Wouldn’t it be nice to hire a real Mary Poppins? A sunny and magical nanny who comes and goes without the fuss of today’s hiring practices?! Someone who’ll make the children happy, open-minded, and conscious about the world?
Perhaps the answer is "no"! Today’s nannies and babysitters are taken for granted; they 'simply' must cook, clean, and do yoga. Note that while babysitters work part-time, nannies are fully involved in a child’s development. Live-in nannies, in particular, invest lots of personal time and emotion to raise their own 'kids'.
When it comes to celebs, famous and self-proclaimed stars sometimes believe that a high salary is enough to treat someone as a 'property'. Perhaps a celeb nanny won’t need a savings account, but that doesn’t mean working for social divas isn’t demanding. International travels and designer clothes cannot change the fact that celebs put their child first. It seems that celebs think that their offsprings are their most significant projects. As a result, many social divas and their lucky kids bark out orders 24/7.
From hiring a hacker to cleaning a flock’s droppings, here are 21 celeb moms who relied on their staff for the craziest things.
21 Babysitting & Eavesdropping - Working For Kate Gosselin Is Not A Walk In The Park
Ouch! Stepping on a Lego brick can be rough! Even 'perfect' moms will agree that life with kids is messy. With eight children, TV star Kate Gosselin does need some good management skills to keep her house (and life) neat and tidy. However, when her strict rules apply not only to her little ones but her employees, working for Gosselin can be tough. A former nanny told eonline.com, "We always had to refer to the manual because it listed her pet peeves."
One of the most surprising things Kate’s babysitters have to do – apart from dealing with flock droppings – is eavesdrop on her kids and their dad, Jon Gosselin.
20 Looks Matter – Jessica Simpson's HR Secret
Being a celeb mom must be tough. Imagine all those healthy meals and international flights! It’s no surprise that the majority of celeb moms rely on nannies to thrive. Often babysitters take care of a million little things at once; cooking, reading, laundry, and so on and on. Some celebs even believe that the look of the nanny can help their love endeavors.
Jessica Simpson, for instance, has an interesting HR approach. According to an insider, the famous diva hires nannies who, supposedly, do not look better than her. But hey, Ben Affleck chose the family nanny over Jennifer Garner… So, do looks really matter to Jessica's kids, Maxwell Drew Johnson and Ace Knute Johnson?
19 No More Friends – Or Is Victoria Beckham Really So Posh?
Posh Spice Victoria Beckham does look glamorous but working for her is not flashy at all. Victoria is very controlling of her nannies and sometimes even her PA might need to lend a helping hand. After all, Victoria and David Beckham have four kids.
According to celebsnow.co.uk, "A PA could be asked to help spray tan Victoria... or even rub her shoulders if they hurt... Apparently, previous assistants have even helped out by cutting the kids’ toenails when the nanny left early, and one was asked to sing in French to Harper, as part of her French lesson... There was also one PA who helped to check Vic’s salads for ‘carbs'."
18 Call Me 'Madame' - Kourtney Kardashian Takes Herself Way Too Seriously
With all the dramas, make-up, and questionable videos, the Kardashians simply managed to build an empire - that’s a fact! However, many of their previous employees claim that the Kardashian divas want to be treated like empresses. According to the richest.com, Kourtney Kardashian doesn’t want her nannies to call her by her first name. Call her "madam" instead!
Considering the fact that Kourtney’s nannies have to feed, love, and entertain her kids, Mason Dash, Reign Aston, and Penelope Scotland Disick, a bit of closeness shouldn't upset her? What’s next? A salute? Yes, ma’am!
17 Dress-Up Games & Drama – Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani is a stunning star and a wonderful mom. Working for her comes with some specific requirements, though. Gwen's nannies must play dress-up to spark her kids’ creativity. Isn’t that cool? Kingston, Apollo Bowie Flynn, and Zuma Nesta Rock Rossdale are so lucky!
However, her ex-nanny Mindy Mann took these games to an odd level: she tried to copy Gwen’s look. Is this why Gavin Rossdale took a chance on Mindy? Well, we should agree that Gwen is simply amazing and nobody can steal her beauty.
16 Don’t Wake Me Up – Kim Needs Her Beauty Sleep... Not Her Kids
Parenthood comes with lots of sleepless nights. Luckily enough, some moms and dads never sacrifice their beauty sleep to fight the monsters under the bed. Just like Kourtney, celeb mom Kim Kardashian relies on an army of nannies to help with the kids (Saint, North and Chicago West).
