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Old 06-12-2013, 03:18 PM
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Do you give your parents your cell phone number? Why or why not?

Currently we have 1 land line for our family in general, 1 land line for the daycare, and 4 cell phones for me, DH and our two teens. I've thought about getting rid of the daycare phone and using my cell phone as a daycare phone but I'm not sure I want to be getting DCP calls/texts all the time.
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Old 06-12-2013, 03:28 PM
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I don't have a land line, just cell phones for me and my wife. I will of course be giving the cell number to them as its going to be the business line, but I am also going to tell parents that it will be turned off at some point after closing time. If its a true emergency that I need to be contacted, email will still work and answering it is at my discretion.
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Old 06-12-2013, 03:53 PM
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Do you give your parents your cell phone number? Why or why not?

Currently we have 1 land line for our family in general, 1 land line for the daycare, and 4 cell phones for me, DH and our two teens. I've thought about getting rid of the daycare phone and using my cell phone as a daycare phone but I'm not sure I want to be getting DCP calls/texts all the time.
I didn't use to give my cell number to anyone but family and close friends.

Now, I have an i-phone and it allows me to have contact lists. I can choose to not accept calls from people on certain lists after a certain time.

I LOVE that feature.

I started giving out my cell number when I jumped on the texting bandwagon and realized how much more streamlined and simple it is to have a parent just text me something when it really isn't all that important or is just something quick.

Anything that requires more than a few sentences and I will pick up the phone and call.

I also text with a couple members here too and that is nice
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Old 06-12-2013, 04:18 PM
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I have a land line... It's required for the state pay clients for them to sign in and sign out...

Other than that, I have a cell number all parents have... I've never had a proble with them abusing it though.

Ten I have my text number in my ipad
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I have both. Only give my cell to daycare families. I like that I can turn my cell off and document texts easily where ads with a landline people can call at all hours. Short of disconnecting your house phones there's nothing you can do to stop that.
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I only have a cell phone.

When advertising, I put a google voice number on there that connects with my cell phone.

My current clients have my cell phone number and they will text me to let me know if their child will be missing breakfast that morning quite often. It's very nice for me, as I prefer to not set out all of the food for them only to find that they don't come during breakfast time!
They also text for other reasons. I sent home a notice long ago saying that I will only respond to text messages and e-mails between 7:00am-6:00pm Monday-Friday. I am open 8:00am-5:00pm, so I extended the hours I was available for texts/calls/e-mails. If you text, e-mail, or call outside of those hours then you'll have to wait until business hours.
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Old 06-12-2013, 04:48 PM
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I only give my parents my cell #. I don't give them my house number.
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I only have a cell phone.

When advertising, I put a google voice number on there that connects with my cell phone.

My current clients have my cell phone number and they will text me to let me know if their child will be missing breakfast that morning quite often. It's very nice for me, as I prefer to not set out all of the food for them only to find that they don't come during breakfast time!
They also text for other reasons. I sent home a notice long ago saying that I will only respond to text messages and e-mails between 7:00am-6:00pm Monday-Friday. I am open 8:00am-5:00pm, so I extended the hours I was available for texts/calls/e-mails. If you text, e-mail, or call outside of those hours then you'll have to wait until business hours.
This!

I had a dcp texting me at 11pm, 1am, 5am, etc. until I put in writing that I only accept texts from 6am-6pm, M-F. After that, and it's a 'strike' against them.
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Old 06-12-2013, 05:17 PM
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I have both a landline and cell phone but I give neither numbers out to clients. I give out my Google voice number which transfers calls to my cell and house number. You can block anyones number and turn it on and off (online) whenever you want to. This way your private numbers stay private.
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Old 06-12-2013, 05:23 PM
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I use the Google phone service for my cell phone. I have the same number but Google allows me to create a new number but it still rings to my current cell phone. I have a land line but if clients MUST contact me by cell, they can still contact me by cell without actually having my number.
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Old 06-12-2013, 06:34 PM
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I am required by licensing to have a land line and that is the line I advertise with. That's the line that I filter calls through, but when I have an established family with me I do give out my cell phone, just because its quicker and quieter and much easier to keep in contact when needed. I can also write part of my cell phone bill off on my taxed because I use it. I have never had any one over step the boundaries of having my cell number, and I have actually found it very helpful in some situations where there has been an emergency or important question and I am out of the house.
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I give mine, and when I do, I let them know that I prefer text messages or email to phone calls. I don't like parents calling and jabbering for 30 minutes about something that can be dealt with in 45 seconds by email or text.
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I do because my parents find it easier to call me with questions/concerns than to call the center talk to the Director, wait for the Director to call me about their conversation and give me their number. This way, the get the info straight from the horse's mouth. I give the parents the rules about calling me at home after 9 and I haven't had anyone abuse it yet.
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:34 PM
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Thanks everyone! I'm usually tech savvy but haven't heard of a Google number before - I'm definitely looking into that.

