The common perception about parenting in Hollywood is that nannies are really the ones who do all the work. It's not dissimilar to the ideas we have about some of the richest communities in our cities and towns. We think that those who can afford constant help will always choose to use it.
In theory, there's nothing wrong with seeking some help when raising children. A lot of these celebrities, as well as other wealthier individuals, have passions, obligations, and hobbies that aren't always conducive to having children around 24/7. Besides, every parent needs a break now and then. But where more negative perceptions of this come into play is when parents seemingly leave the entirety of their duties to their nannies. After all, it makes the child look like a cool and cute accessory as opposed to something that the parent actually wanted to bring up.
For this very reason and more, there are a number of famous celebrities who actually don't use a nanny at all. For instance, some celebrity dads wouldn't be caught with one. However, others don't think the use of a nanny is all that bad, especially if it alleviates stress from their or their partners' lives. Without further ado, here are 10 celeb dads who rely on nannies and 10 who would never use them.
20 Jay-Z's Long, Long List Of Nannies
Jay-Z has always been one of the hardest working dads in the music industry. But his wife is no slouch either. After all, she is Beyonce Knowles, one of the most popular, beloved, and talented performers around. Because the pair of music moguls are so dedicated to their craft, they absolutely need nannies. And the pair, Jay-Z especially, are not unhappy about using them. In fact, according to the Daily Mail, Jay-Z uses a grand total of eight nannies to help raise their children. The nannies switch on an off and are around 24/7 to help out with anything necessary. This is particularly helpful when the pair has to travel around the world on tour and need to make sure their kids are well looked after and get what they need to be happy and thrive.
19 John Legend Can't Do It Alone
John Legend was lucky enough to have a partner who wanted to employ a nanny as much as he did. However, his wife, model Chrissy Teigen, was pretty clear that she wanted a nanny that wasn't attractive. This is because she wanted her husband to be focused on her and the parenting task at hand. Although Teigen jokes about this to the press, she has kept the rule pretty solidly. Due to the fact that both Legend and Teigen are so busy with their jobs and philanthropic pursuits, having a nanny is a big help. Teigen even told Entertainment Weekly that she is so grateful for her husband, her mother, and her nanny for all the help that they give her on a daily basis. It even helps because it allows her and John Legend to go out on a date and spend time with one another alone.
18 Channing Tatum Gets Help Balancing His Duties
Back in the day when Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan were still together, Tatum told E! News about his time as a new father. He explained, "I am sleeping a little, probably a little more than most. A lot of people who have a baby probably don't have as much rest as I do. We have [a nanny] helping us manage all the risks of having a newborn." This was something that the pair kept going even after they went their separate ways. Although it isn't clear just how much they use their nanny, it does appear that they see a lot of benefit in using one on occasion to help with things that they may not have the time for.
17 Ashton Kutcher Is Fine Without A Nanny
Ashton Kutcher and his wife Mila Kunis are the opposite of the Kardashians, Jenners, and Travis Scott in almost every way. This is particularly true of his parenting style which seems to be in total and complete contrast to that of Scott and Jenner's. For one, he and his wife are raising their kids to believe that they are poor and only living off their parents' dime, meaning that they will need to go and make their own money once they are old enough to do so. Secondly, Kutcher and Kunis are anti-nanny. They do everything themselves, including being up late all night with their crying children. This is what they signed up for as parents and what they plan to do. Babysitters and family members are always welcome to come in and help when needed, but a full-time nanny is just something they don't value.
16 Ryan Gosling Is Basically A Manny
Actor Ryan Gosling, of Canada, has no issues being seen as the "manny". After all, he was more than thrilled to have his children with actress Eva Mendes. The charming thespian knew exactly what he was getting into when he became a dad to his two stunning girls, Esmerelda and Amada. He also knew that he and Mendes weren't going to have nannies in their house. However, the pair does have help when Gosling isn't totally overboard with his responsibilities as a dad/manny. But the help is mostly in the shape of Gosling and Mendes' family members who step in to help when the two stars are out filming. The rest of the time, this loving mother and father prefer to do the work. Only to them, this work is more than worth it.
15 Jerry O'Connell Does The Job Himself
Since he was a little kid, actor Jerry O'Connell has had nonstop work. This is the same for her wife, X-Men actor, and model Rebecca Romijn. Still, both O'Connell and his wife have always wanted to do their parenting job themselves and not include a nanny of any kind. O'Connell loves to be involved and make time to be the dad to his girls that he always wanted to be. Romijn feels similarly. She told Redbook Magazine in a 2013 interview, according to People.com, "We pick up each other’s slack. Whoever is less busy helps the busier one… That’s what real life is. Once you start paying somebody else to do the grunt work, who are you?” Luckily for Romijn, O'Connell feels precisely the same way.
