A mother of two has admitted to relying on four nannies to look after her two kids.
Employing nannies and specialist household staff to help look after children is something many parents depend on, ensuring that their children have the care and attention that they so dearly need.
One mum who couldn’t agree more and fully appreciates the virtues of such services is Natalia Nikulina (37), who has said that the four nannies she employs to look after her two children are as essential to her as “water and air”.
Hiring four nannies herself, Natalia has all her bases covered. First there is the weekday nanny who collects Natalia’s two and three-year-old sons from day care, takes them off to the playground for a few hours of fun, cooks them dinner at home, and then puts them to bed, according to the New York Post.
Next come the weekend nannies, one on Saturday and another on Sunday. Her children’s nannies will at times be on duty for up to 12 hours a day, and just to make sure there are no nanny related emergencies, there is always a fourth nanny on call.
Natalia works full-time as a clinical social worker and is married to a full-time city employee.
“I love my children,” Natalia says, “but I’m not embarrassed to say the nannies are not just to provide child care when I’m at work - they provide mental rest for me [when I am at home] as well.
“I don’t see any way around it - [otherwise] I lose my mind, and then I can’t work. [Having extra help is] a must - water, air and nannies.”
But Natalia makes sure to note that when the nannies are working she isn’t just relaxing with her feet up:
“When I’m with the nanny, I’m never relaxing - if the nanny is with the kids, I’m cleaning up.”
We can’t all be in Natalia’s position of affording four nannies to help take care of our children, but those that do employ household help will understand just how essential the service can be.
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