And BC, I have an iPhone too but didn't realize I could set up different contact lists. Definitely looking into that too!
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I switched my business phone number to my cell about 3 years ago. My daycare parents text me a lot. It also helps because I get phone calls during the times that I am not home from folks looking for daycare. I have received text from some looking for daycare as well. I still have a land line. And I can claim it on taxes.
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:56 AM
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Now, I have an i-phone and it allows me to have contact lists. I can choose to not accept calls from people on certain lists after a certain time.
I have an iPhone, and I never knew it had this feature! I will definitely be using it this way. Thanks!!
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Thanks everyone! I'm usually tech savvy but haven't heard of a Google number before - I'm definitely looking into that.

And BC, I have an iPhone too but didn't realize I could set up different contact lists. Definitely looking into that too!
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I have an iPhone, and I never knew it had this feature! I will definitely be using it this way. Thanks!!
I wasn't aware of this feature either until recently.

Here is how

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Tap on Notifications.

3. Tap on Do Not Disturb.

4. Tap on Allow Calls From.

5. You can choose from these options:

Everyone
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6. You can also choose from the Groups options below the other choices


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Old 06-13-2013, 11:59 AM
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I'm not sure why so many of you are using Google voice? Why are you so paranoid about giving someone your phone number? Just seems odd to me. I have a land line and a cell phone. I use my land line to advertise, but once a parent enrolls I give out my cell phone. I must prefer a "running late" text in the morning than a phone call. I love texting in general so it's just an easier way for most people to communicate during the day, especially if parents are at work. I've never had an issue with someone calling or texting me late at night or anything. Even if they did I sleep with my phone on silent so it would never bother me!
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Old 06-17-2013, 07:44 PM
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Do you give your parents your cell phone number? Why or why not?

Currently we have 1 land line for our family in general, 1 land line for the daycare, and 4 cell phones for me, DH and our two teens. I've thought about getting rid of the daycare phone and using my cell phone as a daycare phone but I'm not sure I want to be getting DCP calls/texts all the time.
I have one phone. Its my cell. It does irritate me to get any text or call outside daycare hours, but for the most part they don't bother me. I would rather not pay the extra for other lines.
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Old 06-18-2013, 10:51 AM
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I plan on having a cell phone for private use and a land line for business/daycare related reasons (my old boss did that but she would also give the daycare parents her cell number). I would rather have a landline because if for some reason you can't get a signal on your cell and it's an emergancy... your in trouble!

In my first aid/CPR class (ran by a formal FCCP) she told us its better to make a 911 call from a landline because they can find your location better if for some reason you cannot talk much or cannot tell them your location (such as if you had a stroke, or a heart attack, or if there is an intruder).
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I'm not sure why so many of you are using Google voice? Why are you so paranoid about giving someone your phone number? Just seems odd to me. I have a land line and a cell phone. I use my land line to advertise, but once a parent enrolls I give out my cell phone. I must prefer a "running late" text in the morning than a phone call. I love texting in general so it's just an easier way for most people to communicate during the day, especially if parents are at work. I've never had an issue with someone calling or texting me late at night or anything. Even if they did I sleep with my phone on silent so it would never bother me!
I use Google because I have had clients try to text me late at night (some as late as after 10:30 p.m.), early in the morning (as early as 5am), on holidays or on weekends again and again. For example on Father's day I had a drop-in DCM email, text and try to call me all day to see if I had room for yesterday. I forgot to turn Google Voice off and was very irritated. It's a holiday and I was spending it with my family. I would have appreciated her respecting this special day (and I promised DH that I would not answer business calls/texts on this day, this is what he wanted as a Father's Day gift. DCM kept texting and texting, calling and calling).

