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Monday, January 13th, 2014
Looking for a great babysitting gig? The perfect position has just opened up.
Like many other parents here and across the pond, Prince William and Kate Middleton are looking for child care for their son Prince George. They need a new nanny for Baby George because his current caretaker, 71-year-old Jessie Webb, is going back into retirement. (Fun fact: Webb took care of Prince William when he was a baby.) Because the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are getting ready to embark on a huge tour of two countries, they are going to need the extra help.
If you’re thinking about applying, be prepared to provide some spectacular references. Becoming a nanny is no easy feat, even if you want to care for commoners, so I can’t imagine what the qualifications are for becoming a royal nanny. Last year, NBC News ran a story on how competitive it’s become to be a nanny. Many couples now want nannies who have degrees in early childhood education in addition to experience. Some are even asking for Master’s degrees. Of course, the pay is greater for those with the best resumes; nannies might make $100,000 or more. There is no word on how much Prince William and Kate plan on paying their next nanny, but, no matter what, there are sure to be plenty of perks with the gig.
There have been rumors that Grandma Carole Middleton will help William and Kate out with George, but aides have claimed that these rumors are false. And, of course, Great-Grandma Elizabeth is probably too busy to take on a job like this. It’s probably for the better. Having granny as nanny is a tricky situation for any family, but it is probably even more complex for this royal family. My bet is that they will choose someone else to care for George.
Before they start interviewing, the royal family may want to do some research into which kind of childcare is a good fit for their needs, or they—and, of course, you!—can watch the video below to learn how to choose the right nanny.
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Wednesday, August 17th, 2011
We know how crazy the back-to-school season can be. Sometimes you just don’t have time for school pick-ups and drop-offs, playdates, music lessons, sports and everything else in your kids’ busy lives. If you’re thinking about hiring a babysitter to help with your schedule, we found a new tool that can ease the hiring process.
Care.com’s babysitter hourly rate calculator takes into account where you live, how many children you have and the amount of experience your caregiver has before it suggests what you should pay her. The tool provides a great rough estimate of what other babysitters in your area are earning, but remember to adjust her rate if you ask her to do extra tasks, like grocery shopping or laundry. Finding a babysitter you trust and your kids love can be hard, so don’t risk losing her because of money.
How much do you pay your babysitter?
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Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
Should parents lose custody of super obese kids?
A provocative commentary in one of the nation’s most distinguished medical journals argues yes, and its authors are joining a quiet chorus of advocates who say the government should be allowed to intervene in extreme cases.
Missing Boy’s Remains Found, Police Say
The search for a missing 8-year-old Brooklyn boy ended early on Wednesday when investigators discovered what they believed to be his dismembered remains in a third-floor attic refrigerator of a Brooklyn man and in a trash bin on a street, the police said.
New rules for nannies
Some daycare centers in Colorado say the state’s being a tough baby-sitter with new, proposed regulations.
Marriage Problems for Parents, Sleep Problems for Baby
A recent study indicates that strength of your marriage can have an effect on your baby’s sleep.
NH lawmakers to file Caylee bill
New Hampshire lawmakers are planning on filing legislation named after toddler Caylee Anthony that would make it a crime to fail to report a child’s disappearance.
GAO: U.S. child abuse death data flawed
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America used flawed methods to tally and analyze the deaths of children who have been maltreated, and the latest annual estimate of 1,770 such fatalities is likely too low, the Government Accountability Office says in a new report to Congress.
Thursday, March 17th, 2011
Is there anything more stressful than hiring a nanny? I am sure there is, but the act of choosing someone to care for your beloved baby or child alone for long stretches of time while you are busy at the office has got to rank up there among the scariest risks many of us choose to take in our lives. Sure, we can do interviews, tryouts, reference checks, and even background checks, but it never feels like it’s enough.
The website Take Care aims to take at least some of the mystery out of the decision. The site’s NannyTest offers a psychological assessment of potential nannies or babysitters. The idea is that parents can ask the top candidate or candidates to take a 30-minute online test that will help make their decision about who to hire. Developed by an experienced psychological testing company, the 30-minute survey asks the candidate a battery of questions about her habits (drinking, gambling), personality, honesty, demeanor, and the like. It then sends the parents an easy-to-read report listing the candidate’s risk factors (does she drink? Gamble? etc.) and rating the candidate’s personality on issues such as self control and handling stress. Tests are $29.95.
Would you use a service like this? Why or why not?
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