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To Install a Nanny Cam, or Not?

Lynn Perkins | Posted 02.12.2016 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

As CEO of a business that connects families with childcare providers--babysitters and nannies--I'm often asked how I feel about nanny cams, the person...

College Professor Babysits Single Mom's 2 Kids So She Can Finish Her Exam

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 12.14.2015 | Good News

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Date Night and Terrorism in NYC

Monica Wyche | Posted 11.19.2015 | Parents
Monica Wyche

My husband and I spent the weekend away recently, and left our three-year-old son in the care of his very capable, much-loved babysitter.

Baby Sitter Gets 14 Years In Toddler's Death

Associated Press | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 08.27.2015 | Crime

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- A Connecticut baby sitter charged in the death of a 19-month-old boy has been found guilty of first-degree manslaughter. The...

A Bad Babysitter in Any Era

Richard Freed | Posted 08.16.2015 | Parents
Richard Freed

As a father and child psychologist, I understand the incredible demands and stresses of raising young children. For some marketers, these difficulties create an opportunity to sell parents on the belief that screens are a cost-effective, guilt-free, educating babysitter.

How to Deal When the Kids Like Their Nanny More than You

Lynn Perkins | Posted 07.24.2015 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

Your family's nanny enables you to keep the proverbial balls in the air and the train on the tracks. With tremendous relief and real gratitude, you acknowledge that you've found the right person for the job.

9 Cell Phone Rules to Share with Your Sitter

Lynn Perkins | Posted 06.10.2015 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

Determine your policy on your sitter taking photos or videos of your kids and set rules around sharing them on social media. Would you rather no photos be posted ever, or are you comfortable with the posting of appropriate photos without using names, tags or locations? Spell it out.

Dear Family Whisperer: Is it OK to Leave One Child Behind?

Melinda Blau | Posted 05.06.2015 | Parents
Melinda Blau

Children become more resilient and competent when they're given opportunities to be strong and independent, and to practice emotional skills, not when they're seen as helpless and needy. Be with your girls, play with them, enrich their lives with special moments.

Tips for Recognizing and Preventing Nanny Burnout

Lynn Perkins | Posted 04.27.2015 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

You can help keep your beloved nanny from reaching the point of no return by recognizing the signs of burnout and taking steps to keep her and your family happy with the care she provides.

How A Sitter Can Be The Key To Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions

Lynn Perkins | Posted 02.16.2015 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

Here are five resolutions that are among the most common for parents, and tips on how a babysitter can help you succeed at them, ultimately helping you create a more balanced, less stressful life.

Top 10 Reasons To Seek A Sitter As The Ultimate Holiday Helper

Lynn Perkins | Posted 01.21.2015 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

A good babysitter is always worth her weight in gold, but never more so than during the busy holiday season.

How Much Do You Know About Your Kids' Coaches And Teachers? (Probably Not Enough)

Posted 12.16.2014 | Dr. Phil

How much do you know about the adults your child interacts with outside of your family? Have you ever talked to the Little League coach about his valu...

The Complicated Threesome of Mom, Dad and the Nanny

Lynn Perkins | Posted 12.30.2014 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

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.

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

Lynn Perkins | Posted 11.19.2014 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

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.

How to Avoid the Awkward Moments While Vacationing With Your Sitter

Lynn Perkins | Posted 09.17.2014 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

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 children.

Lessons From the Nanny: What Every Family Should Know

Lynn Perkins | Posted 08.06.2014 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

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

5 Tips for Helping Little Ones Adjust to Babysitters

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 06.21.2014 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

It is important that you have date nights, and that your daughter learns that she can be OK when she isn't with you.

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

Lynn Perkins | Posted 05.06.2014 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

Questioning the relationship you have with your family's nanny and deciding whether to replace her can be a confusing part of parenthood for many. Two experts weigh in on knowing if and when it's time to let your family's nanny go and how to prepare your children for the change.

How to Get Your Babysitter to Stop Texting, Sexting, and Tweeting on the Job

Common Sense Media | Posted 04.29.2014 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Today's sitters sneak -- or outright flaunt -- something many of us parents don't know how to deal with: constant texting, Instagramming, YouTube-watching, you name it. So how do you dole out the rules?

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

Lynn Perkins | Posted 04.13.2014 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

You may be missing out on reaping the benefits of your savvy sitter's abilities and creativity, as well as a rewarding experience for your child.

I Love Poop

Sarah Prager | Posted 04.02.2014 | Good News
Sarah Prager

There is nothing like caring for others to take you out of your own head. I cannot bring myself to worry about making rent when I am Spiderman's sidekick (who knew he had one and that she looks just like me?).

For the Love of My Sister

Robin Korth | Posted 03.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Robin Korth

My sister Laurie was a year and a half older than me and always two years ahead of me in school. She was also my best friend and "almost twin." In our...

If You Offer My 15-Year-Old $5/hr to Babysit Your Kids, I'm Judging You

Quia Querisma | Posted 03.01.2014 | Parents
Quia Querisma

I share Jan's sentiment that today's teenagers have a colossal sense of entitlement and want grand spoils for very little effort, but there are some things I keep in perspective.

What to Pay the Babysitter

Jan Francisco | Posted 01.13.2016 | Parents
Jan Francisco

This weekend, I tried a new approach to the guessing game of paying the babysitter. I told them how much I was willing to pay for her help ahead of time, and I outlined what I expected to happen while I was gone. It was a Take It or Leave It approach, and it worked. But there was a little bit of eye-rolling when I stated that my price for three hours with two kids was $15.

7 Secrets Babysitters Wish Parents Knew

Lynn Perkins | Posted 02.01.2014 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

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.