14 Nick Cannon Maintains The Status Quo
While Nick Cannon was with music superstar Mariah Carey he always had nannies. Carey was a big fan of using them, even though there have been many people who have said that she was notoriously tough on them. Carey even told Power 105, “I fire nannies like this. If they try to make themselves more important in the baby’s mind than me." After Cannon went his separate way from his famous wife, he decided to keep the status quo and still employ nannies to help him with his children. Presumably, Carey does the same. This pair of famous music-icons clearly adore the help that they get from trained professionals, even if they can sometimes get in the way of the relationship they have to their kids.
13 David Beckham Is Proud Of Having A Nanny
Soccer-star and dreamy model David Beckham has been on the same page as his wife, former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham, since the got hitched in 1999. One of the things they always agreed about is the fact that a nanny (or multiple nannies) was necessary to help them with their kids. And given the pair of U.K. celebs had a total of four kids, a nanny became very necessary. Beckham is proud to use nannies and assistants to make his life with his kids, wife, and work run more smoothly. This doesn't mean that he doesn't do his duties as a father. In fact, he remains very much involved. We can even see this from the traveling photographs of him and his kids where no nanny is present and he and his wife are left to deal with their kids like the rest of us have to with our own.
12 Ryan Reynolds Changes Diapers Himself
Vancouver-born actor Ryan Reynolds is not a fan of using nannies. He's not a fan because his wife, Blake Lively, also isn't for it. The pair have totally embraced parenthood for themselves, even though they have made some funny mistakes that fans have pointed out on their social media feeds. But the pair, Reynolds especially, adore the entire journey. In an interview with The Daily Mail, Reynolds explained, “I have no problem waking up five times in the middle of the night and changing diapers, and as exhausted as you get, I have this stupid grin on my face all the time. And that’s not because I have a nanny or something like that. It’s just us right now, and I love it.”
11 George Clooney Wants All The Responsibilities Of A Dad
It took a very long time for George Clooney to settle down and marry his famous, high-powered lawyer wife, Amal. Marriage was just not something that was on his list of priorities. His job as an actor and philanthropist was just more important. But, eventually, he tied the knot and even had twins, Alexander and Ella, who have been kept away from the press almost entirely. But Clooney has been honest about his feelings on nannies. Even though he still keeps up with his acting, directing, producing, and philanthropic pursuits, he and Amal are the ones who look after their kids. He doesn't see the point of having kids if parents aren't willing to do the work. However, he does admit that he didn't know how challenging it would be until he actually had his children.
10 Travis Scott Doesn't Have The Time To Be A Dad 24/7
It's not news that the Jenners and Kardashians employ nannies. After all, practically all of them don't appear to have wanted kids for the "right" reasons. They often use their children as accessories to their fame and even their outfits. That's not to say that they don't love their kids — they almost certainly do —but we should all totally understand that they wouldn't and couldn't make the time to be 24/7 parents. The same goes for their partners, namely Kylie Jenner's baby-daddy, Travis Scott. The singer, songwriter, and rapper has actually been pretty open about the fact that he doesn't have time to constantly be a father, nor does his partner. This is why he is happy that they employ a handful of nannies to make sure that their daughter Stormi is properly looked after.
9 Nannies Were Never On The Table For Ricky Martin
Puerto Rican superstar Ricky Martin is the father of two boys with his painter husband, Jwan Yosef, thanks to the help of a wonderful surrogate. But asides from the aide he received there, he always wanted to do the work himself. During an interview with The Mirror, Martin said, "I'm doing this on my own because I don't want to miss a moment. I'm the one who changes the diapers, the one that feeds them, the one that bathes them, the one that puts them to sleep." This means that he absolutely does not use the services of nannies. Even when he goes on the road, his children accompany him so he can spend time with them and do his job as a dad.
8 Robert De Niro Took A Chance On His Nanny
Legendary actor Robert de Niro is certainly the eldest celeb dad on this list. This is because he has a total of 4 kids, all of whom are spread apart in age. His youngest child is still under the age of 10. A couple of years ago, de Niro and his now ex-wife, Grace Hightower, hired a nanny for their youngest son, Elliot. However, this employee ended up taking things from de Niro's apartment in New York City. Eventually, this nanny was charged, jailed, and deported. But even after this unfortunate incident, as well as his separation from his wife, de Niro still saw the value in using a nanny.
