Hiring a driver for the kids...would you consider a male?
I posted last week about the fact that I am having difficulty figuring out how I'm going to get the girls to and from their summer activities due to the fact that DH's schedule is totally unflexible/he's out of country and I am now working PT on a variable schedule which was not the case when we signed them up.
It was recommended that I try to hire a driver.
So I posted on CL yesterday. My basic requirements were that the person have a reliable/safe vehicle, valid DL and insurance, clean driving record, pass a background check and be 21 or older. Duties would include picking the kids up at our home and driving them to activies/picking them up as needed on a biweekly schedule. Additional opportunity to make $$ would be to hang at our house inbetween, walk dogs, light housework, possible small errands nearby if the person lives a distance away.
I got a couple of replies already. One from a man. The girls are 13 and 15, pretty well behaved, tall/big kids for their ages (inches taller and several pounds heavier) than me. I'm 5 8 and 130. They are not good candidates for kidnapping is my point. They could probably take most guys out.
I feel lke it would be discrimantory not to at least phone interview the man in addition to the ladies who replied. Generally, our plan is to do a phone interview first and narrow down the candidates, then invite the candidates (individually) over for dinner, play a game, hang out etc with the kids. I want to make sure that whomever we choose is someone the kids feel comfortable with.
My question for discussion is: Would you consider having a male nanny/driver with 2 teen girls? Is that taking unnecessary risk? Would your girls (if you have them) feel comfortable with that do you think?
This guy has (according to him) top security clearance with the US gov't and does IT type contract work but is between jobs due to the budget cuts. So if that pans out (and it's easy for us to check) then chances are pretty good that he's a relatively "safe" person.
I'm trying to identify 2-3 candidates to be on our backup transportation list for this summer and onward as long as we're in the area. Just wondering what other peoples' thoughts are on this subject.