Why No Nanny for Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell?

Why Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell Don't Want a Nanny

Doing the grunt work

It’s incredibly common for celebrities to have full time nannies for their children. In fact, most celebrities actually have a full time live in nanny, and many have several other nannies or babysitters to help out around the house. But, for Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’ Connell, “nanny” is a dirty word! Romijn recently opened up about the decision to Redbook, telling the magazine that “real life” isn’t about having nannies! Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

“We’re each other’s assistants. We pick up each other’s slack. Whoever is less busy helps the busier one: ‘Can you go pick this up for me?’ or ‘Can you book my flight?’” Romijn, 40, said in Redbook’s August 2013 issue. “That’s what real life is. Once you start paying somebody else to do the grunt work, who are you?”

Letting dad take the reins

It’s no secret that both Romijn and O’Connell are busy! They are the parents of almost five year old twin girls, and they have super busy careers as well. Romijn shoots “King and Maxwell” on location in Canada, leaving O’Connell at home in Los Angeles with the twins, although they fly up to see her quite often. Romijn admits that it is very hard for her to hand over the responsibilities to O’Connell completely. That’s something most moms can relate to! Sometimes it’s hard to believe that daddy knows best too!

“It’s hard for me to not make suggestions when I’m not on duty. For example, 10 days ago when he was bringing the girls up to Vancouver, I was like, ‘Oh, God, he cannot forget their jackets. I have to remember to tell him to bring rain boots,’”
she says. “Then I told myself: ‘He knows what the weather is like in Vancouver.’ Meanwhile, he showed up with one pair of shoes each, two pairs of pants, two T-shirts, a sweatshirt and no jacket! This was my worst fear and we were … fine.”

One Big Happy Family

Romijn also admitted that she will most likely be changing her last name to O’Connell, once the girls get old enough to start questioning things. It’s totally natural for her girls to wonder why mom has a different last name than everyone else, so it’s great that she has already started to consider it and think about what she is going to do when that time comes.

“At a certain age I think it’ll be my girls who ask, ‘Why is your last name different than ours?’ Once it matters to them, it’s going to start mattering to me. And also for Jerry,” she says. “My girls have this funny thing that they always do when it’s the four of us — they go, ‘See, here we are ‘all together, all a family’ over and over again. I think ‘O’Connell’ will play a big part in that.”

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Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD
Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.