For many parents, the work life balance struggle has never been more real, but now thanks to a Melbourne mum-of-three, an ingenious solution for those in need of help has been created.
“One night my husband and I were having a wine and we said wouldn’t it be lovely to come home and have everything sorted, kids have been fed, there’s dinner for us,” Shelley Roberts told The Project on Monday evening. Their realisation? “We need a nonna.”
And so with that, Nonna – a service that connects women seeking part-time work with young families wanting a long-term helping hand around the home – was born.
Services available via Nonna include taking on the school drop off or pick up, putting dinner on the table and helping with homework, bath time and other household duties. Basically, it's like a fairy godmother got crossed with a grandparent.
According to Roberts, though, there are important differences between what a nanny does and who a Nonna is.
"Nannies tend to want full-time work," Roberts explained. "With nonnas, they may be happy to work part time, they may be happy with just a few hours a day. They're quite happy to do school pick up and then hang around to give the kids a snack, sort out dinner, clean the breakfast dishes that you've run out of the house and haven't done."