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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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Here's how much you should be paying for housekeeping services

  How Much Should Housekeeping Cost? National Average $160 Typical Range $115 - $227 Low-End Cost $60 High-End Cost $340 The average cost to hire a house cleaner or housekeeper in the United States is about $160. While the amount will vary depending on where you reside and the size of... more

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How much does a babysitter cost?

It’s the big question on every parent’s mind when they start looking for a babysitter: How much should you pay? Unfortunately, there’s no one answer, as there are many factors that influence how much a babysitter should get paid, including location, skill level and the number and ages of the... more

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Special Needs Care for Adult Children: Your Care Options

Here are some tips for finding the right type of special needs caregiver for your adult child. As they reach adulthood, young people with disabilities also reach a crossroads in care. As children, they may have relied on their parents for support -- should that continue now they’re adults? If not... more

The 2018 guide to gift-giving: Best recs for every member of your tribe

The gift-giving season is in full swing. But if you find you haven’t made a list, much less checked it twice, don’t worry — you’re not alone and we’re here to help! From advice on what’s appropriate to spend to best gifts for toddlers, teens, teachers and everyone in between... more

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Fun Indoor Exercises for School-Aged Kids (9-12 Years Old)

Here are some activities that you, your babysitter, or your nanny can do with your 9-12-year-old to encourage healthy habits early on. Care.com has worked with a variety of experts to find the perfect activities for kids, based on their age group. Read below to discover new ways that you  -- and your babysitter... more

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Why Kids Need Exercise

These are the 11 most important physical and psychological benefits that kids get from engaging in regular exercise. It's not a newsflash that kids need exercise in their lives. In fact, we're all probably pretty aware of the fact that increased physical activity helps children build healthy bodies... more

How to interview a nanny: In-person interviews

Most of us don’t hire people often and, when it comes to hiring a household employee like a nanny, you might not know where to start. You’re definitely not alone. In-person interviews with a nanny are very important so you want to make sure you do it right the first... more