What To Do When Your Child Hates the Babysitter

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Either your child has told you they hate the babysitter, or you’ve determined as much by his reaction when you announce the babysitter is coming over. Either way, you’ve discovered a mismatch and it needs to be remedied. We’ve collected some approaches that might help smooth over the situation. Figure out the problem and work […]

How to Have Difficult Conversations with your Babysitter

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What do you do if your babysitter repeatedly ignores your instructions or worse, contradicts your disciplinary style? Which rules is it okay for her to bend a little, and which ones should you dig your heels in about? Tackling tough topics with your children’s caregiver doesn’t need to leave you feeling uneasy or apprehensive. You […]

Babysitter Interview: Deep Dive

It has been said that finding a great babysitter is as much intuition as it is qualification. But that doesn’t mean you should take lightly the task of learning everything you can about potential caregivers for your children. Check out our article about how to go about selecting a caregiver, and once you’ve narrowed the […]

Types of Childcare Jobs

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By Melinda Holzschuh, UrbanSitter.com contributing writer Caregivers come in a range of different capacities. Whether you’re a parent determining which type of childcare is right for your family or a caregiver deciding what sort of job you’re looking for, it is essential to understand the differences in order to make the right choices for your […]

Conducting Reference Checks

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By Melinda Holzschuh, UrbanSitter.com contributing writer Though it is tempting to think of reference checks as a formality, this step is critical in finding the caregiver that best suits your family; do not take it lightly or overlook it. By now you’ve read reviews of the candidate, interviewed her, maybe even watched her interact with […]

6 No Fuss Activities to Share with Your Sitter

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There’s no need to resort to leaving the babysitter new toys or typically forbidden treats to feed your kids to ensure they are happy while you’re away. Instead, why not give your sitter a few no fuss, low mess activities she can do together with your kids. These fun activities are entertaining and take very […]

Vetting A Caregiver

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By Melinda Holzschuh, UrbanSitter.com contributing writer Hiring a babysitter or nanny comes with an unavoidable, inherent element of blind trust. After all, you’re never going to know everything about a person, but you can do your due diligence and conduct a thorough vetting of the candidate(s), which will help put your mind at ease. Parent Reviews Begin […]

How to Evaluate and Monitor Your Babysitter or Nanny

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By Melinda Holzschuh, UrbanSitter.com contributing writer You’ve done your research — talked to parent friends, combed through the profiles on UrbanSitter, watched video clips, read reviews, held thorough interviews — even supervised a short playtime between a sitter and your child before hiring her. On the contrary, maybe you found yourself in a last-minute childcare bind and […]

Which Babysitter is Right for My Family?

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By Melinda Holzschuh, UrbanSitter.com contributing writer Different families have different needs in terms of childcare. Once you decide what best fits you and your child, you’ll be well on your way to a night out. Here’s an overview. Finding the Right Babysitter for Your Family Mother’s Helper Think of mother’s helpers like babysitters in training. They may […]

Welcome to the Childcare Resource Center

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The UrbanSitter Childcare Resource Center is full of valuable information for parents, babysitters, and nannies. We’ll answer your most pressing child care questions like, “How much should I pay my babysitter?”, “What kinds of activities are appropriate for babysitting toddlers?”, and “Where to find a babysitter?” Parent Resources Childcare planning: Budgeting for a Babysitter or […]