No Nanny, No Problem for Rebecca Romijn

Rebecca Romijn

Actress and former model Rebecca Romijn seems to have it all. She’s gorgeous, her doting husband of six years, Jerry O’Connell, is equally gorgeous, and together they have two gorgeous (notice a theme here?) kids, four-and-a-half year old twin daughters, Charlie Tamara Tulip and Dolly Rebecca Rose. But they have no help.

How do they do it? Yes, I know, regular folks are able to manage, but these are celebrities. They can afford to have all the help they want.

Rebecca told Redbook magazine, “We’re each other’s assistants. 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?”

Wow, well when you put it that way… It’s really true, and it’s nice that they’re able to do it. But I suspect it also works for them because they have a lot of money and flexible jobs. For most people, hired help is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. They have no other choice. One parent can’t stay home with the kids because they need two incomes to live, and you can’t leave your kids home alone.

I’m not privy to the details of every celebrity mom’s life, but I would bet that many, if not most of them, have hired help. It’s refreshing to read about a famous family that doesn’t. And reading about Rebecca and Jerry struggling with their very different parenting styles and how they work that out, made me think that this choice probably also helps keep their marriage strong. When you’re splitting parenting duties, you can’t nitpick how your partner does things. You have to just go with it and trust that they can handle it. It seems like Rebecca and Jerry are able to do that, and I really admire them for it.

They seem to be getting by just fine, and focusing on what matters. Rebecca was quoted as saying, “Sometimes I do get a little teary. Jerry and I will see the girls running ahead of us and say, ‘Look at them, they’ll never be this little again — not even 10 minutes from now.’” It’s true for all parents: kids grow up, and it happens fast. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, but every parent should remember that their kids won’t be little for long and to enjoy every second you have together.