Monthly Archives: August 2016

Your Nanny and Homework

With September looming in the not-too-distant future, our thoughts are slowly – albeit reluctantly – turning back to school.  All across Canada, classrooms wait to be decorated for a new group of learners.  “Back to School” signs adorn storefronts from Toronto to Halifax.  Backpacks are flying off the shelves in Vancouver, pencils are being sharpened […]

Why Your Nanny (and your kids) Need a Routine

Make a List For Your Nanny and Things Will Go Smoothly! You have a nanny – now what?  Establishing a routine with your nanny should be your first priority. While today’s television sitcoms feature nannies in outrageous situations, real-live nannies in Halifax, Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, and Victoria need a simple routine to establish the […]

How Being a Nanny Will Rock Your Resume

How Being a Nanny Looks Good On A Resume! Being a nanny is a fabulous job. However, it is only one of the jobs I will hold as a stepping stone in my quest to becoming the Most Powerful Woman in All the Universe. Or in Canada. Or at least in British Columbia. Or maybe, […]

The Essential Nanny Question: What Would Mary Wear?

As a Nanny, What Should I Wear? Everyone needs an idol, and for me – a full-time nanny – my supercalifragilistic idol can be streamed 24/7 via the Disney Channel. Although Mary Poppins was a London girl at the cusp of the 20th century, her timeless lessons continue to inspire this Canadian girl in 2016. […]

The Joyful Perks of Nannying

Four Reasons You Should Be a Nanny Are you considering being a nanny? Or are you already enjoying this noble and fun profession? Like all careers in Canada, some work days can be challenging. However, I have found that my job satisfaction is extremely high. What’s my secret? Simply by compiling an ongoing list of […]

A Canadian Nanny’s Musings: How Do You Solve a Problem?

A Few of My Favorite Things (Or How To Solve a Problem) courtesy of Maria von Trapp, Nanny extraordinaire. Here are some key ways that I am different from Maria von Trapp: * I am never going to lead my charges across the Alps whilst singing in harmony; * I will never yodel as a […]

Being Mary Poppins in Canada: A Nanny’s Best Tricks for a Rainy Afternoon

Although Mary Poppins used her magic in London, I like to imagine that a bit of it floated over to our Canadian cities: Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax, Quebec, Edmonton, Victoria. When nannies are stressed out, they only need to channel a bit of Mary’s magic to make every day “practically perfect in every way.” These three […]

Nanny of the Month

Nanny Tatiana L. is celebrating her 5 year nannyversary with Nannies on Call this month, having taken over 260 jobs with over 100 families since joining our team in 2011.  Originally from Russia, Tatiana worked as an activity leader/counsellor in the elementary school system in Omsk before moving to Canada as a live-in caregiver in […]

How To Make Sure Your Nanny Reads to Your Child

How to Make Sure Your Nanny Reads to Your Child As a reading teacher and a mother, one of my parenting goals is to raise children who will make friends with books. When finding a nanny for our family, this priority was one of the non-negotiables in our process.  (In case you need convincing, check […]

Moms, Nannies and The Olympics

Moms Go for the Gold: How My Nanny Allows me to Go Higher, Faster, and Stronger   Olympic fever is heating up, Canada! Yes, we do love our winter sports, but no matter the season, my blood stirs each time I hear the CBC’s iconic Olympic anthem.   For the next two weeks, I will […]