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A mother’s helper is an individual who helps out a stay-at-home parent when they have more on their plate than they can handle, but do not necessarily need a nanny. A mother’s helper assists the mother (or other stay-at-home parent) with whatever she happens to need.
Common mother’s helpers’ duties include babysitting stints, light cleaning and housekeeping, shopping, errands, cooking or meal prep, and chauffeuring the kids wherever they need to go. They’re by no means limited to that, though!
A mother’s helper might be there to watch the kids while the mom runs out to pick up something at the grocery store. She could be there to drive the kids to soccer practice and afterward throw their sweaty, grass-stained clothes in the wash. Some moms will hire mother’s helpers when they have multiple kids, in order to maximize one-on-one time with each child; others want them primarily to take care of the errands and daily responsibilities they don’t have time to attend to themselves.