Ashley is a freelancer writer and editor. Her work has appeared at Cosmopolitan, Scary Mommy, Romper, CafeMom, Ravishly, and more.
When you’re hiring a new babysitter and you feel like you’ve found someone who’d be great with your kids, it’s tempting to jump right in and let them get started. But, as with any hiring process, asking for references — and actually checking those references — is vital to being... more
Technology is supposed to make our lives easier, at least that’s what the talking heads in Silicon Valley keep telling us. But, as a 31-year-old mother of two who can barely use Snapchat, I keep wondering, how? Sure, I love that I can order food in a matter of minutes... more
When hiring a nanny, many families focus on criteria like base pay and the number of hours per week they want the caregiver to work. It can be easy to overlook an equally important part of working with a professional nanny: providing employment benefits. Like other professionals, most nannies expect... more
The word babysitter can mean different things to different people. To some, it’s a high school student who watches their children on date nights. To others, it’s the experienced college student who’s there with their children for a few hours after school each day. Or maybe it’s the caregiver you... more
So, you’ve found a caregiver you’re really excited about. They have a great resume, they aced their interview and now it’s time for one of the final steps before you offer them the gig: reference checks. Checking references may seem like a technicality when a candidate looks great on paper... more