I provide daycare. I just took on a new child - he just started his second month with me. His parents have just split up and they pay the fees 50/50. Today, I get told by the mother that the father wants to know if he can pay on the 15th instead of the 1st. I tend to be someone who finds it hard to say no. In this case, it was so very easy. It seems to me, when it comes to financial obligations, the daycare provider should not be considered an option for trying to get the fee payment date pushed later in the month. I already gave this family a break by pro-rating the fees because the child didn't start until the 2nd week of May and the parents knew back in February what the fees are and when they are due. Also, I do have them sign a contract which states the fees and when they are due. I have an awful feeling that payment from the dad could become a problem. I think I will mention that the other family gives me post dated cheques and suggest that they may wish to do the same. I know it won't stop his cheques from bouncing, but my guess is that he is probably trying to stay out of a line of credit. I had that happen to me once before - a client wanted me to hold off cashing the cheque because otherwise, she would end up in her line of credit! Uh, no. When it comes to the person taking care of the most precious part of one's life...pay that person on time and never ask to delay payment. Okay, I'm done ranting. Thanks for letting me spout.