Here we are in the so-called gig economy, with ever more services available on an as-needed basis. We can hire someone to relieve the pain of building an Ikea bookshelf or snag a babysitter, driver or videographer via smart phone. Thankfully, there are amazing options to outsource some of the burdens that slow us down while chasing work-life balance.
But I still see gaps in the market just waiting to be filled by a creative entrepreneur with sympathy for exhausted parents. Okay, I might need to outsource these to a fairy godmother instead of Max & Betty. But here’s my wish list:
- A bodyguard to protect my two-year-old from the four-year-old. Sure, I can peel the big kid off of the little one when they’re wrestling over who gets the red bowl (everything tastes better in the RED bowl!). But if I could peel even one carrot without being interrupted quite so often, that would be a service worth paying for.
- A mommy whisperer to remind me of positive parenting techniques. I know I should calmly offer a hug when my child kickboxes me because the zipper on her Hello Kitty pajamas gets stuck. Parenting experts discourage responding with a tantrum of my own. If only I could ping someone to nudge me back into zen mommy mode before I have to give myself a time out….
- A warm body to hug Child A while I cuddle Child B during bedtime when my husband is out. If one child needs me, the other sees it as a challenge: Who wants Mommy more? (“She’s MY Mommy.” “No, she’s MY Mommy.” Yes, this is a thing.) The result is a screamfest that undoes the hugs, lullabies and bedtime stories, and delays everyone’s sleep at least an hour. Like air travel, the right adult-to-child ratio makes bedtime a lot smoother. (Sensing a theme here? #toddlerfightclub)
- An academic Mary-Poppins-meets-Rocky’s-coach to assist with the teen’s homework. Ability to convert frustration and annoyed sarcasm (the teen’s, not mine…most of the time) into motivation, confidence and enthusiasm a plus.
- A Sherpa to transfer the children to early morning activities when the temperature drops below 4° C (especially if it’s raining). I would tip generously for the additional service of wrangling the children into their many layers of clothing. HUGE tip for finding lost gloves.
- A runner to chase the 4-year-old when she shifts into 5th gear on her scooter and zooms ahead, while the 2-year-old stays in 1st gear/runs in the opposite direction. (Bonus for assisting with fast trips to public bathrooms when one kid has to go RIGHT NOW.)
- A fun lover with a strong stomach to go on rides that spin (playground carousels or amusement park rides). Perfect first job for a teenager. Like many women – based on my purely anecdotal research – I can no longer handle rides that go around and around. For me, I lost this ability after having my first child. Now, queasiness forces me to outsource riding anything that spins.
- Photo organizer who would find it life changing and magical to tidy up a decade’s worth of my digital photos.
- Bedding changer when kids and parents have the stomach flu at the same time and it’s impossible to see, smell or touch someone else’s sick without gagging and running to the bathroom again myself.
- Reminder to keep me on track when I’m pulled in six different directions and start to lose my train of th
What help do you wish for in your most desperate parenting moments? I’d love to hear about it, whether it’s silly or serious. If on a phone, please scroll waaaaayyy down to comment. Thanks!
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