12 Tips for Fantastic Family Photos

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Whether you’re the family photographer or you plan to hire a professional to capture your kids or the entire family, you’ll want to check out these helpful tips for getting incredible photos that you’ll cherish for years to come. Improve your chances of getting the shots you want with these effective tips that help you […]

6 Activities for Super Creative Kids

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by Activity Rocket Looking for after school enrichment for your kids? Creative activities benefit a kid’s communication, social, and cognitive skills–in addition to being just plain fun! If you’re looking for something beyond the typical art class, try some of the following activities to get their creative juices flowing! 1. Jewelry making Was your child into […]

10 Ways to Tackle Reading Homework

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Most school-aged children are required to read as part of their daily homework. It’s typically not much, 15-40 minutes of reading, but busy families with limited after-school time can have a tough time squeezing it in. It’s difficult to find time in their busy schedules and convince tired kids, especially early readers, to hit the books each night. […]

Babysitter Report Form (printable)

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Parents can download and print out a copy of this fun babysitter report to have sitters fill out how the job went. Sitters can print and use to impress parents on your next job!   Download Now! Browse for babysitters recommended by people you know on UrbanSitter.com!

2014 National Childcare Survey: Babysitting Rates & Nanny Pay

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Wondering how much to pay your babysitter? UrbanSitter surveyed and compiled data from 7,500 families across the US to calculate the average hourly rates for babysitters, nannies, and mother’s helpers. – click on graphic to zoom – Highlights: New York City is the most expensive city for childcare. In NYC, the average babysitting rate for one […]

Conducting Reference Checks

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By Melinda Holzschuh, UrbanSitter.com contributing writer Though it is tempting to think of reference checks as a formality, this step is critical in finding the caregiver that best suits your family; do not take it lightly or overlook it. By now you’ve read reviews of the candidate, interviewed her, maybe even watched her interact with […]