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Emily Starbuck Gerson

San Antonio, TX

Emily Starbuck Gerson is a freelance writer in San Antonio, Texas. She frequently covers caregiving, personal finance, and LGBTQ issues.

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Free Preschool: What’s The State Of Universal Pre-K Programs And Who Can They Benefit?

Many parents assume they’ll send their children to pre-K before kindergarten. After all, vast amounts of research shows that preschool benefits kids socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively. It helps prepare them for the expectations of structured school and exposes them to new ways of learning and interacting with the world... more

After-School Activities: The Pros And Cons Of Filling Your Kids' Schedule

When Robyn Parets’ two boys were young, she was torn in numerous directions, running all over Boston to take them to extracurricular activities. Like many parents, she thought her kids needed to be involved in as many activities as possible. But one day at her 7-year-old son Noah’s soccer game... more

Nanny Share Contracts: How To Structure Pay, Time Off And More

If you thought having a contract for a nannying job was important, having a contract for a nanny share is that much more critical. “With a nanny share, you’re talking about working with two different families with two different sets of expectations sometimes,” says Marcia Hall, a nanny based... more

5 Expert Tips For First-Day Success As A Senior Caregiver

It’s normal to have first-day-on-the-job jitters. For in-home senior caregivers, especially, it’s not like you’re entering a predictable office environment. You’re essentially going into the home of a stranger, where all sorts of unknowns could unravel. Showing up in someone’s personal space and being unsure of what you’re walking into... more

How To Become A Certified Home Health Aide: Training, Pay And Job Outlook

If you’re looking for a career working hands-on with patients in the medical field, but you don’t have the time or money to train to become a nurse, one option is to become a certified home health aide. Many aging seniors prefer the comfort of staying in their homes to... more

6 Interview Questions Every Nanny Should Prepare To Answer

Ah, the dreaded job interview. Regardless of the job you’re applying for, it’s pretty uncomfortable being in the hot seat, knowing that one wobbly answer could knock you out of the running. The trick, of course, is making that answer less wobbly. Being prepared for tough questions will help with... more

On The Park Bench: How A Young College Student Commands Respect As A Nanny

Alex G. has always adored children and babies. She started babysitting neighborhood kids when she was just 12, and she got her first taste of nannying in high school, when a teacher hired her to watch her kids over summer break. “I stay extremely close to all of my nanny... more

Nanny Contracts: Everything Parents Need To Know

So, you’ve interviewed a slew of candidates and have finally found the perfect nanny. Now what? Before jumping in and having your nanny start caring for your kids, it’s important to make sure you’re clearly aligned on expectations surrounding this job. A formal contractual agreement can help with that —... more