Spotlight: SmartDad Makes Finding Sports Programs Child’s Play

Jan 7

Meet Aaron Finkel. He’s a third-generation native New Yorker living on the Upper West Side with his wife, Emily, and their two kids, Daniela (14) and Ricky (12). As someone who grew up in NYC and has two kids who are very active in sports, friends would constantly ask if he knew where their kids […]

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Refer a Family During Our 12 Days of Giveaways!

Dec 13

Can you believe it? There are only 12 days left until Christmas! At SmartSitting, we’re celebrating with 12 days of extra special giveaways! Each day, we’ll have an exciting giveaway up for grabs. Today, it’s an awesome language learning DVD from our partners at Little Pim. If you remember, we did a blog post about […]

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Tax breaks available for families who pay nannies on the books

Nov 25

According to the 2013 Park Slope Parents Nanny Compensation Survey, a mere 15% of survey participants pay their nannies on the books. It seems those pesky “employer taxes” have a seriously scary reputation! The truth is, nanny taxes are not nearly as expensive or complicated as you’d think and being compliant entitles you to at […]

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Manny Monday – It’s All About Lars!

Nov 18

It’s Manny Monday everyone and we’d love to introduce you to a fantastic one! Meet Lars! Lars is a creative, well-educated manny with an extensive background in theater, music, and visual arts. He gets much of his inspiration from his mother, who has been a music teacher for almost 20 years. Lars is equally passionate […]

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Just another Manny Monday… Meet Keith!

Nov 11

It’s just another Manny Monday. Take a moment to meet Keith! Keith is a self-proclaimed “half decent singer” who loves swimming, cooking, baking, and story-telling. At an early age, Keith enjoyed traveling, exploring the world around him, and appreciating a different perspective. Keith graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. History and Political Science and […]

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It’s Manny Monday! Meet SmartSitter David S.

Oct 28

It’s Manny Monday everyone! We’d love to introduce you to a total star of a Manny, David S! David is an experienced SmartSitter who loves learning about other cultures. During his travels, David worked as an au pair in Paris, a babysitter in San Francisco, Indiana, and San Diego, an English teacher in Seoul, and […]

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Brooklyn Cabbages & Kings Summer of Theatremaking Camp!

Jul 22


Be a part of the inaugural group of kids (ages 8-12) for BROOKLYN CABBAGES & KINGS Summer of Theatremaking Camp! At BC&K, we don’t just train actors, we train theatremakers! Campers will learn physical and vocal warm-ups, stage vocabulary, ensemble building games, acting technique, building a character, music, choreography, playwrighting, design, and more! Through a series of […]

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Kids and Foreign Languages: As Good Together As Peanut Butter and Jelly!

Jul 15

I might seem like a pretty standard American girl to you, what with a name like Suzie and all, but I’m actually a first generation American with a very, very Russian family. My parents both grew up in the mother land and met in a Russian restaurant in New York in their 20’s. One day, […]

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Fair Pay for Nannies and Hiring Male Babysitters: Leaning in to Child Care

May 11

In a fantastic essay and video for the Wall Street Journal, Charlotte Alter says that “Hiring a male babysitter is one of the most feminist things a parent can do.” I couldn’t agree more. Add in “viewing and compensating nannies fairly” and you’ve touched on the two most important, and rarely discussed, feminist issues in […]

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Fun Arts and Crafts Projects for Kids: March 2013 SmartSitting Meet Up Recap

Mar 21

Fun Arts and Crafts Projects for Kids

At last week’s meet up, SmartSitters learned some fun arts and crafts projects for kids, in a workshop led by Susan Berman. Susan is an artist, an art educator, a mother and the brain behind a neat company called SouvenarteBooks, which preserves children’s artwork in the form of beautiful, museum quality, hardcover coffee table books. In […]

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