Parents want to share the fun times with their children, reports the Nashville Tennessean. Everything else can be delegated.
Teaching your kids to ride a bike, shuttling them to doctor appointments, reminding them to say “Yes, ma’am,” helping with algebra homework and training them to be sensible shoppers.
These aren’t the stuff memories are made of in some families.
Instead, there are services in the Nashville area that give you the choice of outsourcing traditional parental duties.
Some parents hire sleeping coaches for their babies and toilet trainers for toddlers. They pay experts to teach their kids to ride a bike or write a “thank you” note.
At Your Service will take children grocery shopping to teach them the value of money and how to compare brands, as well as take them pet-sitting to teach responsibility, said co-owner Rose Mary Rovansek, who spent 20 years as a child-care teacher before opening the service.
“Parents have a lot of stress and don’t have a lot of time or patience,” Rovansek said. “One mom said she’s always in the hurry when she goes grocery shopping and doesn’t want to take the time to explain the Kraft brand vs. the store brand.”
The kiddie concierge service costs $45 an hour.
I knew a man whose ex-wife had given him custody of their children. “She loves them but she doesn’t like all the little things” that parenting requires, he said. “The little things are all there is,” he said.