Working parents everywhere are in need of some uninterrupted time to take conference calls, pay bills, do the dishes or connect with their spouse. In response to the demand, one female-led company began offering virtual sitting. This tool allows parents to hire a professional to engage with children virtually for short periods throughout the day.
Mother of two and Sittercity CEO Elizabeth Harz oversees a company full of working parents and former sitters. She believes the transition to virtual sitting just made sense. However, when quarantine started in several states, Sittercity immediately began providing resources and opportunities to match sitters with families virtually.
“Technology has enabled so many wonderful things. But perhaps one of the greatest is the ability to connect from a distance—particularly through video. Virtual sitting is a wonderful option that not only employs sitters but allows parents to accomplish necessary tasks during these uncertain times.”
What are Virtual Sittings?
According to Sittercity, virtual sittings
- used to assist kids with schoolwork, facilitate interactive games, or simply keep them occupied.
- are ideal for kids who can engage and maintain a conversation on video platforms.
- a custom experience, there are virtual activities that sitters and parents can plan to keep children entertained and engaged.
- jobs appear on Sittercity just like regular jobs.
Just last month, Sittercity partnered with the City of Chicago to launch Chicago Responds. This program is dedicated to helping the city’s most essential workforce get to work during the quarantine.
Lastly, Sittercity’s service is also offered by Bright Horizons as part of its back up care solution. In addition, their regularly priced monthly subscription plans are $35 for 1 month, $70 for 3months, or $140 for 12 months, but have been temporarily discounted for families.