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Tips for Hosting a Kid's Birthday Party Without Losing Sanity or Face

Lynn Perkins | Posted 06.10.2015 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

The pressure on parents to throw their child a birthday party that rivals their friends' parties is nothing new, but the bar has been reset.

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.

Tips for Leaving Kids Home Alone (Without Going Crazy With Worry)

Lynn Perkins | Posted 05.15.2015 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

Leaving a child on his own for the first time can make any parent feel a bit anxious. As with many areas of parenting, it requires balancing factors to come to a decision you feel comfortable making.

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.

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.

This 15-Year-Old Entrepreneur Built a Babysitting Empire Worth Big Bucks

Teen Vogue | Posted 05.13.2015 | Teen
Teen Vogue

Ever have a babysitter you weren't crazy about for reasons you couldn't quite explain? Noa Mintz can relate -- but instead of just constantly complaining to her mom about her own less-than-stellar sitter, she decided to take action and track down a nanny she liked hanging out with.

5 (Mostly Free) Perfect Gifts for Working Parents

Diana Chaplin | Posted 03.16.2015 | Parents
Diana Chaplin

If you know someone who has little time for themselves, why not surprise them with a gift to show your love? Not the material kind that'll add to the already massive pile of "things" in their home, but the kind that fulfills their desire for a little relief.

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.

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.

The Day We Taped Our Babysitter to a Chair

Aimee Heckel | Posted 11.30.2014 | Weird News
Aimee Heckel

This is one of those stories it will be hard to explain to the grandchitterlings, as well as Saint Peter at the golden gates of heaven.

The Evolution of the Village

Heather Risinger | Posted 10.27.2014 | Parents
Heather Risinger

I recently asked my friends if they had a village that helps them raise their kids. I wanted to know what made their villages unique.

Why Grandma Might Not Be the Best Babysitter

Lynn Perkins | Posted 10.19.2014 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

Before you pull the trigger on hiring Grandma to be the babysitter, give some thought to these four reasons why she might not be the best choice for the job.

Creative Babysitters Send Hilarious, Frightening Photoshopped Images To Parents

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 08.11.2014 | Parents

When you ask your friends to look after your 6-month-old for a day, it's understandable if you go a little overboard with instructions, especially if ...

From Babysitter To Teacher: Setup Your Kids' Tablets for Creative Learning

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 09.23.2014 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

Is there something we can learn from teachers to turn free-form playtime into opportunities for learning?

The One Question I Wish I'd Asked My Children's Babysitter Before It Was Too Late

Sonya Barge | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Sonya Barge

June 4, 1998 began as a routine day. I kissed three-year-old Markie and my five-year-old daughter Jennifer goodbye as I took my two older girls to school. A day that began so normally ended with heartbreak and pain that I still can't begin to explain.

Fine Young Philanthropists

Varda Epstein | Posted 04.27.2014 | Impact
Varda Epstein

Kids are being taught at home and in their schools about the meaning of giving. Apparently, doing nice things for others makes kids smarter, happier and more successful, too.

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 Daughters, Is Babysitting the First Step on the Mommy Track?

Vincent O'Keefe | Posted 03.30.2014 | Parents
Vincent O'Keefe

By endorsing my daughter's entry into the babysitting business so unconsciously, was I contributing to the cycle of gender discrimination when it comes to childcare and housekeeping?

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.

The Movie That's Still The Stuff Of Nightmares

Tom Cramer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

When I was a little kid, I used to get nightmares. Sure, I started out completely convinced that monsters hid under the bed. Of course watching Creature Features was a bad idea. Yes, listening to stories in the dark, at sleepovers or on family vacations frightened me. I was a kid -- and so were you.

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.

Singing the Germs Away

Roz Warren | Posted 10.22.2013 | Fifty
Roz Warren

The babysitter walks a fine line. You don't want to be a liar. But you don't want to subvert the received wisdom they've gotten from their parents.

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.

5 Tips To Help You Care For Someone 60 Years Younger

Renee Fisher | Posted 08.28.2013 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

Some of us might have noticed that the age span between us and our grandchildren is wider than between that of us and our children. This is especially pronounced if we gave birth to our own children at the tender age of twenty-something, but, unlike us, our children felt the need to delay the production of offspring until they had accomplished certain minor things in life.

My 'Bad' Kid

Janice Harper | Posted 08.07.2013 | Parents
Janice Harper

My daughter announced, "I was planning on getting a job, but then I saw how low they pay." Which is to say, parents now pay more for babysitters than Dominoes pays its employees to deliver our pizzas, or half the places on earth pay workers to sew our clothes.