About UrbanFamily


UrbanFamily is an online magazine for moms and dads, presenting timely stories that are sure to inform, inspire, and engage you. 

UrbanFamily is the brainchild of UrbanSitter, a babysitter-finding website and app that helps busy parents find balance in their lives. With so many trusted parenting magazines beginning to shut their doors, UrbanSitter's founders--all parents of young children--realized there was a growing need for a quality online publication and forum for parents.

Whether you live in the urban jungle or out in the country, parenthood is a tie that binds us in an all-consuming experience of joy, fear, hope, pride, uncertainty, and laughter. Join us as we bring these stories and moments to life. 

You go through big chunks of time where you’re just thinking, ‘This is impossible — oh, this is impossible.’ And then you just keep going and keep going, and you sort of do the impossible.
— Tina Fey on parenthood

Meet the UrbanFamily Team

Lela Nargi

Most recently staff writer for Working Mother magazine, in Lela's over 25 years as a journalist she's reported for outfits as diverse as People, Life and Time Out New York Kids magazines, Publishers Weekly and The Horn Book Guide, and kids' science magazines Odyssey, Ask and Appleseeds. She's also the author of 15 books, including the acclaimed picture book The Honeybee Man, about an urban beekeeper. She and her husband and their dancer-tween daughter live in Brooklyn, NY. 

You can also find Lela on Twitter: @LelaNargi

Dawn Van Osdell

Dawn has nearly 20 years of writing and strategic communications experience, most recently as UrbanSitter blogger and guest contributor to numerous online publications, such as The Huffington Post, BabyCenter, Parade.com and About.com. Prior to working with UrbanSitter, she worked as a freelance writer and PR consultant, helping her clients craft and tell their story. She also worked as a publicist and PR strategist, mostly in the Bay Area, for start-ups and Fortune 500 tech and consumer companies. She lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband and their three (adorable!) little girls.