There’s no way around it: child care in the United States is expensive. Often times, group care (like daycare) is the least pricey, whereas nannies and au pairs are the most costly. Care.com broke down the figures from 2015 and found nannies cost, on average, nearly $557 per week for just one child. For the average working class family, that’s a lot of money to spend each and every week. For an A-list celebrity, however, that’s essentially chump change.
So, then, all celebrities have 24/7 live-in nannies, right? Not so. They may be able to afford the best of the best child care providers, but that doesn’t mean they want to. In fact, a surprising number of very busy, working celebs have opted to care for their kids on their own, either without any assistance or only the occasional date night babysitter. Here are some celebs who have totally forgone nannies altogether.
Jenna Fischer is “like other working moms”
Jenna Fischer’s character on The Office, Pam Beesly Halpert, was a very relatable, working parent, but how does Fischer herself stack up? “It’s so funny because I think there’s the perception that every [famous] woman has a driver and a chef and a personal trainer and a nanny,” the actress explained to People when her son, Weston Lee, was just 10 months old. Fischer clarified, “I don’t have any of those things. Like other working moms, I’m trying to figure out how to balance it all.”
Fischer added that people are sometimes “cynical” and assume she utilizes extra help. While she does have the means to do so, she admitted that she’s “just trying to figure out how” to do everything on her own, and wants others to know that about her. Of course, even if she did decide to use a nanny, that’s her prerogative. Though, it is great to see her achieving her goal of figuring it out this whole parenting thing on her own.