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Mar 5

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Feb 8

Loving Nanny: Will You be My Valentine?

Valentine’s Day is about telling and showing the people you love and care for – and who love and care for you – how Tell nanny you love her: Valentine's Dayyou feel.  A loving Nanny certainly falls into that category so make sure he or she is on your list! Here are some of our favourite ideas for showing your Nanny how you feel this Valentine’s Day:

  • A homemade valentine, crafted with love, especially for a loving Nanny.
  • Cupcakes or cookies you know Nanny loves.
  • An invitation to your loving Nanny to join the family celebration.
  • A skit depicting the ways Nanny cares for the family or recent adventures.
  • A collage of favourite pictures of the kids and Nanny. Lots of stickers and sparkles recommended!

But why not use the good china every day? Or in other words, there are things you can do every day to make a loving Nanny feel like the valued and loved member of the family that he or she is already. No need to wait for a holiday! Let your imagination run wild; some ideas to get you started follow:

  • A heartfelt thank you – whether in person, by email or text, or good old fashion snail mail. It does not matter how but showing appreciation for all Nanny does for the family (both day to day and the above and beyond extras) is the number one thing you can do to make Nanny feel a part of the family.
  • Tell Nanny he or she is part of the family!
  • A text to check in – say hello and we miss you! – when Nanny is away.
  • Telling your family, friends and neighbours how great Nanny is (as they inevitably tell Nanny!).
  • Keeping Nanny’s favourite snacks in the cupboard or sodas in the fridge.
  • Remembering Nanny’s special occasions such as birthdays.
  • Asking Nanny is he or she needs anything when running out to do errands.

It is important to say that all of this should be in addition to a solid relationship in which expectations, remuneration (pay and benefits) and performance is communicated about openly and fairly.

Looking for a local nanny or babysitter? Look no further!

So how about it Nanny? Will you be my Valentine?  xo

Feb 5

Tips to help children talk to us about their day

Father And Son TalkWhen we pick up our child at daycare or school after a day at work, we can not wait to find out what he did, what he ate, who he had fun with, in short, EVERTHING. But in fact, it’s not that easy! Our little ones are often stingy with words. How can we encourage them to say more? Here are some ways to help you untie small languages:

– Knowing the schedule and activities of your child will allow you to ask him specific questions about his day

– Asking questions that offer choices rather than open questions will help your child answer you more easily

– If your child does not want to talk, give him time in silence, do not constantly insist that he speaks to you

– Enunciate with your child short sequences of events that happen in a day so that he can complete them (ex: you woke up, you ate, and after?)

– Taking pictures of your child at different times of the day and asking him to put them in order and explain what he was doing will help him understand the sequence principle

– Ask your child for the times of the day he preferred while sharing yours

– Making jokes or exaggerations can also bring lightness and a touch of humor and encourage your child to say more

– Playing with stuffed animals or dolls and describing in detail what they do will help your child detail their own day

– Talk to your spouse about your day in front of your child will give you an idea of ​​what you expect from him when you ask him about his day

– Be attentive and patient with your child when he talks about his day even if sometimes it seems long and disjointed! We must show the importance of listening

– Here are some ideas for questions that may be of interest to your child: Who did you play with? Did something funny happen? Did you do a special activity? Did you eat something new for lunch?

Feb 5

Puppy and Kitty get bored: entertain our pet during our absences

Dog And CatMost pets spend time alone at home each day. Sometimes very long hours pass between the moment we leave them and the return home. How can we entertain them so that time goes faster? Here are some ideas to make your pet feel less alone!

– Leave the radio on so your pet has a background noise: there is specialized music for animals available on ICalmPet

– Leave the television open: there is a specialized television for dogs (DogTV)

– Get devices such as Petcube (interactive camera) and IFetch (toy that launches the ball to your pet and allows him to exercise -during your absence)

– Buy a Kong: non-toxic rubber toy with a hollow in the middle to place food or treats inside

– Leave one or more toys that your pet does not have access to when you are with him

– Hide treats in the house so that your pet spends time looking for them

– Buy puzzle style games that will stimulate your dog intellectually

– Adopt another pet. However, do not use this second animal to solve an anxiety problem, it must be seen before!

– Hire a dog walker or petsitter service (SOSGarde / Sitter)

Nov 13

Homework accompaniment; ideas for an effective and stimulating study time

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The goal of homework is to help our children become independent students, to teach them to focus and organize. How can we help them in a positive way without doing the work for them ?! Here are some tips to accompany our little schoolchildren!


– Have a routine, a regular schedule, so that the child knows what to expect and avoid conflicts

– Choose a place to do homework: peaceful, well-lit, away from distractions

– Take breaks (adapt the frequency of breaks to the concentration of the child, each break should be of a maximum duration of 5 minutes)

– Supervise the homework period and make sure everything is done well (without doing the work for them!)

