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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...

Yes, Your Nanny Should Get Paid to Do 'Nothing'

Brooke Weglarz | Posted 05.26.2016 | Parents
Brooke Weglarz

Parents, I can see where you are coming from. Truly, I can. Childcare is expensive. The idea of paying top dollar for someone to sit at your house while your child is sleeping can be difficult to swallow. But here's the thing -- your nanny/babysitter isn't doing "nothing" -- they are taking care of your child.

Ditch the Cord With Engaging (Offline) Activities for Traveling Kids

Map Happy | Posted 03.31.2016 | Travel
Map Happy

Traveling with children instantly adds adventure to any trip and the getting-there part is supposed to be half the fun. Supposed to be!

How Much Are We Spending for a Babysitter?

Lynn Perkins | Posted 03.07.2016 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

My company, UrbanSitter, was curious to know how much of that expense is used to hire babysitters and nannies to care for our kids, so we surveyed and compiled data from 15,000 families across the nation to find out what it costs to hire a sitter whether it be for work or play.

Dumb-Ass Stuff We Need To Stop Saying To Dads

Ashley Miller | Posted 02.12.2016 | Parents
Ashley Miller

We need to stop talking about dads like they're an inept accessory to parenting. Sure, there are plenty of deadbeat dads in the world. Equally, there are plenty of deadbeat moms. But the good dads need to be part of our language of parenting.

3 Questions to Ask Your Prospective Nanny Agency

Tammy Gold | Posted 10.22.2015 | Parents
Tammy Gold

The nanny-family match is mutual it only works when both nanny and family are happy which requires a lot of "hand-holding" (for both nanny and family) throughout the process as things fall into place. This added customer support allows for a smoother transition for family and nanny.

7 Texts You NEVER Want To Get From The Babysitter

Meredith Masony | Posted 10.01.2015 | Parents
Meredith Masony

If you have children, think back to the first time you left them with a babysitter. I'm not talking about your parents, or your husband's parents. I'm talking about the first time you left them with someone who is not related to you. It can be a very scary time.

If You Have a Happy Marriage, Thank Granny

Dr. Rebekka Grun | Posted 09.12.2015 | Women
Dr. Rebekka Grun

How the emergence of grandmothers helped build monogamy You may remember the saving moment when granny arrived on the scene, a few days after the fir...

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

Lynn Perkins | Posted 06.10.2016 | 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 06.02.2016 | 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 05.15.2016 | 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?).