Published December 12, 2013
From your twice-a-month housekeeper to your all-the-time nanny, lots of people helped make your life easier this past year. The right thing to do, says our global parenting expert Katie, is thank them— with a tip.
Read her post to see just how much you should give.
What do you think? Will you be tipping this holiday season?
Published December 4, 2013
Your family will have a wonderful holiday season even if you don’t do everything perfectly. (Really!) Our global parenting expert, Katie Bugbee has 8 great tips to help you manage this crazy time of year and reduce the stress that comes with it.
Read her post to start December off right and enjoy the holidays this year!
Do you have holiday outsourcing tips of your own? Tell us!
Published November 21, 2013
As most of you have already heard, Care.com and BigTent have joined families! We are excited to start sharing some of our great tips, tools and resources, as well as showcase all of the wonderful groups here on BigTent. Be sure to tell us what you think, what you want to read about, and reach out if you want to participate. We look forward to hearing from you!
For our first post, we’d like to share something a little more personal from the Care.com family. Our CEO, Sheila Marcelo, is from the Philippines and in the aftermath of the Typhoon Yolanda devastation, has been overwhelmed by numerous messages of concern and queries of how to aid the relief efforts.
Read her blog to hear her story and learn how you can help those affected by the disaster.
Published October 23, 2013
At Care.com we get questions from families and nannies all the time. The most common ones? Asking about money. Both nannies and families want to know how much to pay, how often, how to negotiate, what benefits are covered, etc. And we not only have the answers, but we have the services to help make paying sitters and nannies easier.
In this FREE 1-hour webinar, you will learn the answers to ALL your financial and pay-based questions.
Topics will include:
• How much should you pay a sitter?
• How much should nannies make per week?
• Do nannies get paid holidays, vacation and sick time?
• How can you discuss salary and raises with a family?
• What are some easy ways to pay or be paid online or using mobile devices?
• Do you need to pay taxes?
• Why aren’t nannies independent contractors?
• How is health and disability insurance covered?
Join Katie Bugbee, Senior Managing Editor of Care.com and a payroll expert from Care.com Homepay, provided by Breedlove in our live discussion on all things money. We will have the answers to these questions and any you send in.
Register Now: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/414668294
Published September 11, 2013
Do you employ a nanny, eldercare provider or other household help?
If so, you may not realize you’re entitled to certain tax breaks when paying your household employee legally, and your employee gains valuable protections and benefits.
Join us for a free webinar — “Household Tax Talk – What You Really Need to Know”– which will cover the basics of household payroll and tax requirements, plus dispel the most common household employment myths.
Household Tax Talk – What You Really Need to Know
Presenter: Stephanie Breedlove, Head of Care.com HomePaySM, Managed by Breedlove
Date and Time: Wednesday, September 25th at 1:00 PM EDT
In this webinar you will learn:
- The true cost of paying your employee legally
- A clear understanding of the law and the process
- How to avoid the most common pitfalls
Published October 22, 2012
BigTent allows you ultimate control over your information. While group leaders may require certain information, such as address and phone number, to approve your membership, you can choose whether that information is shared with other group members.
Information about you is shared with other members on your profile and on the member list (if enabled by a group leader). There are two ways you can control what information is shared with other group members:
1) Check the box to beside each piece of information if you would like it to be visible to group members on your profile and the member list (if enabled).
2) Complete the enrollment process.
If you are required to enter any information (address, kids’ information, etc.) which you are uncomfortable sharing with the group’s leaders, please contact a group administrator directly.
After you’ve registered:
1) Go to my bigtent > settings > profile privacy and choose your group from the drop-down menu.
2) Check the box next to any information you’d like to share with the group. Leave unchecked any information you don’t want other group members to see on the member list or your profile.
3) Save your changes.
To view your profile, go to my bigtent > profile. Use the drop-down menu to see how your profile looks to other members of your group(s). To edit any of the information on your profile, click “settings” and choose from the personal, contact, and family info tabs.
The BigTent Team
Published October 8, 2012
As we enter into the holiday season, sharing of events becomes ever more important. In order to help manage your group events, you can give all members (or just one member) permission to post events to your BigTent group calendar. Here’s how:
1) Go to manage > manage membership > permissions.
2) Choose “events: [your group name] ” from the drop-down menu and click “Filter.”
3) Under “Post,” you’ll see your current permissions. If it says “all group moderators,” click “change” and use the drop down to choose “all group members” and hit “submit.” This will give everyone in your group permission to post events to your calendar (e.g., they will all see the “Add event” link).
4) If you would rather only specific members have permission to post events, click “add a member” under “Post” and add the name or email of the specific member.
As always, please visit support.bigtent.com to find solutions to any BigTent questions, or please contact us at email@example.com
Wishing you a great start to your October!
The BigTent Team
Published August 29, 2012
It’s that time of year again. While the weather cools down and the days get shorter, families are adjusting to having school become an integral part of their schedule. And if you have a child who is entering school for the first time, chances are this month is rather stressful for you!
If your child is a first-time rider of a school bus, here are some helpful pointers on how to ease their anxiety.
Clothes, backpacks, pencils, and now even iPads, are just a few of the items on parents’ shopping list. If you have a kindergartener, we suggest this handy holder for crayons, which is as fashionable as it is useful. For more shopping inspiration, check out DailyBuzz Moms.
Bullying has become a hot topic as of late, and it can be a good idea to prepare your child for how to handle prickly situations they may find themselves in either in the classroom or on the playground. Here are some pointers on how to bully-proof your child.
Preparing the packed-lunch menu can also be a stressful task for many parents. Here are 30 ideas for school lunches from Good Housekeeping, as well as a full array of delectably easy recipes from Family.com.
Wishing your family a smooth transition into the school year!
The BigTent Team
Published August 16, 2012
We are excited to share a cause you should know about and is worth sharing with your groups!
Many of us at BigTent are parents who want our kids to have the education they deserve. Did you know that 80% of all states have slashed public school education funding since 2008? 49% of districts have also cut or reduced art, drama and music programs.
We are excited to hear that our friends at Schoola are stepping up to do something about school funding challenges by presenting the World’s Biggest School Fundraiser. The event is called Shop for America’s Schools and your local schools are invited!
To make sure all your local schools benefit from this massive fundraising effort, encourage all the moms in your community to get involved. Event details are below:
When: This September 24 – 28
Where: On your school’s very own personal fundraiser page – all you need to do is activate and Schoola will set you up with you school’s own deal site!
How: Schoola brings deals from great national brands you’ll want – you bring the great local deals from merchants you love. Just promote these deals to your school community and enjoy the proceeds!
RSVP: Click the button below and you’re on your way!
We’re very excited about the event and hope you take advantage of this easy way to raise money for your child’s school.
The BigTent Team
in partnership with