Seonaid Mackenzie tells us why she believes a third adult in a home is important
Seonaid tell us why you invested in the business as the Seed Investor?
I have had 12 nannies in 14 years and found the process very hard, agencies and internet sites such as Gum Tree were not effective.
I found that agencies rarely visited you (the parent) and overall the matching process was very poor, it was all about fees. This left a gaping hole in the market.
Hiring Au Pairs was not a good idea for teens as most Au Pairs are teens themselves, many with home sick issues, and no true experience in a parenting role. They tend to spend their spare time on Facebook and other social media rather than being a friend to your teen. I see a nanny/ manny as a member of a home team. They need to be your eyes and ears on social media.
My children do not want ‘mum’ on Facebook/ Instagram but they will have the nanny, who can monitor things and step in when needed.
There seems to be a huge amount of anxiety amongst teens in our modern world do you have any advice?
I believe a third adult in a home team is important. Teenagers need someone to interact with when they get home from school or when they are enjoying down time and this can be tough with two working parents. They need someone to talk to and someone to listen and not necessarily to give them advice, but to be empathic.
Empathy is really lacking today, your screen cannot give you a hug or take your mind off things. A simple walk in the park or a game of tennis can take you away from the stress of school, social media or the world of having lots of ‘fake’ Instagram likes. Sharing is a huge part of letting go.
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