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13 Famous Nannies and Their Lessons For Us All

By Aela Mass |

It’s expected that nannies teach children some of life’s lessons, what with all the time they spend together. But nannies can also teach parents a lesson or two – usually without us even noticing. Such is the case with these famous nannies who wiggled their way into our hearts on the silver screen or through the TV.

I have to admit, compiling this list was a lot of fun. Who out there remembers any of these characters? Oh, the memories…

After the jump, check out these 13 Famous Nannies. Which one is your favorite? And if you could pick one to watch your kids for a week, who would it be?

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Famous Nannies and Lessons from Famous Nannies

Mary Poppins

"A spoonful of sugar..." Aside from being a great musical, there were many a-lessons to learn from Mary Poppins, not least of which is that much can be cured with a sense of humor. Mary Poppins herself was firm, kind, and gentle – and wonderfully magical.
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Aela Mass is a lesbian writer and editor living the dream on Martha's Vineyard with her wife, Sara, and their dog, Darla. She miscarried her twins at 17 weeks and has undergone numerous IVF, FET, and IUI cycles. Her writing has appeared in The Huffington Post among other publications. For more of her work, visit her blog Two Moms Make a Right. Read bio and latest posts → Read Aela's latest posts →

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3 thoughts on “13 Famous Nannies and Their Lessons For Us All

  1. Amanda R. says:

    I know this is meant to be in jest, but as a professional nanny I just have to point out that many of the characters you listed most certainly are NOT nannies. Housekeepers and butlers are not nannies, nor are nannies responsible for keeping your house. We care for your children. Also, Annie from The Nanny Diaries (known as “Nan” in the book) was a horrible nanny–very judgmental and a total doormat. If memory serves, she didn’t even want to be a nanny in the movie.

  2. aelahmass says:

    Thanks for reading, Amanda! Yes, this was intended to be a lighthearted post, so I took the liberty of including some butlers and housekeepers that often took care of certain needs of the children and those who played a greater role in the kids’ lives. And you’re totally right: Annie became a nanny by default, not necessarily by choice – but her story still provides us with some key lessons :)

  3. Amanda R. says:

    Sorry if I came off as a little prickly there, but of course this hits very close to home for me. Way too often are nannies asked to do housekeeping duties–without being properly compensated for it. I wouldn’t want someone who is considering hiring a nanny to think that Alice from The Brady Bunch is a typical nanny. Also, if I learned anything from The Nanny Diaries it was what NOT to do if I ever discover a nanny-cam. LOL

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