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Affordable Childcare Options for Parents

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The featured mom self-care tip of the week comes from Carolin Soldo of NannyPro.com. Carolin offered the following comments to the article Are you Overcommited? She said:

“Being "Over-Committed" really hits home for me. I'm a WAHM with 2 wonderful boys. One is 21 months and one is 8 weeks. I'm also running my own business on a full-time basis.

Many families I work with tell me that their relationships with their spouses are suffering the most. After work and taking care of the kids, there's just not enough time left.

A great thing to have to give busy families and especially moms a break is a nanny or babysitter. A nanny or sitter can give mom and dad the needed break, even if it's just a night out on a Friday night. And the kids enjoy a few hours with a fun sitter.

In order to be successful, you need to make sure to take a break once in a while. The best ideas (for my business!) come to me when I take a relaxing walk in the park. Give it a try!”

Here is a little about Carolin and NannyPro.com an excellent resource for parents seeking short and long–term child-are.

Mia: What is the mission of NannyPro.com?

Carolin: It's our mission to help families find professional nannies and babysitters safely and easily. Hiring a nanny or sitter is an important decision and we want to give parents peace of mind in the process. To do that, we pre-screen every new profile before posting it to the site and we offer best-in-class background checks through Acxiom Information Security Services.

Mia: How does the service work?

Carolin: Families can choose from paid or free memberships. Free memberships allow them to search our database by zip code and many other criteria (education, rate, availability, experience, etc). They can save profiles they are interested in to review and compare later. Free memberships also allow families to post jobs and receive job applications from interested nannies and sitters.

In order to reply to a candidate or contact them directly, we require families to purchase a full membership. This makes the process risk free, because families know if they have found a caregiver they would like to hire before joining our site.

Mia: What if families don’t find a nanny or sitter?

Carolin: We also offer a caregiver guarantee: If families don't find a nanny or sitter to hire before their paid membership expires, we will extend their membership for 30 days free of charge.

Mia: Tell me a little about your background checks?

Carolin: Our background checks include maiden names and aliases and review live county court records. We promote a 4 step screening process:

1. Candidates are pre-screened by our staff of moms
2. Families check references
3. Families review background checks
4. Families conduct in-person interviews.

Mia: How are you different from other nanny agencies?

Carolin: We're also a very affordable option compared to nanny agencies that charge on average $1,500 in placement fees. Our memberships start at $19.99 for 1 month.

Mia: What types of resources do you offer families?

Carolin: We offer the NannyPro Hiring Guide that includes everything a family would need to hire a nanny with sample interview questions, nanny job description, nanny work agreement, and much more.

Mia: What would you like to share with our readers about NannyPro.com

Carolin: Hiring a nanny or sitter is more affordable than many people may think. And it can provide parents with some much needed time for themselves to recharge their batteries. 
 

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