Although we won’t see them on the show - Kim needs her babysitters, so she'll have enough time to take a selfie. According to okmagazine.com, one of the most surprising demands – apart from potty training Pomeranians – is not to wake Kim and Kanye West up.
15 A Wig? Really? – Julia Roberts Is Living In A Film
Although babysitters are fun, caring, and sweet, even the best babysitter can't replace Mom. Yet, it seems that pretty woman Julia Roberts is trying to compete with the nanny.
Employees reveal that Julia Roberts is making nannies wear red wigs when putting her kids to bed. Interestingly enough, a former nanny said, "It was a bit weird, but I get it. She hoped they would think it was her putting them to sleep instead of the sitter." Will Hazel, Henry Daniel and Phinnaeus Moder agree, though?
14 No "Me Time" – Working 24/7 For Madonna
Madonna, the Queen of Pop, wants her staff around her 24/7. When one of her nannies handed in her notice, Madonna got so angry that she dismissed her the same day. According to dailymail.co.uk, "All Madonna’s employees work incredibly long hours, so it’s no surprise that Angela had had enough. If you work for Madonna you are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There’s no such thing as a weekend."
Madonna is tough on her personal assistants as well. She requires her assistant to bring her water at night. In addition, she has a whole team to clean her bathroom.
13 Mommy or Nanny? – Uma Thurman
Although Uma Thurman never had any weird demands, her ex-partner, Ethan Hawke, had some special requests from the nanny. Ethan’s desires weren’t on the job specification and Ethan and Uma divorced. Do Maya Hawke, Luna Thurman-Busson and Levon Roan Thurman-Hawke like their new 'mommy'?
According to marieclaire.co.uk, Ethan blamed Uma: "Then I’m living in a hotel taking care of my kids while you’re off on a film set six hours a day doing what you love. Do that for nine months and see what a good mood you’re in." Can't a father take care of his kids?
12 Sarah Jessica Parker Has Some Specific Demands
We all have to agree that Sarah Jessica Parker is a wonderful mom and a talented actress. However, she also has some weird demands. Jessica's ex-nanny Collins, said that Parker’s employees had to follow some crazy rules. Believe it or not, they had to refill a tiny container of Vaseline with a small spoon. The spoon must "be hand-washed using a paper towel followed by a cycle in the dishwasher."
There's no doubt that Jessica's kids Marion Loretta Broderick, James Wilkie Broderick, and Tabitha Hodge Broderick are lucky! But is being a babysitter for them worth it?
11 Hugs Are Not Allowed – Halle Berry Can Be Distant
Perhaps it was because of her previous relationships, but it seems that Halle Berry has turned emotionally distant. Halle Berry doesn’t want her kids, Nahla Ariela Aubry and Maceo Robert Martinez, to hug or kiss their nannies. This is really surprising, simply because kids do need emotional support and love!
But as the beautiful actress said, "Women, we go into marriage thinking it’s going to last forever and that this is our prince on a shiny horse. That’s what fairy tales taught me as a kid... and I’m kind of anti–fairy tales today."
10 Sing & Dance – Beyonce Wants A Musician, Not A Nanny
If you think that Beyonce's kids will be happy with an old-fashion bedtime story, then you better think again! Nah, we are not talking about tablets or travels. Beyonce just wants her nannies to learn all the choreography from Single Ladies and dance for for Blue Ivy.
Does Blue Ivy really enjoy something from before she was born or does Beyonce simply believe in herself a bit too much? Who knows?! Maybe twins Sir Carter and Rumi Carter love Beyonce's music. Let’s just hope her nannies don't have to wear the same outfits as she did.
9 Stay Safe - Working For Seal Can Be Tough
If you think that only the Kardashians have an army of nannies, then you might be surprised to learn that many celebs have more than two nannies. Although this practice might be raising questions about children and their ability to bond with different caregivers (and bodyguards), celebs simply need some me-time. According to Eonline, in 2009, Heidi Klum and Seal were spotted with an entourage of employees. After all, Helene Boshoven, Lou Sulola, Johan Riley Fyodor Taiwo, and Henry Gunther Ademola Dashtu Samuel need someone to play with.
