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Concerned Parent in England Seeks Nanny for 18 Year-Old College Student

Concerned Parent in England Seeks Nanny for 18 Year-Old College Student

“She has a driver who can pick up the groceries and drive her around but someone to ensure she eats well and lives without the stress of laundry, cleaning as her study schedule is very intense”

This takes the idea of helicopter parenting to a whole new level.

FOX News reports:

Ad seeking nanny for 18-year-old college student gets mocked

Those seeking a side hustle in the New Year may be amused to explore an online ad looking for a nanny for an 18-year-old college student in England.

The unbelievable inquiry for part-time help was posted to Indeed earlier this week, in a request that has reportedly since been mocked on social media.

According to news agency South West News Service (SWNS), an anonymous, “concerned” parent is seeking someone to help cook and clean at their daughter’s “lovely” apartment while the young woman, a first-year law undergraduate at the University of Leeds in West Yorkshire, focuses on her “very intense” academic pursuits.

“She has a driver who can pick up the groceries and drive her around but someone to ensure she eats well and lives without the stress of laundry, cleaning as her study schedule is very intense,” the listing reads. “This applicant does not need to be a gourmet chef, simply someone who can ensure my daughter eats three healthy meals a day and the fridge is always full of healthy snacks, juice, etc.”

“She is Canadian and she needs someone to cook and clean for her and lives in a two-bedroom apartment in Leeds City Centre with a full kitchen and it’s a lovely apartment,” it continued.

The family is also (hilariously) looking for someone with at least one year of babysitting experience for the part-time position.

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Hmmm. Sounds like somebody recognizes a problem and is trying to take care of it, without waiting for a government program to do it for them. The problem is apparently ridiculous but that doesn’t mean it’s not real. So, basically OK by me.

Send the girl to Yale. She’ll fit right in with the other children.

Okay, I’m Canadian, so a bit more context might help.

This isn’t as outrageous as it might seem. Canadian universities assume and recommend that students live in on-campus residence (with attached cafeteria) for at least the first two years, as a significant contributor to early dropout is not being able to handle completely independent living and the transition to university academics at the same time. If she’s doing law at Leeds, her classload will be 40+ hours a week before homework and assignments. This was true 25 years ago when I was in university and it’s still true today.

All these parents are trying to do is provide what amounts to a dormitory environment for their daughter living off-campus.

    Granny in reply to daniel_ream. | January 3, 2020 at 4:09 am

    These “parents” should have realized about the time that she was born that someday she would go off to university and so proceeded to teach her the life-skills of picking up after herself, cooking a meal and doing her own laundry from an early age.

    Every last one of my four children attended university full time, worked a real job at the same time and managed to feed themselves and keep their clothes clean without a nanny. One managed it while going off to an Ivy at 16.

    A heavy course load is ZERO excuse for not knowing how to do laundry or cook a meal.

      Antifundamentalist in reply to Granny. | January 3, 2020 at 2:50 pm

      Not know how and not having the time are two very different things. I don’t see anything wrong with having “household staff” if you can afford it. Perhaps Nannies are less expensive than cook/housekeepers?

        Antifundamentalist in reply to Antifundamentalist. | January 3, 2020 at 2:51 pm

        that should have been not *knowing* how.

        Antifundamentalist in reply to Antifundamentalist. | January 3, 2020 at 2:51 pm

        *knowing*

        Rich or poor, every human being needs to know a few basic things – how to make a simple meal so they don’t starve when the help quits, how to take care of their own clothing and how to keep a house to a reasonable standard.

        A heavy college load is no excuse at all. I decided to change careers about the time that I turned 40 and majored in the hard sciences. I had 4 teenagers plus half the neighborhood and the nephews, a full time job staffing the computer lab, and at least 18 credits a semester. I also tutored all the sciences, some 20+ hours a week. (You want to learn something, teach it.) Two semesters I took 24 credits each. All of my 120+ credits were science/math except 2. I cleaned my own house (with some help from the kids), put a meal on the table every night and walked out with a 3.98 GPA. (Granted, I didn’t sleep much).

        Granted everyone is not me and I had some skills going into the thing, but balancing those basic life skills along with attending university is basic training for the day you walk out the door as a grownup. The parents need to sit down and give themselves a good lashing for not bothering to teach their child life skills.

When colleges were colleges, students had valets. Aristotle wouldn’t let students study music, let alone cooking and cleaning.

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