Babysitter Solutions: There's No Sitting in Babysitting

When it really comes down to it, who doesn't like to sit on the couch watching television and eating SunChips? Many of us remember blissful nighttime babysitting jobs, where all we had to do was eat and watch sitcoms while the child slept peacefully. But today's babysitting lifestyle is changing. More and more jobs are during the day, and for parents who don't ask — but demand — that their kids get moving. Here's how to get both your kids and your sitter off the couch and into the yard without too much fuss.

Motivate them
Everyone responds to incentives. Consider telling your sitters that you'll give them a cash or gift bonus if they can run the kids through a certain workout routine on a regular basis. Ask them to fill out a log on the routine, and even consider asking them to include your kids' eating habits and weight. If you are a calorie-counting mom, ask them to fill out a detailed "food log" and count the calories your kids are getting every day. For every 25 logs they give to you, give them a $25 bonus, or something similar. Make it clear that this is important to you and that you will happily put rewards in place to get them all moving and working on a fitness schedule.

Find a class
There are many advantages to signing up the kids and sitter for a nearby fitness class. One, you can ask the teacher if they have been attending. Two, you have the benefit of knowing that for at least one hour a day they're sweating and working out. And three, the kids might make new friends — friends that can turn into new playgroup opportunities or playground mates.

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