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What Is Rent-A-Grandma?

Rent-A-Grandma: Kid Friendly or Are You Kidding?

Add Grandma to the list of rentable clothes, products, and services geared toward parents and kids. Rent-A-Grandma is a new employment agency specializing in placing women over 50 years old with families looking for babysitting or light housekeeping services. Operating under the tagline "Always Trust Your Grandma," Rent-A-Grandma believes that its employees — averaging around 60 years old — aren't just an alternative option to hiring the teenage girl next door, but a superior one. In an interview in this month's Entrepreneur Magazine, the company's founder explained the logic behind his older is better claim:

Not everybody over 50 is the best ever. But about 90 percent of our grandmas have previous domestic experience. These are not retired women who are bored. These are women who are passionate and want to work. It's kind of disappointing to see how many good, older women are out there who can't find a job. A lot of times people in their early 20s are thinking about their career or going back to school, or they meet somebody and get married and move away. They're in a different stage of life. We recommend clients interview at least three grandmas before hiring them. We're trying to create a lasting relationship.

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ilanac13 ilanac13 5 years
i think that it's a cute idea but probably not a good one for my family. we have 3 kids under the age of 2 and that's just way too much for any grandmother to deal with. my mom tells me all the time that my kids make her EXHAUSTED!
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 5 years
I love this idea. I know quite a few women in their 50s and 60s who are loving, honest, and caring. (My mom is one of them.) I would definitely consider hiring one of them to be a caretaker (if I had a wee one, that is) because they've probably had years of experience around kids. Plus, it truly is harder for women that age to find jobs. As long as RAG pays fairly, it sounds like a good situation.
lickety-split lickety-split 5 years
well, with so many moms starting their families after 40, i'm thinking grandma just got older than 50-somethng.
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