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Role Mommy



Today's show focuses on everything you want to know about finding the perfect nanny... from searching for a great caregiver for your child, to the latest technology to keep your kids safe, to a new mom and television anchor who talks about her recent search for a full-time babysitter, Role Mommy gives you the 411 on nannies!  Guests include Meg Oliver, anchor of CBS News' Up to the Minute; Tamara Pillblad, Founder of Whereismybaby.com and Merry Pop-ins, LLC; and Genevive Thiers, founder of Sittercity.com.

Meg Oliver - TV Anchor & New Mom
Meg Oliver is the anchor of Up To the Minute, CBS News’ overnight broadcast.

Oliver has served as a freelance correspondent based in Washington, D.C., for CBS Newspath since May 2005. She has covered several major news stories, including the nomination of Chief Justice John Roberts, President George W. Bush's 2006 State of the Union address and the congressional hearings on the federal response to Hurricane Katrina.

Prior to that, Oliver had been the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. weekday anchor for KGPE-TV in Fresno, Calif. (2001-04). She was a reporter and anchor at WWJ/WKBD-TV in Detroit, Mich., (1998-2001), and a reporter at WTIC-TV in Hartford, Conn. (1997-98). Oliver served as a reporter for North West Cable News in its Seattle and Boise, Idaho, offices (1995-97). She began her journalism career as a reporter and anchor at KCFW-TV in Kalispell, Mont. (1993-95).

Oliver has earned eight Emmy nominations, including one for "Outstanding Anchor" and two for "Best Reporter." She received an Associated Press award for her reports on "The Storm of 1998," as well as three other Associated Press awards and two Society of Professional Journalists awards. Oliver also received a 2001 Michigan Association of Broadcasters award for a series on Airport Security after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Oliver was born in Birmingham, Mich. She was graduated from the University of Montana in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. Oliver and her husband have one daughter.

TAMARA PILBLAD, Founder of Whereismybaby.com & Merry Pop-ins, LLC.

Merry Pop-ins.LLC is a New York licensed and bonded Nanny Surveillance and Risk Assessment Company that provides Nanny Surveillance services in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island, including the Hamptons. The company was founded by two working parents: a retired New York City Police Captain who started his own security and investigative service and a New York attorney who served five years on active duty with the United States Army's Judge Advocate General's Corp.

As working parents, we have the right and obligation to know how and where our caregivers are spending time with our children. Under-regulated and unsupervised, the childcare industry does not have a spotless reputation. There are documented cases of neglect, physical and emotional abuse, and criminal activity by caregivers. There are also countless examples of misuse of time, inappropriate behavior and general dishonesty by caregivers whom parents trust and even recommend to others. Our mission is to provide you peace of mind by observing and recording your nanny's whereabouts and activities with your child. Whereismybaby.com provides easy to read maps that reveal the time, duration and location of your caregiver and child, written reports and surveillance videos. With this information, you can make informed decisions regarding your choice of caregiver.

uses cutting-edge GPS technology in conjunction with traditional methods of covert surveillance to satisfy your natural curiosity and suspicions without unnecessarily damaging your family's relationship with your caregiver.

GENEVIVE THIERS, founder of Sittercity.com

Sittercity is a privately-owned corporation founded in 2001 and is a certified Women's Business Enterprise (WBE). The site was created from a combination of blisters and flyers. With 20,000 flyers, founder Genevieve Thiers spread the Sittercity message to over 12 major colleges in Boston on foot to gather an opening database of 600 babysitters (and many blisters) within three weeks. The rest is history! Parents love their service for the accessibility it gives them to talented, caring babysitters and nannies, and sitters love it for the range of jobs it provides. Sittercity.com sitters are over the age of 17, located nationwide, and often skilled in areas like pre-med, early childhood education, CPR, and first aid. Background checks are available on all consenting sitters.

Sittercity is More Than A Web Site

Sittercity is not just an online company. The company also offers:

  • Offline SpeedSitting events, are a blast and are coming to a city near you!
  •  Corporate Program which allows companies to purchase memberships for their employees at hugely reduced rates, and includes partners like RMS Investments, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and more.
  • A children's CD, Sittercity Sings, featuring some of the best kids' songs out there.
  • Sittercitizens, amazing Sittercity sitters engaged in community service projects, are highlighted at Sittercity Serves.

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