Live-in Nanny - Winter Blues?
Advice for Caregivers

Live-in Nanny - Winter Blues?

by Martha Scully

This year, especially on the east coast of Canada, the weather has been particularly challenging for live-in nannies, making them feel isolated. We heard from a live-in nanny the other day who said she hasn't been outside in weeks because of the ice storm in Ontario. She is a nanny from the Philippines and just cannot stand the cold weather! Needless to say, she is suffering from a serious case of cabin fever!

If you're a nanny or stay at home mom in the same situation, here are some ideas to mix it up:

  • Connect with other caregivers: there are lots of nanny meet-up groups in cities across Canada. Chances are, you're not the only one feeling this way and meeting new people can help.
  • Bundle up: it's cold, but even if you're outside for only 10 minutes a day, you can feel better. Plan a quick walk or activity for the kids and just go for it; hot chocolate will warm you up when you come back in!
  • Do it for yourself: even if the parents don't want you to take the kids out for a bit, or the kids themselves put up too much of a stink, make time for yourself to go out when you're off the clock. Even though it's cold, the fresh air is so good for you.
  • Stay indoors: ...but keep active! If you simply cannot bear to be outside, even for a few minutes, stay active in the house. Try a new exercise video or download a yoga video off the internet. We came across a great beginners video on YouTube.

What about you? How do you stay happy in the winter?

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About the Author
Martha Scully
Martha is the founder of 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.