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View Poll Results: Are You More or Less Stressed Than Previous Years?
More Stressed 13 31.71%
Less Stressed 13 31.71%
About The Same 11 26.83%
Life's a Breeze 4 9.76%
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Daycare Center and Family Home Forum>POLL - Are You More or Less Stressed This Year
Michael 04:09 PM 01-16-2015
We haven't had a poll in a while and over the years it seems I use to tag a lot more threads, with "stressed" and "overwhelmed", in the past than I do now. Is it just me, what do you think?
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e.j. 06:12 PM 01-16-2015
Last year, I had 4 five year olds and a very spoiled 2 year old enrolled with me. The older kids were good kids but very active and like most 5 year olds, they liked to push limits from time to time. I also had a couple of parents who I liked overall but who did cause me stress. This year, I have a much younger group who are active but very sweet. They're great nappers and their parents are wonderful. All in all, I wasn't feeling all that stressed last year but I'm definitely feeling even less day care stress this year.
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KiddieCahoots 06:29 PM 01-16-2015
I'm not sure how to vote, would like to vote, life's a breeze.....lol! Cause that's my goal this year!
Last yr was my worse daycare yr yet, so knocking on wood now for a better one. At least now, I'm cutting through the malarky quicker with the help of the pro's here.
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daycare 06:32 PM 01-16-2015
state was closed for 2 weeks over holiday, so all of that stuff is behind and I am trying to catch up


first of the year kicks of getting serious for prekinder, more learning, more stuff

parents screaming for income tax info

preparing tax stuff

choosing new classes

thinking about the 5 kids that will leave me in the fall so I have to start getting the word out to fill those spots.

I let go of an employee and desperately trying to fill shoes...
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Michael 06:40 PM 01-16-2015
Originally Posted by KiddieCahoots:
I'm not sure how to vote, would like to vote, life's a breeze.....lol! Cause that's my goal this year!
Last yr was my worse daycare yr yet, so knocking on wood now for a better one. At least now, I'm cutting through the malarky quicker with the help of the pro's here.

You should see multiple choices to choose from at the top of this thread. LMK if you don't see it
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Annalee 06:48 PM 01-16-2015
I begin the year after my Christmas break every year re-licensing and preparing for my annual FCCERS-R assessment.......My brother's family (him, wife and 3 kids) are living in my basement as they renovate their house...we live side by side anyway...the way I see stress is there is always something and each thing is significant to the person it is affecting no matter how small it seems to those looking in from the outside....My best friend's mom killed herself last week after the dr changed her anti-depressant....It saddens me that life can make people need anti-depressants to begin with and then finding the right one becomes a struggle for, not only the person, but the family around them...My heart aches for my friend especially when she told me she is taking the same thing...but she would not tell me what the anti-depressant was called. I am not saying persons do NOT need these drugs but it is scary finding the right one! Life is moving so fast that many see meds as the only alternative....Personally, I walk in the evenings or use the treadmill....it does help me unwind and clear my head....my husband and brother tell me I smile more and seem more jolly since I started walking....???
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KiddieCahoots 06:50 PM 01-16-2015
Originally Posted by Michael:
You should see multiple choices to choose from at the top of this thread. LMK if you don't see it
Had to vote.... the same. My good mojo hasn't quite kicked in yet. ....
BUT....the yr is still young!
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Sunchimes 07:42 PM 01-16-2015
For most of last year, I was a special needs child care, just me and 3 special needs kids. One was behavioral, one is severely delayed and on the spectrum, and one was a stroke survivor. I spent the year getting the first ready to deal with school, trying to get the second to join us in the world, and teaching the last one to walk, eat, swallow, and control his rages. I didn't even know stress until the last month.

I took a micro-preemie when one of my kids left for pre-k (the behavioral issues). She was 5 months old with an adjusted age of 2 months. I learned to tube feed, (piece of cake) and deal with other issues. All nothing conpared to the last month. She had bronchiolitis and quit eating enough. Anything over 4 oz (tube or mouth) came right back up. She was already failure to thrive and this week was declared a nutritional emergency. I'm basically spending 2 and a half out of every 4 hours trying to get her to eat. I have 2 weeks for her to gain weight before they look at other, less positive options. Definitely more stressed now.
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Janiam 07:43 PM 01-16-2015
I have a very full house right now which is great financially but it is money hard earned. I have two families that are more work than most. Their very spoiled children add a lot of stress to my day. My DS is in his first of college, DD is in HS with first romantic heartbreak, dog was very sick last week ($700 vet bill), and it's tax time. I am feeling more stressed this year for sure. I wish I could lighten my work load a bit but the reality is working less would add money worries to the list.
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Janiam 07:47 PM 01-16-2015
Originally Posted by Sunchimes:
For most of last year, I was a special needs child care, just me and 3 special needs kids. One was behavioral, one is severely delayed and on the spectrum, and one was a stroke survivor. I spent the year getting the first ready to deal with school, trying to get the second to join us in the world, and teaching the last one to walk, eat, swallow, and control his rages. I didn't even know stress until the last month.

