This is a great article I found recently on a Boca Raton nanny agency website. Enjoy 🙂
PARENTING TRENDS TO WATCH
1. The Drone Parent – Raised by helicopter parents themselves, today’s newest drone parents are more hyper-involved and digitally present in their children’s lives than ever before. Tech-dependent and tech-savvy, these drone parents are using everything from GPS-enabled trackers to baby wearables to monitor their child’s every move (and even breath!) no matter where they are.
2. The Sandwich Sitter – With nearly half of adults falling into the Sandwich Generation (47%) – simultaneously caring for aging parents and children – the demand for providers who can care for both grandma and toddler under one roof will become more prevalent. In fact, the popularity of intergenerational daycare centers complete with adult care programs and child activities has steadily been rising over the past 20 years.
3. Foodie Babies – Apple pear compote. Kale and sweet potato puree. These aren’t dishes at the new “it” restaurant; they’re what parents are serving up to their pint-sized foodies. Plus, babysitters and nannies are increasingly expected to whip up just-as-delicious dishes that can accommodate a variety of dietary considerations for their little ones. According to Care.com, the percentage of childcare jobs that mention gluten alone has increased by 92% since 2010. And for those who can afford it, some parents are even enrolling their nanny in cooking school to create a menu portfolio of flavorful recipes that foster healthy eating habits.
4. The Multilingual Nanny – Do you speak Chinese, Spanish and English? My Kensington Nanny predicts that the new must-learn language isn’t just Spanish or Chinese…it’s both! In the rest of the world being bilingual or trilingual isn’t a rarity, but it is in the United States. To provide children with a competitive edge in an increasingly shrinking global community, parents will begin to seek multilingual nannies to help their little ones “parler français” and “hablar español” at the ripe age of 3. In fact, the three most popular languages that families would like their nannies to speak are Spanish, French and Chinese, respectively.
And because pets are considered family too…
5. The Doggie Cam – Forget nanny cams, modern-day pet parents are leveraging technology typically marketed to parents of human little ones for their four-legged family members. From at-home HD cameras enabled with two-way talk and cloud recording to camera-mounted dog harnesses to get a dog’s-eye view of life, pet parents are keeping a watchful eye on their furry wards at home…and on the streets.