Welcome to this week’s edition of Weird Parenting News. This week we’ve got moms for rent, private investigators who tail nannies, and more. Check out the biggest (and strangest) headlines from the week in parenting.
Mom by the hour. Looking for someone to bake you pies and offer motherly wisdom and encouragement — without judgment or guilt? If you live in New York City, for $40/hour you can partake of Need a Mom, one mother’s entrepreneurial attempt to offer Brooklyn hipsters advice, coffee, and guidance. Now can she advise a few of them to shave off that facial hair? Read the story.
Follow that nanny! Private investigators are reporting a new clientele. Now, instead of wives hiring them to tail their husbands, moms are paying PIs to spy on their kids’ babysitters. Suspicious activity includes texting and talking on the phone while on the job. (Of course, with 75% of kids owning their own mobile device by age 4, it’s entirely possible the nannies and kids are on the phone with each other.) Learn more.
Sing it again, Mom. Researchers at the University of Montreal found that infants remained calm twice as long when listening to a song as they did when listening to speech. I’m hoping toddlers are equally responsive to music, because I’ve already started composing two hit melodies, “Use the Potty Right Now” and “For the Love of God, Put on Your Shoes.” Read all about it.
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