Care.com's Predictions for the Hottest Parenting Trends in 2015
Care.com predicts 2015 trends for parents, kids, nannies and pets.
What will 2015 bring for parents?
When it comes to raising their children (and their pets), parents are using everything at their disposal, including the latest high-tech gadgets like baby wearables and night vision-enabled video cameras, says Katie Bugbee, senior managing editor and global parenting expert at Care.com. And when today's technology can't help, parents are beginning to seek support to address specific caregiving needs and even aspirations for their children, such as multilingual nannies to give little ones a competitive edge over others and babysitters who have experience dealing with food allergies.
Here are five of the latest parenting trends we're noticing:
1) The Drone Parent
You've heard of tiger moms, elephant moms and even sloth moms. Now there are drone moms. 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.
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2) The Sandwich Sitter
With nearly half of adults falling into the Sandwich Generation (47 percent) -- 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 day care centers, complete with adult care programs and child activities, has steadily been rising over the past 20 years.
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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 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.
The percentage of child care jobs on Care.com that mention gluten alone has increased by 92 percent 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. Does your nanny cook?
4) The Multilingual Nanny
Do you speak Chinese, Spanish and English? We predict that the new must-learn language isn't just Spanish or Chinese -- its 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.
Here are 19 other things to look for in a nanny or babysitter.
5) The Doggie Cam
Pets are family too! 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.
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