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February 08, 2011


John C.

Now here's the irony to beat all. I had six mothers respond to my ad on this website for a housekeeper, and all six of them reneged on either the interview or the job after I had hired them because, they explained, these commitments were automatically preempted by the demands of super-parenting.

More to the point, perhaps, what sort of an example does this set for the kids


I recently hired a tutor for my 10th grade son. He probably could have used a tutor beginning in 6th grade. The main reason I put it off was financial. In addition, I do still believe that I am capable of giving him the help he needs. The problem is that he refuses to receive instruction from me. We began with a biology tutor who happens to be his biology teacher. His grade immediately improved. I then hired a tutor for his other classes through Care.com. It's still early in the relationship, so I am waiting to see whether we have similar results as with the biology tutoring. The biology teacher shared with me that she coaches her sons' swimming team. Instead of her boys asking her for help, they asked her to stop helping the other swimmers so that her boys could win. This baffled me! Why do some kids refuse to receive instruction from their own parents?! If anyone has any insight into this, please let me know. I was nothing like my son when I was his age. I have learned the lesson, but it just doesn't make sense.

Donna S

Thanks Sheila. As a parent with a graduate degree, we think that we can do it all. However, our children can benefit from other teaching methods. Thanks for starting Care.com, the services have been invaluable to me. -Donna

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