Martha Scully
Recent and archived posts by Martha Scully for CanadianNanny.ca
Important Interview Questions for a Special Needs Nanny
Hiring

Important Interview Questions for a Special Needs Nanny

by Martha Scully  •  January 19, 2017
It's often difficult to find a qualified nanny at the best of times. But for parents of children with special needs, it can be especially stressful, as their child may require sophisticated care. Thankfully, it is not impossible, 68% of the nannies on Canadian Nanny are interested in caring for a child with special needs. This article discusses the qualities to look for and the questions you should be asking to help choose the candidate that is right for your child.
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90 Practical Reasons a Nanny is Better Than Daycare
Nanny FAQ

90 Practical Reasons a Nanny is Better Than Daycare

by Martha Scully  •  January 18, 2017
When it comes to your child, many parents are unsure which direction to go when it comes to childcare. Should you put your child in a daycare center or consider hiring a nanny? Many parents believe that a nanny is too expensive. These days, modern nannies are not only affordable and accessible, they also provide a number of benefits that daycare centers cannot match. Not to mention that if you have more than one child in daycare a nanny is almost always cheaper. In this article child c...
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Should I Give My Nanny a Christmas Bonus or Christmas Gift?
Holidays

Should I Give My Nanny a Christmas Bonus or Christmas Gift?

by Martha Scully  •  December 09, 2016
Your nanny is an integral member of your household. While you're at work, they take on the task of educating and caring for your children. Some nannies also tackle light housework, prepare meals and generally act as the glue that keeps your household running smoothly. If you like your current nanny and don't want to deal with a revolving door of replacements, you need to show appreciation. But how do you do that? We get a lot of questions about bonuses versus gifts and what you should be doin...
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Top 5 Bedtime Stories to Read to Young Children
Parenting

Top 5 Bedtime Stories to Read to Young Children

by Martha Scully  •  November 17, 2016
Reading with their children is often a great pleasure for parents, who enjoy the time to bond with their little ones. It is also invaluable for toddlers as they develop language skills and learn more about their environment. While there is an endless supply of reading material designed to rear young children, a few stand out as classics that will help engage them mentally and emotionally.
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Postpartum Depression: 8 Things New Mothers Should Know
Pregnancy & Babies

Postpartum Depression: 8 Things New Mothers Should Know

by Martha Scully  •  November 15, 2016
Postpartum depression (PPD) can happen to anyone— moments, weeks, even months after giving birth. If you are about to become a mom or know someone who is, it helps to be informed so you know what to expect. Let’s take a look at postpartum depression and arm ourselves with knowledge so we can cope with it if need be. Here are eight things all new mothers should know about postpartum depression.
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Do Preschoolers Need to Exercise? How Much?
Health & Safety

Do Preschoolers Need to Exercise? How Much?

by Martha Scully  •  November 09, 2016
While the little tykes seem to have boundless energy and be in perpetual motion, in our TV age, not all children get the exercise their body requires. Experts advise a certain amount of activity each day for optimal strength, growth, development, and health. Here is an overview of exercise guidelines, benefits, and methods for your toddler.
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How to Conduct a Nanny Background Check
Hiring

How to Conduct a Nanny Background Check

by Martha Scully  •  November 08, 2016
Choosing a nanny isn't a small decision — your child care provider becomes an extension of your family and special part of your kids' lives. While an interview helps you evaluate your potential nanny or babysitter, you shouldn't hire a candidate on the spot. Conducting a background check before you extend an official offer ensures that you are bringing a trustworthy caretaker into your home. Here are some things you should check and the reasons why it's important to carry out nanny background...
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About the Author
Martha Scully
Martha is the founder of CanadianNanny.ca. Martha has been featured as a Child Care Expert in hundreds of publications across Canada including The Globe and Mail, CBC, Today's Parent and The National Post, She lives in British Columbia with her husband and two daughters.