Mannies Have An Increasing Presence in Households Across America
Mannies are male nannies. Television shows have depicted mannies for decades. In the 1970′s, Mr. French acted as a manny for the children on “Family Affair”. In the 1980′s and 1990′s, Tony was a manny on “Who’s the Boss”. In the 2000′s, Freddie Prinze, Jr. played a one-show bit part: a manny for Ross and Rachel’s daughter on “Friends”. Once a rarity, mannies are becoming more common since stars like Britney Spears, Madonna, and Mandy Patinkin have made headlines for hiring mannies for their children.
Why do people hire mannies? A brief list of some of the reasons are below.
“I hired a manny because I have all boys.”
“I’m a single mom and want a male figure for my children.”
“My husband travels a lot for work, so we hired a manny who can take our son camping and do a lot of boy-things with him.”
“My husband and I have four children (three daughters and one son). My husband said that he’s swimming in estrogen at our house. He insisted that we hire a manny instead of a nanny to increase the testosterone factor in our house.”
“Our parenting style, our lifestyle, is very gentle and reserved. When our son developed an interest in sports and wrestling, neither of us knew anything about that. We hired a manny that would share our son’s interests.”
“Our household is a two-parent (two mommy) household, so we hired a manny so that our children have a male role model.”
“My spouse and I are teaching our children not to assume things about people based on stereotypes. So, we hired a manny to teach our children that men can be loving and nurturing caregivers too.”
“Our children attend a very prestigious private school, but it’s located in a high crime residential area. We chose to hire a big, burly manny because we thought that, in addition to performing the traditional caregiving role well, he would serve as a visual deterrent to harm as he takes our children to and from school each day.”
“Our daughter is paralyzed. Her caregiver has to be able to lift her, and she weighs 68 pounds now. We chose a manny because of the physical strength needed to caregive for our daughter.”
“We interviewed a lot of wonderful nannies and mannies. We simply hired the best qualified candidate, and that happened to be a manny.”
In sum, with the increasing presence of mannies in households across America, mannies are now taking their place alongside nannies as beloved family members/employees.