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Spreading the Love

What do you do when you get to work on a monday morning only to find the kids ridden with pink eye, a horrible cough, mild fevers and in quite miserable moods?

That is what I arrived to this week…and my first thought was “it’s going to be a L-O-N-G week”

And was it ever! but….we made it through and MB sent me the lovliest message thanking me for my patience, kindness and enthusiasm during this difficult week.
I have to admit, that I have never had any problems taking care of sick children, usually it just requires more patience and sometimes some new strategies…my biggest concern is always getting sick myself and then taking it home to my family. I normally don’t do much else than wash myhands a hundred times a day anyway…but this week we did the hand sanitizer and hand washing so much so that my hands are now super dry, cracked and bleeding. I struggled all weekend to touch things without causing myself pain.

This week we focused on birds as our theme, making nests on cardboard with bits of yarn, strips of brown paper and ribbons then finishing it off with a pom pom bird complete with googly eyes and tail feathers.
We coloured bird pages, made toilet paper roll binoculars and went out to bird watch (it’s amazing how something so simple is always such a hit!) we sung bird songs and rhymes, we held feathers and flew around the house. We played in bird seed and made a bird feeder to hang outside….the kids, despite their illness were little troupers…I’m so very proud of them.

The good news is the kiddoes are doing much better on their second round of antibiotics and so far so good on me staying healthy as I do not want to get sick and miss out on the spring weather we are ‘finally’ having.
I look forward to a less germ filled week ahead and healing my hands  🙂

I would love to hear if you struggle with your hands and experience over dryness and how you deal with it….what is your ‘magic’ hand saver?

Hope you had a lovely week and weekend and that the coming week is filled with spreading the LOVE and not GERMS 🙂

urban nanny



Not too long ago it seems, i worked for a young family of a 9 month old little girl who was sweet as pie. I fell instantly for her and couldn’t wait to nurture her, teach her and watch her grow…unfortunately her parents were immediately strange about the whole arrangement  but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it.

I thought things were odd immediately when I was asked to  use the back door only on my very first day. I assumed it was because the front door was broken or stuck….but no….everyone else I would come to realize used the front door, and I was to use the back door.
I came and went and did my job with nary a complaint even though it was awkward….mom and dad were always both home even though they were supposed to be working partly from home and partly from their work places. I never showed any sign of any feeling except utter joy to spend time with this little angel, even though it made it very hard for me to do my job as they kept grabbing her from me, and discouraging us from bonding.
Everyday they meddled more, and even though I followed their ‘written’ schedule/rules for their daughter to a ‘T’ they constantly suggested to me that I wasn’t doing it right…I started to feel very frustrated but kept on.

This went on for months….

Then one day, it was a Monday, I had come into work with a couple of cloth books that I had spotted on the weekend on sale…I immediately let baby play with them and she loved them…we had our usual day…filled with lots of giggles and love.

At 5:30 promptly, Dad came down to relieve me which wasn’t uncommon if Mom was busy, except this time I caught a quick glance of an envelope he had in his hand,  labeled ‘goodbye’ which he handed to me with a smile and wished me a good night…

Put on my coat and boots, scarf, hat and gloves, wished them a great evening and off I went with a sour taste in my mouth and a sudden uncomfortable feeling in my stomach. I got just far away enough from the house and couldn’t wait any longer to see what was in the envelope. Took off my gloves and ripped open the envelope.

A note:

“(my name) it has been lovely meeting you and our daughter has grown very attached to you, you seem to have a very special gift. However at this time I feel very jealous of your relationship with my daughter and feel as though you bought her new toys to hint at us that we are incompetent parents.”
Find enclosed two weeks pay,
we wish you well,
good bye

I cried all the way home my tears freezing to my face…

I had never experienced anything like this in all my 20+ years of working with children and their families, I was shocked! and yet had known all along that something was off…it was the little things….
In time I came to realize….they just weren’t ready.

Have you had any similar incidences you’d like to share?

urban nanny


Glad you stopped by! I will visit often and share with you the good days and not-so-good days, the exciting adventures, and new crafts…and let’s not forget all the learning we’re doing through it all!

So, grab your beverage of choice, take a load off and enjoy the always fun days in the life of an Urban Nanny.

See you soon!