Melania Trump Refused To Hire A Nanny, Sets Trend Among Wealthy Americans

For years, it's been common for the rich and powerful to hire nannies to take care of the children. Even if a parent is very doting and involved, it's usually the nannies who do the boring or unpleasant day-to-day jobs.

Melania Trump, despite being married to a billionaire, decided when her son Barron was born that she would take a hands-on role. She refuses to hire a nanny, and she's not the only one.

In 2015, during an interview with People Magazine, Melania Trump explained her position on why she refused to get a nanny.

"I like to be hands-on. I think it's very important," she explained.

Even though she could afford the help, Melania was the one who changed the diapers, who prepared Barron's lunch and dinner, and who dropped him off and picked him up at school. She regularly spent time with her son in the afternoons.

"I am a full-time mom; that is my first job. The most important job ever."

"I started my business when he started school," she told

Donald Trump at the time agreed with his wife's decision. "If you have too much help, you don't get to know your children."

More and more wealthy people are proudly proclaiming themselves to be 'hands-on' or 'full-time' parents as well, claiming that they don't hire nannies and do a lot of the parenting work themselves. But is it really as hands-on as it seems to be?

According to some sources, no. Wealthy people are not actually hiring less help when it comes to taking care of their kids these days than they did in the past.

They're just not calling the help 'nannies' as much as they once did. It's also common to downplay the role of the help that they get from hired hands in childcare duties.

On social media, you don't see a lot of photos from celebrities and the upper crust that include a nanny in the shot. "Celebrities like to look hands-on and that kind of thing," said Celebrities Staffing Services Beth Torre to Forbes.

That doesn't mean someone isn't there behind the scenes, waiting to usher the child upstairs for a bath or out for activities. Even wealthy people who dote on their kids have the luxury of a household staff, and they can pass their kids off to another person at a moment's notice.

It's not quite the same for many other parents who have trouble just finding a minute to squeeze in a trip to the bathroom alone.

Not surprisingly, Trump's other children all had nannies. Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric had two nannies looking after them before they went to boarding school.

Ivanka Trump, a mother of three herself now, has two nannies that help her with her children while she and her husband work in her father's administration. She barely mentioned the help, however, in her book, 'Women Who Work'.

Many have criticized her effort to pen a book about working mothers, claiming that the billionaire's daughter is hardly representative of the average working woman with kids.

Even as the FLOTUS is proud to say that she takes a hands-on role with Barron, she admits that her husband is not. He leaves the parenting to Melania, and any other behind-the-scene employees.

She says of her husband, “[He] didn't change diapers and I am completely fine with that. It is not important to me."

"It's all about what works for you. It's very important to know the person you're with."

"And we know our roles. I didn't want him to change the diapers or put Barron to bed," she said.

"I love every minute of it."

Source: AOL
Photo: Wikimedia Commons, YouTube

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