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How to Take Back Date Night

Lynn Perkins | Posted 01.25.2017 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

Many of us start the new year with resolutions to eat healthier, lose weight or make better financial decisions, yet we often overlook one of the most...

How to Make This the Best Holiday Season Money Can Buy

Lynn Perkins | Posted 01.08.2017 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

The holidays have a way of wreaking havoc on sanity. How do busy parents manage the to-do list and make the holiday merry, too? We surveyed more than...

A Working Mom's Thanksgiving Confession

Lynn Perkins | Posted 11.22.2016 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

Each year my family takes turns sharing what and whom they are most thankful for at the Thanksgiving table. As expected, friends and family will top m...

Advice for Brangelina and Other Divorcees: 7 Tips for Managing Childcare After the Big Split

Lynn Perkins | Posted 10.07.2016 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

Sadly, Brad and Angelina's marriage isn't the only one to crumble. Nearly half of all first marriages and an even higher percentage of second and third nuptials end in divorce. Though unfortunate for the couples involved -- and as Brad has proclaimed in his post-split statement -- what really matters is the kids.

12 Questions You Should Ask The Babysitter But Don't

Natasha Daniels | Posted 06.28.2016 | Parents
Natasha Daniels

I am one of the lucky ones. I dodged a major bullet. My kids are okay. Four years later and my kids don't even remember her name. But, I do. And I will never forget the lessons she taught me. Don't judge a book by its cover. Because sometimes the cover is nice, but the story is ugly.

Dad Shares Hilariously Epic Instructions He Gave His Son's Babysitter

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 06.14.2016 | Parents

They say babies don't come with an instruction manual, but this dad may beg to differ. Bryan Elliott is a software engineer and father from the Philad...

ADVICE 18: Adventures in Babysitting

Brent Stoller | Posted 05.17.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Brent Stoller

Photo Credit: Brent Stoller To send in a question, please complete this short Google form. All submissions are anonymous, even to the author. ***** ...

What Should Dads Do for New and Seasoned Moms on Mother's Day?

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.05.2016 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

If your partner has not had a mother's day before then it's time to step up, Dads, and make your mark on her special day. If she's had many Mother's D...

To Install a Nanny Cam, or Not?

Lynn Perkins | Posted 02.11.2017 | 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

Monica Romero says she needed a “miracle” to finish her final exam. A babysitter had cancelled on her at the last minute, and the single mom had b...

Date Night and Terrorism in NYC

Monica Wyche | Posted 11.18.2016 | 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 08.16.2016 | 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 07.23.2016 | 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 11.28.2016 | Entertainment

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.