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  • #16
    Originally posted by countrymom View Post
    I have a problem with it because I have one parent who does everything on the days off but when I ask for a day off she squacks so much its rediculous. But I charge for the time you are here, I don't charge for the spot, I did this on purpose to eliminate nonsense like that but what I also get is parents who like to lie to be where they are.
    I agree, my hours are contracted work and commute times only!

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    • #17
      I also couldn't care less what they do while they pay me to watch their kid. Heck, I had one last year who paid me to watch her kid and she was at home babysitting her neighbors kids !?!?! Whatever, I am being paid so I don't care what they do on their dime....I only get angry with the ones who get their childcare subsidized or completely paid for and bring their kids while they go home....those are the only ones who irritate me..

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      • #18
        Originally posted by jen View Post
        Is she on time for pick up? If she's late, then you have an issue. If she is within her scheduled time, probably not.
        My hours are contracted hours which allow 8.5 for working and 1 hour to travel. That's a total of 9.5 hours of childcare for my pay. Anything over is considered overtime which is $5.00 every 15 minutes if not prearranged first with a phone call or text OR $10.00 an hour if prearranged.

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        • #19
          My rates are half day or full day, so what they do in those hours are their choice, I think I get more jealous then anything. I would love to get off work at 3 and have a few hours to get somethings done! They pay for their day, so while I wish I could run errands too, if they do, it's their dime. I have one family that I am pretty sure leaves their little boy here till closing everynight just because he is a major handful! Pretty sure adhd will be in his future school file! I've been wondering if it would be inappropriate to pay another daycare to watch him part of the day so I can get a break...kidding of course, but it would sure be nice somedays. Nothing like a 3.5 year old whose speach isn't developed that runs around like a bunny on caffiene all day. Anyone have an opening???

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          • #20
            I also now ask parents for their work schedual times, this way I know if they are lying. Another problem with parents who are suppose to be at work, is, that when i need to get a hold of them, then I would call work first, only to find out that they were not at work and then I start hunting them down, it irks me.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by WyoDaycareMom View Post
              My rates are half day or full day, so what they do in those hours are their choice, I think I get more jealous then anything. I would love to get off work at 3 and have a few hours to get somethings done! They pay for their day, so while I wish I could run errands too, if they do, it's their dime. I have one family that I am pretty sure leaves their little boy here till closing everynight just because he is a major handful! Pretty sure adhd will be in his future school file! I've been wondering if it would be inappropriate to pay another daycare to watch him part of the day so I can get a break...kidding of course, but it would sure be nice somedays. Nothing like a 3.5 year old whose speach isn't developed that runs around like a bunny on caffiene all day. Anyone have an opening???
              I have one of those too and I'm pretty sure they bring him here for the same reason sometimes! They've only taken 1 week vacation off with their kids despite having 5 weeks off and all holidays. When the parents have taken their vacation time off, they don't even pick up early - not even once! The only time they take extra time off with their kids is when I'm closed. So sad. I'm working on getting my attitude adjusted to see this as "I'm paid so what do I care". It's hard sometimes.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by VTMom View Post
                I'm working on getting my attitude adjusted to see this as "I'm paid so what do I care". It's hard sometimes.
                Same here!! Its hard though when (even though you chose this profession) you get kinda resentful.
                "Being a parent is wanting to hug and strangle your kid at the same time".

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                • #23
                  Years ago, this used to irk me to no end. Not anymore. I even have one daycare mom who pays a full-time rate even though her son comes part-time just so she can get errands done without him sometimes. She doesnt always go shopping or whatever but she always pays the full-time rate for it. Works for me. I dont care what they do, and I dont think I should, as long as they pay me for the time I am caring for their child.

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                  • #24
                    here Is how I look at it yes it is wrong for them to send their children or child to care if they are not working but if they pay the rate to send them it is their day to do with it the way they want.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by countrymom View Post
                      I also now ask parents for their work schedual times, this way I know if they are lying. Another problem with parents who are suppose to be at work, is, that when i need to get a hold of them, then I would call work first, only to find out that they were not at work and then I start hunting them down, it irks me.
                      Why not just the cell first? Youre bound to get them the 1st time that way. I never call a parents work. I prefer all communication to be through the cell weather its talking or texting, and I prefer texting anyway.

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                      • #26
                        Another thought...I believe we all know what it feels like to do errends with little ones tagging along. It's hard..it takes more time, etc. I remember when my DS was a baby, and there were some days I just needed to get things done, so off to Grandmas he would go. I still do errends with my DC kids, and it's not easy, but some days I just have to get stuff done too. Yesterday, U had like 5 stops to make with a 5 month old in tow. But I had no choice..So I can completely understand why a parent wants to do do something without carting a kid around, an dthey are paying someone to be able to do it. I just dont see what the big deal is. It's their kids, and its their time and its their money they are paying, so as far as I can see, it's just none of my business. I can't nor do I have the right to tell other parents what to do or how to raise their kids. besides, I would be out of pay, if I told dcp I will only watch them when they are at "work". A center is not going to ask them what they are doing, so why would I?

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                        • #27
                          I don't ask either. Unless they are late or something. Now I do have my sa boy who I got a text from mom last week she asked how early I started. I asked how early she needed. He is normally he's at 8 so was thinking she would say 730. Well she said 530. She's a single mom who sometimes has to work at an out of town office so I said sure. When she dropped off boy told me mom signed up for spinning class at 6am. That is the last time I will be doing that. I'm not working over for her to go to an exercise class!!!

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by Blackcat31 View Post
                            I also couldn't care less what they do while they pay me to watch their kid. Heck, I had one last year who paid me to watch her kid and she was at home babysitting her neighbors kids !?!?! Whatever, I am being paid so I don't care what they do on their dime....I only get angry with the ones who get their childcare subsidized or completely paid for and bring their kids while they go home....those are the only ones who irritate me..
                            This pretty much sums up my feelings also. As long as they pick up on time, pay on time and don't have an attitude when I take time off, then do what you want. I could care less.

                            If they are dropping kids off and going home while having childcare subsidized...well, that is a whole separate topic. That would irritate me and I would probably say something.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by laundrymom View Post
                              Well she said 530. She's a single mom who sometimes has to work at an out of town office so I said sure. When she dropped off boy told me mom signed up for spinning class at 6am. That is the last time I will be doing that. I'm not working over for her to go to an exercise class!!!
                              For me, it would depend. I charge a early drop fee of $10 per hr, that is not prorated, so if they drop off 15 min early, it's $10..if it's an hr, it's $10. So if they needed me at 530am, and if I needed the money, I would do it no matter what they were doing, because that would be an extra $30 for me if he normally came at 8am. They can go to class every morning to pay me that kind of money!

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                              • #30
                                My fee is 5 dollars on her contract. He's been here 10 years
                                Originally posted by legomom922 View Post
                                For me, it would depend. I charge a early drop fee of $10 per hr, that is not prorated, so if they drop off 15 min early, it's $10..if it's an hr, it's $10. So if they needed me at 530am, and if I needed the money, I would do it no matter what they were doing, because that would be an extra $30 for me if he normally came at 8am. They can go to class every morning to pay me that kind of money!

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