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 […]

Get Crafty with Spring Crafts for Preschoolers

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Dare we say it for fear of jinxing ourselves? Spring is almost here! Despite the cold weather most of the country is still fighting, Spring is officially only weeks away. Let’s mark its long-awaiting arrival with some fun, simple crafts for parents or sitters to tackle with preschoolers who will love creating these adorable bunnies, […]

10 Fun, Family Activities for a Spring Break Stay-cation

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If a big Spring Break trip isn’t on the calendar this year, you might be wondering how you’re going to keep the kids entertained for 10 consecutive, school-free days. Fear not! There are tons of fun activities that feel special enough for a school vacation, and will keep you or the sitter and your kids […]

7 Reasons to Book a Babysitter This Spring

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Why is Spring is a great time to book a babysitter? Read on to find out: 1.   Spring cleaning. Think of all you could accomplish without your usual distractions. Not sure where to start? Check out Over 100 Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks from How Does She? and the room-by-room checklist from the Huffington Post. You’ll have […]

UrbanSitter’s 2017 Holiday Tipping Guide & New Year’s Eve Babysitting Rates

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Ever wonder how much others tip around the holidays? UrbanSitter asked families to share how they handle holiday tipping – from babysitters and nannies to dog walkers and mail carriers. Here are a few highlights: $50-$100 cash or gift card is the popular holiday tip for babysitters. One week’s pay is what most families tip their […]

Babysitting Gift Cards – The Best Holiday Gift Ever!

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The holidays are quickly approaching, and everyone will be scrambling to find that “perfect” gift for family and friends. Make it easy this year – avoid the malls, the crowds, and send the perfect gift for the moms and dads in your life: UrbanSitter babysitting gift cards! Every parent will appreciate the gift of babysitting, especially when it’s courtesy […]

2017 Babysitting Rates: How much should you pay your babysitter?

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We surveyed over 20,000 families from all across the country to get the scoop on what parents are willing to pay for—and what they’re willing to pay extra for—when it comes to childcare in 2017! San Francisco came in as the most expensive city for babysitters once again in 2017, with $17.34/hour for one child […]

Start the School Year Right With an Eye Exam

By Dr. Gabriel Taub The American Optometric Association (AOA) estimates that up to 80 percent of learning occurs through a child’s eyes. That’s why, as we find ourselves at the beginning of another school year, your child’s eye health should be as important as your annual visit to the pediatrician. An eye exam by an optometrist […]

Got 1 Minute? 3 Art Games to Boost your Kid’s Strategic Thinking, Problem Solving and Visual Recall

By Ruthie Briggs-Greenberg It’s Monday. You have to get your kids to school, and you’re only on your first cup of coffee. What can you do that will help them think better and not annoy you? An art activity! What, you ask, is an “art activity”? It’s something that exposes kids to art. Why should you […]

Kristin Groos Richmond of Revolution Foods is Recruiting Kids for a Healthy Eating Revolution

By Dawn Van Osdell On her early morning drive to her Oakland, CA, office Kristin Groos Richmond is already thinking about lunch. Not her own, but the more than 1.5 million fresh, wholesome meals her company will lovingly distribute throughout the week to schoolchildren across the country. She’s also thinking about the small details that […]