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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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Housekeeping services: Here's how much you should be paying

Outsourcing tedious household chores doesn’t just take stress off your plate and crumbs off your counter — it could also significantly improve your quality of life. That’s according to research by Ashley Whillans, an assistant professor at Harvard Business School. Her studies suggest prioritizing time over money — by doing... more

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

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

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 or nanny -- can keep the kiddos entertained and healthy. Then, tell us your favorite exercises to do with kids in... more

How to interview a nanny: Questions to ask during phone interviews

You've narrowed down your applicants to a few potential nannies. Now it's time to pick up the phone and ask a few questions to further decide if each candidate is worth meeting in person. Here are a three general topics to cover during your call with each nanny... 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