Natalia Nikulina has two boys, aged two and three. She lives in Brighton Beach – near New York City’s famed Coney Island – and works 9-to-5, five days a week as a clinical social worker.
That’s why, she says, she has four separate nannies to help her raise her two children.
Speaking to The New York Post, Natalia says having the extra help on hand “saves her from losing her mind”.
“I don’t have the mental capacity to spend time with my children all day,” the 37-year-old said.
“I love my children, but I’m not embarrassed to say the nannies are not just to provide child care when I’m at work — they provide mental rest for me [when I am at home] as well.”
Natalia counts her nannies as among her "must-haves".
"Water, air and nannies," she said.
"I don't see any way around it — [otherwise] I lose my mind, and then I can't work."
The four nannies all work on different schedules: a weekday nanny will pick up the two boys from day care, spend the afternoon with them, then cook dinner and help put them to bed.
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