7 Reasons to Book a Babysitter This Summer

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Why is summer a great time to book a babysitter? Read on to find out:    1. School’s Out For Summer! Summer break is here, which means a whole new schedule for the whole family. Make the transition easier for everyone with a summer sitter or nanny to help with the new routine. Part-time, full-time, anytime. […]

How to Prevent Summer Brain Drain? Let Kids Play!

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The practice of giving kids a break from school during the summer started in the early 1900s. Doctors thought kids needed a reprieve from sitting still for long hours in a classroom, which they believed made them physically weak. Summer was the perfect time to set them free because classrooms became stifling hot. And because […]

How to inject Family Fun into a Summer of Work & Camp

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Summertime, which we’d so love to think of as carefree fun-time, can too often be an extended period of regret for those working moms and dads who can take few vacation days to spend with the family. But do the post-school hot months necessarily have to translate into drudgery for kids, and a guilt-fest for […]

3 Misconceptions About Birthday Parties, Busted!

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There’s a lot of contradictory and downright erroneous parenting info floating around out there. We’re not afraid to tackle it head-on!  Throwing a birthday party for your child can feel like anything but a celebration. Instead of rejoicing another year older, parents of even very young children can feel pressured to throw extra-special bashes that […]

Meet Stacy and Bailey Katz, Westwood, Los Angeles

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They say it takes a village to raise a child. When Stacy Katz became a mom in 2007, she created her own. A single parent of Bailey, now age 8, she left San Francisco, where she’d been working in public relations since the mid ‘90s, and bought a duplex in Los Angeles’s Westwood neighborhood, not […]

10 Healthy On-the-Go Summer Snacks You Kids Will Gobble Up

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The end of the school year doesn’t necessarily mean the end of rushing around. And on-the-go summertime families need quick, easy, healthy snacks to keep them energized as they dash from camp to playdates to the pool. “There are good and bad packaged options for your kids,” says Kimberley Grayson of the all-natural online shop, […]

5 Unforgettable & Affordable Family Vacations You Can Take This Summer

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Planning the perfect summer family vacation can seem like a daunting—and expensive—endeavor. That’s why we’ve put together this list of five of our favorite fun and affordable destinations for family travel. Bon voyage! 1. Austin, Texas. Austin averages around 230 sunny days per year, making it the perfect place for families that want to enjoy […]

Announcing our new partnership with Maven, family healthcare on-demand

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At UrbanSitter, we celebrate parents who take care of their kids and themselves. That’s why we’re excited to announce our partnership with Maven, a go-to app for all family health needs—from on-demand video chats with pregnancy, postpartum, and pediatric specialists to a personal care concierge that assists with making a birth plan or finding a […]

2018 Valentine’s Day Babysitting Rates

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  How much will you pay for a Valentine’s Day sitter? According to babysitting site, UrbanSitter, here are the hourly rates you can expect to pay for a babysitter this Valentine’s Day. 1 kid: $16.55/hr 2 kids: $19.14/hr 3 kids: $21.17/hr Sweet Facts: These Valentine’s Day babysitting rates are about 10% higher than an average […]

MOMcon 2018 Workshop

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How to Turn Your Passion into a Successful Small Business Presented by Lynn Perkins, UrbanSitter CEO & co-founder Did you know there are more moms starting businesses today than ever before? It’s estimated that as many as one in three U.S. small business owners are moms. In fact, female entrepreneurs represent 39 percent of businesses […]