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  • So tired of high needs parents thinking their child is the only one in my care.

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    • Printed out some paperwork for my families. Made sure I got it in backpacks today before kids went home. Realized about an hour after everyone left that I forgot to FILL OUT the blanks for each family in the paperwork. So basically I sent home a useless piece of paper and threatened that parents couldn't bring their kids back unless they brought back that useless piece of paper
      (I ended up messaging families and let them know what their blanks should say. One of my awesome parents wrote back and was joking with me. I told her "I blame lack of sleep and other people's children" she wrote back and said "that's fair! "

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      • I wonder why I have so much trouble remembering how much upheaval and disruption a drop in child creates.
        One would assume after being in this business for so many years and always saying "never again" that I would learn to say no when asked.

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        • GirlMomma
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          I just had this come up! So, at the change of the season, I emailed everyone. Because my daycare is full, I advised drop in care for siblings will be on first come first serve basis with a minimum two week notice. Well, last night at pick up, DCM (not even asking me!) says “DCB4 will be here Wednesday.” I firmly said, “Sorry DCM, I don’t have any open spots for next Wednesday. You have to put your request in much sooner!”

          She’s not happy but I dread having him here and she didn’t follow my policy.

        • GirlMomma
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          Annalee you’re right… there is no amount of money worth drop in care!!

        • ItsAllSonShineAndRainbows
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          We do JUST preschool, 4 hours a day now. At one point we did TWENTY-FOUR HOUR DROP IN CARE!?!? What on earth was I thinking?!?!

      • Kidkare is at it again. Changing how invoices work, again. And of course it is all jacked up and incorrect. Again.

        I need to add discounts for Black Friday, but now I can't. I have no idea what they will invoice out. It shows only one client has paid all freaking year right now..... ahhhgggg!!!!

        They should not be able to update without notice and allowing us to make the choice when we are paying for it. At least wait until after we print the year in review for taxes, asshats.

        Nothing ticks me off more than messing with my money or my time.

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        • Cat Herder
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          It says I made Total $248,946.00 this year. With 6 kids, attending 50 hours per week, food/diapers/wipes/formula/supplies included at $145 per week. What am I, Merlin? If I had a genie, I would not be here in faded jeans and sneakers, folks. grrr

        • Annalee
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          You're killing me, Smalls!!! LOL

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        • Mini vent:

          Having one of those moments where something that never crossed your mind as being or possibly being a problem occurs and now you see it is an issue but wish you'd thought of it beforehand.

          I wish I would've thought to have banned car seats from the start. They take up way too much space. Why can't parents just get one carseat for each car and at my daycare one for each household really because the majority of my dc parents are single-parents not couples.

          Will be something I'll change in future.

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          • livinglife
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            Yes it is. I'm 4 years in business and I'm only now feeling like I'm at a place where I won't be thrown too many curveballs lol.

          • ItsAllSonShineAndRainbows
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            I can point to each section of my parent handbook and tell you which family made me add the policy :P

          • Alwaysgreener
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            LOL so true, I alter or add policy because of a family too.

        • Naptime, the baby was sleeping, the toddler was sleeping, another toddler is laying talking to her self. I decide to retreat to my room and fold some towels. I come back out and my house smells like my cat pooped in the living room. The baby wakes and needs a bottle and then got picked up. I wake the toddler to go home. I still can't find the cat poop.

          I wake the other toddler and it was not my cat but her. She has diaper dug and has poop all over her shirt and has poop on her hands. After snack, she was just sitting on my lap and her hair smells too. This is the first time she has done that here.

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          • My coffee pot QUIT this morning....not good for an already frustrated personMade some from the keurig maker but that coffee don't like me.....I love it but it doesn't feel the same about me but gotta have it and face the consequences later

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            • Backstory: My old phone would delete text messages automatically after so many were there. My new phone apparently does not and to make room for an app I had to delete some manually. I have had this phone since 2019.

              Point: In less than 24 months, my PITA DCM had texted me 4,629 times. That number does not even include the thousands of messages on Daily Connect, Facebook and personal email. Her kid was not special needs, had minimal behavioral issues, no medical issues/allergies and was potty trained for those last 24 months. That number does not even count the first two years they were here.

              No wonder just hearing her name makes my skin crawl. I thought I was just getting burnt out, but here is the proof.

              For reference:

              My DH's number was 847 and he works out of state a few days per month.
              All other parents combined = 422.

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              • livinglife
                livinglife commented
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                I'm with Annalee lol, that is definitely harassment lol. I'm so glad the parents I've had so far are chill.

              • Cat Herder
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                I am constantly finding myself wandering around feeling like I must have forgotten something since she has been gone. lol! It was like froggy boiling, it started slowly and built up over time until I did not notice I was being consumed. Yeah, I won't fall for that level of neediness again.

              • DaveA
                DaveA commented
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                Holy crap! I got stressed out just reading that number. I don’t think I could have handled that well.

            • Got ANOTHER EMAIL from the state 'recommending' we mask kids over the age of 2......right now, NO parents are entering my building so I'm leaving well enough alone but wondering if this will be 'mandated' instead of 'recommended' at some point'.
              Last edited by Annalee; 11-28-2021, 07:33 AM.

