Waiting and Waiting and Waiting for the Kids

I’ve been working on a website for a client. His site was dated, terrible on mobile, contained bleh content, was poorly formatted, and wasn’t search engine optimized. 

I’ve know the owner for at least ten years, and we’ve discussed his website numerous times. He almost hired me two years ago.

But his daughter had just graduated from college and she offered to work on his website.

Well, it didn’t happen. It rarely does.

Stop Waiting Signage

Heck. I can relate to his desire. When my son was a young teenager, he wanted the job of mowing our lawn and taking care of the garden. So I delayed hiring a gardener and let him do it. 

My dear son was unreliable and when he did work, it was a poor job. 

“I’m going to fire you and get a gardener if you don’t shape up,” I would threaten.

“I will, Mom.”

He would shape up for a little while and then slack off again. After more than a few threats, one day he came home and saw a gardener mowing the lawn.

“What’s going on?” he asked.

“I told you I was going to hire a gardener if you didn’t do better.”

“What am I going to do for money?”

“I don’t know.”

He was pretty mad at me. But he quickly got a job delivering papers and later worked his high school years as a coffee jockey. He did just fine. He worked so much better for other people than he ever did for me.

It’s tempting to ask our kids (or some other relative) to handle our website and social media matters. And I am sure a few of them will rise to the task. 

But for most of us, waiting on our kids to help us just isn’t going to cut it.

Easy Web Tip 291: If your website or social media needs some TLC, stop waiting around for your daughter or your nephew and hire a professional.


  1. Bruce Boyer

    You made me laugh out loud! I love your loving yet no nonsense approach. I can see the interaction in my mind right now when Kitchie saw the gardener cutting the grass.
    I often think of Kitchie when I drive by the Java Heaven in the BestBuy parking lot, because he served me once when I stopped by for an early morning coffee on my way to Tuesday morning Bible study.

  2. So true! The smaller nonprofits with which I work also tend to want to have someone like the program director’s niece to “do” the website. If the work ever gets done, it’s not professional quality. And then the niece goes to grad school or gets a job in Tucson, and no one in the nonprofit even knows what platform the website is built on, much less how to update it.

    • Katherine Andes

      Yes! That’s one of the biggest problems; not knowing how to access the website and use it. Thanks, for sharing Jan!

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