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2017 Baby and Toddler Recalled Items Sold in Canada

It’s a brand new year and already several recall announcements have gone out for items sold in Canada. Below you’ll find the latest recalls from late 2016 and January 2017 with items made especially for children. Read through the list, make sure you don’t have any of the recalled items, and if you do follow the instructions to return the item. Clothing Peekaboo Beans Inc. Bean Playsuits Do you have...

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Guest Post – When A New Nanny Arrives…

This guest post is courtesy of By SOSsitter.ca: Make sure you and your family are ready! Adding a full or part time nanny into your family life is not a small thing. This person will become, if all goes well, like a member of the family. You want to be sure that the family—at least those members who are old enough to understand—know what to expect and how to behave, particularly...

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16 TV Free Ways to Entertain The Kids While You Cook

After a long shift at the office, you come home to hungry kiddos and a million chores you need to do. In order to get dinner on the table, many frazzled moms and dads park the little ones in front of the TV while they cook. If you add in the time they watch TV in the morning while you run around getting ready, the time they may watch it...

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Stop Germs by Keeping Toys Clean

You wash their bedding, you wash their sippy cups and pacifiers, but how often do you wash and clean your children’s toys? Those icky germs that cause the flu and winter colds are famous for latching on to toys and making little ones sick. By following the tips below, you can help prevent the spread of germs through toys and hopefully keep your little one healthier this cold and flu...

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5 Fabulous Nanny Traits and Skills

While anyone can call themselves a nanny, some people may be a better fit based on their personality, values, and life experiences. Below we cover five great topics/nanny traits to consider when interviewing for your new nanny. Also before you make the big decision on who to choose, check out our post on 5 Signs That Your Nanny is Perfect for Your Family for a little confirmation on your decision...

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9 Ways to Help Your Nervous Child Feel Better

Like adults, children get stressed and anxious too. While their fears and worries may be pint sized, they can feel enormous and terrifying to your little one. Below we explore 9 simple ways to help your nervous child feel better in a flash. When your kiddo is feeling anxious, it’s likely because they feel like they have no control over the situation and aren’t sure what to expect. Remind them that you’re...

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Travelling with Grandma: The Do’s and Don’ts

This guest post is courtesy of SOSsitter.ca! How to win at the intergenerational vacation game. What’s that old saying? “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time”.” ― John Lydgate. Truer words were never spoken, particularly when it comes to intergenerational family vacations. Family getaways...

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The Golden Perks of Choosing a Nanny over a Daycare

According to Statistics Canada, the number 1 reason a parent chooses a specific daycare is based on the location of the center. Parents need to drop their kids off in a place that is either close to home or close to work. Coming in 2nd for deciding on which centre was “trust in the care provider.” Below we cover the reasons why a nanny wins over a daycare setting for...

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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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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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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