Monthly Archives: September 2012

Five Easy Ways to Encourage Kids to Eat Healthy

Article by: Linda Shoreland for OurKids.net, Canada’s trusted source for camps and schools.

Having just returned from a weekend with my in-laws, nutrition is at the forefront of my mind. I love my mother-in-law, but sometimes her idea of providing kid-friendly meals for my son is stocking her freezer and pantry with microwave pizza, boxed macaroni and cheese, frozen chicken nuggets, hot dogs, and sugary fruit drinks. Sure, those might be toddler dietary staples in some households, but not in mine. I try my very best to explain to her that our son eats what we eat. We expose him to a wide variety of foods to ensure he has a balanced, healthy diet. I have made a very concerted effort from the time he began eating solids, to offer a wide array of foods. If he goes through phases of food rejection, so be it, but I didn’t want to be responsible for him having a picky palette.

Back-to-School: Creating a Positive Homework Environment

It’s that time of year again. Children are back to school and inevitably the piles of homework will soon start coming in. Some children are able to tackle their school work at home with little or no direction, while others need a little bit more encouragement and the right home environment.

Here are a few tips to help you create a positive homework environment in your home:

Kelowna Nanny Spotlight!

Like Mary Poppins swoops in to bring joy to children, Nannies on Call listens to their clients! Not only do you want quality childcare, less headaches with screening and negotiations, but someone that shares your childcare philosophies and is an over the top great match! We make it our priority to ensure you are happy with the nanny we place you with. Meet some of our team members and see if one sounds like a great match for your family’s needs.

Keeping Germs at Bay During the Cold & Flu Season

Whether you’re a mom or a nanny, staying healthy during the cold and flu season is imperative! With hectic lives, and children who depend on us to provide for their never-ending needs, we don’t have time to fight illness, and we certainly can’t take a day off! Our best bet as we progress through the season of sickness is to take good care of ourselves and the children, and implement preventative steps to keep the germs at bay.

Travel kits for kids

Traveling via car with my kids is common. I have to be very creative in what to pack so as not to rely on electronics all the time. I used to let my son choose his own activities at the dollar store but then soon realized that the element of surprise was gone. Then our new road trip tradition started….

Acknowledging Emotions

There are many ways to encourage positive psychological development in the children we care for. Often, in the heat of the moment, it can be hard to figure out how to best deal with a situation. When a child is having an emotional outburst, does it seem to work to ignore them, reason with them, dismiss their actions? What might best support the child in the long term and give them the tools to overcome their problems in the future?

Vancouver Nanny of the Month

We are so proud to have nanny Erin as part of the Nannies On Call team in Vancouver. Erin is a bright, happy and energetic nanny who is very passionate about childcare & education. Erin has been studying to graduate with her Bachelor of Education from SFU. She is a very hard worker and has many years […]