babysitter 

What Would You Do to Keep Your Sitter Happy?

My father likes to tell people that we got our first color television, in the early 1970s, because they were having a hard time finding a babysitter; sitters were hard to come by, he says, and you had to have an edge. They were already offering to pa...

ParentPicks - Gifts for Everyone!

Before you know it, school will be out for winter break and you will have the kids all to yourself for a few weeks. Before they say "see ya next year" to their classrooms, make sure you've remembered to thank the special people in their lives with ...

Choking toddler saved by babysitter's parrot

When two-year-old Hannah started choking on her snack, no one was around to help. No one human, anyway. Hannah's babysitter was in the bathroom, completely unaware, but someone did see that Hannah needed help - the babysitter's pet parrot. The bir...

Gifts for everyone!

It is that time of year again - Halloween has passed, Thanksgiving is mere weeks away and Christmas is right around the corner. Before things get too hectic, now is a good time to start thinking about gifts for all those special people in your chil...

Making movie night worth the babysitter

Babysitters aren't cheap these days and on top of the actual cost you have to figure in the hassle of finding one, instructing them, and, possibly driving them home afterwards. But suppose you've done all that and now you and your significant other a...

Sticky situations - Talking to your nanny or babysitter

It's not always easy to find a nanny or babysitter who will nurture your children just like you would while you're away. That's why many moms have trouble rocking the boat when a situation arises. Even though a nanny/parent relationship is also an em...

At what age is it ok to leave kids home alone?

I was at least twelve years old before I was allowed to cross the street by myself. It was several years after that I was allowed to stay home alone during the summer while my parents were at work instead of going to summer camp. I always felt lik...

Staycations for grownups only

Did you and your significant other take a break from the kids this summer? Did you jet off to some exotic locale and enjoy some one-on-one with the one you love? Yeah, me neither. In fact, I don't know one single couple who managed to get away from t...

JLo and the nanny question

Four months after giving birth to twins, Jennifer Lopez looks fabulous. We know she looks fabulous because she has been photographed plenty since the twins were born in February. She and hubby Marc have been spotted at movie premieres, art galleries,...

Rob Lowe accuses babysitter of extortion

Yesterday, actor Rob Lowe filed a lawsuit accusing his former babysitter of attempting to extort money from him and his wife Sheryl. The lawsuit claims that Laura Boyce has violated a confidentiality agreement and is spreading "malicious lies" about ...

Babysitter etiquette

You might remember that I was faced with the dilemma of choosing between taking the kids to the Railroad museum and going to a dinner party with some folks I used to work with. Well, Rachel pointed out that Monday the 31st of March is Cesar Chavez da...

Women caught on nanny cam arrested

When I watched this video last night, it gave me the chills. Though the babies aren't technically being "harmed", the general lack of empathy and concern coming from this nanny turned me cold. It's hard to see in the first shot, but that's a baby she...

Dating for (long)-married couples

Now that you've been married, for perhaps what seems like forever, do you ever date your spouse? Just in time for Valentine's Day comes an article from the New York Times about how couples who've been together a while try to kickstart that romantic ...

Need a babysitter? Get a monkey!

Babies are cute. Monkeys are cute. Put them together and you have...a babysitting monkey? That is what this video claims to show. The mother of a 24-day-old infant in Dhenkanal, India is getting some help caring for her newborn from a monkey. I don'...

Warnings emerge about Bumbo baby seat

The Bumbo baby seat has become very popular in this country, no doubt because it lets babies sit upright so early on. Nadine Silverthorne noted that she would definitely consider getting one and Rachel Mosteller considers it one of the things that ha...

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