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    • Cost: How much you can expect to pay a babysitter

      Check average rates in your area with our babysitting rates calculator. Then, consider the number of kids you have, the sitter’s experience and the assigned duties.

    • How much does a babysitter cost?

      How much does a babysitter cost?

      You're in dire need of a night or weekend away, but how much is a babysitter going to cost? Here's...

    • Do you tip babysitters?

      Do you tip babysitters?

      Do you tip a babysitter beyond their hourly rate? Here are a few situations where the experts recommend going above...

    • Interview: What questions to ask to find the right sitter

      Schedule a conversation with the potential babysitter. Focus on what you’re looking for and how their availability, skills, personality and caregiving style align with the job.

    • Interviewing babysitters: The questions every parent needs to ask

      Interviewing babysitters: The questions every parent needs to ask

      Ask about a sitter's skills and experience, but also ask questions that allow you to get a feel for their...

    • 9 things kids want in a babysitter

      9 things kids want in a babysitter

      During the babysitter hiring process, both parents and sitters should think about what's on the children's wish list for a...

    • Checklist: What you need to handle as an employer

      Just a few final steps — consider creating a contract to ensure expectations are aligned, familiarize yourself with tax obligations and discuss safety. Now you can relax and let your sitter do what they do best: take care of your children.

    • When you need a babysitter contract and what to include in it

      When you need a babysitter contract and what to include in it

      Don't think you need a babysitting contract for a casual sitter? Think again. Regardless of your sitter's hours, a contract...

    • When the ‘nanny tax’ applies to a babysitter

      When the ‘nanny tax’ applies to a babysitter

      Depending on how often you'll need your babysitter, it's possible that taxes could come into play. Know what the IRS...

    • 6 tips for talking to babysitters about safety

      6 tips for talking to babysitters about safety

      Talking to your sitter about safety can help mitigate the chances of an accident. Here's what the experts recommend discussing.

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