My little guy is such a typical toddler – oodles and oodles of energy and a cute little attention span that lasts no more than a few minutes per activity!
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!
I get many calls from people that are interested in sharing a nanny with another family. This typically means that two (sometimes three!) families share one nanny and split the cost. The nanny cares for the children of both families together or splits her time between the two households.
It is a great option for parents who want the personal care in home for their child(ren) but it takes a lot of research and due diligence to make sure this is the right option for your family. Consider the questions below when thinking about using this option for your family.
At some point parents make the decision whether, when, why and how much to give a child allowance, and, as with many things, we use some trial and error and in the end we do what feels right. If you’re at the point where you’re beginning to consider allowance, there are several factors to consider: age, sibling allowance, amount, frequency, and so on.
Susan from Nannies on Call interviews Jennifer Hood from Jump Gymnastics in Vancouver.
Every now and again, a family-friendly TV program comes up that is worth sharing, even from a surprising source!
Junior MasterChef has competitors who are all kids recruited across the USA between the ages of 8 to 13, competing in cooking challenges for a top prize of money and a scholarship to culinary school once they’re of age. Adults may have raised eyebrows knowing Gordon Ramsay is the host and one of the judges, but after viewing the first episode, we can attest that Ramsay and his fellow judges are certainly very goodhearted, tactful, and wholly supportive of the children competing. No shouting, no swearing – honestly the only real sass comes from the kids themselves!
Susan talks to Carly about how to work with children who require extra support. Specifically ADD, ADHD, Downs Syndrome and Autism.
As we all can agree, there is a huge difference between the “14 year old babysitter down the block” to working as a professional nanny. A lot of the distinctions are not only related to experience and certificates but also how to initiate discussions in a professional manner.
As parenting book author, Ann Douglas states, “Your kid will thank you (some day)”. A good friend of mine is balancing her 1 year old and soon-to-be teen age son and boldly states that “parenting is such a thank-less job….”.
Many families ascribe to the attachment theory of parenting. It’s a great idea to have some semblance of what that means, if you are applying to work with a family who believes and follows this theory. As a caregiver, you can help the child by being a responsive and available person in their life, in addition to their parents.