Journalist and author Holly Peterson has just written a book called The Manny (The Dial Press), about a busy modern moms experience with a male nanny, and Peterson hopes the story helps legitimize the manny profession.
Says Peterson: Im a big manny believer. I think its great to have a guy making macaroni and cheese and taking care of your kids. Men are better caregivers than people give them credit for, and most are pretty trustworthy with children.
Peterson, who has a real-life manny of her own for her three kids, enjoys having a manny because it defies gender stereotypes and keeps her kids entertained and well-adjusted.
She explains, Its good for kids to grow up around positive male figures, and men are usually energetic enough to keep up with kids. My manny is a mix between a fourth, older child and an overgrown puppy. Hes rambunctious and full of energy so hes great at keeping the kids busy much better than a 45-year-old woman nanny would be!
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