What is attachment theory?

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.

Enter With A Smile!

Nothing says “dud” like a nanny arriving without a smile on her face – and worse, no eye contact. You might be the best Mary Poppins with the children but if you do arrive exuding warmth from the get-go the booking has gone south! The point is not to go in juggling balls (if you can, hats off to you!) but to come with a friendly attitude that sends the message “this is going to be really great!”.

Books For All

When you are little it is all about the pictures and a simple tale. When kids are older it makes it challenging to compete with technology so books have to be pretty great to pull them away from whatever screen is in front of their nose. Here are some suggestions to borrow from the library or pick up at your local book store for the youngsters in your life.

New In Children’s Books

Summer time is a great time to spend some quality reading time with our children. Want to find out what’s new in the world of children’s books? We have compiled a list of handy online resources (beyond what your local retailer offers) that will help to keep you posted on the latest titles, reviews, and book related activities.

Electric Tealight Votive Craft (ages 5+)

This craft is a good afternoon-filler because it is challenging for youngsters and has multiple steps, which can even include a nanny-and-tot or parent-and-tot expedition to the dollar store for the supplies! All supplies may already be found around the house except the battery-operated tea lights, so this craft can cost as little as the $1 for two tea lights. It was $6 for me to buy all the supplies new, but this craft only used a fraction of the tissue paper and glue so there was a lot left over for future crafts. Bonus: the finished product looks fancy enough to be a birthday or holiday gift for a loved one.

Family Literacy Day 2013

Did you know that January 27th, 2013 is the 15th annual Family Literacy Day in Canada? “Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and held annually on January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.”

Private School vs. Public School:

You want to give your child the best but you also have income constraints to think of. So how do you choose between private schools versus public schools?

How to Choose the Best School for Your Child

Choosing a school for your child is a daunting, even stress-inducing task. With so many choices—small school or large school, school of the arts or a technology-focused school, public school or private—it’s easy to default to the most convenient (read: geographically closest) choice.