UrbanSitter’s 2016 Unsung Heroes Giveaway: Results & Quotes!

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In honor of Thanksgiving, we asked parents and sitters to share some of their favorite stories and most heartfelt moments with us as part of our 2016 Unsung Heroes Giveaway. We’re happy to announce the winners: the Cook Family and babysitter Julie Anna! Sitter Camilla had this to say about the Cook Family: “They are […]

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. […]

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 center-based […]

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 […]

Choosing Between a Nanny, Daycare, or Au Pair

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If you are navigating the murky waters of full-time childcare, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and bogged down. There are innumerable choices out there, and of course the decision is weighted by the very high stakes. It’s your child, after all — not a puppy. Plus, you can’t neglect such considerations as your personal feelings, […]