Profiles of Childhood: Nicole Miles, Doula and Sitter, Chicago, IL

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As told to Lela Nargi I grew up on the Southwest side of Chicago and I’m the oldest of three girls. My parents were high school sweethearts and have been married for 28 years. My father works for the Chicago Transit Authority and my mother now works at a local university. I’ve always been surrounded […]

Meet Kendall: Chicago-native, Vanderbilt Student and Babysitter!

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  With over 35 glowing reviews on UrbanSitter, it comes as no surprise that Kendall has an upbeat and bright personality. Now studying child development at Vanderbilt University, Kendall hopes to transition her people skills and passion for helping others into a full-time career after graduation. Here, Kendall shares with us what life is like […]

Meet Katie: Nurse Practitioner, Hockey Fan, & Babysitter

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As a pediatric nurse practitioner at the top hospital in the US, Katie makes her living helping children. Since joining UrbanSitter in 2015, she’s expanded her services to include babysitting for some of Boston’s coolest families. A lifelong Chicago Blackhawks fan, she says she uses her own passion for sports as a tool for connecting […]

How to Create the Perfect Family Picnic

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What better way is there to enjoy a relaxing afternoon with your family – soaking in the sunshine, eating good food and simply being together –  than with a glorious, family picnic? Before the summer slips away, follow our formula to create the perfect family picnic. We show you how to choose the right menu, […]

Round Up: Family Friendly July 4th Events, Fireworks and Festivities

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Don’t miss out on the loads of family fun and fireworks displays there are for the taking this July 4th. Here’s a round up of events in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, Boston and NYC: SF BAY AREA 4th of July at the Berkeley Marina July 4, 2013 12 pm […]

Hit the Road: Spring Break Day Trips!

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No plans for a family Spring Break vacation this year? No worries. Check out these super ideas for easy day-trips to entertain you and the kids while school’s out for the week.We’ve included helpful insider tips to get the most of your time together. San Francisco/Bay Area It’s a lovely time of year to venture […]

Fun Activities and Attractions to Entertain Your Kids After-School

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Are you looking for a way to pull your kids away from the screen and entertain them after school? We’ve talked to parents in San Francisco, NYC, LA, Chicago and Boston for the inside scoop on some of the coolest after-school picks to register for and some to simply visit with your kids. If you’re […]

Ultimate Weekend Get-Aways (Without the Kids!)

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You got the kids back to school and the family back into a school-time routine. Now it’s time to think about a little R & R time away from it all. Whether you make it a romantic weekend, a girls’ or guys’ trip, or you go solo, this is the perfect time of year to […]

Super Cool After-School Activities You Won’t Want to Miss

We’ve surveyed the afterschool landscape in search of the hippest, hottest, most fun extracurricular activities for your preschool and early elementary-aged children. And we’ve scored! Some of these activities look so thrilling, you’ll want to check out their adult classes, too! Classes fill quickly, so take your pick and get your kid on the roster […]