The 7 best productivity and calendar apps for families

There is no job in the world quite as busy and overwhelming as that of being a parent. Family calendars quickly fill up with practices, recitals, birthday parties and hundreds of other things that you need to keep track of each month. Add in the various to-dos and must-dos that... more

Power of attorney and guardianship: What’s the difference?

At first glance, durable power of attorney and guardianship might seem interchangeable. But while both are important legal roles that give one person decision-making power over another’s financial, medical and personal matters, there are important distinctions between the two. First, let’s go over the definitions: Guardian/conservator: A guardian or... more

7 tips to find the best day care for your child

When searching for a day care for your child, there are so many options. A quick Google search in most cities yields hundreds of different results, including day care centers, in-home or family day cares, co-ops and preschools. The day care you choose will ultimately depend on a number of... more

17 healthy snack ideas for kids on the go

When the end-of-school bell rings in the afternoon, dinner can feel like it’s days away instead of hours — especially when you’re a kid who is just so huuuuuungry (insert whine here). Enter the after-school snack, beloved by school-aged kids everywhere, and almost guaranteed to buy you some whine-free hours... more

Is an after-school child care job right for you?

I found my first after-school child care position when I was taking morning classes for my degree and working odd lunchtime hours for another family. I knew I needed some extra income, but many jobs I considered couldn’t fit into my schedule. Fortunately, I found a family who needed an... more

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Here’s when babysitters need to get a contract and what to include

When you start working as a babysitter for a family, there’s a lot to discuss in advance: everything from payment to house rules to emergency procedures. While a written agreement isn’t always necessary, if you sit for a family on a regular basis, drafting a contract can help you and... more

Yes, a family member can get paid to be a caregiver. Here's how

When mom or dad gets older or gets sick, you want to do everything possible to care for them. But even with the best of intentions, being a family caregiver is extraordinarily hard work. The emotional and financial tolls associated with being a family caregiver are well-documented: According to AARP... more

Best family guard dogs: 7 top breeds

A pet can add a sense of security to any home. The simple idea of having another living, breathing thing in your house has a way of doing that. Some families want to go one step further and bring home a dog that can truly offer protection from unwanted people... more

Help! My dog ate chocolate — now what do I do?

Your chocolate stash is no longer a secret — and the treats that were once in it now reside inside your dog’s stomach. You know chocolate is harmful to dogs, so what’s your next move? As you stare down at your pup, all you can think is: “Will my dog... more