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Shocking Nanny Revelations From Brangelina

by Jacqueline Burt on April 22, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Angelina Jolie with Kung Fu PandaNannies looking to work for Brangelina, take note: The celeb family's job requirements have gone public, and the average teenage babysitter definitely wouldn't make the cut. 

Apparently, each Jolie-Pitt kid gets his or her own individual nanny. Said nanny must have a degree in child development or education and speak a minimum of two languages (Cambodian for Maddox, Vietnamese for Pax, and so on). Right about now, you might be thinking, "Jeez, that's a pretty tall order for a nanny."

But here's the thing -- the average Jolie-Pitt au pair makes between $50,000 and $150,000 to start. 

I know plenty of people with degrees in education who bring home a lot less bacon than that, and they're teaching addition and subtraction in inner-city classrooms, not conjugating verbs en francais on the banks of the Riviera.

Some are saying the star couple is asking (and paying) too much, but I'm not so sure. Shouldn't we all hold childcare workers in higher regard? And if you were a gazillionaire, wouldn't you buy a team of full-on Mary Poppinses for your brood? (And/or life-sized Kung Fu Pandas for on-demand entertainment?)

So clearly, Brad and Angie value the people they've chosen to help raise their kids. Here's a novel idea: Maybe the rest of the country should follow their lead! Perhaps if we treated our teachers and childcare providers with the same level of respect, there really would be no child left behind.

I totally get that most of us only have so much cash to spare on daycare and/or nannies (what's the point of being a working mom if you're not even going to break even?). But way back in the day, I was a nanny, too, and that job is no walk in the park (though it often involves actual walks in the park).

I'll never forget the one and only time I babysat for a particular 2-year-old girl. The kid was quite a handful, as were the family's two irritating toy poodles, but the mother was the reason I never went back. Upon my arrival, she launched into this long speech about how nice and normal I seemed, and how her last babysitter, a woman with several children of her own, had recently locked herself and her kids in a shed and set it on fire in an attempted murder/suicide. I almost thought she was joking, until I remembered seeing the story on the news a couple of weeks before.

Did I mention yet that this mother never even checked my references?!?!

Oh, and since that whole no-background-check approach worked out so well for her the last time, the mom figured she'd pay me the same rate the shed-on-fire woman got: Four bucks an hour.

That was years ago, but whenever I think of the little girl and her way-too-laid-back mom, I still worry about that kid.

You know who I don't worry about? Maddox, Zahara, Shiloh, Pax, Knox, and Vivienne.

Do you think Brangelina's standards for childcare are over the top?

 

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Filed Under: celebrity babies, childcare, twins & more

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  • Anon
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    Anon

    April 22, 2011 at 3:32 PM
    I see absolutely nothing wrong with what you have described. They are employing a bunch of people to provide valuable services and relative stability to their children. If they have the money to do it, more power to them.
  • choco...
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    chocolat-smiles

    April 22, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    i agree with the nonmember


  • Pishyah
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    Pishyah

    April 22, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    I'm peagreen with envy but I love that they care that much.


  • sweet...
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    sweetmom1007

    April 22, 2011 at 4:50 PM
    Whatever toots their horn!!!
  • angev...
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    angevil53

    April 22, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    i just wonder how they decide which nanny's are worth more for which child. shouldn't they all start the same? as for your question, i don't care it's their money, i hope it's tax deductable!


  • PonyC...
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    PonyChaser

    April 22, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    I'm mixed on the whole thing... I mean, yay that they care so much to hire the very best. No problem there. I guess I'm just of the mind that if you have the money, why wouldn't you scale back on work and be more of a hands-on parent? Of course, I'm saying this as a person whose knowledge of these two people (Brad/Angelina) could fit in a thimble with room to spare for a finger. They could be very 'hands-on'. But the fact that each child has a nanny leads me to wonder just who is raising the kids?


  • vanes...
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    vanessa5470

    April 22, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    Shoot, if made the load of the money that they do, I'd do the same thing.

    Education in this country has gown downnnn the tubes and it's admirable that they want the best for their children.


  • Anon
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    Anon

    April 22, 2011 at 5:36 PM
    I think you can have a nanny(ies) and still be involved with your kids. She may spend as much time with her kids as most parents, but sometimes she needs to travel and such, and it's better that the kids have a dedicated, stable person to remain with them during those times. Or on the other hand, if they decide to take their kids with them when they travel, having the nannies makes that more feasible too. The nannies can help the kids keep up with schoolwork as well as do fun stuff while mom works. It's also just more convenient. They can do the laundry, etc., so that the time mom spends on her kids is more meaningful to them. Also, the nannies have valuable things to share with the kids - the languages, info about their birth countries, etc. I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt and assume that they did not go out of their way to adopt and give birth to 6 children without having any plans to actually raise them.
  • Kate
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    Kate

    April 23, 2011 at 10:02 AM
    I think it's wonderful that they prioritize the education and well being of their children that way. As for the range of starting salaries I would imagine that it has to do with the applicant's specific qualifications and previous experience just like it is for most jobs.
  • RanaA...
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    RanaAurora

    April 23, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    If I had the money they did, why would I NOT try to find the ABSOLUTE BEST person I possibly could to be with my children when I couldn't? That's not an area I'd skrimp on!

    Personally I could never hire a teen to entrust the most important things in my entire LIFE.


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