Monthly Archives: October 2012

Little Hearts Makes Differences Too!

A recent incident about a school bus monitor who was bullied by some teens made me ponder, “who are these children?” Maybe, just maybe if these kids were taught compassion as wee ones they’d be different people. Already we know children beam when we praise them for doing a ‘good job’ so why not really teach them how not to be a society of ‘me, me, me’. Arguably some may state that children of today have narcissistic tendencies and have entitlement issues that do not allow them to be contributing, self-less beings.

Introduce young children to local organizations or worthy causes that can teach them to practice empathy. Have them volunteer at an animal shelter and walk a dog, bring crafts to a children’s hospital and participate together, be-friend a resident at a Nursing Home, start a garbage pick up in your neighborhood playground.

Whether its animals, patients, elders or the planet, everyone can make a difference and the changes will benefit all involved!

Online Safety Tips for Kids:

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

The Internet—whether accessed through a computer, iPad or Smartphone—has opened a world of opportunities for our children to learn, engage and express themselves. But the Internet can also pose some risk for your child:

93% of teens (12-17) are online and 73% of teens (12-17) have profiles on social networking sites.
4% of youths received an online sexual solicitation where the solicitor tried to contact the youth offline.
In 27% of cases, solicitors asked youths for sexual photographs of themselves.

Jack-O-Lantern Sweet Potato Fries

Looking for a healthy, delicious and FUN halloween snack for the kiddies? Try this awesome recipe we found on babble.com! We made these today and they couldn’t be yummier (or cuter!)

Halloween Face Painting Ideas

Now that Halloween is just around the corner it’s time to plan all the festivities. From buying candy and decorating, to thinking of costumes. Dressing up is the most exciting part of Halloween for kids and for adults. Face painting is a great way to bring Halloween costumes to life! Whether you’re a cheetah or skeleton there’s always a creative and fun way to paint your face!

Going the Extra Mile

Our goal at Nannies on Call is to help you succeed as a Nanny and be the best Nanny in the neighbourhood. We want other parents calling us to say ‘We want a nanny just like her!’ These tips will help you get stellar references, which will result in higher pay and landing your dream job down the road.

Korean sangchu ssam or Lettuce Wrap Recipe

If you have ever struggled to get a reluctant child to eat a healthy day’s portion of vegetables, try this hands-on Korean dish that’s both kid-friendly and remarkably tasty!

Ssam literally means ‘wrapped’ in Korean, and covers a wide variety of food that are wrapped in leaf vegetables like lettuce, sesame leaves, seaweed, and so on. It’s a fantastic way for kids to have fun with their food by building each bite themselves (similar to tacos or burritos), and still eat something that is fresh and healthy. The version we’ll make today is sangchu ssam or lettuce wraps, one of the easiest to eat and find ingredients for.

Veggie Puppets: A Harvest Craft

With the harvest season upon us, it might be fun to change the rules for one afternoon and play with some food! Here is a craft that can get kids talking and tasting the local produce and be creative at the same time!

Recommended for Ages 3 and Up
** Adult Participation and Supervision is Necessary!**

Toronto Nanny Spotlight

Do you live in Toronto? So does Rochelle!!

Nanny Rochelle has worked with children for over 10 years in a wide variety of ways. She has been a babysitter, nanny, theater teacher, a birth and post-natal doula and to top it all off she is a mother as well! Rochelle has university degrees from Concordia and University of Florida in Fine Arts and keeps active in the theatre community by regularly teaching acting for children ages 6 to 16. She also runs a week-long Shakespeare-themed day camp! Rochelle is also passionate about music, writing and performing. She is the perfect mix of energizing engagement and confident wisdom from her extensive experience! Rochelle is a gem of a nanny, someone who can alternately be expert support for newborns (and tired parents!) or a fun and creative nanny to keep older children engaged.