Rebecca Romijn: We Don’t Have A Full-Time Nanny

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King & Maxwell actress Rebecca Romijn covers the August issue of REDBOOK and opens up about family life wtih husband Jerry O’Connell and their 4-year-old twin daughters Charlie and Dolly.

On raising the twins without a full-time nanny alongside her hubby: “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?’ That’s what real life is. Once you start paying somebody else to do the grunt work, who are you?”

On turning 40: “Aging has never been scary to me. I’ve always admired my mom’s lines—she has a beautiful, laughter-filled face. I’ve always thought that was attractive.”

On gaining weight during her pregnancy: “I wasn’t worried—you’ve gotta feather that nest! Afterward, I was nursing for six months. When you’re a new mother, your body doesn’t belong to you for a while. You have to check your vanity at the door.”

For more from Rebecca, go to REDBOOK

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  1. Bliss

    I like her attitude regarding this subject…she seems to be the MOST realistic about handling responsibilities and body image before, during and after pregnancy.

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  2. anonymous

    Welcome to the real world. MOST people don’t have a full time nanny. It’s called raising your children.

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    • julie

      In the context of Hollywood she’s probably an aberration — look at Gwen Stefani. Until recently, she seemed to have a nanny (or 2) 24/7 even when she was with the kids the nanny was always there to do the heavy lifting.

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  3. Robin

    “Once you start paying somebody else to do the grunt work, who are you?”

    I get what she’s saying, but we all pay people to do the grunt work for us. We take our garbage to the street and someone picks it up, we go a restaurant and buy food someone else prepared, we have an appliance delivered that someone else unloads… The list goes on. So to answer her question: who are you? You’re someone who pays someone else to do the grunt work.

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    • Kinky

      Yea but your children are not garbage that you take out, an appliance being delivered or someone who prepares your food. The reason so many kids are so unruly is because parents think someone else can do the grunt work. Its not that simple and I am glad she told it like it is. Lazy parenting and/or leaving the grunt work up to someone else is sad and even if that is a parent’s mentality then they shouldn’t be having kids.

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      • NYCMommy

        Kinky- I totally agree. Grunt work to raise your child should not be compared to taking garbage out or ordering food in restaurant.

        I see many kids in NYC speaking to their nanny like I would NOT even speak to my worst enemy. They speak down to them and treat them like their personal slaves. They must be learning that behavior from somewhere. Sad but true.

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  4. poopypop

    they do have regular help from the grandparents, which is not a nanny…..but certainly a granny

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  5. Someone

    Beautiful woman with a level head on her shoulders…how refreshing!

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  6. Ashley

    I think the reason they don’t have a Nanny is because she made one movie last year and he appeared in one tv movie and is making one movie this year.

    Dear i say if the two of them were hot in demand actors then they most definitely would have a nanny

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