The rise of the male nanny

The rise of the male nanny

Female nannies have dominated the industry and it is almost tradition to employ a female for the role. However, now the male nanny, also known as ‘Manny’, is becoming a popular alternative for many, with celebrities such as Britney Spears and Gwyneth Paltrow enlisting the help of male individuals to take care of their children whilst away.

Celebrities have over-turned the stereotype and have kick-started an alternative in childcare options around the world, and it’s no longer uncommon to see a male nanny being part of household staff duties. The role reversal is beginning to shape 21st century household childcare and is benefiting not only the industry, but also the lives of both employee and child.

What are the benefits of hiring a Manny?

It is difficult to outline the benefits of hiring a Manny without making generalisations between the two genders. However, those who do decide to hire a male nanny tend to hope for the idea that they will bring different styles of care, fun and attention, especially with young boys, but also girls too. For example, if you are looking for someone who will likely want to join in with sports with energetic children such as football or rugby, then more often than not Mannys will be more than willing to step up to those requests. It is a great way for children to get a male perspective on everyday topics and choices, and have another male role model for later life.

Of course, it is up to the parent to employ the candidate who fits best with your living and social profile, who is able to encourage the progression and lives of the children. But if it happens to be a man who ticks all of those boxes, then don’t be afraid to hire them!

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