Hiring a babysitter

How to talk about vaccines with caregivers, employers and loved ones

For “heart moms” like Riki Graves, talking about vaccines is a matter of necessity. Her 6-year-old Juliana had a heart transplant when she was a baby. The procedure saved her life, but it also means she has to be on medications that weaken her immune system and make her vulnerable... more

What to consider before allowing your nanny or sitter to bring their own child to work

Parents across the U.S. are facing an exacerbated child care crisis, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Care.com COVID-19 Child Care Survey, 63% of respondents who use day care say they are somewhat or very uncomfortable returning their children to day care as states reopen, and... more

Back-to-school 2020 resource guide for parents and caregivers

The back-to-school 2020 season is looking very different for families and caregivers, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There's a lot more to factor in for everyone's health and safety, and adapted school schedules and day care closures are adding logistical hurdles on top of the usual child care struggles we've... more

How co-parents can agree on a back-to-school plan, according to experts

Summer wasn’t even in full swing before parents around the country began fretting over the specifics of the 2020-2021 school year. The stressful questions abound: Should children head back to in-person instruction or all-virtual learning? How might families in which both parents work handle child care, if instruction is entirely... more

7 interview questions to ask when hiring an after-school nanny or sitter

You work full time, and your kids have to be at different after-school activities before your work day ends. How’s that going to happen? Well, you might decide, like many busy families, to hire an after-school nanny or sitter to help. If this is what your family needs, it’s time... more

9 things to know before hiring a nanny or sitter to drive your kids

Trusting someone else to drive your kids can be tough, especially if you don’t have a strong relationship with the caregiver already. But even when you have a nanny or sitter you know and love, giving them the go-ahead to transport your kids can make anyone feel uneasy. After all... more

How much does after-school transportation for kids cost?

It’s 3 p.m., your son needs to go to swim lessons and your daughter has to get to soccer practice — but you don’t get off work for two more hours. How can a family of four be in multiple places at once? If you don’t have a go-to... more

How much does after-school child care cost?

Hiring an after-school babysitter or nanny to care for your kids at home between the end of the school day and the end of your work day — and perhaps for an hour or two after that to transition from evening to nighttime — can be a huge stress reliever. Some sitters... more