In theory, you’d love to spend all day every day with your kids, cuddling them, loving them, playing with them, challenging them, watching and helping them learn and grow, and just generally appreciating their adorableness 24/7. But life doesn’t usually work that way. Most parents have to go out and earn a living, or go to school, or even just zip over to the gym or meet a friend for coffee or enjoy a movie with their spouse. What makes that possible? Childcare. Babble’s complete Childcare Guide offers pretty much everything you need to know about hiring someone to look after your child – be it a full-time nanny, an occasional babysitter, a day care facility or some other arrangement. You can also find articles helping you weigh which of those options might be best for you, hear from parents who’ve made one choice or another, and get tips for picking the best sitter or day care facility.
We are on day two of being stuck inside all day due to Hurricane Sandy. First, I want to tell you that we are incredibly lucky and grateful to make it out of this storm okay. (The full story of how we fared over on my personal blog.)
My husband and I sit at a boardroom table and wait for the lawyer. Our son is at preschool and the baby sleeps beside me in her car seat. We sip coffee as a paralegal prepares pens and paperwork. We’re quiet, both checking our phones, waiting to get underway. I think about my kids. They MORE »
Hurricane Sandy is headed towards the Big Apple and that means that most of the city shut down tonight at 7:00pm. As a Florida girl, I am used to the threat of an impending hurricane. In Florida, we did what we had to do to prepare and just sat in our house waiting out the MORE »
The shocking news of a nanny’s alleged murder of two children ages 2 and 6 in New York City devolved into a pissing argument about stay-at-home moms versus moms who work outside the home at UrbanBaby: “All you ladies who put your career and money above your children, this is what can happen.” “This will MORE »
In the pre-baby days I was never what you would call a “party animal” (OK, not even close), but I still enjoyed getting fancied up and heading out with some friends on occasion. Trying out new restaurants, taking in a movie, strolling around downtown… But, now that we have a baby, things are a little MORE »
At some point, the majority of parents need to look for childcare. Whether it’s simply for date nights, a full time nanny, or a daycare center — each comes with a set of questions that need to be asked in the process. Most of us know to ask for references, do a background check, see MORE »
My husband and I celebrated our 5-year anniversary over the weekend. To my surprise, my husband booked a hotel for us to stay in this coming weekend here in NYC for a little staycation. I honestly don’t remember the last time that we had a weekend to ourselves without the kids. While I am sure MORE »
When my older daughter was born four years ago, it took me months to consent to allow a babysitter into our home so my husband and I could go out for dinner, and only then did I agree to it because he insisted it was a special occasion (“I’ll only turn 40 once,” or some MORE »
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