The importance of physical activity in a child’s life — particularly when screens are omnipresent — cannot be overstated. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says kids should participate in active play one hour a day or more, and team sports are a great way to get your child moving. But … Continue reading 6 Signs Your Child is Ready for Team Sports
Sittercity has reached a huge milestone: 5 million sitters! To celebrate the millions of happy connections that families and sitters have made on our site, we wanted to hear your stories. Here are just a few of the amazing ones you sent us. Kara G. Home state: Ohio Member since: 2008 “I have made so … Continue reading We’re Celebrating 5 Million Sitters!
It may sound like an oxymoron, but it is possible for your kids to enjoy Halloween — and all the candy and sweets that come with it — in moderation. Try these simple, healthy tricks and treats to get your family through this sugar-heavy holiday. Tip 1: Indulge in Healthy Halloween Treats Ensure your child … Continue reading 3 Simple Tips for a Healthy Halloween
It’s a common refrain: Date nights help your relationship. In fact, according to a 2016 study by the Marriage Foundation, couples that have a date night once a month are 14 percent less likely to break up. (And who can argue with science?) Here’s the thing: Date nights are really just a chance to reconnect … Continue reading Don’t Fall For These Date Night Excuses
Whether it’s re-entering the workforce or taking the next career step, moms and dads know that a paycheck is only one piece of the working parent puzzle. After salary, health insurance, and a retirement plan, these seven benefits can make the juggling act of working parenthood a little easier to balance. Flexible Work Arrangements “Flexible … Continue reading The 7 Best Benefits for Working Parents
Parenting is hard. Parenting 24/7 will drive you off a cliff (or, at the very least, make you lose your patience after your child rejects the third version of dinner you just made for them). Doing things without the kids around — whether it’s something fun or just something you need to check off your … Continue reading 5 Reasons Why You Need a Go-To Sitter
The first official day of fall — aka the autumnal equinox — is still a few weeks off, but with the kids heading back to school, the days getting a little shorter and the air feeling a little crisper, it’s clear that summer is winding down and fall is warming up. To maximize your seasonal … Continue reading 10 Must-Do Activities for Your Family’s Fall Bucket List
Stocking up on new school supplies may be top-of-mind when August rolls around, but the back-to-school season can also be an opportunity for families to organize the academic year and rethink routines. Save time and avoid extra stress once school is back in session by adding these items to your back-to-school to-do list. Reassess Roles … Continue reading Beyond School Supplies: Your Back-to-School Checklist
Kindergarten ushers in the beginning of a child’s formal education — and for many parents, it also signals the true end of babyhood. It’s a big step for kids and a bittersweet one for parents, and you may be wondering if your child is prepared for this new adventure. How do you know if your … Continue reading Is your child is ready for kindergarten?
Whether your family has relocated, you’ve decided to switch your child to a new school, or it’s time to enter middle school or junior high, it’s normal for your child — even a young child — to experience some stress and anxiety about the impending change. These feelings can be powerful — if dismissed or … Continue reading How to Ease Your Child’s Transition to a New School