“Everyday, you are expected to be as much of a teacher as you are a student. And ultimately that leads us to have a really quick turnaround on improving our code, ourselves as developers, as well as our product.”

Erin Luthern is a full-stack engineer at Tandem, meaning she works on the front and backend of the product, the database, and everything in between. While building out a core team, Tandem has decided to title every engineer “full-stack” so that employees have the opportunity to influence all aspects of the product and grow into other roles organically.

For Erin, having…

Coworking spaces like Cova Cowork in Columbus, Ohio are revolutionizing the workplace. Rigid, traditional offices are quickly becoming a thing of the past and many professionals are beginning to make the switch to coworking environments. In fact, experts at DropDesk predict that by 2024, “the number of coworking spaces worldwide is expected to surpass 40,000.”

In case you’ve never heard of coworking spaces, they are “a professional-style working space where you pay a monthly fee to use a shared workspace.” Small companies, students, and entrepreneurs thrive in these spaces due to the fostered collaboration, flexibility, and work-life balance.

According to…

As a current college student, I am faced with many new tasks that accompany the inevitable — becoming an adult. These tasks range from learning how to pay utility bills, filing taxes, or spending too much time at the BMV. After all of that is done, learning how to manage my finances is not the most appealing activity. However, it is a crucial topic, and I have dedicated time to learning how to be financially savvy, despite my lack of desire.

According to Market Watch, “in 23 states and the District of Columbia, less than 5% of students during the…

June 2021 marks 40 years since the first Columbus Pride march. In 1981, roughly 200 people attended the event. Now, the Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival and March hosts more than 80,000 visitors each year, with the goal of fundraising for and uplifting LGBTQ+ identities.

There is no better time to educate your kids on LGBTQ+ rights. However, it can be a daunting subject for many parents. Continue reading for some tips to help you maneuver this sensitive yet very important topic.

  1. Continue to Educate Yourself - This may sound obvious, but to educate your kids, you need to educate yourself…

We have the answers you are looking for. Here are the most commonly asked questions from families looking to hire a child care provider through Tandem.

As a family, do I need to sign up for a debit card in order to use Tandem services?

No, Tandem debit cards are only for providers. The cards allow them to receive 100% of their earnings and make the payment process easier for you (the parent). Paying your sitter, nanny, or tutor is fast and easy. After you’ve signed up for Tandem, you can connect a bank account or credit card. We will send you a notification to pay your sitter after each scheduled job ends (on the payment schedule you choose). You can edit the times of the job or the total pay. …

Nannies are needed even during a pandemic. As we navigate these times of change and move through the coming weeks and months, Tandem has created a FREE nanny agreement template to help educate families and prepare them for their care provider hiring process.

We all want to stay safe, and to do that, we need to work together. This template can help families and nannies have an honest conversation about how you will commit to each others’ safety and wellbeing, reach agreements, and put them down in writing so that you can refer back to them when needed. Our FREE…

Wintertime is tough, especially with kids. Here is a list of 10 unique and fun-filled activities that will cure cabin fever!

DIY Cardboard Box Car.
DIY Cardboard Box Car

1.) Outdoor movie night in the living room- Get creative and crafty making and decorating their own cars out of cardboard boxes. Some supplies you can use include decorative duck tape, construction paper, aluminum foil, streamers, and paper plates to name a few. Pick a new movie, a family favorite, or have the kids write a movie script for you to perform. String lights up, glow stars to stick on the ceiling, and glow sticks to set the movie outdoors look. Don’t forget the concessions stand. …

Valentines Day can be stressful enough without trying to plan a romantic date night during a pandemic. We have put together a list of 10 fun date night ideas to help you plan and enjoy your unforgettable night. And don’t forget to book your sitter whether you are heading out for date night or staying in.

Love with an arrow going into a mailbox for Valentines Day.
Happy Valentines Day!

1.) Winter Fun- Grab the best cup of joe or hot cocoa at any of Columbus’ local coffee shops, get bundled up, and go for a hike. Got snow? Build a snowman or go sledding. Here is a list of some great parks and sledding hills around the city.

Alley Park: This park in Lancaster has more than 350 acres and the covered bridges look gorgeous covered in the winter snow.

Clear Creek Metro Park: Clear Creek in Rockbridge is Ohio’s largest nature preserve, and with nine trails you’re bound to come across many of the 2,200 plant and animal…

What will come out of 2021? It is time for things to start looking up. Here are 36 tips for a better year.

36 tips for a better 2021. Tips on how to work smarter, be a happier you, improve your health, and boost productivity.
2021 New Year Resolutions

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Child care isn’t just for date nights. Many parents use our services while they are working from home. Read our…

Questions you should ask parents before babysitting their children. Download our free parent questions printable pdf.

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Babysitter or Nanny smiling holding a little boy in a backyard.

Whether it’s your first time watching a child or you’ve been babysitting for years, Tandem has put together 11 tips for how to be the best child care provider you can be.

  1. Know your limitations- Download our free parent question sheet to help you know what specific questions you should ask parents before they leave. Be sure to ask questions about their expectations and what they want from a babysitter.
  2. Keep an open line of communication- Don’t feel like you have to figure everything out on your own. Communicate with the parents when you have a question and make them…


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