Most 15-year-olds cringe at the word “sitter.” But like it or not, they’re going to need someone to shuttle them from point A to point B while you’re at work this summer. There is a solution that will save your child from embarrassment and you from a summer-long argument about why your child is too old for a babysitter. Enter your new favorite person—your summer driver.
Here are some tips to make the transition from hiring a sitter to a driver relatively smooth:
• Hire a college student or another mom. Kids don’t like being shuttled around by someone just a few months older than them.
• Publish a calendar online that everyone (driver, kids, parents, etc.) can access. Cozi Family Organizer and Google Calendar are two that work great.
• Have “petty cash” somewhere for emergencies or last minute invites to the movies or swimming pool.
• Offer a set weekly fee for being available when needed —There will be times when you are running late or have a last minute appointment. Paying a base fee of $50 per week keeps everyone happy and minimizes stress.
• The “driver” is in charge (regardless of the fact your child may be taller than them).
• Stress the importance of not being a “driver” distraction—no fighting, bickering, insisting the driver watch the funniest YouTube video ever while on the road.
• No playing on the “death-o-lene” (a.k.a. trampoline) while the driver takes a sibling to an event.
Just a tip: Make sure your son knows that the cute college "driver" is not his pretend girlfriend.