There’s no doubt about it: today’s dads are splitting child care and chores with their spouses more than ever before. But we know the division of labor at home is still far from equal, with moms spending nearly twice as much time caring for the kids on average than dads do. The truth is, moms … Continue reading How to Be a More Supportive Husband, According to Real Moms
January 31 is the deadline to provide your employee with their W-2. Now is the time to start preparing your nanny taxes. If you’ve been tracking hours worked, withholding taxes each pay period, and remitting quarterly, congratulations! You’re in good shape this tax season. If not, it isn’t too late. It’ll just take more work … Continue reading 7 Steps to Prepare Your Year-End Nanny Taxes
by Louisa Fitzgerald, Sittercity mom Seven years ago, when I found out I was pregnant with a girl, I was over the moon. But if I’m being honest, after the initial excitement and joy, fear about raising a confident girl who would feel comfortable in her own skin crept in. After all, I knew what … Continue reading These Tips Helped Me Teach my Daughter How to Love Her Body
In December, Christmas can feel all-consuming, especially to kids who are eager to participate in their favorite once-a-year activities. But as our world becomes more diverse, it’s more important than ever for parents and sitters to expose kids to different cultures. The winter holidays of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa provide a perfect opportunity to teach … Continue reading How to Expose your Child to Diverse Holiday Traditions
It’s no secret that mental illness has been on the rise for decades. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the numbers are staggering: 1 in 5 adults in America experience a mental illness. Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. 20% of teens ages 13-18 live with a mental health condition. Suicide … Continue reading Here’s Why You Need to Talk to Your Kids About Mental Illness
In the age of constant media exposure, it’s impossible to completely shield our kids from the 24-hour news cycle. Reports and imagery about mass shootings, terrorist attacks, war and natural disasters like hurricanes, forest fires and tornados bombard us on a daily basis on TV, radio and the internet. And even if your kids aren’t … Continue reading How to Talk to Your Kids About the News
For parents, social media can be a great way to connect with other moms and dads, find playgroups and kid-friendly community events, seek support and advice, and keep our far away family and friends updated as our kids grow—but there’s undoubtedly a darker side to social media. At worst, Facebook, Instagram and other social sites … Continue reading Social Media Comparison is Toxic. Here’s How to Ditch It.
We all want to raise kids that are invested in their community, care about the people around them, and are motivated to give back. Especially during this time of year, many families are looking for ways to serve in their neighborhood. And we know that volunteering at a young age has many benefits, like teaching … Continue reading How to Volunteer with Your Family this Holiday Season
Parents who work in an office are familiar with the (sometimes dreaded) annual performance review process. But while reviews can cause some grumbling, they do also provide something very important—much needed feedback from your boss and (hopefully) some guidance on what you can do to continue growing in your position. So should you implement a … Continue reading Should You Give Your Sitter a Performance Review?
A nanny tax calculator* is a valuable tool for families hiring an in-home sitter or nanny. Here are five ways it can help you and their nannies. Estimate Your Tax Obligation This is your share of Social Security and Medicare taxes (commonly referred to as FICA taxes) as well as federal and state unemployment insurance … Continue reading How to Use a Nanny Tax Calculator in 5 Easy Steps