High Babysitting Costs Mean Kids Go to Work With Mom (VIDEO)

mamma mia signAs this behind-the-scenes look at the lives of "Mamma Mia" Broadway stars shows (video below), they're more like "regular" parents than you'd think. Broadway actors start at about $1,600 a week. And while that sounds like a TON to most of us, when you figure in sky-high NYC rents, cab fare, and all the associated expenses of being a performer, that doesn't go too far.

Take Jennifer, the actress who plays Rosie in the show. She had a costume fitting across Manhattan, so she took her 3-year-old son along with her to save the $30 or $40 she'd have to pay for a sitter.


And really, who among us hasn't done that math? "If I bring toys and crayons and let him play with my iPhone I can probably buy myself 25 minutes, which should be plenty of time to get through that parent-teacher conference" or "Super-important editor wants to do a conference call at 2 p.m. so if I turn on 'Mighty Machines' at 1:55, I might just be able to pull this off sounding professional."

It just shows that no matter how glamorous your job might be from the outside, all working moms are doing the same balancing act, all the time.

Have you ever had to skip a sitter and hope for the best?

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