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Lynn Perkins is CEO and co-founder of UrbanSitter.com, a service that enables parents and babysitters to connect online through Facebook and their existing networks. A startup veteran, Lynn offers more than 15 years of experience marketing and selling to Gen X and Gen Y. Prior to founding to UrbanSitter, Lynn served as founder and CEO of Xuny.com and VP of Business Development at Bridgepath.com. At companies like Gap Inc., LaSalle Partners and Joie de Vivre Hospitality, Lynn gained extensive business and transaction experience. Lynn is also the proud mom of three children and a graduate of Stanford University.

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9 Cell Phone Rules to Share with Your Sitter

(2) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 5:29 PM

When you introduce a new babysitter to your childcare repertoire or welcome back your family's favorite sitter who is home for summer break, grab the opportunity to refresh and share your house rules, including your policies regarding your sitter's use of cell phones and tablets while with your kids. Sharing...

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Tips for Recognizing and Preventing Nanny Burnout

(3) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 12:56 PM

No matter how wonderful your nanny is or how dedicated she is to your children, there may come a time when she's feeling a little burned out on the job. As you know, caring for a child's daily needs is tough work, and as with any job, over time, the...

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How to Enjoy Valentine's Day When You're a Single Parent

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 4:17 PM

It's hard not to feel left out when you're a parent without a partner on Valentine's Day. Just remember, the holiday of hearts and flowers isn't just for romantic love. You may not have a romantic partner, but as a parent, you have plenty of love to celebrate. In fact,...

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How a Sitter Can Be the Key to Keeping Your New Year's ResolutionB

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 1:19 PM

Most of us begin the New Year with good intentions and a renewed commitment to making positive changes for our families and ourselves. Sadly, research shows that only a scant 8 percent of us succeed at achieving our resolutions, despite our best intentions. It's suggested that the best...

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Top 10 Reasons to Seek a Sitter as the Ultimate Holiday Helper

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 4:48 PM

A good babysitter is always worth her weight in gold, but never more so than during the busy holiday season. She can be your lifeline and save your sanity in more ways than you may realize. While you're penciling in invitations and commitments and wondering how you'll pull it all...

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The Complicated Threesome of Mom, Dad and the Nanny

(2) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 6:47 PM

It may be the most indispensable threesome you'll ever have: you, your spouse and your children's nanny. Together, you work as a team to care for and manage the daily lives of your children. While employing someone to care for your children is a lifesaver and a necessity for many,...

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Meet The Mom Who Takes Her Sitter EVERYWHERE (and 10 Reasons Why)

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 2:37 PM

Have you ever scoffed at the Mom who doesn't seem to leave home without her sitter or nanny in tow -- at birthday parties, school drop-off, Mommy and Me class? Maybe you even judged her for it, wondering why she can't go at it alone with her own kids. Before...

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Why Grandma Might Not Be the Best Babysitter

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 10:53 AM

With the new school year starting, you're likely thinking about how you'll meet your childcare needs for the year. Whether you need an after-school babysitter to care for your kids until you get home from work, a full-time nanny, or a regular sitter to give you a break a couple...

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How to Avoid the Awkward Moments While Vacationing With Your Sitter

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 4:48 PM

Taking a babysitter along on the family vacation provides you with the freedom and support necessary to truly feel like you're on vacation. It gives you the flexibility to see sights that aren't kid friendly, enjoy nightlife, and participate in activities that are not possible when you're caring for young...

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Lessons From the Nanny: What Every Family Should Know

(2) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 6:36 PM

Mothers know best, but you'd be surprised at how much the nanny knows. Years of experience taking care of children of all temperaments, from all types of families and environments gives nannies a unique perspective on what works with kids and what doesn't, including interesting twists on common child care...

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Why You Shouldn't Overlook Hiring a Male Babysitter

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 6:27 PM

If you haven't yet tried a "mitter," a.k.a. a male babysitter, you might be missing out on valuable childcare and a refreshing change of pace for your kids. Although babysitting has come to be viewed as a female-dominated domain, there's no reason to think that women will take better care...

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How to Survive Spring Break at Home

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 6:50 PM

No plans for a family vacation this spring? No worries. Here are five strategies for surviving school-free days at home with the kids this Spring Break and having a fun, memorable time together without venturing far from home.

1. Do good.
As mindful parents, we instill in our children...

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How to Know If It's Time to Find a New Nanny

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 4:44 PM

By Lynn Perkins, CEO of UrbanSitter and a mother of three; and Dr. Juli Fraga, a psychologist with a private practice in San Francisco, specializing in women's health and family concerns

Questioning the relationship you have with your family's nanny and deciding whether to replace her can be a confusing...

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5 Activities You Never Imagined Your Babysitter Could Do With Your Child

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 12:41 PM

Most of us hire a babysitter and expect that he or she will keep our children safe, entertain them, feed and bathe them and put them to bed. If that's where your expectation of a sitter ends, you may be missing out on reaping the benefits of your savvy sitter's...

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5 Fun Ways to Exercise With Kids

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 4:09 PM

With the holiday season in full swing, chances are you've already dug into your fair share of sweet treats and goodies... and who has time to burn them off? It's no fun and not easy to pass on the delicious indulgences that beckon and test even the strongest of wills...

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7 Secrets Babysitters Would Rather Not Keep

(6) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 2:55 PM

In a perfect world, parents and the babysitters they hire would have open, honest discussions about each other's expectations and feelings about a babysitting job. Yet, although they both have kids' best interests at heart, there seem to be a lot of unknowns and assumptions between the two camps. For...

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How to Survive the Holiday Season? Book a Sitter

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 11:17 AM

Whether it's because of Christmas, Hanukkah, the annual holiday bash you host or your family's winter vacation to plan, your time is undoubtedly scarce and your sanity and budget are under heavy attack this month. The solution to not only surviving, but to making the most of the holiday season,...

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Things Every New Mom Should Know (But No One Tells You)

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 9:51 AM

No matter how many parenting books you've read, how many nieces or nephews you've watched grow up or how many years you've clocked babysitting, becoming a mom for the first time catapults you into an entirely foreign world that you could never be fully prepared for or expect.

As...

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Assume Nothing! The Top 5 Reminders You Really Should Give Your Babysitter

(4) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 4:44 PM

The start of a new school year gives you a chance to create a fresh start, and that includes setting off on the right foot with a new babysitter or having an important refresher conversation with your current sitter.

Now is the time to share with your child's caregiver...

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The Top 5 Most Common Mistakes Parents Make When It Comes to Child Care

(14) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 8:24 AM

When it comes to leaving your child in the care of a babysitter, nanny or other child care provider, you have nothing but the best intentions. However, many parents unknowingly make mistakes when hiring, managing and communicating with their child care provider.

By avoiding these five common blunders, you can...

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