– Be realistic, positive, patient, value and encourage the child by avoiding stress

– Communicate with the teacher: the link between the child, the parent and the teacher is very important

– Make the homework period more creative by moving, changing environment, through play (write words with Scrabble letters, spell singing, ask questions as if you were at a TV quiz, etc.! )

– Use technology (with sites like

– Encourage reading by setting a good example!

Sep 21, Startup Canada Awards winner!

Startup Canada, the national rallying community for Canadian entrepreneurs, named in mid-September 11 outstanding entrepreneurs, businesses and support organizations from Quebec as winners of the annual Startup Canada Awards. We are absolutely delighted to announce that, has won the StartupCanada Social Enterprise Award 2017 for the province of Quebec. We are now finalist of the same category for Canada. Here are a few pictures of the celebration. Congratulations to all of this year’s 2017 regional award winners!
Press release here.

Aug 7

Summer Nanny can also help with summer learning at home

Want your kids to continue learning during the summer? Or at least not experience “brain drain and complain” when they get back to the new school year?  Whether you want to avoid the brain drain and complain routine or want to give your kids a head start, you are smart to be thinking about it. According to Oxford Learning, research into summer learning shows that students can lose up to 30% of their academic skills over the summer break. Summer Learning with Summer nanny
30% – you read that right! 

If you are sold, your summer nanny can help with the task.  Your next question is likely how to go about it without her becoming the summer party-pooper. You don’t want her to be the nag who is always banging on about learning when the kids are dying to have fun. And it does not have to be that way! Keep reading to be “schooled” on how to make summer learning fun and easy.

Technology – If you can’t beat them, join them!

If it is a constant battle to get your kids away from their screens, it is time to change your battle plan! There are many “screen options” that will please both you and your kids. There are a variety of Online Summer Camps that offer a range of choices from basic reading to coding, programming and game design. Online and Summer and Camps – oh my! Coding and programming and game design – oh yes!

And then there are apps, more apps and even more apps. Check out World of Madagascar, put out by JumpStart and DreamWorks (yes that Dreamworks!), which works on language arts and math skills with the help of some penguins. Or try GALXYZ, that provides adventure and keeps your kids interest in science all at once. And there is Scribblenauts Remix (spelling), Rush Hour (Strategy), Math Monsters (math!), and more!

Driving Holidays = Turn boredom into Learning Opportunities

You no longer have to listen to “Are we there yet?!” when doing the long drives that often come with family summer holidays. All the “screen options” above are great for the car as well as home. But good old fashioned pen and paper work too. Pinterest has many “printablessuch as games like alphabet bingo in addition to a number of summer learning activities, reading lists for different age groups and summer learning schedules. Get your summer nanny involved in driving game planing.

Hiding in Plain Site – Learning in Disguise

I once heard of a school that offered a period of “alternative study” every January. One week for the younger students and three weeks for the older students. Instead of taking a math class, students would study money management; or rather than the usual history course, students would focus on a “fun” period like the 1960’s with an unusual curriculum. It was a hit with the students, teachers and parents.

You can do the same thing at home. You do not have to doing boring math worksheets with your kids; get your summer nanny  practice their math by being in charge of the “running total” when at the shops, working out the measurements when making cupcakes, working out distances using a map or figuring out how much money they have in their accounts. Crack reading comprehension by getting your kids to read and explain the sites when visiting a historical monument or museum.

You are not alone – Many other Summer Nannies are helping with Summer Learning

Many of those same parents and educators who are into summer learning are also online! And they are sharing the many ideas and providing resources to help you make your kid a summer learning success as well.

And everyone can help make your kids summer learning both effective and fun – parents, grandparents, siblings, babysitters and nannies. What? You are looking for a babysitter or nanny to help with the kids the summer. You have come to the right place! is a Canadian portal designed to help you find local caregivers in your area, easily and quickly. The summer nanny who is right for your family is only a click away.


Jul 3

Senior Summer Safety!

Say that three times quickly! Actually, this is not a topic on which to be glib. The safety of seniors in the summer time is important as heat and dehydration ends many elderly lives each year. And the challenge is getting harder. seniors playing a gameWhatever your stance on climate change, it is difficult to deny that the weather is getting more variable and extreme each year that passes.

The other challenge is the “60 is the new 40” culture we live in today. Whilst most people will be aware that the elderly are particularly susceptible to problems caused by heat and dehydration, many do not consider themselves in that “elderly” group. One study showed that almost all participants over 65 knew of the risks but that thought they applied to people older than themselves.

