Camping With Your Children

Even though you have to pack “everything but the kitchen sink”, camping is the ultimate trip to take with your children. Where else can you sleep as a family unit in a bivouac-like shelter and have S’mores as an acceptable dietary part of the meal plan? In order to have a successful trip take the following into consideration:

Maintaining a Healthy Relationship/Marriage Postpartum

By Maya Hammer

Having a baby is hard on relationships! Even happy and functional relationships become strained after the baby arrives, or after the arrival of a second or third child. There is less time for each of you as individuals and for you as a couple. Your relationship becomes transactional as you negotiate responsibilities with very little sleep. Here are some quick tips for maintaining a healthy relationship:

Communicate Openly: Be honest with your partner/spouse about how you are feeling so that you avoid build up of anger and resentment. Some moms report the need for empathy and emotional support, while others require more practical support such as breaks from the kids and help with laundry, cooking, or cleaning. Be specific about the type of help that you need. Seasoned moms Stacie Cockrell, Cathy O’Neill, and Julia Stone shed light on some of the communication challenges new and experienced parents may face in their insightful and humourous book Babyproofing Your Marriage.

Fun Summer Activities to do with Your Children in the Okanagan

With the children out of school, the feeling of cooped up can quickly become an issue, but there is no reason for your children to be bored in the Okanagan area during the summertime! The Kelowna region is known to get high amounts of sunshine, making summer a great time to get out and do something fun as a family. Whether you live locally or you’re planning a trip to the Okanagan this summer, here are some ideas from Nannies On Call to do with your children:

Beach Scavenger Hunt

We have so many great beaches at arms reach and it is one of my family’s favourite places to spend time in the summer months. Since having kids, long gone are the days of laying on the beach blanket reading a good book. Wouldn’t change it for the world though! Our family likes to change things up; from having picnics, sandcastle competitions and shell collecting. One thing that we tried recently on a sunny Sunday was a beach scavenger hunt!

Run the Baby Weight Off

Everywhere you look these days, mommies are running. Maybe it’s the sense of belonging to the running “club” when you pass another mommy on the street with her jogging stroller. Or maybe it’s the phenomenal 400-600 calories per hour that running burns.

Want to get started? It’s not as hard as you think.

Paying for Summer Camp: 14 Tips You Need to Know

Article by: Caroline Maga, Wendy Glauser and Christl Dabu for, Canada’s trusted source for camps and schools.

Children may spend an entire year waiting until they can return to their favourite summer camp. Their parents, however, may spend the year saving up to make that return possible.

While a two-week stay at overnight camp averages $1,000 or more, a week of day camp averages a little over $200. Typically, the longer the stay, the lower the weekly cost, but coming up with the money can be a challenge.

Calling all Extraordinay Calgary Nannies!

Nannies on Call, Western Canada’s premiere Nanny agency,  is  accepting resumes for Full Time & Regular Part Time Positions. We’re gearing up for our busy placement season – looking for EXTRAORDINARY nannies to start this Summer & Fall! What:     Nannies on Call Hiring Fair When:    Friday, July 20th, 9:00am to 4:00pm Where:   The… Read more »

Okanagan and Kelowna Races

Get Ready for the Okanagan and Kelowna Races…..Calling all race fans to the Okanagan and Kelowna areas this summer!
Once lummer rolls around in the Okanagan and Kelowna areas, a steady flow of travelers flock in from all over Canada – and some come from around the world – to either participate or spectate at the annual races. Athletes and sports fans of all ages will get a chance to enjoy several races in the Okanagan and Kelowna areas in 2012.

Motivating Children to Do Chores

Whether you’re a nanny or a parent, you’re bound to run into struggles when trying to get children to help with the chores. There’s no doubt that teaching children to help with the chores expands their skills and abilities and gives them a sense of responsibility. However, it may take some work to get the children motivated to start the chores and keep at them until they are finished.