8 Survive The Chaos – Working For Angelina Jolie Is Not Fun
Angelina Jolie is one of the most famous women in Hollywood. Her six children are not only privileged, but they are extremely lucky. Despite the importance of schedules and routines, Angelina Jolie allows her kids to live in a mess. No schedules, no proper bedtime, no homework - nothing. As a result, her nannies have to deal with the kids and their demands. Going to bed at 4 am? Absolutely normal!
Interestingly enough, it’s Jolie’s brother Haven who manages the household. The "only" things Angelina wants from her nannies is to speak at least two languages and have a degree...
7 "Mirror, Mirror On The Wall" - Mariah Carey Needs To Know
Mariah Carey is one of the craziest divas on our list. She has some specific demands in order to make her kids Moroccan Scott and Monroe Cannon happy. It’s not only her nannies who pay the price though. Insiders reveal that Carey makes her personal assistant wash her hair, walk backwards in front of her, and hold her drink. Carey doesn’t hesitate to send her employees to buy her soda at 3 am.
Does Mariah Carey respect her employees? Well, we all agree that some celebs think that money can buy them happiness.
6 Dealing With A Monster– Charlize Theron Is The "Boss"
Charlize Theron is beautiful, talented, and successful. No doubt her kids August Theron and Jackson Theron are lucky and loved. Yet, Charlize Theron is a real-life Monster. Despite her jagged life, the famous actress is more than mean towards her employees.
A nanny said, "I wasn’t allowed to speak or even look at her." Do you still want to apply? Well, when someone has to say something, they have to write it down and hope that her Highness will read it.
5 Courtney Love Can Learn A Lot From Her Nanny
Who is more caring? The nanny or the Mom? The only thing we can say for sure is that Courtney Love has lots to learn from her nanny. Respect, for example!
A former employee said that babysitting for Courtney was "[tough on] her mental and physical health." The nanny was even asked to "hire a computer hacker and send fake legal correspondence" - which is never an okay thing to do.
4 Stay Clean And Speak Latin – Working For Gwyneth Paltrow Can Be Unusual
Gwyneth Paltrow is a beautiful mom. Yet, it’s not a secret that Paltrow is a fan of alternative medicine and holistic methods. Promoting healthy living, she doesn’t hesitate to project her beliefs onto her kids... and employees. Paltrow forces her nannies to eat quinoa and drink almond milk.
Maybe that's why her daughter Apple, feels embarrassed; "Like I am the most embarrassing person all of a sudden... If I do anything silly in public, the color drains from her face. Any silly jokes, or if I dance, like in a store, god forbid. She’s like, ‘Mom!,’ and I’m like, ‘OK, sorry, got it.'"
3 Fashion Nanny - Britney Spears Needs Some Help... But Not With Her Kids
Britney, the Queen of Pop, has gone through lots of ups and downs. Despite her Toxic past though, Britney is still trying to be a good mom. And as any celeb mom, she wants her kids to have a respectable nanny.
However, the nanny doesn't have much free time for Sean Federline and Jayden James Federline. In fact, Britney Spears has other plans, for her: the nanny has to pick clothes for Britney. Shall we blame the nanny next time Britney shaves her head?
2 Working For Free – Or How Cheap Can Robert De Niro Be?
With all the charity campaigns and Christmas parties, you might think that celebs won’t be cheapskate. Believe it or not, even talented Robert De Niro can be stingy. Robert De Niro’s daughter-in-law Claudine De Niro (married to De Niro's son Raphael) - tried to be sneaky.
Although the nanny worked for more than 50-57 hours a week, looking after her three kids, Claudine De Niro paid "flat weekly salary, regardless of the number of hours she worked." How cheap is that?
1 Be Mary Poppins – Katie Holmes And Her Imaginary World
We all love Mary Poppins - the nanny who was blown by the East wind. As a matter of fact, Katie's daughter, Suri, also loves Mary Poppins... so she asked for her own magical babysitter. An insider said, "Tom is wrapped around Suri’s little finger, so as soon as she said she wanted Mary Poppins to be her nanny, he contacted a New York casting agency."
Although celebs influence parenthood, these diva demands sound crazy. So, will Mary Poppins ever return?
References: babycentre.co.uk, celebsnow.co.uk, dailymail.co.uk, eonline.com, nypost.com, marieclaire.co.uk, okmagazine.com