Fun Craft Trio for Winter

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Looking for a creative way to keep the kids entertained on a rainy or snowy winter day? We’ve found a trio of adorable crafts for kids that celebrate the season and may entertain you (or your sitter) as much as they do the kids. DIY Cut Leaf Cars Before the last leaf falls, grab your […]

Understanding Babysitter Credentials and Certifications

If you have ever thought about babysitting as a part-time or full-time job, you’ve probably wondered what, if any, credentials you need. Child care  is a big tent — it encompasses everything from the occasional weekend babysitting job to full-time care for one or more children. But if you’re just starting out, here are some […]

Rave Reviews About UrbanSitter

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What Parents Are Saying About UrbanSitter “Recommendations from friends are a must when it comes to a sitter for my kids. UrbanSitter has expanded our network of babysitters, and it has given us peace of mind.” – Matt K., San Francisco “Booking a babysitter used to be a serial process. With UrbanSitter, I can simply […]

How to Respond When a Child Misbehaves

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One of the biggest challenges in knowing how to babysit kids and doing it well is to know how to respond when a child misbehaves. You are the adult assigned responsibility for the child, but are not the child’s parent, so it’s often tough to know how best to handle bad behavior. Discipline is not […]

Babysitting Children with Special Needs

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The key to babysitting a child with special needs is to have knowledge and a better understanding of his disorder and needs so you can provide care with confidence. Here we will give you an overview of three common behavioral, learning and emotional disorders – Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and ADHD. Pairing information with ongoing, open […]

Tips for Babysitters on the Job

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Babysitters, are you wondering what it takes to get a 5-star review, a generous tip, and repeat business from a family? Parents who use UrbanSitter say these particular things really impress them. Ways Babysitters Can Impress Parents Before the job… Text parents earlier in the day to confirm the job. With the UrbanSitter iPhone app, […]

Tips for Babysitters: Advanced Questions About UrbanSitter

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Once you’ve booked a few babysitting jobs through UrbanSitter, you might have more advanced questions about using the website. Here are a few helpful tips based on the questions most frequently asked by babysitters. For beginners, check out Tips for Sitters: Getting Started. Have a specific question about UrbanSitter or your account? Visit the Support […]

Babysitting Children with Food Allergies and Intolerances

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Knowledge and know-how is critical when babysitting babies and children with food allergies and intolerances. We’ll provide you with some general information about common food allergies, symptoms of an allergic reaction, and how some prevent exposure to an allergen. It’s up to you to talk with parents before agreeing to babysit to create a food […]