5 Tips for Working from Home With Kids

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Being a working parent is really hard. Working from home with kids is — you guessed it —extremely hard. Though many parents have had a “one off working-from-home day” when a kid is sick, the reality of working remotely every single day alongside your kids has been a “steep learning curve” for a lot of people during COVID. Here […]

How to find a sitter for your pandemic pod

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With many schools going online-only or adopting staggered schedules with distance learning days, some families are banding together to form at-home “pandemic pods” to provide child care, structure, socialization and educational help for their pod of children. Here are a few tips to finding a pod sitter or nanny to teach, tutor, or supervise for your pandemic pod, or visit our […]

Balancing Child Care & Work In The Age Of COVID – Infographic

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One thing we have learned over the past few months is that child care is essential for working parents, but it hasn’t been treated that way during the COVID-19 pandemic. Parents all across America are struggling to find a balance between working productively and managing the safety, socialization and education of their children. A recent […]

Introducing pet sitting!

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Exciting news! UrbanSitter now offers pet sitting for dogs, cats and your other lovable animals (birds, hamsters, even snakes!). To book pet sitting, join UrbanSitter now and filter your search to find sitters who will pet sit dogs, cats or other pets. You’ll see a section on every sitter’s profile with their pet care details and special […]

Tips for hiring a babysitter during the pandemic

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Considering hiring a babysitter or nanny during the coronavirus pandemic, but not sure how to do so safely? Here we share some best practices to evaluate the viability of an in-person childcare relationship and how to manage that relationship moving forward. Best Practices for Hiring Childcare during COVID-19 Verify that in-home childcare is allowed in your […]

Meet super talented virtual babysitters

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Virtual babysitting opens up a world of exciting possibilities for kids to take yoga lessons, drawing classes, and even get homeschool help—all from the safety of home, while their parents get tasks done or work from home. And, since virtual babysitting takes place over video chat, parents can hire sitters who live anywhere in the country, so they can book the best of […]

Childcare options as parents return to work

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  As the country begins to re-open and shelter-in-place restrictions ease, many employers and employees will be faced with the tough decisions about returning to the office. Making these decisions is even harder when many parent employees may not be comfortable sending their children back to daycare/preschool, or they have school aged children at home […]

Keeping Families and Caregivers Healthy

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Updated 3/25/20 Family and sitter health is a top priority for the UrbanSitter community.   With concerns over Coronavirus increasing coupled with school closures and geographic areas under “shelter-in-place” restrictions we would like to remind our community of the following:  We encourage everyone to refer to the CDC and local department of health websites for […]

What is a virtual babysitter?

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Wondering if a virtual babysitter is right for you? As more and more cities continue shelter-in-place mandates and people are trying to do their part with social distancing, we know we’ll see less traditional babysitting. But, that doesn’t mean parents don’t need help right now! Many dual working families are struggling to keep up with work […]