Jacob Rees-Mogg MP celebrates family’s loyal nanny

Jacob Rees-Mogg giving speech

Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Member of Parliament for North East Somerset, has taken the unusual move of putting his family’s nanny front and centre in a photograph of his sixth child’s christening.

The photo, which can be seen in this Telegraph article, shows professional nanny Veronica Crook – who has served the Rees-Mogg family for an extraordinary 52 years – proudly holding baby Sixtus in her arms, surrounded by the happy parents and their five other children.

Mr Rees-Mogg, who has recently become an unlikely social media celebrity to the point where he has had to play down reports of ambitions to become the next Conservative Party leader, previously spoke to the same newspaper about the pivotal role Veronica has played in his life and the lives of his children.

“Although nannies who cover more than one generation are rare, those like Veronica Crook – who looked after me and now looks after my four children – are pearls of great price”, the MP wrote.

Rees-Mogg praises ‘continuity and stability’ of nannies

With six children and a working life as an MP, it is understandable that Rees-Mogg relies upon the expertise of Ms Crook, and he was keen to praise the work done by nannies all over the country (something which should be reassuring for anyone who is considering contacting a private household staff agency for their own family’s needs): “They provide a continuity and stability for a family that is of inestimable value for the child and, indeed, the man.”

In our last blog, we wrote about the growing trend of so-called ‘helicopter nannies’, who are employed beyond the traditional length of time and on into a child’s late teenage years. Even Mr Rees-Mogg, however, accepts that still being dependent on his childhood nanny at the age of 48 is particularly unusual: “In my own case I have been blessed to have such a good, reliable and devoted nanny, even if it has led to me being deservedly teased about it from time to time.”

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More nannies being employed into children’s teenage years

Mary Poppins flying over London

The role of the nanny is traditionally seen as someone who flies into a child’s life (quite literally in the case of Mary Poppins, fiction’s most famous nanny), looks after them for their formative primary school years, and is then gone again in what seems like a flash.

However, a recent Telegraph article has revealed the extent to which this state of affairs is now quickly becoming a thing of the past, as so-called ‘helicopter nannies’ are being employed well into the teenage years of the children they were called upon to help bring up.

The phrase is an adaptation of the concept of ‘helicopter parents’, which tends to be applied in a negative way to mothers and fathers who are seen as being an overbearing influence and imposing themselves on every aspect of their child’s life.

It is perhaps unfair, therefore, to refer to the growing band of nannies looking after teenagers in these terms, as the reality is that these household staff company representatives provide an increasingly invaluable service in our busy modern world.

More ex-teachers becoming ‘helicopter nannies’

One of the most famous advocates of this new breed of nanny is the BBC television presenter Fiona Bruce, whose children are still supervised by a paid guardian, despite being 15 and 19. As she explained in an interview with the Daily Mail, “I’m working a lot and my husband works a lot, too, and it’s really important for me that someone is in the house when Mia comes in from school”.

The aforementioned Telegraph article quotes one director of a nanny agency as saying that many ex-teachers are now becoming ‘helicopter nannies’, largely due to the academic intelligence and diverse skill set that is required – and, of course, the attraction of excellent remuneration.

The source is quoted as saying that “with children aged 12 and above, [parents] want someone with a teaching or tutoring background, and some PA skills, so someone who is willing to do not just the children’s organising…but also someone who might book flights for the parents or do some background work on places to stay”.

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