I just posted on the Silicon Valley Moms Blog about a book written by a working mom “The Perfect Stranger” and the corresponding New York Times article on it. I asked questions around what is wrong with working moms, who are diligent in interviewing, finding the right nanny to care for their kids (“surrendering” to outside help)?
One concept I brought up in my post was “outsourcing“. I don’t know if that is a word that is used often to describe parents getting help with their kids, but I think it is a great fit. In my post, I mentioned that when I was a project manager if I needed a C++ programmer and all I knew was Cobol, I hired a C++ programmer (that fit within the budget). I feel that parents should look at their own strengths and weaknesses regarding their parenting skills, and hire help when needed (within their budgets). I see many times on posts about nannies people responding with “only parents should be taking care of their kids”. Why can’t parents use a successful concepts from project management, like outsourcing, to help manage their own families when parents work? Maybe parents should be looking to the O’Reilly web site for some great suggestions (here, here) on project management principles that they can then use for family management. Even books on time management have applications for family use.
But parents also need to also learn one thing all project managers know; some resources do not end up performing on the job so they need to be let go. It is important to evaluate any childcare situation to make sure it is a good fit for your child(ren), and that they are happy and being cared for well. If not, parents should not be shy to pull them from the current childcare and find one that is a good fit.