Lynn Perkins is CEO and co-founder of UrbanSitter.com, an online resource that helps parents and babysitters to connect through people they know. A startup veteran, Lynn has more than 15 years of experience building and growing consumer Internet businesses. Prior to founding to UrbanSitter, Lynn served as founder and CEO of Xuny.com and VP of Business Development at Bridgepath.com. At Gap Inc., LaSalle Partners and Joie de Vivre Hospitality, Lynn gained extensive business and transaction experience.
Lynn is passionate about connecting people with each other. Uniting babysitters and parents is her latest quest. Previous accomplishments include introducing three couples who are now married, matching apartment-seeking friends with roommates in rent-controlled units, and numerous job placements.
Lynn is also the proud mom of three children and a graduate of Stanford University.
The typical school-age child has 10 weeks of summer vacation. That’s at least 70 full days with you or another caregiver–be it a daycare provider, camp counselor, nanny, babysitter, family, or a friend. Regardless of your family’s regular schedule, it’s likely you could use a bit of additional childcare this summer. Now is the time to think about lining up your summer childcare help, here are a few tips to get you started.
It’s one of the biggest challenges parents face: finding reliable childcare. Hiring a babysitter or nanny comes with an unavoidable, inherent element of blind trust.
One way parents try to overcome some of their initial concerns is to seek a touch point or connection to a sitter to increase their comfort level about a potential new caregiver.
Chances are that if a caregiver watched your friend’s kids, or was hired by another parent at your kids’ school, you are more likely to feel comfortable reaching out to her/him. I sat down with Leslie Venokur, co-Founder of Big City Moms to get her honest opinion on getting out of her "comfort-zone" when it came to finding childcare.