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 […]

Profiles of Childhood: Rachel Policar, Opera Singer and Sitter, New York, NY

  POLICAR POSES IN THE TREES BESIDE THE METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE AT LINCOLN CENTER As told to Lela Nargi “I grew up in a town called Issaquah, WA, 20 miles east of Seattle. Then I went to Arizona State University for my undergraduate degrees in vocal performance and musical theater before moving to New York […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]