Electronic Nannying (Or Why I Dislike Using TV)

It seems to be a no-brainer – no parent really wants their kids in front of the TV all the time. But yet, kids these days are growing up very “plugged in”, from learning to type before they learn to write, from knowing how to use an iPad at the age of 2, from being able to memorize the entire Treehouse TV lineup by the time they’re 4 (Professor, I’m looking at you!). The fact of the matter is, electronics have a huge part in our kids’ lives nowadays – and it can be detrimental to their health and mental well-being....more

Criticizing Criticism

In any job, you’re going to get criticism from your boss. This isn’t new, nor should it be – constructive, kindly given criticism helps you improve as an employee, lets you know where you’re falling down, and can even open your eyes to things you didn’t even know you were doing. I’ve gotten a lot of criticism from my nannying clients over the years which I think has helped me to be a better nanny. However, some criticism can be hard to take, and other bits of it might not make sense at all....more

Debunking the "Nanny Wanted" Ad

Because nannying is my full-time job, I spend a lot of time on sites like Canadiannanny.com to find jobs for myself and for others. I’m now only looking for occasional babysitting to keep me busy, but when I was looking for a full-time nanny job, I had to learn pretty fast to be able to decipher what mothers and fathers really mean in their ads! Like all job descriptions, there are fancy ways of saying what you want, and a lot of word-masking to entice people in the door before you really lay down what you want from your new nanny....more

Mama Drama in Nannying

I started watching Beverly Hills Nannies last night on the recommendation of a friend. It’s a show about a group of nannies in upscale Beverly Hills. They have everything they want – awesome cars, vacations, luxury apartments, all the money they can charge, and yet their jobs are ten million times harder than mine ever has been or could be. They deal with mothers who are more than just Type A personalities. They have to acquiesce to any and all demands. They’re treated like they’re subhuman, basically. And the competition is insane....more

The "Manny"

J-Lo had one. Angelina Jolie had one. And yet the rest of the world hasn’t jumped on the bandwagon of “the manny”, or male nanny, just yet. Why?Unlike other professions, nannying is almost solely made up of young women, ages 18-35, who are often going into a child-centric profession. It’s rare to see a male babysitter and even rarer to see a male nanny. Though mannies are interesting and often considered novelties, many parents don’t want to make the jump to hiring one for their children....more

Knowing Nothing About Parenting, Yet Seeing More Than The Average Parent

Since I became a nanny, I not only get a lot of people asking me questions about children and the care of children. I also get a lot of people sneering at me about how I know nothing about what it is to be a parent, and how dare I try to advise on anything to do with children and child-raising. This doesn’t just apply to being a nanny, either. This applies to being a childless person in general.Well. (And here I pause, crack my knuckles, and sigh. Well.)...more

Love Is Simply Joy

I’ve worked a lot of jobs in my life. I’ve been a garden nursery worker, tending plants and pulling weeds; I’ve been a fast-paced online marketer, updating content and helping to brainstorm creative ideas. I’ve been a freelance writer, starving in my tiny studio apartment. I’ve been a Wal-mart shoe girl, trying to peddle shoes to an uninterested public.A lot of people ask me why I ultimately chose to nanny. And the fact of the matter is, none of the jobs I’ve listed above, or any other ones that I’ve worked, give me the satisfaction and fulfillment that nannying does....more

Nannying for Twins

“I’ve looked after twins before,” I said to the nice young mother and her husband on my first interview. “They were just older than yours.”“Oh!” she said. “So you have some experience with it?”“Oh yeah,” I said, never knowing exactly what looking after twin newborns was going to mean for me. “I’ll be fine. It’s all about time management!”...more

The Question of the Nanny-Cam

Today’s parents are a lot more savvy than the generations before them. They work outside of the home more, and have to depend on caregivers to look after their children. Many parents say, and I agree, that there’s no substitution for Mom and Dad. They also say that they have a lot of anxiety about leaving their kids because they can’t see what’s happening to them. Modern society has found an answer for that – the nanny-cam....more

A Day in the Nanny Life

I’m often asked “what it is nannies do all day”. And I tell people, “I sit the kid in front of the TV and smoke cigarettes and drink whisky.” Had you there for a second, didn’t I? Haha.No, I don’t do any of those things. In fact, I’ve decided to draw up a little schedule of my day with Glo-Worm so that you can see what I really do!Okay, on a normal day, my day looks like this:8:30: Wake up, take my vitamin, get a drink of something (juice or tea) and something small for breakfast....more