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Erica is a full-time freelance writer and editor based in Richmond, Va. In addition to parenting, she writes about travel, food, and design.

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9 Tips For Senior Caregivers To Ease Communication With Families

As a key point of contact between families and their loved one, paid senior caregivers play an important role besides providing care: They must be a good communicators. And that can be one of the toughest parts of the job. Disagreements between family members, the care recipient and even caregivers... more

The 12 Best Voice Assistant Hacks For Kids

It’s 4:45 p.m. on a rainy Monday afternoon, and I’m pulling dinner ingredients out of the fridge while giving the side-eye to a bottle of wine. My toddler is screeching incoherently while ramming his scooter into the wall, and the dog is scratching at the door to be... more

‘rideshare’ Transportation For Kids: Which App Is Best — And Is It Safe?

Fifty-one percent of parents spend at least five hours a week driving their kids around, while a third of those clock in more than 10 hours, a 2016 survey conducted by HopSkipDrive, a kid-focused ride service, found. Two out of three working parents reported that driving their kids to after-school... more

9 Things Nannies Wish Parents Would Do

Passing the kids off to your nanny for her shift can seem like a quick transition to you, but it’s a crucial moment that can impact the rest of your nanny’s day. If your nanny walks into a home that isn’t prepared for her arrival, she may have to scramble... more

Caring For An Aging Parent? Try These 8 Tips To Smooth The Transition From Child To Caregiver

It may seem strange to become a caregiver to the person who once changed your own diapers. But caring for aging parents is simply part of the life cycle for many of us. While the role reversal can be emotionally challenging for both sides, it’s sometimes the only way to... more

8 Babysitting Activities So Fun The Kids Won’t Miss Their Parents

Experienced sitters and nannies know that keeping kids busy with fun, creative activities is the best way to prevent meltdowns when mom and dad walk out the door. Even better, a child care provider who takes the lead and guides her charges through imaginative play is a surefire way to... more

Real Mom Tips For Finding The Perfect Nanny

Finding a nanny to care for your kids is no small task. Finding someone who fits within your budget, can work with your schedule and meshes with your family’s unique personality can seem monumental. While it would be nice if Mary Poppins would just drop in on our doorstep when... more

5 Things Families Do That Drive Their Nannies Crazy

Whether employed for a few hours a week or full-time, nannies can quickly start to feel like an integral part of a family. After all, nannies see families at some of their most honest moments, and parents trust them with their children’s lives. Still, no matter how much love exists... more