Celebs have crazy work schedules, just like regular people do and often have to work far from home when filming or touring. Celebrity moms also have to return to work once their maternity leave is over. Taking care of children is a lot of work and, just like regular moms, celebrity moms also need help with their kids and this is why they enlist the help of nannies.
However, unlike regular moms, celeb moms have to be extra careful about who they employ to take care of their young ones since their fame might tempt the wrong people to take advantage. Therefore, celebs need nannies who will know how to handle paparazzi and can keep their kids out of the reach of ill-minded individuals.
Once they find someone they are comfortable with to care for their kids, they have to orient them with the rules of their households. Nannies to celebrity kids have more rules to follow given that the kids that they are employed to watch over need close monitoring. Besides, these nannies get hefty salaries to do their job so they must follow the laid out rules, which is if they desire to hold onto their jobs for long.
Here are 20 rules almost all celeb moms make their nannies follow.
20 Nannies Should Always Be Available On Call
Celebrities’ nannies make a lot of money but their hefty paycheck comes with rules. According to TheTalko, celebrities are always on-the-go and any nanny they hire should be ready to be on call at any hour of any day. Sometimes these nannies remain behind with the kids and other times they have to travel together with the parents.
It might seem like a luxurious life accompanied with free vacations for the nannies, but it is a huge sacrifice for them. Most of them actually do not get time to spend with their own families because they must tag along wherever the parents choose to go to work.
19 They Must Dress For The Cameras
We hardly ever see nannies of celebrity kids on camera because they know how to avoid the cameras. However, there are times when some photographers catch them off-guard. For this reason and as a rule, they must dress appropriately at all times. Nannies are bound to appear next to the celebrities they work for in some of the snaps taken as claimed by TheRichest.
They have to tag along because the parents might need help with the kids when they are out and about. As they go about their business, paparazzi can appear from any corner and start taking photos of everyone including the nannies. Therefore, they also need to groom properly with neat hair and manicured nails.
18 Should Not Be In A Relationship Or Marriage
Nannies who work for celebrities can often live a luxurious life and enjoy a good salary; but as is the case with most good things, they will often have to sacrifice a lot. Some celebrity moms insist that their nannies cannot date, be in a relationship, or get married.
In short, they just want someone solo. According to DailyMail, this is because these celebrities do not want the nanny falling in love and leaving the job after months or years of going through extensive training. Therefore, to avoid such inconveniences, they include such rules in the contracts. Those who get such bosses can live quite a lonely life.
17 No Taking Pictures Or Using Cell phones
Currently, most people have a Smartphone that can easily take photos and this is probably why celebrities instill this rule. Nannies must not take pictures of their kids, or for that matter, use their phones while on the job.
Some families are okay with nannies using their phones but the majority are not, especially if they have a new baby in the house. According to TheTalko, most media outlets will pay a lot of money to get their hands on images of celebrity kids and this is why most parents ban the use of cellphones in their house. No matter how much they would like to capture a moment, a nanny can lose her job for taking photos.
16 Should Maintain Confidentiality
Confidentiality is an important quality that any nanny working for a celebrity should have. As a rule, nannies have to respect the families’ secrets and maintain confidentiality at all times. Media houses, especially in Hollywood, pay a lot of money for juicy gossip and nannies make good sources for such information.
Most times, celebrities will ensure that it will be almost impossible to contact their nannies. Some should not even reveal the names of the high profile celebrities that they work for. It is definitely hard to keep some secrets but there are severe consequences for nannies who breach contracts as claimed by moms.
15 Must Ensure That The Kids Follow Their Meal Plans
Many celebrities have publicly revealed that their kids are on strict meal plans and when such moms hire nannies, they expect them to keep the kids on those plans. For example, reality TV star, Kourtney Kardashian follows a plan consisting of gluten- and dairy-free meals and so do her kids.
According to Brightside, a number of celebrities do not follow a strict plan per se but they advocate for their kids to eat only healthy meals and snacks. Some kids are only allowed sweet treats on special occasions so that the can learn to appreciate them and break the monotony of eating kale and quinoa.
14 Have To Go Through Interviews And Background Checks
Celebrities are usually very strict when it comes to their children’s safety and protection. According to Moms, they will not hire someone right from the first interview they conduct. Most have processes of selecting the best amongst a group, just like an audition.
Most celebrities have these rules when hiring because they really need to trust the new person they are inviting to their homes to take care of their children. Even before getting to the oral interviews, some professionals conduct extensive background checks on the nannies. Furthermore, most nannies must provide credible references for places they have worked before.
13 Should Not Question Decisions Made
Nannies go through professional training in order to take care of the kids so at times; they may disagree or disapprove of how a certain celebrity mom is raising her children. While this may come from a good place, they have to tread carefully because their advice can be a ticket straight to unemployment.
As stated by TheRichest, most celebrity moms have a rule that the nannies cannot question decisions they have made. If a mother wants her child to wear a sundress in the middle of the cold winter season, the nannies have to oblige. Therefore, nannies have to keep their reservations to themselves and only do what is required of them in such households.
12 No Indulging in Bad Behavior (Even After Hours)
Nannies of high profile celebrities do not have the permission to indulge in bad behavior both inside and outside of their workplace. Celebrities have a reputation of hosting prestigious parties and it may be tempting for nannies to overindulge; this has dire consequences.
The same case applies to them when they are off duty. This is because anyone who works for a famous person represents them in a way and no celebrity will want to be associated with an employee who is always misbehaving in public, as stated by Moms. If a nanny sleeps over at a celebrity’s house, she should also respect the house rules.
11 Must Limit The Kids' Gadget Time
In this digital era, nannies have the permission to distract kids with electronic devices in some households but in others, there are a few rules in place on when the kids should use electronic gadgets and for how long they should have them as stated by moms. Most parents would want their kids to go and play outside instead of staying glued to screens.
