For Nannies: Practicing Gratitude During the Pandemic 

These days, it’s easy to get caught in a spiral of negative thoughts. With all that’s going on in the world — a global pandemic, the tense political climate, racially-based violence, increased financial stress, a general feeling of uncertainty, we could go on and on — it’s hard to feel optimistic. That’s why now, more… Read more »

How to give and receive feedback with your family – Part 3

You have had the conversation, now what?   Provide a summary Email the parents a summary of what was discussed in the meeting. Highlight any key points that were brought up, as well as any changes or courses of action you agreed on. End the email by thanking the family for their time and letting… Read more »

How to give and receive feedback with your nanny family – Part 2

Remember the 3 Cs of effective communication When presenting the family with the feedback, keep in mind the three Cs of effective communication: Clear, Concise, and Consistent. Identify the key messages you want to get across. Try to be direct and remain focused during the conversation — it’s okay to give a few specific examples,… Read more »

How to give and receive feedback with your family – Part 1

In any workplace, there will be things that you value and appreciate, and there will be things that could be improved upon or you wish were done differently. Many workplaces schedule regular performance reviews, which provide an opportunity for both the employer and the employee to reflect, give and receive constructive feedback, and problem-solve together…. Read more »

On Call Babysitting Service Temporarily Suspended

Dear Nannies on Call Family,  It is with great sadness and regret that we have decided to temporarily suspend services of the On Call Babysitting department, effective October 1st, 2020 through to December 31, 2020.  We have tried to balance the needs of working families with the growing concern of the spread of COVID-19 in… Read more »

Local Summer Fun – Ottawa

Everybody’s summers are looking a little different this year! With borders being closed, travel restrictions, and social distancing measures still in effect, families are having to reevaluate their summer vacation plans. Fortunately, we’ve been doing some research as well and have put together a list of a few fun, family-friendly activities and events going on… Read more »