Turning my phone off or putting it on silent does not work for me because friends and family that need to get a hold of me wouldn't be able to if I turn my actual cell phone off or put it on silent. Using Google Voice allows me to not receive texts or calls from clients but still be able to get calls and texts from family and friends. I keep it on so that I can get calls in case of an emergency.

Also I had a loony DCM that always called and texted even after she was not a client anymore. She was always calling trying to "talk" or asking me to reserve drop-in spots for her but then would later not confirm the day before and wouldn't answer calls, emails or texts back and then not show up. I just got irritated and blocked her number.

Another reason that I use Google Voice is because I hand that number out when I fill out any type of information at all. My credit cards, banks etc. all have this number. This prevents my cell phone number and home number from getting unsolicited phone calls from 3rd party companies. If I do get an unsolicited call or promotional calls I can easily block these numbers. My cell phone company only allows a certain number of blocked numbers so this helps out a lot. It's one of the reasons why we use Ooma as our home phone provider instead of the typical phone providers. I like to be able to block as many phone numbers as I need to without having to call my phone company to do it for me or have a maximum number of callers that I can block.

Google Voice helped me out when my DH's ex GF (the girl before me) got a hold of my phone number and harassed me by calling and hanging up, having strange people call me to say that my DH was with them the previous night (when he was in bed with me btw) etc. She called my Google Voice number because that's the number that I hand out generally unless you are CLOSE friends or family so I easily blocked her. We had already changed our house number and she got my Google Voice number from a friend of ours by searching her phone for it (she also got my DH's Google Voice number). TRUST ME ... for me, Google Voice has been more than worth it.
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Old 06-18-2013, 08:20 PM
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I use Google because I have had clients try to text me late at night (some as late as after 10:30 p.m.), early in the morning (as early as 5am), on holidays or on weekends again and again. For example on Father's day I had a drop-in DCM email, text and try to call me all day to see if I had room for yesterday. I forgot to turn Google Voice off and was very irritated. It's a holiday and I was spending it with my family. I would have appreciated her respecting this special day (and I promised DH that I would not answer business calls/texts on this day, this is what he wanted as a Father's Day gift. DCM kept texting and texting, calling and calling).

Turning my phone off or putting it on silent does not work for me because friends and family that need to get a hold of me wouldn't be able to if I turn my actual cell phone off or put it on silent. Using Google Voice allows me to not receive texts or calls from clients but still be able to get calls and texts from family and friends. I keep it on so that I can get calls in case of an emergency.

Also I had a loony DCM that always called and texted even after she was not a client anymore. She was always calling trying to "talk" or asking me to reserve drop-in spots for her but then would later not confirm the day before and wouldn't answer calls, emails or texts back and then not show up. I just got irritated and blocked her number.

Another reason that I use Google Voice is because I hand that number out when I fill out any type of information at all. My credit cards, banks etc. all have this number. This prevents my cell phone number and home number from getting unsolicited phone calls from 3rd party companies. If I do get an unsolicited call or promotional calls I can easily block these numbers. My cell phone company only allows a certain number of blocked numbers so this helps out a lot. It's one of the reasons why we use Ooma as our home phone provider instead of the typical phone providers. I like to be able to block as many phone numbers as I need to without having to call my phone company to do it for me or have a maximum number of callers that I can block.

