Today I am SOOOOO tired!
Back in July I opened up a home daycare. I really wanted to bring in some extra income, couldn’t get a job as a teacher (stupid cutbacks) and really didn’t want to put my two younger kids in daycare anyway. So, I was left with home daycare.
I can honestly say I like doing it. What I don’t like is all the paperwork and inspections that come along with it. Ughhhh….So many inspections on a monthly basis. I started out with an infant, a 3 year old and 4 four year old. Currently, I have the infant and 3 year old, another 3 year old and a 12 year old. Yes, I have a 12 year old! I only have him in the mornings, his parents drop him off here so he is not home alone in the mornings.
Needless to say, my day starts at 530 a.m. and the last kid leaves at 5 p.m. daily! Even with the kids gone, my day isn’t over. Paperwork can really get annoying and the clean up from having so many kids is very daunting.
OK…so what I’m trying to get at is Lillian is learning a lot by having other children around. She is pretend playing and doing all the sing along games. She loves to play ring-around-the-rosie. She also thinks the infant is her baby doll, so there is A LOT of supervision in that area! She will sit when the other kids are sitting during story time. However, she does not show much interest in coloring. She is also learning to pass me her plate when she is done eating, because she use to throw the plate on the floor!
ON the bad side, she is hitting a lot more. She learned this behavior from a previous kid I had. I used to put her in time out, but then she would hit someone and go and put herself in timeout. Now we say and sign gentle and sorry and she spends time out in a porta crib. She also thinks if she keeps saying gentle while in the crib, she will be able to get out. Not happening… I tried letting her take naps on the floor mats with the other kids, but that soon came to an end. Nap time was no fun for me and the other kids when she would continuously get up and run off or throw things at the other kids. So, she is sleeping in her porta crib until she can stay put on the mat.
But my favorite part of the day is when they are all doing this….
Oh so sweet.