I'll admit that I was a bit judgmental about the woman at the center of this story - but then I read her reasoning and felt a little sorry for her.
A single mother recently took out an ad on the nanny finder site Childcare.co.uk, looking to pay someone to take her kids out trick or treating.
Of course, the first thoughts I had was about the issue of parents NOT wanting to spend time with her kids. Then I read her reasoning:
It’s not that the woman is too busy, or simply doesn’t want to go with her kids...she’s simply terrified of Halloween.
The woman writes that she suffers from social anxiety, noting she gets “very scared at Halloween because of the costumes and speaking to strangers to ask for sweets for the kids.” She tried to find someone she knows to take her three kids out, but after failing decided to hire someone.
So she trying to do her best by her kids. And she's willing to pay quite a sum!
The ad seeks someone to help get her kids into their costumes and take them out from 4pm to 8pm on October 31st, with the pay at $65 an hour.
Of course, the usual fears apply: she's going to pay a STRANGER to take her kids out - since she's advertising on a site for nannies, I HOPE she has access to references.
Given her reasoning, do you feel sympathetic to her?