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The Day We Taped Our Babysitter to a Chair

Aimee Heckel | Posted 09.30.2014 | 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 08.27.2014 | 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.

WATCH: La Toya's Babysitting Gig Takes Dangerous Turn

OWN | Posted 05.16.2013 | OWN

Lately, La Toya Jackson has been talking about adopting a child. She's spoken with an adoption agency, discussed adoption with her friends and also ca...

The Saturday Night Babysitter Blues

Julie Gerstenblatt | Posted 06.15.2013 | Parents
Julie Gerstenblatt

It was a Saturday night. The pizza had been delivered, the kids were vegged out on the couch, and my husband, Brett, and I were ready to hit the ground running. Now all we needed was the babysitter.

The Email Every Working Mom Should Send

Laurie Puhn | Posted 06.10.2013 | Parents
Laurie Puhn

I know many mothers and caring nannies who have witnessed inappropriate behavior by other nannies they know on the playground, at a playdate, in stores or at school, but choose to keep their mouths shut due to fear or anxiety about how their comments might be received.

How This Want-To-Be Grandparent Fills Her Time

Kathryn E. Livingston | Posted 04.09.2013 | Fifty
Kathryn E. Livingston

I'm not discouraging anyone from becoming a grandparent. But in the meantime, pet sitting seems to be just the ticket. What could be better than the cuddly love of a cat but no litter box in your kitchen?

Catherine New

Babysitting Matchmaker Raised $6 Million While Pregnant

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 02.26.2013 | Technology

When the babysitter calls out sick, even the best dinner reservation in town quickly becomes worthless. For entrepreneur Lynn Perkins, that was not ju...

10 Requirements For The Perfect Babysitter

The Stir | Posted 03.12.2013 | Parents
The Stir

Since it seemed to work in Mary Poppins, I thought I'd write out my wish list and see if the universe sends the perfect sitter to my doorstep.

Paving a Growth Path Thanks to a Pair of Pants

Meg Seitz | Posted 12.12.2012 | Money
Meg Seitz

You just made a bold move to save enough money to buy something for yourself. And, without realizing it, you just raised your own gold standard. And with this new gold standard, comes two scary questions -- what's next, and what else do you want for yourself?

A Touch of Mothering for a 'Mother's Helper'

Karin Lippert | Posted 02.09.2013 | Fifty
Karin Lippert

Caring for an infant or touching someone's life as she [or he] is growing up is about loving care. Supporting a young woman's goals and dreams are vital especially in our culture. Being generous with support even if they change paths or do not measure up to some idealized version of what you thought they should become. It is about letting them find their own way, but remaining a touchstone.

The Unsinkable Alex Jones

Leda Natkin Nelis | Posted 12.25.2012 | Parents
Leda Natkin Nelis

Every special needs family needs an Alex Jones.