Our first thought was, Yeah sure. Easier said than done. Nanny candidates abound, but their roles are specific (read: childcare). Where and how would we ever find this magical unicorn of an assistant to feed us and basically act as a third parent/home admin/errand gopher so we could actually enjoy our kids instead of being their exhausted, grumpy taskmaster?
Well, buckle up, because Perel’s unicorn EXISTS!
In fact, Deborah Calkin, owner of a premiere national domestic staffing agency, specializes in connecting parents with family assistants who fulfill the following job description:
Family assistants work for families with children who require more than just childcare. FA’s are the parents’ personal assistants and the children’s nanny. They help out the parents in managing the home by doing whatever the parents need assistance with. Some parents need help running their business while the children are in school while others need help in scheduling, organizing and keeping the home running smoothly. A family assistant is similar to a personal assistant except that a large part of their job involves childcare and household duties such as cooking, light housekeeping and driving the children to school and activities. Busy parents are able to delegate important tasks to the family assistant so that they can spend more time with their children.