Any family can only benefit from reciprocity in babysitting. But how can mutual help be fair? How can you avoid that one only gives while the other takes? With SitEinander this works through an alternative currency called SitPoints.
What exactly are SitPoints?
SitPoints are a kind of care currency. This makes the exchange of support a win-win situation for everyone involved and yet does not cost a cent.
Mutuality without an alternative currency: Feelings of guilt
It sounds like a dream: In case of care bottlenecks and emergencies, we can find trustworthy care within a few hours, because we have created a network with known and friendly parents who want to help each other. Almost all parents want such a community and yet there has been something that has kept most of us from doing so: Our guilty conscience and thoughts, like “They certainly have enough to do themselves”, “That’s certainly much too spontaneous”, “Am I too impertinent?
Thanks to SitEinander’s alternative currency, we no longer need to have these thoughts. Our friends will just be happy to help us out, because they earn SitPoints that they can use for their own needs.
When Heike posts a SitRequest for 3 hours, she doesn’t need to feel guilty. The alternative currency SitPoints ensure that everyone involved benefits from reciprocity in babysitting.
How exactly does our alternative currency work?
You earn SitPoints when you help your friends, and you spend SitPoints when your friends babysit for you.
Your SitPoints account will have 15 SitPoints right at the beginning. So you can start right away and ask your friends for support.
It is as simply as this: 1 SitPoint = 1 hour babysitting.
Heike’s Sit request for 3 hours costs her 3 SitPoints. However, the SitPoints account of the family that helps out increases.
Successful examples of reciprocity through alternative currency systems
Before the smartphone era, a concept for mutual childcare called “babysitting co-op” was developed in the USA. Basically, SitEinander is the digitized form of this reciprocity. Parents exchange self-made tickets worth hours or half hours for the care of each others children. As it was difficult to spontaneously ask for help in this system, it was meticulously documented which family was willing to babysit other children and when.
In Japan, there is an alternative currency for caring for the elderly that is not unlike SitPoints. Here the SitPoints are called Fureai Kippu. Each time one cares for old people he will be credited in the form of Fureai Kippu. Later, when you are old yourself, you exchange your Japanese SitPoints for care. Or you can transfer them as a young person to your own family members who may not live in the immediate vicinity. “I care for your grandma, you care for mine!
Mutual help exchanged in an alternative currency: Gratitude without a guilty conscience
Get your first SitPoints. Enjoy mutual babysitting!
More about reciprocity, babysitting and our app
SitEinander connects parents so that free babysitting can become a reality. Over 4000 families used the SitEinander beta app for Android devices. Many more are still waiting for the new launch and the iPhone version.
As different as we all are, we are united by a desire for mutual help and friendship that goes beyond a cup of coffee. Read about other parents, about SitEinander and how to best make babysitting work.