Hiring a nanny

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How to interview a nanny: Your questions checklist

So you’ve vetted your list of nanny applicants, you’ve picked your favorites, and you’ve scheduled the interviews. Now what? It’s time to draft up your question list so that you cover all your bases and find the best nanny for your family. Of course, you want the conversation to flow... more

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How much does a nanny cost?

If you’ve narrowed down your choice of child care options and decided that hiring a nanny is the right option for your family, you’re probably wondering: How much does a nanny cost and can I afford one? As with any child care option a parent considers, it’s crucial to know... more

Interview questions to ask a night nanny or night nurse

You’ve decided to hire a night nanny or night nurse and you’ve narrowed down your candidates — congratulations! A feat in and of itself. But now that you’ve got your short list, time to compile a list of important interview questions that will help you find “the one.” “The... more

Night nanny vs. night nurse: How they help and what they cost

Ask any new parent and they’ll tell you: One of the most difficult adjustments after having a child is navigating the erratic, sometimes nonexistent, sleep patterns of newborns. One way to clock a little more shut-eye? Hiring either a night nanny or a night nurse — the latter formally being... more

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

8 tips for hiring a summer nanny or sitter

Finding a summer nanny or babysitter can be more challenging than finding one at other times of the year. For one, it’s a temporary position, and some professional caregivers may not be interested in a job that will end in just a few months. Families also often need nannies with... more

5 ways to solve the summer child care challenge

After bouncing around between a number of nannies and babysitters for my toddler, I finally found a great preschool with an opening in the spring. Hooray! No more juggling of care providers — just a steady schedule of learning and socialization for my little one so I could finally focus fully... more