> What are the dangers of heat and dehydration? Most common is feeling dizzy or faint and falling. The most extreme is death as the body begins to shut down.

> What are the signs of dehydration? The most common sign is thirst, although for many older adults, they will already be dehydrated when they notice they are thirsty. They might also experience feeling tired, urinating less often, with urine that is darker in color, or dizziness and confusion.

> What can seniors, their loved ones and senior caregivers do to help avoid the dangers of heat and hydration? There are many, many preventive measures which can be researched online. Here are just a few tips for keeping our elders safe in summer:

Be aware of the risks, and the warning signs and the changing weather temperatures

Drink plenty of fluids – even if you are not feeling thirsty

Make drinking fluids a scheduled part of the day, such as drinking a full cup of water when taking pills, versus just the amount of water needed to swallow the pills

Drink the right kinds of fluids – alcohol and coffee to do qualify as fluids in this situation

Eat food – such as fruits – that bring a lot of fluids with them

Stay somewhere that is air conditioned or kept cool

Ensure the home of the senior loved one is set-up to manage the risks of heat and dehydration – such as fans, air conditioners, fruits ad fluids

Go to places that are air conditioned or kept cool (movie theatres are great for this)

Avoid places that have significant sun exposure – such as a golf course – or activities such as exercise which increases

Wear sun screen (Our skin gets thinner as we get older, making it more sensitive to the effects of the sun)

Stay out of the sun, especially during the hottest times of the day (usually the afternoon)

> What to do when there are signs of dehydration? There are things to do at home such as getting your senior loved one to a cool place and drinking fluids. But you should also know who to call and at what point by talking with the senior loved one’s doctor.

It is important to ensure seniors are not alone for extended periods of time. Family, friends, neighbors, and senior caregivers should check in on them regularly and should be aware of the warning signs and measures to fix it.

Whatever the weather will be this year, you know you can count on SOSsitter, come rain or shine, to help you find the right support for your household. is a Canadian portal designed to help you find local caregivers in your area, easily and quickly. The caregiver who is right for your family is only a click away.


Jun 5

A nanny can help in the transition from school to summer schedule

When you think back to last summer, do you ever think “Gosh, I wish I had spent less time outside with the kids and more time inside, cleaning up the house?” A safe guess is no! It’s more likely that you wish you had been outside enjoying the feel of grass under your feet and the sun on your face; and most importantly the ear to ear grins and belly laughter of your kids, enjoying their summer days and nights. The challenge is that a certain level of organization and house work is required to keep everyone clean, fed and happy, even during the lazy days of summer. The solution? Do a little upfront work to make the necessary housework as effective and efficient as possible. Specifically, decluttering your house will make cleanup a breeze so you can spend more time outside playing with the kids. Your regular nanny or the summer nanny can hep you with this task easily. The key is to know what to do it and delegate.

Get your Nanny to help you Close out School Year, Setup Summer Gear; Minimize Clutter, Maximize Summer!

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Do not underestimate the build-up of “school stuff” over the last 9-10 months, nor the increased flow (i.e. more stuff) that comes with the end of the school year.  Recognize that you and your family are transitioning from the school year to the summer period and be deliberate in reorganizing and decluttering:

  • School Uniforms – Collect all the school clothes and uniforms, get them washed, pack away what you will use next year and give away what you no longer need.
  • Sports Kit – Some items—like the favourite soccer ball—is useful all year round, but some sports kit is only used for school teams and events and should be rounded-up, cleaned and put in storage in the garage or shed.
  • School Paraphernalia – Lunch boxes, knapsacks, calculators, oh my!  If it is unlikely that your kid will be using his or her school bag over the summer, this makes a great place to collect and organize “school tools”. Get the bag all packed up and put it at the back of the closet, ready to be pulled out at the end of the summer.
  • Projects and Paperwork – This can be one of the hardest areas to get straight but it is a must! If you and your kids feel like it will take some time to get through this stuff—especially deciding what to keep and what to toss—get a box, collect it all together and then make it a summer project. The key is to not just let it fill every nook and cranny before you find the time to get to it. And don’t forget that we live in a digital world today; digital clutter can be just as overwhelming and time-consuming as physical clutter.

Some final tips: Remember that school clutter is found EVERYWHERE! Check the car, the garage, and the kids rooms too! School Year build-up has probably permeated every corner of your world so make sure to give all of it some of your attention. You are not in this alone! Engage your kids in this process: it will be a fun way to close the year and teach them some valuable life lessons. Nanny, babysitters and housekeepers can be invaluable helpers as well!

