Rebecca Romjin And Jerry O’Connell Are Raising Their Kids Like Most Of Us Do – By Themselves

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wenn20481718__1372774968_74.134.205.46I had a nanny once. She did not live with us. I had one child and was living in Europe and I traveled a lot with my husband for business. She would come over a few times a week and sometimes spend weekends with my child if we were out of town, but for the most part I have done all the child raisin’ myself. Just like Rebecca Romjin and Jerry O’Connell do! Well, at least according to People magazine:


And while tackling twins is tough, the couple are taking on the task alone — without the help of a full-time nanny.

“We’re each other’s assistants. We pick up each other’s slack. Whoever is less busy helps the busier one: ‘Can you go pick up this for me?’ or ‘Can you book my flight?’” Romijn, 40, says in Redbook‘s August issue.

“That’s what real life is. Once you start paying somebody else to do the grunt work, who are you?”

Who are you? You are somebody with the help of a nanny or personal assistant, that’s who you are! I never wanted a nanny to do things like change diapers or feed my babies (I was nursing anyway) but now that they are older it sure would be nice to have someone do all the junk I despise doing, like driving them places and being the voice of Ken which always seems to be my job.

I admire famous people when they don’t have outside help, but I don’t begrudge non-famous people when they do. Actually, now that I think about it I don’t want a nanny to help me with childcare and child-related stuff, but I would like a nanny for me who would brush my hair and make me yummy snacks and help me pick out my clothes and maybe run a bath for me. Not like a maid but like a helper. I want my own nanny!

(Photo: Wenn)


  1. Véronique Houde

    July 2, 2013 at 11:35 am

    I just need someone to do my laundry and fold it. And iron it. and put it away. God it annoys me to do that. I’ll gladly change my kids dirty diapers all day if you just do that for me…!

  2. NYCNanny

    July 2, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    I AM a nanny. I do not think any less of the family I work for for hiring me. I help. They both work fulltime. I love their kids. I do a good job of helping raise them. That being said, I am glad my mom was a full-time SAHM, as well as my dad being very SAHD.

  3. SDA

    July 2, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    If I were traveling all over the country/internationally (and could afford it) I would hire a nanny. I mean would you want to have to entrust your child’s care to randoms all over the world or have someone there that you knew you and your children trusted. I wouldn’t depend on the nanny for everything, but I would have one on payroll for sure!

  4. Jessie

    July 2, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Well, some people (actors) have jobs that are a little more flexible than people like my husband and I that work 10 hours a day, 5 days a week. A nanny kind of helps with taking care of the kids while I’m making money to, you know, support the kids.

    • JLH1986

      July 3, 2013 at 10:53 am

      Nanny v. Sitter are two different things. I think the point was some celebrities/people wealthy enough to afford it, have nannies to like come to the park with them, or watch their kid so they can book flights and what not. Having someone ensure your kids safety while you work isn’t quite the same thing.

  5. Sarah

    July 2, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    I recently returned to work after the birth of my son. We are by no means rich, but I made the decision to hire a girl to clean my house. The four hours she’s going to spend at my house every other week means that’s four more hours I get to spend with my son, and reduce my endless anxiety over dirtiness and when I will find time to fix the dirtiness after I’m done with diapers and nursing and baths and playtime and finding time to shower and cook meals for myself and my husband. So yeah. Baby goes to a daycare like most kids with two working parents, but when I’m home I want to be wholly present for him, and when he goes to bed an hour or two before me I can relax and have a bit of me time instead of dusting, and I feel like this is a good solution for me. (And I have to justify it to myself repeatedly because a house cleaner seems so ridiculously extravagant.)

    • JLH1986

      July 3, 2013 at 10:52 am

      A friend’s husband buys her one year of weekly cleaning service every time she has a kid (they have 3 biological and 2 adopted kids). I was like now that’s a push present!

  6. jsterling93

    July 3, 2013 at 9:57 am

    I don’t need a nanny but I could use a maid and/or personal assistant. Someone to do laundry and grocery shopping.

  7. Bosworth

    July 6, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    My boyfriend & I live together, no kids, & have a house cleaner. It is not an extravagance as much as it is making life a little less tiring. No wants to work & then come home to scrub the floors, shower and toilets, as well as everyday stuff like groceries, dishes & laundry.

    Anyone who works has a good argument for having a house cleaner. If you have kids & work, I’d stay it’s a beyond necessary. There is no shame in needing help, we no longer live in the 1940s.

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