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              • Alwaysgreener
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                I could be wrong but I don't think the mandate it for a child that young. My son that is three and a half, he licks at his mask when he has one on. When we we go to the stores, I have to take a handful of masks to give him a dry one at each stop.

              • Alwaysgreener
                Alwaysgreener commented
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                Then again I didn't think they would mandate covid vaccines
                Last edited by Alwaysgreener; 11-28-2021, 09:41 AM.

              • Annalee
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                Barring the Federal courts changing it; beginning Jan 1 the teachers here will have to be vaccinated or tested weekly and health care workers will lose their job if not vaccinated. I find this crazy because there are NOT enough teachers, bus drivers, healthcare workers as it is so??? We shall see but I do know many from my brother's company he works for were fired for NOT getting vaccinated so there is some truth to this rumor??

            • Alabama has the lowest vaccination rate in the country and most people won't get vaccinated. I've got a cousin that works for a company that states to either get vaccinated or submit a weekly covid test (that you have to pay for). Instead of getting a shot she'd rather pay for the covid test 🙄
              Christy Sewell

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              • Annalee
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                I'm not sure what percentage of our state is vaccinated.....?

              • Blackcat31
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                My state is at 80.5% vaccinated. We are also experiencing one of the highest cases of COVID because we live in a state where colds/flu run rampant this time of the year. I dunno about any of the other data as it's all so confusing and complicated. I've just been doing what I feel is best for me, my family and my business.

                My son works for a company that has both vaccinated and non-vaccinated staff. Those that choose not be must test weekly (I believe at their own expense/cost) and they wear a mask while at work. My son says the number of vaccinate and non vaccinated is about equal.

                My daughter works on the COVID floor of a large hospital and she said that they're still full with young and old. Vaccinate and non vaccinated.

              • Annalee
                Annalee commented
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                I googled and 58. % are vaccinated in my state.....38.49% are vaccinated in my county. I've had to fight with three different entities all over the state just to get an 'acceptable' letter for the school to cover my son's quarantine for exposure leading into his own positive covid result quarantine.....this stuff is crazy and I even have connections but these connections can only accept certain criteria......no wonder people don't mess with telling anyone they have covid; they just go along without the worry!

            • I swear the age I accept is going to be strictly 2-3YO.

              One of the 4YO broke one of my signs hanging on the wall. Luckily, I could glue it back together and it isn’t noticeable damage. It just pisses me off.

              My new 14 month old is so spoiled at home, he will squeal, actually squeal, when he doesn’t get his way or I don’t run immediately to soothe him. He’s also still on formula and is so hungry when he gets here that he’s an absolute bear to deal with. He has yet to adjust to nap time schedule and will scream the entire time unless I’m holding him.

              I’ve come to find that ages 2-3 is my niche

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              • Rockgirl
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                I’ve decided absolutely no more infants, ever again! I like ages 2-5.

            • Dcg4 and dcb8 show up with out snow gear. I don't care if DCB has snow gear cause he is going to school and he is their problem. DCg not having snow pant will keep us from going outside. Last week she had the wrong shoes, Mary Jane shoes when there was a bit of snow.

              Well I have struggled with this family for a little while on what she wears (leggings as pants on cold windy days). Well I just found out that she chooses her own outfits and they tell her that she is going to be cold but she doesn't change, she just adds a skirt sometimes two or three. Seriously.

              I really need to speak up because her conquest for not dressing probably effects everyone in the group not just her. We are able to go out because I have a pair of snow pants that I am saving for my ds, but if she keeps wearing them then I may have to get DS a new pair.

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              • Cat Herder
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                "I think it is great you are letting her choose to accept the consequences of not dressing properly for weather or attendance. See you guys tomorrow."

                Being dressed appropriately for weather is part of the legal regulations here. I am legally required to send them home or supply the clothing. They are not allowed to stay in or go out dressed inappropriately. Either is a citation, fine and possible 30 day closure. I'd bring down the hammer.

            • 16.5 more working days until Christmas Break
              16.5 more working days until Christmas Break
              16.5 more working days until Christmas Break

              I swear I’m taking all of December off next year
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              • Annalee
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                Same here, Dec. 22nd is my last day until Jan 5th. Hang in there!

              • GirlMomma
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                Annalee I’m trying to! LOL

            • I find it funny when parents try to make their responsibility my responsibility.

              “DCK has an appointment and needs to eat prior to the appointment, I’ll pick him up at 10:40.” my reply: “Okay! Lunch isn’t served until 11:00. I will have DCK ready so you have time to grab something for him.”

              *stares at me awkwardly*

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              • Cat Herder
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                She would have done a backflip here since 10:30 is AM snack and lunch at 12:30. Was she really expecting you to provide a full meal that early in the morning??

              • GirlMomma
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                Cat Herder I absolutely think so! This is something my husband and I discussed earlier: Parents expect providers to give them what I call “Nanny Service.” I am expected to cater to their child’s every need, as if I work for them. Which is fine. But I am going to have to increase them to the premium “Nanny Service” rate, which isn’t “affordable.” 😂
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