I took a micro-preemie when one of my kids left for pre-k (the behavioral issues). She was 5 months old with an adjusted age of 2 months. I learned to tube feed, (piece of cake) and deal with other issues. All nothing conpared to the last month. She had bronchiolitis and quit eating enough. Anything over 4 oz (tube or mouth) came right back up. She was already failure to thrive and this week was declared a nutritional emergency. I'm basically spending 2 and a half out of every 4 hours trying to get her to eat. I have 2 weeks for her to gain weight before they look at other, less positive options. Definitely more stressed now.
Your a saint in my book, that's a lot to take on.
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Sunchimes 08:47 PM 01-16-2015
I'm no saint, believe me. I didn't choose this route, it chose me. There aren't many kids available in a small town with lots of illegal babysitters. I took the first 2 kids before the delays or issues showed up. By the time they became noticeable, I loved the kids. Then I discovered that I sort of have a knack for this and really like it. This last baby is sort of scary though.
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CraftyMom 09:17 PM 01-16-2015
The same so far. Last year had it's own set of issues which are resolved, but now I have a few new issues...so the same lol
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Ambrocia 11:11 PM 01-16-2015
More stressed. I got back from vacation this week to find out my office manager hadn't deposited any of the December checks or sent out any of the January invoices February invoices are supposed to go out in 4 days. Parents are irate, I am irate. Plus we got an inspection while I was gone too. We got written up for a few things (broke class in the yard, Christmas lights hanging in the play area (who the heck put those up?) Obviously my workers were slacking while I was gone. I pray it gets better.
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Sunshine74 11:29 PM 01-16-2015
At the moment, less stressed, but we are about to start the food program, and I am the one in charge of doing all the computer work for it. So we'll see how that goes, I might need to change my answer.
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Josiegirl 05:32 AM 01-17-2015
I voted less stress(maybe it was a good day??)
I think back to 18 months ago and having 2 dcbs that were impossible; they disliked each other immensely and competition was a minute-to-minute challenge. Plus 1 of them had some issues anyways. But that problem solved itself when school started and I only have one of them when school's out now.
All my spots are filled which became a HUGE help and I've been getting bonuses here and there which also helped financially.
BUT on the downside, one of my dds graduated college and moved many states away. The other is due to graduate college in May and move across the country. College debt is facing them and myself and that is indeed extremely stressful. I started having major panic attacks again when my older dd moved away so asked for an increase in meds. I hate to rely on them but without them, cannot function. Hence, the less stress I guess.
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Shell 06:10 AM 01-17-2015
Hard to say...less stressed because I termed a family that was a lot of trouble, but also more stress trying to fill the spot, or at least half of the income I was making from them. Hmm...
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Blackcat31 08:14 AM 01-17-2015
I voted "life's a breeze".

It's just not in my nature to stress about anything.

I just take one day at a time and do it with a smile.
Makes even the worst days good in one way or another.

Of course, there are busier times of the year than others but it's all good as it keeps me occupied.

I can be dangerous if I'm bored.
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midaycare 09:21 AM 01-17-2015
I am less stressed because last year I was going into different middle schools and teaching kids all about abstinence from sex, drugs, and how to combat peer pressure. The kids all thought the 2-week session was a joke. I did not like this job.

I love working from home, so I'm definitely less stressed. There is so stress as I'm gearing up for another QRIS audit to go for 5 stars, and I could do without all the paperwork all the time, but after this year it should get easier.
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Pepperth 12:36 PM 01-17-2015
Tough one. I'm a different kind of stressed. In the past year, we've bought a new house, added a baby to the family and opened up the daycare. A year ago, I probably wouldn't believe the direction life has taken. So its a different kind of stressed, but a much better kind.
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Michael 08:03 PM 01-18-2015
Interesting outcome on the poll. It appeared to me that members seemed less overwhelmed lately.
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DaveA 07:17 AM 01-19-2015
I voted less stress, but maybe it's more along the lines of stuff that used to hack me off I just don't' give a crap about anymore.
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Magic 07:30 AM 01-19-2015
I voted more stressed...but I have been very stressed before but for different reasons than now
now it is over whelmed feeling
i can not get caught up
daycare is good but comes with a lot of extra work as we all know .. the cost of living has gone up huge here this year
and here it is dark and gloomy ...alot
I am a one woman show with a big show and I am older now
and I feel it
and when I just clear my plate and feel I can relax abit something comes up
but
least I know what is stressing me out and that part of knowing is important
I just keep trugging on ...lol
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AmyLeigh 11:01 AM 01-19-2015
Things have been going well for me. I came to the realization last night that my cup is finally full. It's been a long time since I have felt this way. I hope I can keep it going.
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EntropyControlSpecialist 12:21 PM 01-19-2015
Financially I have less and I am currently JUST making ends meet (hopefully I add another child or two into our group), but due to my cutting back of days to be a 4 day work week I am A LOT less stressed. Oh, and it does help that all of my most problematic children and parents exited my program because they wanted 5 days a week. WOOHOO.
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mom2many 01:53 PM 01-19-2015
Great group of kids and wonderful parents. Most of the kids are all getting picked up between 3-4:30 and I rarely work till 5:30 pm now. Since 2 families left in August that needed care till 6:15, I was able to replace them with kids that have a much earlier pick up.

In January I started a new preschool curriculum and the kids are loving it! Super fun ideas and learning activities that make my job even easier!

Several kids got potty trained over the holidays and I now only have 3 in diapers!!!!
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originalkat 03:40 PM 01-19-2015
I just finished my BA degree in December so LIFE IS GRAND! It seems like so much is off my plate now. Plus it is 66 degrees today!
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