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Why You Should Get a Babysitter

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 07.22.2015 | Parents
Samantha Rodman PhD

If you get along well with family members, and they live close, and they want to babysit your kids, that's awesome. For the rest of us, read on.

8 Reasons Why I Fired My Sitter

Michelle Matthews | Posted 07.09.2015 | Parents
Michelle Matthews

The longer I stayed in the work force and the older my children get, I've started to have a zero tolerance level for nonsense. Here's a list of eight things the next sitter can do to assure she gets fired. Just so you know, all of these things have happened to me.

Open Letter to Babysitters Everywhere

Bridie Clark Loverro | Posted 06.02.2015 | Parents
Bridie Clark Loverro

All Moms everywhere need a break sometimes, and we're thankful to you for providing one. That said, we wanted to share a few things that bring us to angels-singing-on-high-ecstatic levels of gratitude.

5 Reasons the Babysitter Is Cooler Than Mommy

Meredith Hale | Posted 06.22.2015 | Parents
Meredith Hale

It was Saturday night and my 6-year-old was bursting with excitement. No, she wasn't anticipating a wild night of braiding Barbie's hair and binge-watching Monster High. Something much more dramatic was happening. The babysitter was on her way.

5 Important Tips for Keeping Children Safe and Entertained at Your Wedding Festivities

Sandy Malone | Posted 06.20.2015 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

I must confess that once upon a time, I dreaded weddings with a lot of little people in attendance. And by "little people," I'm talking about wedding guests under the age of 10.

7 Rules of Hiring a Teenager to Babysit

Angela Keck | Posted 03.23.2015 | Parents
Angela Keck

Hiring a sitter and having an evening out on the town is a treat. By following these steps, you can (hopefully) relax enough to enjoy yourself!

Terminal Illness Changed Everything For This Mom And Her Children's Nanny

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 01.13.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

For many nannies, employment comes without healthcare benefits and an insurance policy, meaning getting sick can result in questions about how to hand...

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.

Why You Shouldn't Overlook Hiring a Male Babysitter

Lynn Perkins | Posted 07.06.2014 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

Although babysitting has come to be viewed as a female-dominated domain, there's no reason to think that women will take better care of your kids than men.

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.

The Top 5 Reminders You Really Should Give Your Babysitter

Lynn Perkins | Posted 11.27.2013 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

Think of these friendly reminders as part of your back-to-school plan to get organized, on track and ready to roll for the new year.

5 Mistakes Many Parents Make When It Comes To Child Care

Lynn Perkins | Posted 10.01.2013 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

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.

Lisa Belkin

Request For Advice: Should I Fire The Babysitter Who Threatened To Give Away My Children?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lisa Belkin | Posted 07.02.2013 | Parents

Lisa Mayer is the mother of 4-year-old twins. She is also a musician whose work takes her away from home for most of the day or night on weekends, whi...

It Takes A 'Sister Wife' To Win An Emmy

Lisa Belkin | Posted 11.24.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

On the list of people who make their victory possible are always agents, managers, assistants, parents, spouses and often God. But almost never the women who care for their homes and families all day.

Little White Lies Moms Tell Their Babysitters

The Stir | Posted 06.23.2012 | Parents
The Stir

After all, I want to make sure the sitter won't be scared off by what really happens in my house. You know what I mean, right?

A Mom's Extreme Proposal For Ten Minutes To Herself

Melissa Sher | Posted 05.23.2012 | Parents
Melissa Sher

There are lots and lots of other moms out there who need a few extra minutes every now and then to go to the bathroom alone. Or shower and shave their legs. Or talk on the phone with a friend without having to yell at anyone to "stop licking the baby!"

The $200,000 Nanny: Are The Rest Of Us Cheating Our Children?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 05.20.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

Are the richest parents really buying better care for their kids? Or just shinier care? If you are struggling to pay the "mid-range" salary, are you somehow not doing right by your child?

Wanted: Nanny for Middle-Aged Empty Nester

Suzanne Hegland | Posted 05.09.2012 | Parents
Suzanne Hegland

Seeking live-in babysitter for technologically handicapped middle-aged adult. "Mom," as she's known, is generally easy-going and well-behaved, but must be monitored with vigilance around all digital devices.

Ditch The Babysitter

Emily Cohn | Posted 03.07.2012 | Money

Welcome to A Dollar A Day, where every day we'll dish out creative and quirky ways to save on your living expenses. A night out for a parent with ...

5 Things to Do When the Nanny Quits

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 04.16.2012 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

One day your kids love the nanny and your life is on autopilot, and the next day she tells you that she has been unhappy and she is leaving in two weeks. Anyone out there been in this situation?

Anna Almendrala

Does Your Live-In Have The Right To 8 Hours Of Sleep?

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 03.06.2013 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- Officially, Louisa Araneta* is a live-in caretaker for an elderly woman who needs help eating, bathing and getting dressed. Unofficiall...

Katherine Bindley

Hey Working Moms: I Don't Want To Socialize With Your Nanny

HuffingtonPost.com | Katherine Bindley | Posted 12.13.2011 | Parents

"Hey working moms: I don't want to socialize with your nanny." It's the kind of complaint some mothers might think, but never say to another paren...

Too Many Sideplots Mar Crazy, Stupid, Love

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 10.03.2011 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

So what's not to like about Crazy, Stupid, Love? Well, nothing -- except it may just have too much of a good thing.

Home Alone: Is Your Child Ready?

Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D. | Posted 09.13.2011 | Women
Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D.

You hear stories in the news, a child home alone died in a fire -- or -- two children, ages, 6 and 8 were placed in protective custody after a neighbo...

All Hail National Babysitter's Day

Molly Baker | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Molly Baker

I think that knowing a babysitter, having a babysitter, and paying a babysitter is a thrillingly, freeing milestone of parenting.