Employer & employee relationships

My son has become friends with his babysitter, and now I have to tell him she’s leaving

Potty training. Stranger danger. Cyberbullying. To this list of universal sources of parenting dread, I’ll add one more: saying goodbye to your child’s caregiver.  “C” has taken care of my now-5-year-old son for at least a few hours almost every week since he was 3 years old. For the... more

52 ways to thank your nanny

In the midst of hectic schedules and a to-do list a mile long, it can be easy to forget to take a step back and appreciate the people who help raise your kids. For many of you, that includes your nanny. Although psst, National Provider Appreciation Day is May 7... more

14 gift ideas for all your caregivers

Take a second and try to imagine what life would be like without your babysitter, pet sitter, day care teachers, nanny or tutor, house cleaner, senior caregiver, nursing home staff, etc. Whether it's for a special holiday or anniversary, a birthday or just one of those days you're... 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... more

How to guides

6 tips for talking to babysitters about safety

Hiring a babysitter to watch your children can be a nerve-wracking process for parents. You need to go to work or have a date night, but you want to make sure your kids are safe and that the sitter know what to do in case of an emergency. Once you've... more

How to guides

7 self-care hacks for caregivers who are tight on time

Long, erratic hours, unreasonable demands, and the physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion that often results — sound familiar? Professionals who care for children, older adults and people with disabilities have long been overworked and undervalued, so it’s no wonder burnout can be an issue in the professional caregiving world. For... more

Are you being paid minimum wage?

When you were first hired, you may have jumped on the job because you needed the money — any money. But have you taken the time to make sure you're being paid at least the minimum wage? If not, how can you bring up the subject with your employer... more

How to guides

Nanny contracts: Everything parents need to put in writing

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, or nanny contract, can help... more