Parents are hiring 'professional moms' to make beds and doctors appointments for their college-student kids

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By Kim Novak

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Your teenage years can be a difficult time and taking the step from living at home to all of a sudden having to be independent when you move out to college can be one of the biggest life changes.

Learning to cook and clean for yourself, as well as the myriad of other responsibilities that come with living alone can feel pretty overwhelming when you've never had to do it before.

Thankfully, there's a way you can get the comforts of being mollycoddled by a parent - including having them do the dreaded task of scheduling your doctors appointments for you and make your bed - all for a monthly fee.

Some parents are hiring out professional "moms" to help their college-aged children with these tasks - but it's safe to say the services don't really come cheap.

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For a fee, college students can hire a "mom" to help them with things like changing their bedsheets. Credit: Getty Images

According to reports from the Wall Street Journal, some parents are hiring people to help shop for all the dorm room essentials, make their teen's bed, and even wash their clothes for them too.

The service reportedly costs around $450 for an academic year with additional fees at one service, while another charges thousands of dollars.

While most parents help their kid move into their college dorm room, occasionally being there at that moment isn't possible for geographical or financial reasons.

Concierge services like mindyKnows and Concierge Services for Students have popped up to meet these needs for parents who can afford it, giving them peace of mind that their son or daughter is supported when they can't be there themselves.

Mindy Horwitz, owner of mindyKnows, told Insider that the company has a team that provides "peace of mind for college families" for $450 per academic year, plus delivery fees.

The "moms" live in the area close to the campuses they serve and provide a support system for students who don't have family nearby, helping with things like booking doctors appointments or dropping off medicine when needed, to even dressing students for job interviews.

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For a fee, your stand-in 'mom' can make all your doctors appointments for you. Credit: Getty Images

As well as the annual fee, there is a variable delivery fee starting from $35 depending on the campus location, as well as a rush fee of $25 for requests made with less than 36 hours notice, and there's also a $60 per hour fee for service that are considered extra, including packing, shopping, and organizing.

The service can also provide care packages when the student is sick, birthday presents, as well as guidance from local experts.

While it may be very handy for those students who need that bit of extra support, most of the fun of college is making your own mistakes and learning along the way until you become a fully functioning independent adult able to complete all your own tasks.

Featured image credit: Getty Images

Parents are hiring 'professional moms' to make beds and doctors appointments for their college-student kids

vt-author-image

By Kim Novak

Article saved!Article saved!

Your teenage years can be a difficult time and taking the step from living at home to all of a sudden having to be independent when you move out to college can be one of the biggest life changes.

Learning to cook and clean for yourself, as well as the myriad of other responsibilities that come with living alone can feel pretty overwhelming when you've never had to do it before.

Thankfully, there's a way you can get the comforts of being mollycoddled by a parent - including having them do the dreaded task of scheduling your doctors appointments for you and make your bed - all for a monthly fee.

Some parents are hiring out professional "moms" to help their college-aged children with these tasks - but it's safe to say the services don't really come cheap.

wp-image-1263229666 size-full
For a fee, college students can hire a "mom" to help them with things like changing their bedsheets. Credit: Getty Images

According to reports from the Wall Street Journal, some parents are hiring people to help shop for all the dorm room essentials, make their teen's bed, and even wash their clothes for them too.

The service reportedly costs around $450 for an academic year with additional fees at one service, while another charges thousands of dollars.

While most parents help their kid move into their college dorm room, occasionally being there at that moment isn't possible for geographical or financial reasons.

Concierge services like mindyKnows and Concierge Services for Students have popped up to meet these needs for parents who can afford it, giving them peace of mind that their son or daughter is supported when they can't be there themselves.

Mindy Horwitz, owner of mindyKnows, told Insider that the company has a team that provides "peace of mind for college families" for $450 per academic year, plus delivery fees.

The "moms" live in the area close to the campuses they serve and provide a support system for students who don't have family nearby, helping with things like booking doctors appointments or dropping off medicine when needed, to even dressing students for job interviews.

wp-image-1263229670 size-full
For a fee, your stand-in 'mom' can make all your doctors appointments for you. Credit: Getty Images

As well as the annual fee, there is a variable delivery fee starting from $35 depending on the campus location, as well as a rush fee of $25 for requests made with less than 36 hours notice, and there's also a $60 per hour fee for service that are considered extra, including packing, shopping, and organizing.

The service can also provide care packages when the student is sick, birthday presents, as well as guidance from local experts.

While it may be very handy for those students who need that bit of extra support, most of the fun of college is making your own mistakes and learning along the way until you become a fully functioning independent adult able to complete all your own tasks.

Featured image credit: Getty Images