Should You Give Your Daycare Provider a Holiday Bonus? : The Saturday Weekend Review #150

Holiday Bonus Etiquette – Is there such a thing?   Other than giving Christmas gifts not all parents have heard about giving their daycare provider a holiday bonus. Not everyone is fortunate to get a holiday bonus at the end of the year which means relying on the budget is the ideal way to go. If you are self-employed or a contractor you have to look out for yourself in the world of employment which means you can set guidelines and rules for your customers. It’s not only the daycare provider many are unsure about when it comes to giving a holiday bonus either. If you are fortunate to have a maid, nanny, groundskeeper or other contracted service people working for you giving them a holiday bonus is nice but not necessarily required. Related: Do you get a Christmas Bonus or do you Budget? When you work for a large company or organization you may find that your employer is generous and may gift you a holiday bonus. You’ll still be paying taxes on it as well if it’s not cash. On the other hand you may have a Grinch for a boss so you’ll get nothing accept maybe a […]

What or who do you rely on to earn an income?

YOU ARE YOUR INCOME SOURCE   We all need to earn an income to survive in this crazy world. Many people jump in their vehicle or rely on other community services in the morning to go to work. Typical day… maybe. What would happen if there was no more bus service or our vehicle stopped running? I never gave much thought about who or what I rely on to earn an income until this past week. I think plenty of people worry more about whether they will keep their job over how they will get to their job and other so-called slight factors that would cause an impeding problem to their income. To call them slight would be a huge mistake. Many of us live life similar to everyone else who gets up in the morning, eats breakfast, showers, sorts the family out and is off to work. Of course depending on your work schedule that might not be the way it rolls in your household but you know what I mean. I remember posting that when my wife and I bought a house we bought it on one income so we had almost a free income to work with […]

Child breaks the food rules of daycare: PF Weekly grab a brew #62

THERE ARE NO WARNINGS   Rules are rules and they are put in place for a reason. We have rules at work to follow and many have strict provisions due to health and safety reasons. When I read this article about a 2-year-old child that was suspended for 3 days from daycare for bringing in a cheese sandwich I knew it would cause online chaos. The child broke the rules and according to the daycare policy would be suspended. It is what it is. The Ottawa daycare says that parents sign a policy when they sign up at the daycare and it’s posted in French in regards to the policy on the front doors. Chaos in commenting was right because plenty of parents and those without kids had something to say about this suspension. I’m sure many more parents will chime in because it is a topic of concern and it should be.   Follow the rules   So, the rules of the daycare state “no outside food” is allowed inside the daycare. Best of it is, if your child brings in any food containing peanuts they will be expelled. Strict, you bet. The daycare provides everything needed for the […]

Why I’m A Stay At Home Parent And Our Budget Compromises

PARENTING MEANS MAKING DECISIONS THAT ARE FINANCIALLY AND EMOTIONALLY FITTING FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY   Deciding to be a stay at home parent was very nerve-wracking process for my husband I but happy we took steps to understand it. Don’t for a second think that you are alone when trying to figure out if being a single-income family is right for you. There is no definite right or wrong answer but a couple of things you need to consider.   Lifestyle choice   Having a parent stay home full-time with the new little bundle(s) of joy is a lifestyle choice, some parents are quite happy putting their kids in daycare/in the care of family for work hours as soon as their parental leave is expired and that’s fine. Initially when I found out I was pregnant the first idea that we agreed on was that we wanted me to be a stay at home mom until our little guy was old enough to be in school part-time. And after throwing around various numbers, costs and logistics of getting to and from work/daycare, we discovered that financially it would work for us.   Money, money and more money!   Most of us are really not […]