12 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

Kick-start your metabolism to help you lose weight with our easy and effective tips.

View Slideshow

Your Best Family Reunion

For a stress-free reunion everyone will love, see these smart planning tips and creative ideas. Plus, try our quiz to help you determine what type of reunion will suit your family best.

View Slideshow

Build a Better Breakfast

You'll feel better and more energetic than ever with these perfectly balanced no-recipe meal ideas.

View Slideshow

Tips for Better Sleep

Millions of Americans don't get good sleep at night, but what they may not know is that sleep deprivation can lead to heart disease.

View Slideshow

Osteoporosis Myths

The truth about what it takes to shore up your skeleton.

See More

Family Staycation Ideas

You'll love our sensational ideas for enjoying the last days of summer -- all in the comfort of your own home.

View Slideshow

Perimenopause Explained

Our experts answer your questions about the mood swings, hot flashes, and other symptoms that may hit in the decade before your periods stop.

See More
Popular in Health & Family

Choose the Right Sitter

Choosing a babysitter is one of the most important decisions you'll make as a parent.

To help you find the fit for your little one, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers some tips for choosing a sitter:

  • Have the potential sitter over before the day you plan to leave the kids with her (or him -- increasingly boys are taking on this traditionally female job).
  • Conduct a detailed interview, asking about her experience and quizzing her on how to handle scenarios that could come up (a fire breaks out, the kids get hurt).
  • Be sure to check references. Many parents skip this crucial step.
  • Find a sitter who, at a minimum, has had CPR and first-aid training.
  • Even better, find someone who has taken a babysitting training course. The American Red Cross has a comprehensive course and many local hospitals offer similar ones. If you find a sitter you want to use often, consider paying for her to take a course. Locate a Red Cross babysitting course by visiting redcross.org.
  • The AAP recommends that a sitter be at least 13 years old, but the American Red Cross offers its training course to kids as young as 11. "The issue of age offers some latitude," says Dr. Denise Dowd, chief of the Section of Injury Prevention at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City and spokesperson for the AAP. "It depends, of course, on the maturity of the sitter, but a good rule is the younger the kids, the older the sitter."

A Different Kind of Matchmaking

Genevieve Thiers, who put herself through college by babysitting, has put the Internet to work helping parents. Her site, Sittercity.com, is a database of more than 100,000 babysitters. It has profiles, references, customer ratings of sitters, and information on how to screen and interview sitters. "It makes finding a sitter easier and safer than before," she says.


Loading... Please wait...