During the summer, you may find that you need to hire a mother’s helper. Unfortunately, most work at home jobs do not take a three-month break just because school is out for a break. I know that my productivity can really take a hit during the summer, with my two boys here with me.
Thankfully, there are ways you can find a responsible teen or young adult to take care of your children so you can still get work done. A mother’s helper is much more affordable than enrolling your children in a summer camp or putting them in a daycare-type program.
What exactly is a mother’s helper?
This is anyone that comes over to help take care of your children so you can still get things done. They are usually something younger, maybe 12-15 years old, that can occupy the children for a few hours each day without further adult supervision.
Unlike a babysitter, the mother is usually still home while the mother’s helper is there. They may serve breakfast or lunch, take the kids outside or to the park, or put them down for nap. This assistance removes some of the tasks from the mom so she can be productive and get her work and other tasks completed.
Read on to find out how you can find a mother’s helper for your children this summer!
WAHM Tips to Hiring a Mother’s Helper for the Summer
1. Enlist the help of an older sibling.
If you have an older child, hire him or her to help take care of their younger brothers and sisters. Even those with a part-time summer job can pitch in an hour or two a day. It gives them extra money too, so it’s a win-win!
2. Offer the job to teens in your neighborhood.
For work at home moms without older children, the next place to turn is your own neighborhood. This way, your home (the mother’s helper’s work location) is within walking distance. You won’t have to provide transportation or worry your helper won’t have a ride.
3. Ask friends or family with small children.
It’s possible that you know someone who has hired a mother’s helper in the past. Inquire about how to find a mother’s helper for your own kids. Maybe they know someone or have older children that would like to make some summer cash.
4. Post an ad on a college campus job board.
It’s possible you may find a college student with summer classes that would like to work a few hours a week for extra money. Don’t hesitate to go this route, as you may find some responsible young adults that would work out better than a younger teen would.
5. Seek references from past clients.
Once you have some interested teens to become your mother’s helper, you will want to make sure they can handle the job. If you know and trust the person well enough, you may go ahead and give them the position without hesitation. For someone you are less familiar with, ask for references from past babysitting or mother’s helper jobs.
6. Find a young person who is qualified.
Qualifications are also great to look for when finding a mother’s helper for the summer. Give consideration to those that have taken a CPR or First Aid class. If they have young children they have helped take care of, they should be considered too.
7. Discuss your expectations upfront.
You want the person you hire as your mother’s helper to know what you need him or her to do while she watches your children. How long will you need her to work for you each day, and how many days per week? Does she need to feed them lunch or put them down for a nap? Is she allowed to take them to the park or a movie? Setting these guidelines in the beginning will make the whole situation run much smoother.
Hiring the right mother’s helper for you and your children ensures you get your work done even with the school holiday. Seek qualified individuals that have a few hours a week to spare, and let them know what you need of them before they begin. This is the best way for the relationship to work!
Do you have any tips for hiring a mother’s helper?