Monthly Archives: January 2013

Dads Get the Blues Too

It is common for women to suffer from depression and anxiety following the birth of a baby. About 10 to 20% of women are diagnosed with postpartum depression. What is less common, however, is our understanding of postpartum depression in men. Recent research has found that 10 to 25 % of new fathers may suffer from depression. Dads or secondary caregivers experience stress related to feeling rejected after the arrival of the child, relationship or marital dysfunction, burden of financial responsibility, grieving pre-baby freedom and lifestyle, or feeling overwhelmed by partner’s postpartum depression.

Big Brother, Little Sister

Having children with a large age gap has its pluses and its minuses. Mercer Mayer writes her Little Critter books with titles such as Just Me and My Little Brother and The New Baby that appeals to the toddlers but what about the older kids? Being a child with a sibling 9 years older was dandy for me; someone to learn from, pester and look up to. Perhaps he did not always feel the same growing up; forced to no longer be in the lime light, be an instant baby sitter and have a tag-a-long – oh-what-a-drag! I see my friend’s 10 year old son struggling with the perils of having a baby sister. No longer is he their ‘centre of the universe’ and much to his dismay, mom has to tote along the baby to soccer

Vancouver Nanny of the Month

Meet Lindsey! She recently joined the Nannies on Call team, and we couldn’t be happier to have her aboard! Lindsey has more than 10 years experience working with children from newborn to 12 years old. Her strong knowledge of children’s development makes her an exceptional nanny! She loves the outdoors and enjoys activities such as yoga, snowboarding, skating and hiking.

Family Literacy Day 2013

Did you know that January 27th, 2013 is the 15th annual Family Literacy Day in Canada? “Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and held annually on January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.”

Play Dough Recipe

This is a great home activity where everyone can participate! Personalize it by adding dashes of koolaid for vibrant colours! It’s simple instructions and basic ingredients makes it a fun family activity.

Koolaid Play Dough

Nannies on Call 2013

Nannies on Call has been providing professional and fun childcare for over 12 years. Committed to providing the highest quality of childcare where children’s safety and security is our number one priority.

In order to continue to provide this level of nanny service, effective January 30th, 2013, Nannies on Call agency fees and nannies hourly rates will be increasing on February 1st, 2013.

Befriending your employer

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.