Yesterday's Page Six Magazine attacked the subject of mommies who find themselves needing multiple nannies. (We thought it would be challenging for them to match the pathos and capacity for conveying human suffering reached by last week's story about Wall Street traders who go to massage parlors, but they did.) We meet Yael Halaas, a 38-year-old plastic surgeon and mother of three, who calls having two nannies "the best damn thing in the world to make life function." We learn that some women find themselves needing a second nanny for basic "one is illegal and can't come to Bermuda"-type purposes, others when they want their kids to be exposed to a blend of different personality traits and/or world cuisines ("I wake up to her cooking buckwheat crepes from scratch!" cooes one) others when the first one simply proves too competent at "management" functions, such as finding a second nanny.
Of course, that can also be a double-aged sword: "Those with two full-time nannies say that, since each is aware of what the other is doing, there are times when each one feels unfairly burdened with too much work and thinks the other is slacking. "You have to explain, 'You're here looking after the baby and the house, but she bought groceries and went to the post office to send a certified letter for me, and she got the kids to the tailor and playdate,' says Yael. "You wish they could figure it out on their own, but you have to intervene." Perhaps someone should get a team of McKinsey consultants in to optimize these work flows?
In other cases, too many nannies may mean that children don't learn to do things for themselves. "Sometimes nannies do things the child should be doing, like picking up toys," says Stacy Rosenthal, a West Village resident who works in product development.
Or um alternately like the recession could not arrive soon enough.