Virtual Babysitting May Just Be the Trend Quarantine Parents Need

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As we all continue to stay home, many parents are finding themselves tasked with entertaining their young children at all hours of the day—and usually without the childcare and help they might normally have. But now some parents are opting for “virtual babysitting.”

Erin Butler is a mom to two boys, Colin, 5, and Sean, 3, who lives in New Jersey with her husband Mark. She recently told her co-worker, Renee Flores, how difficult it was to work and take care of young kids while self-isolating. Flores, who has older kids, offered to have her eldest, 21-year-old Sarah Flores, virtually babysit.

“My mom was talking to some of her co-workers about their home situations and they expressed to her how upset they are that their kids aren’t engaging with anyone and they’re just sitting on their iPads and playing video games,” Sarah told TODAY Parents. “She came into my room and…

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