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5 Certifications to Boost Your Resume and Land More Jobs


A well-trained sitter is worth her weight in gold. According to a Red Cross survey, more than 80 percent of parents say they would pay more for a sitter who is trained in CPR, first aid and child care skills.

In this competitive job market, adding additional courses and certifications to your resume will not only help you stand out from the pack, but also increase your bargaining power during pay negotiations.

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Combat Summer Brain Drain With A Reading Chart

School’s out for the summer! While there’s plenty of time for water balloon fights and trips to the pool, don’t forget to make time for fun learning activities. Did you know that kids forget an average of two months’ worth of knowledge during the summer if they don’t engage in some sort of educational activity? Help combat “summer brain drain” with this simple and engaging reading chart.

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5 Things to Cover with Your Summer Sitter

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For many parents, summer is a time when their beloved school-year babysitter packs up her things and leaves town for three months. This seasonal “sitter shuffle” leaves many moms and dads having to secure a new caregiver that has to adjust to the families rules and routine. To make the transition easier, we have shared five important things to cover with your summer sitter.

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Fabric Spray Splattered T-Shirt Project

Let your little artist create a one of a kind t-shirt using only fabric spray paint and their imagination. This is one work of art that won’t go up on the fridge, but will be displayed all summer when the kids show off their wearable art. Inexpensive, easy, and great for several different age groups, this is a perfect summer project.

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Introducing America’s Top Sitter


We were absolutely blown away by all of the amazing entries for America’s Top Sitter 2014. When it came time for the judges to select our top ten finalists, they had quite the challenge. After pouring over hundreds of entries, they picked a handful of outstanding caregivers to make it to the next round. Then, it was up to YOU to tell us who should be America’s Top Sitter. And boy, did you tell us.

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America’s Top Sitter 2014 Finalists

We asked you to tell us about your awesome caregivers, and you did not disappoint. This year’s America’s Top Sitter contest had hundreds of phenomenal entries. Some amazed us, some made us laugh, and some even made us cry. ALL of the entires made us thankful for caregivers everywhere.

Check out our 10 finalists for this year’s contest.

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Calm Kids Make Peaceful Parents: Top 5 Ways to Wind Down

By Jennifer Robertson, Founder and President of Chicago Kids Yoga LLC

Life is so different for kids today than it was when we were young. We can all agree that school and sports are more competitive and the expectations for overachievement are greater than ever.

Between technology and over-scheduling, our kids can’t find themselves coming or going sometimes. So as the bar gets higher and higher for our kids, they have two choices: internalize the stress of modern childhood or find ways to cope with the world as we know it.

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