Ivanka Trump has a new book out and I’m never going to read it, because in the news articles and her own little social media bits about it, I learned all I need to know:
- She has two nannies for three kids.
- She was happy to not only admit it, but even acknowledged their work by name.
This has gotten her excoriated by the press of course, but the thing is, Marissa Mayer of Yahoo built a multimillion dollar nursery in her office and was feted by that same press. This is utterly unattainable for the average American mother, who is increasingly professional-class and in the top 10-20% of household incomes nationally. Ivanka’s nanny setup, however, is attainable for two professional class mothers splitting the cost for 2-4 children, and possibly as many as 4-6 combined.
I think that is worth noticing and paying attention to. Simply admitting that three closely spaced children just might take a lot of help from other women to manage reasonably is absolutely huge. Thanks for brightening a housewife’s day, Ivanka!