07:55 AM
Replies: 4,754
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 459,603
Posted By Pestle
All of the children have Alzheimer's and...

All of the children have Alzheimer's and Parkinson's on Mondays. They can't remember what to do, and when they can remember, they don't have the motor skills to do it.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-15-2018, 08:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 469
Posted By Pestle
I have one who's undersized, which gives her a...

I have one who's undersized, which gives her a screech like a piccolo. I came on here in a daze a few weeks ago when she'd first discovered this wonderful new sound. Now she reserves it for special...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-11-2018, 08:15 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 925
Posted By Pestle
A forest kindergarten teacher told me their rules...

A forest kindergarten teacher told me their rules are:

-Your stick may not be longer than your arm
--You may hold a stick longer than your arm if you are building something with it

That...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-10-2018, 06:13 PM
Replies: 4,754
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 459,603
Posted By Pestle
Oh, I usually use "BECAUSE Miss Pestle said to"...

Oh, I usually use "BECAUSE Miss Pestle said to" and she goes "Oh okay," but sometimes it's fun to follow these things all the way back to the Big Bang.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-10-2018, 11:45 AM
Replies: 4,754
Sticky: Venting Thread
Views: 459,603
Posted By Pestle
"HWHYYYYYUH" "Please pick up the train cars...

"HWHYYYYYUH"

"Please pick up the train cars so nobody trips over them."
"WHY"
"So nobody trips."
"WHYYYY"
"Tripping hurts."
"WHYYYYUH"
"Because our feet have nerves in them, which send pain...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-08-2018, 07:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 441
Posted By Pestle
Yesterday being Monday, I always expect nap...

Yesterday being Monday, I always expect nap schedules to be out the window after a weekend of being on the parents' schedules. I ended up with two different nap sessions to cover the four kids; two...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 05-01-2018, 04:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 527
Posted By Pestle
I'm sunburned! :( I sent out the email Friday...

I'm sunburned! :( I sent out the email Friday that we need sunscreen and bug spray and sun hats. Two sun hats have come in. No sunscreen or bug spray so far. :mad:

I already have pretty limited...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-27-2018, 04:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 920
Posted By Pestle
My mother was a lit professor for 30 years, then...

My mother was a lit professor for 30 years, then went through a certification/training program and became a medical coder in her mid-fifties. That industry went through a boom-and-bust, though.

If...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-27-2018, 04:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 480
Posted By Pestle
We're surrounded by trees and branches come down...

We're surrounded by trees and branches come down in strong winds, so I'm pretty conservative about wind. It usually isn't windy here, though--just when storms are rolling in, which is all the time in...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-26-2018, 05:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 632
Posted By Pestle
They should have been raised by you instead of by...

They should have been raised by you instead of by whomever let them get away with that when they weren't very heavy.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-26-2018, 10:21 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 632
Posted By Pestle
You can tell which providers allow kids on their...

You can tell which providers allow kids on their sofas by looking for the threads discussing how to get vomit and diarrhea out of couch cushion filling.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-26-2018, 10:00 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 632
Posted By Pestle
I have a gate to separate the kids' area from the...

I have a gate to separate the kids' area from the area with furniture I don't want manhandled. I don't know whether your setup allows for some creative rearrangement.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-26-2018, 06:10 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,043
Posted By Pestle
It's been seven years and I'm dying to know....

It's been seven years and I'm dying to know. SAHM, was your husband setting you up to collect the insurance money after you "fell" down the stairs?

Did it go like this...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-26-2018, 04:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 358
Posted By Pestle
"Children need more sleep than most adults...

"Children need more sleep than most adults realize. I do not wake a child from their nap; they need to sleep until their body is rested enough to participate in the program."

If they go on the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-25-2018, 10:28 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 531
Posted By Pestle
I'm just very, very late! :lol:

I'm just very, very late! :lol:
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2018, 07:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 815
Posted By Pestle
We mean that she didn't MEAN to interfere with...

We mean that she didn't MEAN to interfere with the child that was entrusted to the care of a skilled professional child care provider. We mean that it didn't occur to her that the parent of this...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2018, 07:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 408
Posted By Pestle
Tell me about this! She has always mouthed...

Tell me about this!

She has always mouthed toys, flung her food onto the floor as soon as it's served and dived under the table to try to shovel it into her mouth before I can sweep it up, and...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2018, 07:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 408
Posted By Pestle
This one pushes furniture around and tries to use...

This one pushes furniture around and tries to use it to climb over the gate. She has no spatial sense and is terribly misjudging the heights of everything, though, so she hasn't actually made it over...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2018, 07:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 408
Posted By Pestle
Fantastic point. :ouch: In this case, her...

Fantastic point. :ouch:

In this case, her two least favorite things are 1. Being held, and 2. Being put on the other side of a gate. Thus the dad-grabbing-her-by-the-ankle situation and the...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2018, 11:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 531
Posted By Pestle
Well, it mostly worked out. I'm not knocked up,...

Well, it mostly worked out. I'm not knocked up, which is good and I'll just blame my dynamo stuntman baby for stressing me out so much that my entire body is out of whack. The out-of-stock bag of...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2018, 11:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 373
Posted By Pestle
What a cool product! That would work great in the...

What a cool product! That would work great in the winter. It's usually in the mid-90s here from late spring through early fall, so they'd get overheated.
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2018, 11:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 408
Posted By Pestle
Older child is mellowing and I love him and his...

Older child is mellowing and I love him and his family. As long as I keep him separated, he plays contentedly. He's doing great with his motor skill development, and I made color-coded placemats...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2018, 10:51 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 408
Posted By Pestle
While I was typing this, she ran up and slapped...

While I was typing this, she ran up and slapped my leg while laughing, so I told her "No," then put her into my lap because the other kids are napping and I don't have a gate or play yard handy. She...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2018, 10:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 408
Posted By Pestle
Nonstop Destructomobile--How to Curb the Hitting?

I have the world's tiniest healthy 17mo (size 2 diapers and the 6mo clothing has growing room). She's been up and running since 9 months. She has this deep, maniacal chuckle, and she grins while...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2018, 08:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 531
Posted By Pestle
So far, the guy assembling my order has made a...

So far, the guy assembling my order has made a replacement for:
-The bananas (okay, fine)
-The grapes I actually like to eat (disappointing)
-The pregnancy test (ominous)
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2018, 07:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 531
Posted By Pestle
Grocery Delivery

Instacart/Peapod/AmazonFresh/whatever. . . does anybody use one of these services?

I'm trying Instacart. I'm hoping it'll save me two shopping trips a week, give me more time at home for...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2018, 07:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 373
Posted By Pestle
What you're suggesting makes sense. I'm worried...

What you're suggesting makes sense. I'm worried about fighting the parents over outgrown rain boots in addition to fighting them about outgrown shoes, and having parents try to bring the clothing...
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-24-2018, 06:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 373
Posted By Pestle
Okay, the question was too specific. Who provides...

Okay, the question was too specific. Who provides clothing in their program?

Who's got a supply fee for things other than art materials?
Forum: Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 04-23-2018, 12:23 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 92,906
Posted By Pestle
That's hilarious. Hm. . . . honest day care...

That's hilarious.

Hm. . . . honest day care names.

"House of Chaos."

"Snips 'n' Snails 'n' STOP PULLING THE PUPPY DOG'S TAIL."

"Pestle's House of Let's Everybody Nap at the Same Time,...
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