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[万花筒] 2013-12-01&12-05 男保姆带孩子 须眉不让巾帼

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“Families are opting to hire mannies to watch their kids, and I start out first hand about all they have to offer.”

She is the most iconic nanny of all time…

“For a spoon of full of sugar helps the medicine go down, the medicine….”

But now it’s time to say goodbye to Mary Poppins and say hello to Manny Poppins. That’s what Sofía Margarita’s character Gloria did on a recent episode of Modern Family.

“Gloria, we are back.”

“Here, let me lighten your load.”

“Who are you?”

“I’m the new manny.”

“Am I being replaced?”

So what exactly is a manny? We went straight to the source to find out.

“A manny is essentially a male nanny, but we brought it to a new level. We call it a big brother, we call it a mentor, we call it a camp counselor.”

John Brandon is the co-founder of N.Y.C. Mannies, a New York City based guys-only agency with a fleet of 50 or so mannies that he says do the job just as well as the female nanny most people are used to.

“I think guys make great caregivers. They can be just as caring, they can be just as good with kids. So I don’t really like to just put a gender role on it.”

Many moms agree, especially those with particularly active kids that benefit from a more rough-and-tumble approach to child care.

“My personal preference is always young, enthusiastic and energetic, because my daughter, that’s what she likes. When it comes to male babysitters or mannies, whatever you want to call them, they just try a little harder, it seems, you know, they just make en extra effort to prove that they are awesome.”

I decide to see how a manny would handle my 19-month-old son, Jake. His regular nanny Charmen was skeptical, but she handled him over to John for an afternoon at an indoor playground. The other nannies and moms raise their eyebrows at first, but then quickly came around.

“I must say he is doing a really good job, and Jake is very comfortable with him.”

And Jake? Well, he had a great time too.

“Will you say: Good morning, America?”

“That was close enough.”

“He almost got it, right?”

“He’s got a future.”

“Yeah, he does. Well, A\actually John, the owner of N.Y.C. Mannies has told us he became a nanny because he lost his father at a very young age, and he thinks it’s very important that kids have positive male role models in their lives as well as starting in a young age that they can bind with mannies as well as their own female nannies.”
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