7 Matthew Broderick And SJP Rely On Their Nannies
There was a time when Matthew Broderick wasn't planning on having a nanny. This is because his wife, Sarah Jessica Parker didn't have an interest in them. But over time this changed and now Parker and Broderick have included nannies in their lives. This has helped the pair of actors take care of their three kids. Usually, they have three nannies on staff, one for each of their children. Although the Broderick doesn't have any live-in nannies, they simply show up when they need to. This is because he and his wife like being as hands-on as possible during the hours where they aren't over-scheduled with their passions and philanthropic pursuits.
6 Dax Shepard Is Obligated To His Daughters
Dax Shepard, as well as his wife, the charming and talented Kristen Bell, were very clear that they didn't want to be the type of parents who rely heavily on their nannies. This is precisely why they decided not to have any at all. They weren't precisely sure if they would stick to their plans once they have their daughter, Lincoln. After all, being a first-time parent is a handful. But after they got the hang of things, they decided to do the work themselves. The pair of actor-comedians work very well with one another, not only as a couple and a creative team but also as parents. They don't mind guiding their two kids all by themselves. In fact, both Shepard and Bell even like to cook their family meals just like most parents have to.
5 Matthew McConaughey's Nanny Is Family
Matthew McConaughey is certainly not opposed to having help with his three kids, but he and his wife Camila Alves just didn't want a nanny. This home-grown Southern is more than happy to take on his paternal responsibilities himself, even if that means bringing his children to set or dropping them off at school before heading into work. But, when they really need help, the pair turn to family, specifically, Camila's mom who actually lives with them. Thanks to grandma, the pair can employ a trusted family member to look after the kids when both they and she wants. So, in a sense, McConaughey does have a nanny, but it's more like a babysitter who adores spending time with the kids, after all, she is their grandma.
4 Cash Warren Lets His Wife Choose The Nanny
When it comes to nannies, producer Cash Warren just steps back and lets his wife, actor, model, and entrepreneur Jessica Alba do the work as she has stricter opinions about what makes a good nanny. When tracking down the right nanny for her kids, Alba doesn't go through an agency like other celebrities. Instead, she gets nannies that are recommended by her and Warren's family members. Additionally, Alba also consulted specialist Connie Simpson on everything she needed to know about raising children. This information was passed on to Warren so the pair could be on the same page when dealing with their kids and the nannies who look after them during the hours that Alba and Warren aren't available to.
3 Never A Shortage Of Nannies For Kanye West
Just like her half-sister, Kylie, Kim Kardashian is no stranger to having nannies look after her kids. This means that Kanye West himself is also totally for nannies. Apparently, famous pair have a team of nannies to ensure that there's always someone around to care for the two kids. Both Kanye and Kim are extremely busy individuals who don't have all the time in the world for their kids. This is how they've been able to provide their kids with a life that most kids could only dream of. But just because Kanye uses nannies for his kids doesn't mean he likes people knowing about it. Both he and Kim have made sure that the nannies don't show up on the Kardashian's reality show. This makes people think that they are completely hands-on with their kids as well as maintains their nannies' privacy.
2 Brad Paisley Is A Diaper Man
Country music star Brad Paisley as well as his wife, Father of the Bride star Kimberly Williams-Paisley, are proud to be parents to their two boys, Huck and Hasper. Before Kimberly's mother passed on, she was very involved in helping out with her grandkids. The same is still true for Brad's mom. But aside from the grandmothers, Paisley has made sure that he and his wife are the only two really taking care of their kids. He has told the press that every man should know how to change a diaper and take care of their kids. He is very much keen on staying true to his responsibilities as a dad and making sure his boys get adequate time with both he and his wife.
1 Negan Needs No Nanny: Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Although he may play a tough guy on TV, Jeffrey Dean Morgan is a tender and loving father in real life. He is the type who is very hands-on with his boys. Luckily, he has help from his wife, One Tree Hill star Hilarie Burton. But when it comes to including nannies in his rambunctious children's lives, Morgan said, “It’s hard. Between the two of us, we’ve had our hands full, but we’ve managed to do it without any help. We have babysitters now and again, but we don’t have nannies.” The pair spend a lot of the time away from the big cities and make sure their kids get a "normal" life one-on-one with their loving parents. Besides, Negan needs no nannies.
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