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March 15, 2010 Free Weekend

BLOG-FW-3-10It’s that time again… get ready for another Free Weekend!

This Friday, we’re going to waive the membership fee and give full access to everyone who visits You’ll be able to contact care providers, check available references and run preliminary background checks. How cool is that?

 We’re opening everything up this weekend because it’s never too early to start planning for summer child care. We’re already seeing parents starting to think ahead and post jobs looking for babysitters and nannies for when the kids are out of school (pet sitters, too!). Plus, it’s also time to focus on airing out your house and doing a little spring cleaning. Why not see if you can find a housekeeper this coming weekend to help out so you don’t have to do it all yourself?

Here’s what you need to know to get ready for the Free Weekend:

  • First, log in to your account and post a job. It’s free and it gets the ball rolling so you can start receiving applications from our great care providers.
  • Then, tell your friends! We all know a family who could use a little help—tell them they should check out this weekend.
  • Third, sign into on Friday morning and start connecting with local care providers. We’re going to give everyone free access from Friday through Sunday, but after that, the Free Weekend’s over.

It couldn’t be more simple… I hope you’ll join us for the upcoming Free Weekend!


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Doing housework has been enjoyable for me when I have a congenial person with whom to work. Even when I was a very young woman, both before and after having children, I liked to make my home clean, well-ordered and as attractive as possible. My husband and children always took part in helping, too. I have worked outside the home from age 17: as a teacher--in the primary grades through graduate school at a university, as I acquired advanced degrees in the subjects that I taught: English, History, Writing, Counseling, Psychology. In the last 30 years, I also had a private practice in clinical counseling, too, and found it very satisfying to help people with problems.

In all kinds of work, my belief and experience is that when people are at peace with themselves they enjoy whatever they are doing. When unhappy within, any work can be onerous. Cooking, laundry, ironing, sewing, child, plant and pet care--all these and other tasks at home have afforded me times of pleasure as much as teaching, counseling and even work with government agencies which I did for a few years. Being useful and helpful to others and doing my best at whatever I do brings me contentment, satisfaction and a sense of well-being. I am most compatible with people who share that view and have the ability to manage life's difficulties.

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