How can we establish good baby-sitter etiquette with our neighbors?

We live in a townhouse and my significant other's friends live next door. They have a four-year-old son who occasionally needs babysitting. I don't have a problem babysitting him, but they'll send us a text only a few hours before or the night that they need us. How can I initiate a (polite) conversation about being respectful of us?

How can I make my non-kid home more kid-friendly?

A while back, I asked about how to be supportive to your new parent friends. I got a lot of wonderful advice that has proved helpful. Here is a question that I've been pondering a lot as my friends start to venture out of their houses with their kidlets: what tips do you have for being a good host to kids and their parents in your house?

How can we honor friends and family who helped during our NICU experience?

After the birth of our twins at 27 weeks our friends, family and coworkers really banned together to help us get through what was the worst period of our lives. Our twins are now five-months-old, and we want to do something to celebrate the people who are still very actively involved in all of our lives. How do I ever thank them and make sure they know that they are our babies' extended family?