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Mom Blogger Face-off: Would you bring a nanny on your family vacation?

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A third wheel on the family trip

The summer is when many families go on vacations. Should vacations just be for the family? Or do you think bringing a nanny is a great idea because it gives Mom and Dad a little relaxing time?

A third wheel on the family trip

Moms facing off this week

Audrey McClelland, founder of Mom Generations, and her friend (and sister-in-law!) Molly McClelland, founder of Mom Said What.

The scenario

A third wheel on the family trip

It's the summertime, you're getting ready for a long and relaxing vacation.

Hotel is booked.

Airline tickets are purchased.

You have your plans and itinerary down.

You're excited to get away and enjoy some time with your family.

But are you doing it alone?

Question:  Would you bring a nanny on your family vacation?

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A third wheel on the family tripAudrey McClelland

Mom Generations


I have three words for you – In. A. Heartbeat.

I always joke with my girlfriends, but when we come home from a family vacation, I literally need a vacation! Having four boys – all 7 and under – there's never a moment's rest. Someone always wants to do something. Someone always wants to go somewhere else. Someone always has to go to the bathroom. And someone always wants ice cream. Vacations for the six of us can get a little out-of-control and (well) crazy.

I would love to take a nanny along with us to help us out. I mean, I would love to. It's not something we do, so I can't pretend that it's something in our everyday "normal" life, but if I had the option to do so, I absolutely would jump at it. I would love an extra set of hands. I would love the option to go out alone with my husband. I would just love to have someone be there with us and be paid to help us out with the boys... plain and simple.

Vacations are about memories, I know. I was one of four kids, but I'll tell you what – I see my friends go on vacation with a little help, and they never seem to come back exhausted.

A third wheel on the family tripMolly McClelland

Mom Said What


Would I take a nanny on my family vacay?

Absolutely not.

Why? Because I’m not sure what kind of salary you all are rolling in, but as for me and mine, we’re not even remotely close to nanny status. In fact, we’re lucky in these tough economic times that the family vacation isn’t just a ride through the car wash with our hands up. How fun.

That being said, I’m not sure I would want a set of non-familial eyes witnessing the circus that is our family vacation. Do I really need the sweet, teenage girl next door reporting back to her mean-girl posse how much hair my hubby has on his back, or how I look from behind in my bathing suit? I think not.

Should I ever decide to run for public office, I want the voting public to believe that my house is always in meticulous order, and that no unsavory blackmail photographs or stories are floating out there. You know, just in case.

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