Setup the Summer Gear

Now that you have all the School Gear out of the way, get your nanny involved to help you get the Summer Gear out! Summer clothes and shoes. Swim Suits, Towels, Bags, Games and Toys. You know what your family uses most in the summer. Pull it out, make sure it is ready to use and make it easy and accessible for everyone in the family.

Minimize Clutter

A clutter-free house is an easy to clean house. Well… easier to clean is probably more like it!  for or your summer nanny! After you have the kids school year and summer gear sorted out, it is time to look inward!

The key with clutter is to ensure that everything has a home. You need a space to place everything that you have and if you don’t have the space, it’s time to look at what you don’t need.

Take a tour of your house and look for your biggest clutter danger areas. (TIP? The dining room table and accent chairs seem to take the brunt of it!) Do you keep months (or years!) of old magazines? Why not tear out articles you want to read later and recycle old issues? Do you drop your mail around the house before weeding out the junk? Does your office paperwork come home with you and then spread like a mould? Does your love of knick knacks make dusting a simple coffee table a long and arduous process? Look at what doesn’t work and fix it.

Maximize Fun

With a house that is organized and clutter free, you, and your nanny, can keep your bouts of cleaning short and focused and maximize the fun you have with your kids outside.  You can also maximize your fun by getting some help—whether to clean the house regularly or for special projects; a regular nanny or ad hoc babysitter


May 8

Five Craft Gifts that Mom will LOVE

What do Moms want most? Well, after a healthy and happy family, Moms most want to be reminded that they are loved and appreciated. And how best to tell and show them that? Is it going to the local card shop to pick out a card? That’s nice. But what is even better is a gift and card made with love, and thought and the hands of their own little Nanny and childones.

Crafts are a great activity for nanny to do with the kids. And arts and crafts are that much more fun when there is a special purpose in mind. Here are five crafts nanny and the kids can do together to give to Mom and that Mom will really love and cherish:

  1. Paper Flower Bouquet

Flowers are lovely but they also have a short life span once picked. Why not make flowers that will last a bit longer and that are crafted from your own hands! There are lots of materials that can be used for the petals – colourful pages from magazines, wrapping paper, construction paper or even paper decorated with messages for Mom with crayons. Make long strips and fold them over to create layered petals or cut them into heart shapes. Staple all the centers together and glue a cut-out circle or even a button in the middle. Green pipe cleaners make great stems. Finish the bouquet off by putting the flowers into a vase or wrapping them in some paper.

  1. Paper weights

Moms always seem to have lots of papers stacking up. And there always seems to be lots of action around the house that can sometimes make those papers fly! Special paperweights, made just for Mom, can solve that problem and be a constant visual reminder of just how much her kids love her. Nanny can help find medium-sized, preferably smooth rocks in the yard. Alternatively, craft stores usually have good stones that can be used to make paper weights. Either glue colourful fabric to the stone or get the paints out and decorate away. Consider putting a “M” for Mom or message like “Love you!” on top.

  1. Heart shaped cookies

Moms love cookies, Dads love cookies, nannies love cookies, kids love cookies… so make some cookies! But as this is a special occasion, make some special cookies. Heart-shaped is always extra special. And with some icing tubes, kids can put special messages just for Mom.

  1. Pasta shell necklace

What Mom doesn’t love jewelry?! And a pasta shell necklace in the jewelry box will be valued by Mom as much as any costume or precious pieces it sits alongside. Nanny can help pick some pasta from the cupboard – penne is always a good choice but using several types can also add interesting variation. Paint the pasta with paints from the crafts drawer and let them dry on some newspaper. Then string the pasta together on a piece of sturdy string, and with nanny’s help, tie it off tightly. Remember to make the necklace long enough so it can go around Mom’s neck.

  1. Art Scrapbook

Mom’s love to save all the wonderful art their kids do at school and home but often find they are busy and lack the time to put it all together. Collect ten or fifteen favourite pieces of artwork and stack them together. If they vary in sizes, paste individual pieces on large construction paper so your scrapbook is all the same size. Consider making a piece especially “commissioned” for the scrapbook. Choose a different colour of paper to make a front and back cover. Nanny can help punch holes through the stack, and kids can tie it all together with some ribbon or string.  You could also scan some art work and frame it for Mom.

And of course, you will want to make a homemade card! Nanny can help get the needed supplies together – construction or printing paper, crayons and markers, and stickers.  But the most important part of the card is the heartfelt message telling Mom how much you love her!

And for all the Dad’s out there thinking about what they can give Mom to show how much you care – consider some help in the home. Maybe someone to help with clean the house on a weekly basis or to get and stay on top of the never-ending piles of laundry? If that sounds like a good idea, you are in the right place! is a Canadian portal designed to help you find local caregivers in your area, easily and quickly. The caregiver who is right for your family is only a click away.