8 People Every Parent Would Love to Hire

Adriana Velez | May 30, 2013 Being a Mom

dirty dishesDid you hear about the Craigslist ad some desperate parent posted to cure her picky eater kids? The ad called for a "really skinny person" who could act hungry in front of the kids. Apparently the parent had been telling their kids that people are starving and would love to have that food they reject night after night, and it's just not sinking in. So now the parent wants to "force them to throw away the food from their unfinished plates in front of someone who is really really skinny who will act hungry." Because that's not a crazy thing to do at all.

Okay, rumor has it this Craigslist ad is just a joke -- a sick, sick joke. We kind of hope it is, because the writer's description of exactly what kind of skinny person they want to hire is too, too ... something. But if we're talking about outside-the-box parents' helpers, I've got a few better ideas.

  • Nighttime Parent


    Do your kids wake up in the middle of the night asking for a drink of water? Something to eat? Their lost blankie? Help chasing away a monster? The last few shreds of your sanity? I want someone to take care of all these requests for me so I can sleep through the night for once.

  • Scullery Maid


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    I would love my own Downton Abbey kitchen staff, cutting up vegetables and then washing all the dishes for me after dinner.

  • Chauffeur


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    Wouldn't you love it if someone could drive your kids everywhere for you? All those lessons and soccer practices. Not only that, they'd have the kids' schedule memorized so you'd never have to remind them of anything. And they would ALWAYS be on time.

  • Sanitation Technician


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    In other words, diaper changer. Enough said.

  • Meal Planner



    Can someone please just tell me what to make for dinner? But it has to be something I actually want to eat. And that my kids will eat. And that won't take forever to cook.

  • Referee



    We could use a little help dealing with all those little squabbles the kids have. Oh, and maybe with the bigger squabbles we have with our spouses, too. (P.S. I am always right.)


  • Potty Whisperer



    A potty training specialist who can gently lead your child down the road to potty independence.

  • Detective



    Where are your keys? Where is your daughter's favorite skirt? Where did we leave your son's hoodie? Where is that stuffed bunny he can't sleep without? Where is your wallet?

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