Meet Brandon: Scientist, PhD Student, and Babysitter!

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“It’s just great getting to watch the kids grow up,” says Brandon, current UrbanSitter babysitter, on some of the perks of babysitting kids. A Rhode Island native, Brandon is now finishing up his Ph.D. in astrophysical chemistry at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. On top of the huge academic achievement, being a scientist, he […]

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 […]

Meet Mara: Babysitter and Future Genetic Counselor!

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Mara has been working with kids and families since she was in middle school so it comes as no surprise that she’s now pursuing a career in genetic counseling, where she’ll be able to help people each and every day. Since joining UrbanSitter in 2012 Mara has sat for around 100 different families, and says […]

Meet Kate Talbot: Successful Author, Content Creator, and Digital Strategist… and an UrbanSitter Babysitter!

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Kate Talbot has built her successful career by using digital storytelling to empower communities at brands like Kiva and Virgin America, as well as scale early-stage startups for growth. In her free time, she writes for online publications like Social Media Examiner and KISSmetrics, educating small business owners and entrepreneurs on how to successfully use […]

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 do you handle babysitting jobs where the parent is working from home?

8 tried-and-true ways to work together with work-at-home parents Babysitting while parents are working from home can all too often become a case of ‘too many cooks in the kitchen.’ Children often want to stick close to mom and dad, and the sitter may struggle to distract them enough to give the parents some space. […]

How to Land Nanny Jobs

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If you’re considering joining the ranks of the 1.3 million Americans who have careers in the field of child care, you may be in the market for a nanny job. Before you decide if a nanny job is right for you, make sure you understand the role and job expectations, and consider the skills and […]

Tips for a Creating and Managing a Successful Nanny Share

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Many parents are choosing a nanny share, rather than relying on day care centers to provide child care that is both personalized and affordable. As many parents can attest, child care is one of the most significant expenses in a family budget. A nanny share is an excellent childcare solution since it provides convenient, specialized […]

Studies Reveal the Pros and Cons of Daycare

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Does Your Choice of Child Care Effect Your Child’s Development?   Nearly 11 million children under age 5 are in some type of child care each week, which isn’t surprising since nearly 70 percent of mothers with children age 17 or younger work full or part-time. Almost 30 percent of these kids are enrolled in […]

Is an Au Pair The Right Childcare Solution for You?

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For some families who need live-in childcare, hosting an au pair—a young person who comes to the United States as part of a cultural exchange program and agrees to provide full-time childcare in exchange for housing and a weekly stipend—may be an ideal solution. Let’s take a look at the benefits and limitations of au […]