The Sick Day

It was bound to happen – the weather has changed pretty significantly in the last two weeks and we’re now firmly on our way to crisp fall days and cold nights. It’s also brought on a round of colds – Diva and Footballer started with a daycare cold, which spread to their parents and then spread to me. Glo-Worm had a strange week last week – never really sick, but seemingly on the verge of getting sick. She was weak and pale, often shaky after her naps, and very cranky. Either way, whoever gave this virus to me definitely wanted to share!...more

International Nanny Stories – from the Philippines, with Love

Yesterday, I talked about Beverly Hills Nannies and the stuff they go through with the parents they work for. And my wonderful friend Anne from the Belle Jar Blog asked me if I would talk a bit about the fact that while I may have it fairly good, many nannies in Toronto do not.These nannies are international. They are often not white. And they are here because they have no other choice....more
This saddens (and angers) me.  I will admit that I have a very strong reaction to the scenarios ...more

The Best and Worst Questions to Ask When Interviewing a Nanny

To round up Career Advice week (yeah, I totally theme my weeks – I’m so cool!), I decided to touch on questions to ask a potential nanny when you’re interviewing one. Finding the perfect nanny for your family is really hard – you’ve got to find someone who has enough experience and wherewithal to look after your kids the way you’d want them to be looked after, and you’ve also got to find someone that clicks with you, your values, and your beliefs. Interviewing a nanny is like interviewing no other employee – so here’s what to ask and not to ask!...more

The Friend or the Nanny? Where to Draw the Line?

It’s been a bit of a rough morning – I woke up to the stench of cat pee on my pillow (my two girls are having a war over whose territory my bed really is, and it’s getting VERY old), Glo-Worm is doing her every-10-minutes-wake-up for nap today, and my day doesn’t end after nannying – I have to go and babysit Diva and Footballer, so it’s going to be busy!...more

On Empathy and How We Treat Small Children

Why do people feel so burdened by their kids? Better question: Why do people project adult size reason and cognition onto their kids? Is it so we can feel better for losing our cool with them?Let me back up....more

New to this...

So my mom has Congestive heart failure,Vtach,and an enlarged heart with a weak heart muscle. She is only 48years old and this all started in October of last year. Mom has been having a hard time with all of this mentally, which is TOTALLY understandable. We were at a dr appt and someone said something about blogging. Well hell, why didnt I think about that?? Well, because I have never done it before, soo here I am and this is my first blog! YAY me!! Lol!!...more
 @kikki58  also love you too!! and YAY!!! 26 days!!!!more

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

The art of internalizing

Definition of internalizing: 1. Make (attitudes or behavior) part of one's nature by learning or unconscious assimilation.2. Actions that direct problematic energy toward the self. My child, as many children on the autism spectrum are, is an expert at both definitions. ...more