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Paying someone to raise your children - 07/10/14

I'm a little fired up about this morning.

We've had a couple of stories recently about new business concepts.  I'm all for innovation and entrepreneur opportunities but these two - in my opinion - are just a small part of what's wrong with family dynamics these days.

There's a company in Canada that you can hire to teach your children to ride a bike.  I'll start by saying some parents argue this is no different than hiring someone to teach your kids to swim or learn gymnastics.  I say that teaching your child to ride a bike is an important bonding moment for parents and kids.  I personally couldn't imagine missing that moment when my husband let go and Zach took off on his own for the first time.  The smiles and amazement on our faces; the pure joy, excitement and nervousness on his face.  You couldn't have paid ME to miss that.  No way.  That experience was priceless.

There's another company, this one in NYC, that will potty train your child.  They claim to be able to do it in 2 days for a small fee:  $1,800 for 2 days.  Are you kidding me?  Now I will say this:  potty training is not an easy process.  I've done it twice.  Does it take time?  YES.  Is it messy?  YES.  Will it test your patience?  YES.  Last time I checked, those are all pieces of the parenting puzzle. 

Some of the parents interviewed for the story say they don't have the time or energy to potty train their kids.  I'm not one to judge because I would love to have more time and energy to do A LOT of things, but come on!  Any parent can tell you that it 1.) takes more than 2 days to do ANYTHING and 2.) requires follow up and consistency and accidents for weeks maybe months after that.  So what exactly are you paying for? 

This outsourcing for parenting is getting out of control.  Parenting is a JOB.  It's the toughest job we'll ever have.  It's also the most rewarding.  You'll never realize that if you pay someone to do everything for you.

 

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