How to Prepare for the New Baby

When a new baby is on the way, your precious child who has been the “Only Child” for as long as they’ve been alive will require some preparations that are initiated by you, the parent. It is completely natural for your child to progress through a variety of emotions, question their importance in the family structure, and quite possibly feel threatened. It is up to you to calm their anxieties, show them that nobody else can replace them – not even a cute little newborn! – and reassure them that the new baby is a wonderful thing, rather than something to feel threatened or worried about.

Favourite Childhood Games

Without the Internet, the game consoles and the televisions, what in the world are children supposed to do for fun nowadays? It seems that children have been consumed into the technology age and have left behind the “old fashioned” games that used to bring hours and hours of fun, both indoors and outdoors. Gather the kids, turn off the televisions, game consoles and computers and let’s show them what real fun is!

Salt and Flour Clay

Look no farther than this quick, easy and inexpensive recipe for clay. Children can let their imagination run wild when molding the clay. Best of all the clay gets baked and they can keep their beautiful creations.

Most houses will have these simple ingredients. If not… they are cheap and easy to pack up in Ziploc baggies and bring in your nanny bag!!

Toilet Training Tips & Tricks

When it’s time to potty train, you might find that you have a struggle on your hands. If you are worrying that you might never be able to say goodbye to diapers, you are not alone! Many parents before you went through the trials of potty training, and their children are now running around with big-girl (or big-boy) pants on now. If you’re looking for some methods to help you get through – and succeed at – potty training, we have some solutions for you!

Manny (male nanny) – first impressions

It is always an interesting experience when you meet your clients for the first time. There are a few little butterflies that zoom around, while you wonder, “What are the parent’s expectations going to be? Will they have routines? What are kids like? Are they high energy or book readers? Will they like the bag of ‘tricks’ that I have planned for them?”

Scholars Choice – Toronto

This amazing store has two giant floors that are chock full of toys, books, arts and crafts and teacher supplies. Their website actually breaks the store into four different areas: the Toy Store, the Teacher’s Store, the Early Childhood Store and the Full Day Learning Store. Anyone can shop at the Scholars Choice, but if you become a member, you will be the lucky recipient of some cool discounts and special perks.

Kids Craft Ideas – Recycling Items Around Your House

You can give children just about anything to craft with and they will make a phenomenal item that most adults couldn’t come up with. Make an area in your house – a shelf, a closet or a cupboard – and slowly add items to it that are no longer used around the house; they will be there for that rainy or snowy day to pull out and start crafting with. If you do not have the crafty kind of mind that it seems many mothers have, it’s okay. Just take out a bunch of the items that you have collected and let the kids come up with the ideas.

How to tie a baby wrap carrier

Nannies often have to use different baby carries, strollers or high chairs. Nannies on Call shows you how to tie a baby wrap carrier. These carriers are made out of a starchy cotton fabric and are the most convenient way to carry a baby. They are very popular with families so it is important you know how to use the baby wrap carrier. It’s really easy once you know how.

Whistler Museum Family Open House

Celebrate the one year anniversary of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games with the Whistler Museum.

Check out the latest exibit, take your photo with an Olympic Torch and more. Games themed arts and crafts led by Orkidz Art Studio for the kids.

There will also be hot chocolate, yummy baked things, coffee and tea.

Valentine’s Day Crafts & Gifts Kids Can Make

You can teach your children five ways to say, “I heart you” this year with these ideas for kid-friendly Valentine’s Day crafts and gifts. One way to show your children how to make their own crafts is to walk them through it, step-by-step: making your own designs while they make theirs. Or, you could choose to present the idea and the supplies and then stand back and watch the incredible creations that your children make. Each one of these projects is a great inspiration to get your children’s mind in creativity mode. A few of these ideas are also excellent gift ideas for teachers or grandparents, as well.