The Nanny Hiring Process

The thought of having someone else watch your children is probably one of the scariest and daunting feelings to date. Where do you start in the nanny hiring process? How can you possibly entrust your child in someone else’s care? A great start is to look into the different options available – daycare or nanny? Write a list of pros and cons for both! If Nanny is the route you...

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Is Your Elder Safe to Drive?

Does your elder drive? According to Statistics Canada, over 75% of Canadians 65 and older have a drivers license. While many older adults are safe behind the wheel, a large number of the aging population may no longer be. Is your elder safe to drive? Health conditions do affect a person’s ability to drive. Dementia, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, arthritis, Parkinson’s, stroke, vision issues, physical conditions, and mental conditions can be red...

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What to Do Before Your Child Gets Lost

Planning a holiday getaway this summer? Even if you’re planning to stay home, you and your child should know what to do in case they get lost or separated. It can happen any day of the year at the grocery store or the mall, but can be much scarier if you lose sight of your child on holiday in an unfamiliar setting. Snap a Pic Before you leave home, the...

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Caffeine: Is it Hiding in Your Kids Snacks?

Caffeine is famous for making adults jittery and causing insomnia. In kiddos, the effects are magnified due to their smaller size. In your little one this stimulant can affect blood pressure, heart rates, focus, sleep, and more. You may think your kiddo is safe, as you never allow them to have caffeinated beverages, but caffeine is now put in everything from flavoured waters to snack bars. Read below for 7...

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The Fall Risk Quiz Every Elder Should Take

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, 20-30 percent of Canadian seniors fall each year with half of these accidents happening in the home. Falls are the leading cause of injury in those over 65, cost Canadians over $2 billion a year, and are responsible for 85% of elder hospitalizations related to injury. Is your elder at risk? Yes! Find out how at risk they are by having them...

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Eldercare Series: Comfort Care for Loved Ones with Dementia

Stuffed animals and soft blankets aren’t just for kids, but valuable tools for eldercare. Research shows that people with Alzheimer’s and dementia can also benefit from having familiar comfort objects around them. On top of these comforting objects, comfort care for those with dementia can also include touch, warmth and sound. Familiar Comfort Objects If you were taking your toddler in to the doctor, you’d likely pack them a to-go...

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Apps that Help Your Elder Connect With Family

Distance, schedules and health issues may make it harder for your parents and grandparents to see your kids, their extended family, and their friends. Your elder may feel isolated and most likely misses seeing their friends and family as much as they did in previous years. Thanks to today’s smart phones, tablets, and computers your elder can see their grandchildren, siblings, family, and friends as much as they want virtually,...

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Nanny: 6 Reasons to Hire One for Summer

Nannies aren’t just for toddlers, and they don’t have to be employed for the entire year. For numerous reasons, many parents are skipping traditional summer childcare for their school aged children and instead choosing to hire a live-in nanny for the summer. Below are six great reasons to skip a teen babysitter or a daycare center, and instead choose a nanny for your kids. 1. Limit Learned Knowledge Loss According...

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Parenting: Little Things That Add Up To Big Family Memories

What do you remember about your childhood? You probably remember a lot of firsts; your first day of school, the first time you rode your bike without training wheels, and your first sleepover. Give your kiddos lots of good fuzzy memories to think back on that don’t involve “firsts” by doing some of the suggestions below. Not only will your little ones have these memories, but they’ll be great for...

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Keeping Your Nanny Happy: Be on Time

At the end of your workday, you’re likely more than ready to clock out and go home. Having to work later then you expected is never fun, and can leave you feeling grumpy towards your job and/or boss. While your nanny adores your children, he or she likely looks forward to the end of their shift too, and they can feel the same way you do about having to work...

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Deborah Shure answers the question about whether your nanny or elder caregiver is your employee or self employed
Deborah Shure answers the hard questions and discusses nanny & elder caregiver contracts, gross versus net pay & more
Deborah Shure discusses why paying your nanny or elder caregiver cash under the table is never a good idea
Deborah Shure discusses why an online calculator might not be the answer to your calculation frustration
Deborah Shure helps you get started with payroll for your nanny or elder caregiver