Most parents also worry that giving their children, unlimited access to gadgets gives them to questionable content from the Internet and celebrity parents are no exceptions. Therefore, if the rules say gadget time is only on the weekends, nannies have no qualm but to obey.
10 No Flashy Jewelry
Celebrity moms these days seem to have strict rules on what nannies can and cannot wear. Some celebrity moms want their nannies to dress in uniforms while others do not mind them working in their normal clothes. Despite the choice, it might be tempting to accessorize their looks further with jewelry but in some homes, there are rules that ban nannies from wearing flashy jewelry or having any on.
As stated by Moms, celebrities get a lot of media attention when outside and because of that they may want their nannies to refrain from wearing flashy jewelry to avoid any unwanted attention as well as prevent robberies.
9 Should Wear Similar Products To The Mother
Another bizarre rule some nannies are told to follow is to wear certain products that are similar to those of the mother so that the babies can feel like their mother are still close to them even when they are away. Celebrity moms travel a lot and most of the times they cannot go with their children.
As Mommyish points out, some moms may ask their nannies to wear the same perfume as them so that the baby would trust the nanny in the same way as the mother. Other nannies will have to wear something that belongs to the celeb mom so that the babies feel some sort of security. The rules will depend on the mother and while some may appear to be silly, the nannies should always oblige.
8 Should Dress Kids In A Certain Way
Celebrity kids are always on the spotlight whether they step out with or without their parents, therefore, as a rule, nannies need to dress them in fashionable clothing and not in what the kids sometimes feel like wearing. Most of the time, celebrity kids are dressed to promote brands owned by their parents or are affiliated with which means that a lot of work has to go into choosing the outfits, as stated by TheRichest.
Other times, some celebrity moms just want their kids to dress in the latest fashion designs hence the reason why they are meticulous when it comes to their children’s outfits. Some parents also do not want their kids to appear in photos twice with the same outfits.
7 Should Stay In The Background When Paparazzi Are Around
Some celebrity families do not mind when the nanny appears in their photos because they consider him or her as another member of the family. On the other hand, some prefer that their nannies stay clear from their shots. Such rules are part of the training when a nanny is going through the process, and are usually part of the contract.
Many celebrity moms want to give the impression that they can do it all and so when they are out with the kids, they do not want the nanny to appear in the photos, and if she is, she must look like a friend or family member and not the help, as noted by DailyMail.
6 Should Know How To Keep Up With The Craziness
Celebrities usually have hectic lifestyles, and any nannies they hire should be able to keep up with their schedules. Celebs sometimes sleep in one country and dine in another the following day. Therefore, there is always a lot expected of nannies especially when the parents are constantly on the move with their children. They have to pack, get the kids ready and keep a close eye on them when out of the house.
As a rule, nannies need to be able to keep up with the craziness. According to Moms, sometimes the parents may want to do crazy things like disguising themselves to avoid getting any media attention when outside so it is important for the nannies to play along.
5 Be Prepared To Take The Blame
Some celebrity parents expect their nannies to take the blame when their kids are caught doing something wrong. They require that the nanny cover for their children at all times and admit to their faults. This happens to protect their high profiles and their children’s reputation.
Most nannies should not discipline their employer’s children yet they take the blame when the kids misbehave especially if they are in public, as stated by TheTalko. This is because some celebrities always want to portray a perfect image. As long as the parents and the nanny have an understanding then that is all that matters.
4 Accept To Be Micromanaged
Some celebrity moms have a hard time letting their nannies do their jobs without micromanaging their every move. This is probably because they need everything to be perfect. Some moms will even inform their nannies that they are the ones who will make all the decisions. They will also keep an eye on every detail, a fact that they will share while interviewing the nanny.
This kind of behavior stems from the insecurities of being a celebrity and wanting to portray a certain image to the public. As stated by TheRichest, it's definitely hard for nannies to do their jobs when they are constantly being micromanaged but once they figure out how a particular mom wants and likes things done, life gets easier for them.
3 Are Not Allowed To Be Affectionate With The Kids
While some celeb moms do not mind when the nannies hug and kiss their children, a good number are usually against it as stated by TheTalko. This can even be included as a rule in the number of things that they should not do where the children are concerned. Overprotective moms are especially guilty of this.
Celebrities are always traveling and sometimes kids can become fond of the nanny and not necessarily with their parents because the nanny is the one who is always with them. As bizarre as this may sound, this can cause a build-up of jealousy. In such a case, a mother can impose a no affection rule for the nanny so that the kids can only get affection from the parents.
2 Must Follow A Strict Bed Time Routine
When nannies get the job, it comes together with a set of rules regarding the children and their bedtime routines, which they must adhere to. Many celebrity parents have strict schedules because they believe that kids should get the opportunity to fall asleep at the same time every day to establish a proper sleeping routine.
According to Brightside, even celebrity kids have a number of activities do before bed, like brush their teeth, bath or engage in activities that will help them relax like listening to bedtime stories or lullabies that will soothe and lure them to sleep.
1 Follow Rules On Entertaining The Kids
Working for a celebrity can be a very interesting experience. Often the duties of a nanny extend well beyond just simple childcare. Some celebrity moms will impose rules on how the nannies are supposed to entertain their kids especially when they are away. However, nannies should get these rules from day one.
According to Mommyish, some nannies will have to dance to the baby’s amusement while others will have to sing certain lullabies and not any other to soothe the little one. Others will even have to dress in costumes to entertain the kids. Nannies have to cope with some of these demands regardless of how bizarre they might sound.
Sources: thetalko.com, therichest.com, moms.com, brightside.me,dailymail.co.uk, mommyish.com