While there are lots of ways to get your kids involved in your campaign, you're not going to be able to bring your children everywhere (and honestly, you're not always going to want to). You're going to need some help.
If you're lucky, maybe you've already got help. A mother. A friend. A cousin who's great with kids. Whoever it is, be sure to share yourcalendar with them so you guys can get in synch. Pronto.
If you don't, we've got some ideas, courtesy of the world wide web.
Probably the most well-known of all the internet babysitting websites, Care.com has been around long enough to have worked out the kinks, and provide comprehensive lists of childcare options. Even better? You can pick and choose what you're looking for, whether it's a sitter for a one-time event or a long term situation. If you're feeling overwhelmed by the state of your house when you're running for office—and trust us, it happens—they even have a housecleaning search option.
Sort of like Care.com, SitterCity is one of the largest caregiving websites out there. And because of the background checks and sitter profiles—given by satisfied (or not) parents—users can really get a feel for the sitter and set some expectations before even meeting, It also offers petsitting, tutoring, and cleaning.
In a city? Take advantage of Urban Sitter, which offers word-of-mouth babysitter searches specific to cities. The site prides itself on its deep local sitter knowledge, and allows users to search for sitters by school systems as well as parent groups.
Despite background checks, referrals, and word of mouth, only you know who will fit your family and your needs. Don't be afraid to do some shopping around early in your campaign, when you'll still have time to get to know a sitter and, if necessary, replace that person. Be certain to find someone you trust (obviously) with your child as well as your schedule, and welcome them aboard. They've just become part of your extended family and campaign team!