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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 […]

Great Board Books for Your Nanny to Read to Your Young Child

Putting Books in Your Nanny’s Hands: Favorite Board Books for Your Nanny To Read to Babies and Toddlers Looking for a fresh list of books for the nanny to check out for your toddlers from the Toronto Public Library? Or perhaps, you wish to send a special gift to your cousin who’s expecting her first […]

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 […]

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 […]