The last time

 The last time

This picture was taken last month during my daughter’s year end music debut, at a special show just for parents. The childcare program she was enrolled in conveniently partnered with a music school. Knowing that it might be her last music performance (and another last time for me as a parent), I made sure to slip out of the office that day to catch a glimpse.

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Things you should know if you plan to hire a nanny

Things you should know if you plan to hire a nanny

Childcare is a common topic of conversation among parents with young children. Whether you are a stay at home parent or have a career, there will be times that you need someone to care for your child. I've had a variety of different childcare arrangements over the years, including having my own nanny, nanny sharing and sending our kids to daycare and day home.

This post is focused on the things you should know if you are hiring a nanny. There are links to a nanny contractinterview questionsground rules and the ins and outs of employing a nanny. If you are exploring other childcare options such as a daycare or day home also check out this post.

Here are the things I wish I would have known before I hired a nanny for the first time.

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Five tips for finding suitable childcare

Five tips for finding suitable childcare

Finding suitable childcare for my kids has monopolized a significant amount of time and energy over the years. Our childcare situation has been more complicated in some months compared to others, most notably when I returned to work full time when my babies were each three and seven months old and when my nanny went on a maternity leave of her own. As my family's needs have changed, we have tried different childcare arrangements: nanny sharing, employing our own nanny, daycare and day home. The most recent dilemma occurred when our full time nanny left us to go to university this past fall.

I've learned a few things when it comes to finding the right childcare provider, including that some of the most valuable tips come from listening to the experiences of other parents. The list below, which outlines some important questions to ask before you make a decision about childcare, is based on the experiences of a multitude of parents. 

These are the top five things I wish I would have known when I first started looking for childcare.

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