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Stay-at-Home Moms Who Have Nannies

Stay-at-home moms who have nannies are often asked why they need nannies when they are at home with their children.  Nannies have many benefits.  Listed below are just a few of these benefits.

  • Nannies are an extra set of eyes and hands, which can be especially helpful in a household with multiple children. If a household has twins, triplets, or other multiple birth children, nannies become more of a necessity than a luxury. For example, in a household with three active toddlers, each child may often wander to different areas of the home. Which child does the parent chase first? When a nanny is present, the stay-at-home mom has assistance in keeping the children safe and supervised. Nannies in households with multiple children increase the attention given to each child (because there is an additional adult to pay attention to the children), relieve parental stress, and make the parent-child relationship less harried.
  • Nannies free stay-at-home moms up to do volunteerism, pursue an advanced education, have one-on-one interactions with their children (each child taking his/her turn with mom), grocery shop without chaos, have a date night with her spouse or significant other, and perform other tasks which would be challenging if the mom would be accompanied by multiple children.
  • Nannies provide an additional, enriching influence in the children’s lives. For example, if both parents are English-speaking but want their children to be culturally versatile, the parents may hire a French-born nanny who can teach the children the French language and culture.
  • Nannies can provide subject-area expertise. For example, if there are three children in the home, one of whom has autism, a nanny who is familiar with autism and how to handle autism-related behaviors is helpful.

For these and other reasons, many stay-at-home moms have chosen to experience the benefits offered by having a nanny in their homes.  The bottom line is that nannies benefit children and the parents who attend to them.

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4 comments to Stay-at-Home Moms Who Have Nannies

  • This was a great post. I definately think that if moms decide to stay home to raise their children but also want to develop themselves, they should get a Nanny. There is so much for a stay at home mom to accomplish especially if she also works from home or starts her own business from home. A nanny simply helps mom with her hectic schedule. If a mother can afford one she should get one, and if she is working she should make this first priority so she can actually accomplish more.

  • Erica

    I kept twin 2 month old boys for a woman not long ago. I was told I was there to help her out so she could get her house clean and not be so overwhelmed. It turned out that I took her place as mom for 7 hours a day 4 days a week. I not only kept the twins, but I also kept her 3 year old daughter. I did everything but breastfeed, and if I could have done that she would have wanted me to.

    I felt really bad for the boys because she quit breastfeeding cold turkey when I started. She didn’t do much housework, but she did stay gone most of the day. When the job was over she had the nerve to want me to watch then for free and got angry with me when I refused.

    She is still constantly looking to find someone to pass those kids off to. I don’t understand some mothers. If the children are that much of a bother to you, then why have them? To trap a husband, not have to get a job, money?

  • Pre-children, I never understood the concept of a mother who didn’t work to hire help? However now that I have children I totally GET IT!

  • Suzie

    IMHO, it’s absolutely absurd for a stay-at-home mom to have a nanny UNLESS (as this article explores) she has multiples (twins, triplets, etc) or a large number of children (5+), or a child with disabilities, or she is working from home, or she is doing a lot of other unpaid work (volunteerism). But a stay-at-home mom with a “normal” number of children (2,3, 4) who has a nanny and doesn’t do anything that other stay-at-home moms don’t do is just a priveleged woman who probably lucked out when she married rich. Or she is completely incapable of caring for her own kids. And she lives in a completely different reality than other stay-at-home moms. I also question how healthy it is for children to have a stay-at-home mom AND a having a full-time, live-in nanny. Who do they answer to? It might sound like jealousy coming from someone who is not wealthy, but if I could afford to have any help, I might have a cleaning lady, not someone to raise my kids for me… Not to mention, who wants another woman, a compelte stranger, living with them if it’s not necessary???

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