Nannies in Fiction and History: Mary Poppins

My friend Anne over at the Belle Jar Blog was helping me this morning as I brainstormed ideas for today’s blog. It’s hard coming up with ideas for every day! Anyway, she told me that what she wanted to see was a series on historical and fictional nannies. Who, exactly, was my inspiration for becoming a nanny?...more

Throwing Yourself Off the Cliff

I didn’t take to motherhood like a duck in water. My own mother was -- and is -- so good at it. Endlessly patient. Endlessly understanding. Endlessly giving. She was born to be a mother the way Mozart was born to be a musical genius. (Nope, not an overstatement.) Me? I feel selfish in comparison. There are things I want out of this life that have nothing to do with being a mom. That doesn’t mean I want to shirk off my kids -- quite the opposite -- but it has taken a long time to figure out how to be me while still being a mother to them....more
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A Change Will Do You Good

Ugh, Monday, Monday, Monday. Boring days here at Glo-Worm’s house, because our regular Early Years Centre is closed on Mondays and up until today, there was really nothing to do but go to the library (which is good for maybe an hour). Today, however, I decided to make the trek a little further to another EYC in the area that we hadn’t been to before. I’m trying to get Glo-Worm to drop her morning nap, and I felt like it would be a better idea to just get out of the house so that she wouldn’t crawl towards the stairs, whining piteously for me to carry her up and put her to bed!...more

What No One Ever Tells You About Your Aging Parents

The biggest shock I had in caring for my Mom in her last years was how incredibly mean and unreasonable she got.  She always had a tendency for outbursts of anger than could swoop and dive into and out of batshit crazy. Mom and I in happier times, before aging and raging took over....more
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Could A Homemade Diet Be Greatest for Your Cat?

A great formula for a homemade diet is one half grain, rice, or kibbles, and one half meat, featuring its natural fat, with green or yellow veggies added from time to time. Since they can be made to measure for each individual cat, these combinations would be best if they weren't to much trouble. Aside from taking more time and trouble than the additional techniques, a homemade diet requires a sound expertise of canine nourishment....more

The Difference Between Nannying and Babysitting

It’s finally quiet. Glo-Worm, after a morning of screaming over everything, lastly her diaper getting changed, is now peacefully sleeping upstairs. It’s been a rough week – I think Glo-Worm knows that I’m leaving her in less than two weeks. She’s overly clingy, she’s having a hard time transitioning from one activity to another, and she doesn’t want to do anything by herself. I spend most of my days with her balanced on my hip, trying to do things one-handed. Being 15 months old is hard, but it’s part of my job to do my best for her despite my own frustration....more

I Speak Mommy, but I Don't Have Kids

Let me start by saying that I am not a parent. I have never been a parent, and I might not ever be a parent. I’d love to have kids someday, but if I never do, then I never do. I’m at peace with my feelings on parenting and I don’t try to pretend I know more than parents as a group do about children. But I do have to say that it’s really weird to be lumped into a parenting group because of my profession....more
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Common Issues When Nannying in Public

I don’t blog on the weekends as a rule, and I was out this weekend at my great-aunt’s funeral, so I didn’t have a lot of time to think about blog posts for the week. But I thought, I get a lot of questions about nanny issues and how we deal with them, that I decided to do a post detailing some of the common issues I run into on a daily basis when in public. Here are five issues I deal with most days when nannying:...more

Screen for early signs of dementia at home

Did you know there's a test you can do at home to test your loved one (or yourself) for early signs of dementia? Georgia Tech created computer software that's similar to the paper version of "The Clock Drawing Test," something health care providers often use to screen for cognitive impairment.The ClockReader test is taken with a computer or tablet and a stylus pen. The test-taker is given a set amount ot time to draw a clock (with numbers) and the correct hour and  minute hands. ...more