Tag Archives: Tips for nannies

Game of Observation

As a nanny fun does not have to cost money. This a great game that can be played anywhere, costs nothing and can be played with little preparation. It helps to develop children’s observation skills and their ability to recall information. The children will never know you have created a teachable moment.

Preparing for an Interview – Questions you don’t have to answer

Here are some information and tips for your next interview. There are a few types of questions interviewers and potential employers are not suppose to ask. Check the list below to find out a few specific types of questions you should be aware of:

Almond Joy Recipe

These days, allergies are everywhere! It is hard to meet anyone who is not allergic to something. Especially when working with little ones! Lately, a rise in gluten and lactose intolerance in children has left many people wondering…well, what CAN I bake for my children, or the children I nanny for? Enter GOOP. No, not […]

Best Hotcakes Ever!!

My children and family regularly ask for this for a “breakfast for supper meal” also – sometimes you just want something comforting and this is a great meal after running all over town with two kids in several sports!

Social Media: How to make sure your professional and personal life are kept separate

In this day and age of technology, word spreads a lot faster than just by word of mouth. You can now have a reputation, relationship, or feud with someone you haven’t even met in person. Now, more than ever, it’s important to safeguard yourself online because you really never know….who is looking? With the rise […]

Over and Above your Nanny’s Wage!

Your nanny should not be responsible for paying for things relating to the day to day of their job. In certain cases this can’t be helped, so it is wise to have a petty cash fund on hand. If something last minute comes up, it will be your nanny’s responsibility to keep the receipt and give to you for a reimbursement. Please do not include this in your nanny’s pay cheque so that she is not taxed for it and compensate her as soon as possible. Here are some common examples of extras that may come up.

Nanny Ice Breakers

On Call nannies have the great privilege of working with many different families throughout the year, and in doing so, they get to meet many children. Part of a nanny’s role is to get to know the children in her care fairly quickly, and earn their trust, before moving on with the events of the day, afternoon, or evening, as the case may be. Here are some easy ice breaker ideas that anyone can use to make introductions.

Top Places Nannies Like to Bring Kids

Thinking about something fun to do today? Here are some ideas where nannies most like to go in Vancouver with their kids.

Reward Systems and Positive Encouragement

A lot of us are too hard on ourselves…. “I need to lose weight, I don’t have enough energy, I don’t get enough done during the day.” This negative self-talk starts to weigh in our minds and create lower self-esteem. When we don’t feel good about ourselves it is reflected in our relationships with others, including our children. Our fuses can be shorter, our tempers bigger and our patience level less and less. We all want our children to be happy, well guess what…. It starts with you! Modeling for your children what happiness looks like is hugely important; after all you are their very first teachers in the world. Children are very receptive and can sense changes in mood and demeanor, although they may not understand it, they will mimic it!

Kid Friendly Science Project

Science projects are a great way for kids to learn through having fun; this lava lamp project is both educational and fun to try! Lava Lamp project What you’ll need: Clear bottle(s) Water Oil Food color Alka Seltzer Funnel   Using the funnel, pour oil into the clear bottle, about 2/3 full. Pour water into […]