Category Archives: Ask the Expert

Doing a Background Check on Your Nanny

Why You Should Do a Background Check on Nanny I try not to worry about my kids. However, as a mother who is a bit of a new-junkie, I am inexplicably drawn to every tragedy like a moth to a flame. Any story that makes me take a deep breath to quell my fear or […]

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 […]

What You Should Do BEFORE Hiring a Nanny

Here’s Some Help On How to Decide on a Nanny DO THIS before Hiring a Nanny I learned the most important step in hiring a nanny from my years of being a member of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation. The top teachers that we hired were those whom we first saw IN ACTION with real-live students […]

Why You Should Use an Agency When Finding a Babysitter

Why use an agency to find a babysitter in Canada? I love the Toronto restaurant scene.  My husband and I have had some amazing meals, and now I have my sights set on an evening downtown at Scaramouche, complete with a piece of their renowned coconut cream pie. However, finding a babysitter in Canada can be […]

10 Questions to Ask a New Babysitter From a Kids Perspective

We think it’s important to let our kids have questions to ask a new babysitter! My dear daughters love our new home in Vancouver. They love the new color of their bedroom, they love the sound of the new doorbell, and they love that there is a bakery two streets over. They also love that […]

What I do as a nanny

I work as a nanny. People ask what I do and I say “oh, I nanny” as if I’m saying “oh, I mostly sit around painting by numbers” or “oh I don’t actually have a real job I just blow bubbles in the park”. Now, if I wasn’t chained to the internalized misogyny, institutional undervaluing […]

APPsolutely Crazy

Apps are supposed to make your life easier right? You can schedule a pick up with Uber with the click of a button, book an apartment while travelling with AirBnB in less than one minute, and find a date on Tinder with just the swipe of your finger  Need a babysitter?  There is an app […]

Budgets and Compensation Packages

When you first start the search for the perfect nanny for your family, most of you have sat down to do a budget up, right? You would be surprised at how many don’t

The first thing you should do when making the decision about childcare for your family is sit down and decide what you can afford. Many people do not realize that there are many different things to consider. If you hire part time it is typically an hourly rate but if you hire full time, you have the choice of salary or hourly. It doesn’t end there…

Welcome to the Gearing Up Baby

We will begin with some Pro’s and Con’s of renting vs traveling with your own baby gear. Many people travel with their own gear and that is great. However; as a parent and frequent traveler this becomes a problem for us. We can only carry 2 pieces of equipment on the plane for free and that will probably be coming […]

Words From A Mama Bear

We can learn so much from asking questions and sharing information with each other.  One mama took the time to answer some questions and ponder what having a nanny means to her.  Working full time in the healthcare world and commuting between cities only permits her to spend about three hours a work day with […]