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Parenting is tough. Get help from experts and parents who have been in your shoes.

17 fun outside games kids will love playing

Sometimes all kids need is a fun outdoor game to release built-up energy and have a blast. Plus, the health benefits of playing outside can’t be beat. Players get to run around and yell, and nannies and parents love outdoor games because they stave off boredom and help create tired kids for... more

12 baby birth videos that (really) prepare you for the big day

Your belly is growing, and so is your anticipation. After months of doctor’s appointments, swollen feet, backaches and developing an unstoppable nesting habit, you’re totally ready for labor and delivery. But the unpredictable nature of childbirth can make any mama-to-be worry themselves into a frenzy over what may or may... more

How to give big kids more freedom — while keeping your own fears in check

At 9 years old, my daughter seems ready to take on the world. Over the past few months, she’s suddenly developed the insatiable desire to walk to the park alone, ride her scooter in the street with friends (no parents allowed) and take the lead on everything from Zooming with... more

Interview questions to ask a night nanny or night nurse

You’ve decided to hire a night nanny or night nurse and you’ve narrowed down your candidates — congratulations! A feat in and of itself. But now that you’ve got your short list, time to compile a list of important interview questions that will help you find “the one.” “The... more

Night nanny vs. night nurse: How they help and what they cost

Ask any new parent and they’ll tell you: One of the most difficult adjustments after having a child is navigating the erratic, sometimes nonexistent, sleep patterns of newborns. One way to clock a little more shut-eye? Hiring either a night nanny or a night nurse — the latter formally being... more

Returning to work after COVID: 10 helpful tips for parents heading back to the office

  Whether you’ve relished in not having a work commute and being able to throw in a load of laundry or have been tearing your hair out because the kids barge into your “home office” (read: your bed) 500 times an hour to ask if they can have a snack... more

The swimming pool is not a bath substitute this summer — sorry, parents!

For families, the swimming pool meets a lot of different needs during the summer. It’s a cool spot for kids to seek refuge on sweltering days, a self-contained play space, a place to burn energy so bedtime is easier and, to some parents, it’s even a substitute for bathtime. ... more

6 fun pool games for kids that keep them happy and tire them out

Do your kids love swimming but become bored after countless hours spent diving for pennies and practicing underwater handstands? Whether you have your own backyard swimming pool or frequent your city or community pool, it's a good idea to have a few pool games for kids locked and loaded... more