babysitting

7 ways to find your parent tribe

“Find your tribe, love them hard”. For all the joy it brings, parenting can also be one of the loneliest jobs in the world. The adage that it takes a village to raise a child still holds true, but the onus is now on us to construct our own communities and find our own tribes. Whether you’re a first-time parent or not, you can never have too many people around you who know exactly what you’re going through and can provide love and support when the (not-always-proverbial) sh*t hits the fan. Here’s how to find them: 1. Join relevant Facebook

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Trust on bubble

We’ve just released a new version of our app and amongst the many improvements, we’re really pleased to have our new Background Checks in place. Now, every babysitter on bubble is cleared through an online criminal background check before their profile goes live. This is in addition to the real-time identity checks we were already doing and is part of our mission to build a platform and community that offers parents and sitters the safest, most trusted way to arrange their babysitting. We’ve partnered with a cutting-edge technology platform that uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to screen individuals for

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10 daytime date ideas for busy parents

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been talking to parents about how they manage to find time together as a couple without the kids. One thing we’ve heard again and again is that parents are ditching elaborate nights out in favour of taking an hour or two to themselves during the day when the kids are at school/nursery anyway or when they can leave little ones with a sitter without worrying about bedtime. Here are our favourite daytime activities in London in case you want to jump on the trend too: Listen to beautiful music There are several free lunchtime

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What’s your parent dating style?

Becoming a parent doesn’t just change who you are as a person, it inevitably changes your relationship too, with some parents finding it hard to get time alone together without the kids. We’ve been chatting to loads of parents and have found that, while we’re not necessarily doing all the same things we did before, we’re finding new ways of having fun together, and that’s pretty great too. 1. Ain’t no party like a PTA party It may not have been your idea of a wild night out before you had kids, but you get to drink (warm) wine and

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Babysitting rates: what should you pay a babysitter in the UK?

Since we all need a break from looking after the kids from time to time, you could argue that babysitters pretty much prop up our society. They’re lifesavers that keep us sane. But finding a good, reliable babysitter isn’t without its problems. In general, when it comes to sorting out babysitters, there are 2 problems: where do you find a good babysitter and how much should you pay your babysitter? This article is about the second issue: that of babysitting rates. In the UK, what should you expect to pay a babysitter? It’s actually a key issue, because the differences

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Three things for Parents we’re loving this month

January is the month of the detox. Here at bubble, we’re focussing on weaning ourselves off the internet in order to spend more quality time with the people we love. Here are the three tools we’re using to encourage the whole family (mums & dads included!) to spend less time on their devices and to make some new – real-life – connections. Let the digital detox begin! Get the kids offline with Kidslox: Over the Christmas break, many of us were guilty of over-reliance on the ‘i-nanny’, handing the kids a tablet or phone so we could enjoy the festivities

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The 10 tips for getting your child to sleep on Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve is an incredibly exciting time, which can make it difficult for kids to settle down and go to sleep. However, it’s also the time when parents are trying to finish off their present wrapping and waiting for kids to nod off so they can sneak in with their stocking. Make sure they get to bed on time with these top tips: 1. Limit their sugar intake before bed. As tempting as it is to smash open the selection boxes early, keep your eyes on the prize (bedtime) and save the treats for Christmas day. 2. You might love

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3 things we’re loving this month

December can be a stressful month when you’re a parent. There’s so much pressure to keep up with everyone else and make sure your kids don’t miss out, while Facebooking the hell out of it all at the same time. This year, we’re particularly grateful for the people who have made it their business to ease the burden by bringing Christmas to us. Here are our top three: Giftwink This one is a total no-brainer. You simply tell Giftwink who you need to buy gifts for, and they come back to you with some personalised suggestions that are so good

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Parents reveal their date night horror stories

In the spirit of both Halloween and the return of date-night, we asked parents on bubble to share with us their funniest, cringiest and strangest date night horror stories. Speak to most parents and couples, and getting out of the “dating scene” is definitely seen as a major perk of settling down. And taking a look at some of the anecdotes that came back to us, it’s easy to see why… Here are 10 of the best for you to enjoy… 1. She tried to use the fake emergency phone-call to make a swift exit, but her phone rang whilst

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9 great date night restaurants in London

Parents are using bubble to book babysitters for all kinds of things, with plenty using their new found sense of freedom to finally try the restaurants they’ve been eyeing up for a while. Here are nine we really love and recommend. Perfect for date night. Polpo Awesome tapas and a bustling, energetic vibe. They don’t take bookings but it’s worth the wait. Café Murano Some of the best food in London in a laid back but romantic atmosphere. Not a cheap meal but it won’t break the bank either. Great for a special occasion. Palomar Exciting Mediterranean dishes and a

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