babysitters 

Forget the Teens; Parents Are Starting Their Own Baby Sitters' Clubs

Baby-sitting rates too expensive? Try a co-op! Credit: Getty Images
Sure, Carrie can watch the kids Friday night -- if you don't mind paying her $8 an hour to watch TV, talk to her boyfriend and eat the last of the potato chips. That's not sit...

After-School Program Cancellations Pose Problems for Parents

When after-care closes, parents are left scrambling. Credit: wireful, Flickr
The back-to-school season is a joy for working parents. But many are facing the nightmare of cancelled after-school child care. This has led to a boom market for b...

Would You Hire A Manny?

Some mothers say they could never trust a male babysitter. Image: sxc.hu
Is gender a factor when you choose a child-care provider? That's the question on the mind of "Boston Globe Magazine" writer Lylah M. Alphonse, who asks exactly how we can e...

Rewards and Bribes, Mayim Bialik and Toys R Us - Links We Love

Is that lollipop a bribe or a reward? Photo courtesy Marja Flick-Buijs/SXC.
We've all resorted to them now and then, so now's a good time to learn the difference between a reward and a bribe. -- Alpha Mom
How not to be a good parent: Mom cal...

Are You Jealous of Your Nanny?

We want our kids to love their babysitters, so why are we so jealous when they do? Photo courtesy of sxc.hu.
When moms seek nannies or full-time babysitters, they look for someone who is part Mary Poppins, part MacGyver and part Mother Theresa. ...

Worst Babysitter Ever?

They've never found Bigfoot. The Loch Ness Monster? I don't think so. But The Worst Babysitter In The History of Babysitting? Yep. I think this is her. Let's look at the facts. Brandy Albright was babysitting a 2 year old boy in Port St. Luc...

In Defense of the Babysitter

No one looks askance at working mothers who arrange childcare for their kids. What else are they supposed to do? Let them run wild "Lord of the Flies" style? But what about the mom who stays home with the children? Should she be allowed to have chi...

Michelle Duggar, Nursery Decorating Tips, and Bad Babysitters - Links We Love

So your baby is turning one, or maybe two. Do you throw them a big, blowout neighborhood party, or is it smarter to keep their celebration small and simple? It's a smackdown! Which side are you on? -- Strollerderby The Duggars can't get enough of ...

Family Caregivers - The Downside

Sure, there are real, quantifiable benefits to having family members take care of your kids, but there are trade-offs involved too. When my son was first born, my sister-in-law's family was living with us and she watched Jared while my wife and I wor...

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,...

How did you find your babysitter?

For the last year, I've been pretty happy to hunker down in my house, writing and contemplating and spending long nights by the glow of my computer. And I'm still happy doing that, mostly, but I'm starting to feel like I want to get out in the world ...

The parental New Year

I don't know about you, but I've found it nearly impossible to find a babysitter for my son. The sweet teenaged girl down the street covered for me once, and I think I paid her well and thanked her appropriately, but she's been unavailable every time...

How often do you have date nights?

My husband and I came to a rather startling (and fully embarrassing) realization last month. We'd only been out as a couple 3 times since Wito was born. Um, Wito is SIXTEEN MONTHS OLD. What's that? Like an average of one outing sans child per 5.33 m...

When your nanny takes on more kids

I had a phone call last night from a pleasant-voiced lady named Cindy, wondering about arrangements when Nolan's nanny starts looking after her 3-year-old in January, on a part time basis. You see, our nanny is getting married in February and she can...

The last days of summer are here. Where are you hiding?

In our small corner of the world school begins on September 4. That means I have 12 days left until I drop my older two off at their new schools and walk my youngest in to his preschool. It also means that I have 12 more days left as an entertainment...

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