Google Voice helped me out when my DH's ex GF (the girl before me) got a hold of my phone number and harassed me by calling and hanging up, having strange people call me to say that my DH was with them the previous night (when he was in bed with me btw) etc. She called my Google Voice number because that's the number that I hand out generally unless you are CLOSE friends or family so I easily blocked her. We had already changed our house number and she got my Google Voice number from a friend of ours by searching her phone for it (she also got my DH's Google Voice number). TRUST ME ... for me, Google Voice has been more than worth it.
Wow you sound like you've dealt with some serious drama. I've never had to block a number in my life. I also ignore numbers that call my cell if I don't know who they are. I e-mail and text my parents outside of business hours if I have something I need to tell them. I could care less if they do the same for me. I'd rather get a text on Sunday night letting me know someone isn't showing up in the morning than waiting around for someone the next morning because they aren't allowed to tell me what's going on until I choose to turn on my special phone number. Do your parents know you turn the number off? Otherwise that would be quite the surprise when they tried to call and couldn't reach you.
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Wow you sound like you've dealt with some serious drama. I've never had to block a number in my life. I also ignore numbers that call my cell if I don't know who they are. I e-mail and text my parents outside of business hours if I have something I need to tell them. I could care less if they do the same for me. I'd rather get a text on Sunday night letting me know someone isn't showing up in the morning than waiting around for someone the next morning because they aren't allowed to tell me what's going on until I choose to turn on my special phone number. Do your parents know you turn the number off? Otherwise that would be quite the surprise when they tried to call and couldn't reach you.
Any particular reason you are responding in such a snide or hostile manner?

MarinaVanessa simply answered the question you asked. She was polite and honest and not at all condescending or rude.

I'm confused by your tone and can't help wondering why you are coming across so judgmental about someone's personal choice... One that has no bearing on you.

I apologize if that is/was not your intentions but it's definitely the way it comes across to me.
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Any particular reason you are responding in such a snide or hostile manner?

MarinaVanessa simply answered the question you asked. She was polite and honest and not at all condescending or rude.

I'm confused by your tone and can't help wondering why you are coming across so judgmental about someone's personal choice... One that has no bearing on you.

I apologize if that is/was not your intentions but it's definitely the way it comes across to me.
I wasn't trying to be hostile at all, I guess I just don't understand her personal choice so maybe that's why it came across that way?
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I have both a landline and cell phone but I give neither numbers out to clients. I give out my Google voice number which transfers calls to my cell and house number. You can block anyones number and turn it on and off (online) whenever you want to. This way your private numbers stay private.
That's a good idea! I need to look into this.
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Wow you seem like you've dealt with some serious drama. I've never had to block a number in my life. I also ignore numbers that call my cell if I don't know who they are. I e-mail and text my parents outside of business hours if I have something I need to tell them. I could care less if they do the same for me. I'd rather get a text on Sunday night letting me know someone isn't showing up in the morning than waiting around for someone the next morning because they aren't allowed to tell me what's going on until I choose to turn on my special phone number. Do your parents know you turn the number off? Otherwise that would be quite the surprise when they tried to call and couldn't reach you.
Yes all of my clients know that texts, phone calls and emails that are sent to me during off hours are not always answered until the following business day. It's in my handbook. They can send me texts, emails or leave voicemails to give me info but I may not respond back. In my situation on Fathers day, the DCM kept calling and calling and texting and even sent a few emails to ask if I had room the following day knowing that I fill up quickly and last minute requests are hard to accomodate. Also I was not home to even check the schedule to see if I had room and after a few texts I did let her know that and told her that I'd check and let her know as soon as I got home and still she kept texting asking if I went home yet. Very irritating.

There are many providers that don't ever answer business calls during non business hours or weekends. They like me have extended office hours that they call if they need to chat. Otherwise they can leave a text, voicemail or email which can easily be checked in the morning.

Ignoring certain phone calls like phone numbers that I don't recognize is also not an option for me since people may call to ask for info about my daycare and I'm on the board of our local child care association and a part of what I do is parent referrals and help our members with business questions. Again, I use my Google number since we answer calls during "business hours" so I get a lot of calls from child care providers that I may not be familiar with and from parents in the community.

I've always said that the beauty of this business is just like owning any other business, you get to be your own boss and structure it the way you like. There are a million ways to run a business and what may work for me may not work for you, which is still okay. Perhaps not giving your personal phone numbers is unheard of to you and you find it odd but its just what works for some of us.
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My original intent was to keep my land line for business and my cell for personal, but when we would go on a field trip I found myself wanting to give my cell. I also wanted to be able to send and receive texts from parents. So I have given it out. Thankfully I haven't had anyone abuse it. I like the yahoo phone idea. Im going to look into that.
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