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Robyn Carlyle

Houston, TX

I'm a mom, writer and public health professional based in Houston, Texas.

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What Is An After-School Nanny Or Sitter — And Do You Need One?

As a working mom of four (with one on the way), Megan Metzger and her husband have something of a secret weapon for juggling it all: their after-school nanny. The family’s nanny picks up their kids from three different schools, helps with their homework, gets dinner ready and tidies up... more

6 Ways To Cut The Cost Of Hiring A Nanny

You’ve looked over your child care options, and you’re pretty sure getting a nanny is the best choice for your family. The thing is: It’s not cheap. According to the Cost of Care Survey, the average weekly rate for a nanny was $580 in 2017 — more than... more

The Biggest Mistakes Nannies Make When Determining Pay

The first question most new nannies have: How much should I charge? There are a lot of factors to consider when determining your pay rate, including your experience, education, how many kids you’ll be caring for and your location. There are also common mistakes you can avoid so you don’t... more

How Much Should You Charge For Your Child Care Services?

You’ve had a successful interview for a new nanny position. You like the family, and the family likes you. Now it’s time to answer their next question: “What do you charge for your nanny services?” According to the 2018 survey, the average nanny makes about $580 a... more

Personal Chefs: How Much Do They Cost — And Are They Worth It?

Americans devote an average of 37 minutes a day preparing, serving and cleaning up after their meals, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That number creeps up to 44 minutes a day for families with kids, totaling more than 267 hours a year spent in the kitchen. For... more

Comparing In-Home Care And Adult Day Programs

Nearly half of all older adults need at least some kind of help with everyday activities, according to a 2014 investigation by researchers at the University of Michigan. Whether it’s having someone on hand to assist with cooking, to take their arm as they get out of a chair or... more

Your Guide To Pet Insurance

Caring for a pet is just as important as caring for a family member for many of the tens of millions of pet owners in the United States. Owners would do anything to ensure their animals get healthy food, plenty of exercise, proper care while they’re away and, of course... more

How To Write A Nanny Resume To Wow Any Family [With Resume Template]

By providing more personalized attention than a daycare facility and taking on more household responsibilities than a babysitter, nannies have one of the broadest and most dynamic job descriptions of any caregiver. What you’ll include on a nanny resume while job hunting will depend a lot on the circumstances. Reading... more