Category: Childcare

How to find a last-minute babysitter, fast

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We’ve all been there.

The reservations at the fancy restaurant with the mouthwatering brazed short rib and to-die-for locally brewed lager were made weeks ago. You maybe even splurged on a new outfit and got your nails done for the occasion. The baby sitter is booked and everything is ready to go.

But what’s that they say about the best-laid plans?

Even though the reservations are set and the new outfit is ready to go and the sitter will be ov...

Posted on April 17, 2017 at 7:00 AM

How to tell if a summer camp is a good fit for your kid

I'm a parent like you and I’ve had to choose a summer camp for my own kids a zillion times. With so many options available, how do you know when a summer program is the right fit for your child and family?

A word-of-mouth reference about a program is a great start, and there are lots of great camp guides out there. Regardless of how you hear about the camp, make sure it's licensed as a Children’s Activities Facility. Being licensed as such means all staff who are present with your chil...

Posted on March 17, 2017 at 9:29 AM by Candice Blansett-Cummins

7 ways daycare changed our lives for the better | NPNparents.org

Truth be told, I’m the last person who wanted to put her child in daycare. When my son was born, we had a full-time nanny. When he was 18 months old, we found ourselves needing a new child care arrangement, and my husband suggested daycare so our son would have more socialization and learning activities.

I started researching daycares (on NPN’s forum, of course), and we chose a referral. My son’s first few weeks in daycare were a transition—more for me than him—but he quickly beca...

Posted on February 23, 2016 at 10:26 AM by Lidia Varesco Racoma

Why we chose a nanny over daycare | NPNparents.org

With our first child, we agonized over most decisions, but deciding what to do about child care was the hardest. It gave me constant anxiety and frequently kept me up at night. It was one of those BIG scary decisions we procrastinated making.

My husband and I grew up with stay-at-home moms, and while I knew I would go back to work, it took me a while to realize what that meant. Would we still be raising our daughter if she spent more wakeful hours in child care than with us? What ...

Posted on February 23, 2016 at 9:21 AM by Katie Wilson

Overheard on the NPN forum: Should you pay for your babysitter's cab?

For the privilege of going out to dinner or perhaps seeing a movie, we parents shell out quite a bit to our babysitters. It's money well spent, no doubt, but how many of you also fork over cash to pay for your sitter's cab home at the end of the night?

One NPN member posed that question to the discussion forum after her sitter asked her to pay for her Uber home. How many of you do this? If you do pay for transportation home for your babysitter, do you cut back on your sitter's hou...

Posted on January 22, 2016 at 9:28 AM by Laura Baginski

Starting a relationship with your nanny

Of course we all want to have a relationship with our nanny that is both personal and professional. It’s a fine line and it’s in your hands to get the relationship off on the right foot. An ideal nanny will ask us about our weekend but refrain from asking details of our night out. How can we establish this relationship and not get in too deep?

 

When hiring a nanny…


Make sure you share the same values about children as your nanny. Talk about expectations, values and ed...

Posted on November 11, 2015 at 10:00 AM by Sarah Davis

Confessions of a babysitter

Chicago-based artist and teacher Angela Oliver has over seven years of experience babysitting kids. Since joining UrbanSitter, an online babysitter-finding service, she’s sat for more than 35 families and has over 20 glowing reviews. Here, Angela answers the most common questions parents have when it comes to hiring a babysitter.

What’s the most helpful information a parent can share in advance?
First-aid and medical/emergency info and contacts, being made aware of any food allergie...

Posted on September 23, 2015 at 10:00 AM by Jenny Rowland

Tips for Preparing Kids for a New Babysitter

Congrats! You’ve hired a new babysitter. You feel like you’ve won the lottery, and you’re already dreaming of future date nights. You’re nervous about walking out the door that first time and leaving the sitter in charge, but you know she’s bright, fun, and more than capable. Your kids might not be so sure, though. If you’re anything like me, it can be easy to focus on emergency numbers and pantry items and forget to take time to get the kiddos settled with the new face in the house. My pr...

Posted on May 21, 2015 at 5:00 AM by Jenny Rowland

The Ins & Outs of Finding the Perfect Nanny

In today's economy, many households have two working parents. That's where a nanny comes in. Hiring a nanny to care for your little one is an intimidating process. So here's four steps we suggest in finding the perfect nanny.

Step 1—Getting Started with Interviewing

When you’re armed with a clear understanding on how the interview process works, things can be MUCH easier.


Reach out to potential candidates to schedule an initial phone screening.

Have some standard inte...

Posted on January 18, 2015 at 8:00 AM by Sarah Davis

Finding the Right Child Care Center

As a parent/guardian your number one goal is to protect and enrich your child. We’re constantly tasked with ways of enhancing that experience, and for those of us with the Internet at our fingertips – we know there is endless amounts of contradictory information.

Let’s get one thing straight, there’s no such thing as one size fits all when it comes to any part of your parenting experience. You always have to make decisions about what’s best for your family and meets your needs. However...

Posted on December 05, 2014 at 7:30 AM by Jackie Kardesh