George & Amal Clooney know that raising a family is easier with nannies

The UK Premiere of Catch-22 held at the Vue Westfield

Here are some photos of George and Amal Clooney at the London premiere of Catch-22. Amal’s mom Baria Alamuddin joined them at the premiere, and in a few photos, you could see George motioning Baria over to pose with them on the carpet. I find that interesting! Amal seemed to just want to pose with her husband, but George was like “let’s include your mom!” No wonder why it feels like Baria is a huge fan of George. As for Amal’s outfit, I don’t have the ID for it, but it’s okay. It’s not my favorite, but I like it better than a lot of stuff she’s been wearing lately. I feel like the skirt is the centerpiece and the top should have done more to bring attention to the skirt.

Meanwhile, did you know that George and Amal have lots of help and they admit that freely?

George and Amal Clooney know it takes a village to raise a child — or two! The Catch-22 actor and the human rights lawyer welcomed twins Ella and Alexander in June 2017 and although they’ve been open about their hands-on parenting approach, the couple also acknowledges the support system they have created around their family.

“[George and Amal] are very humble when they speak about their family,” a source tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “They always remind friends that life with kids is easier for them because they have help, but help or not, they are amazing parents.”

The insider adds that Clooney, 58, hasn’t strayed far from his roots despite achieving international fame.

“Despite his success, George has always been a family boy,” the source says. “He’s having a wonderful time watching the kids play, laugh, grow up and relate to him.”

[From People]

Yeah, I think you can still be an amazing parent AND have a nanny or two. Nanny-shaming is real though and every parent is supposed to be Wonder Woman or Batman at work all while taking care of their children full-time. Yeah, that’s not the way it works. During his promotional work for Catch-22, George talked about how the twins have an Italian nanny and they’re already learning Italian too. Which is cute. That’s what I always wondered about the Cambridge kids and Spanish Nanny Maria: is she teaching them Spanish? I hope so! Also: I’m quite sure that Amal’s family is very involved with the Clooney twins too, and I bet George likes that – having Amal’s extended family around, helping to raise the kids, and treating him like a king.

Catch-22 TV Premiere

Catch-22 TV Premiere

Catch-22 TV Premiere

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Becks1 says:

    I think they all look great – George, Amal and her mother. I actually really love what Amal is wearing.

    I’m glad they admit they have help and that makes it easier. It’s still not easy, for sure – or at least I can imagine, lol – but I don’t know why it seems so crazy that if you aren’t worrying about cleaning, laundry etc that the other stuff is going to be easier. Or why its so crazy that having extra sets of hands around OF COURSE is going to make it easier. Parents can still be the primary caregivers, and “hands on” and involved and everything, and its still easier.

    I don’t think that just because a family has “a nanny” it means their lives are that much easier than mine (I have a lot of friends who hired nannies), but when you’re talking about full time live in nannies, and probably a part time one as well, plus other help – then yes, its different.

    • Elizabeth1992 says:

      I’ve never had kids but if I had and the money was there for a nanny, you can be sure I would have gone for it. A live-in nanny would have been great – although it would have made me feel guilty because of my left of centre values :) . But I understand the concept of nanny-shame as I have seen it and sometimes thought it myself. I saw women who like me worked 60 hours per week in demanding jobs along with their husbands. And rich or poor, it always seemed to me that someone else was raising their kids instead of them. Maybe seeing that as unsatisfactory isn’t nanny shame but it always seemed to me that women of my generation who were told they could have it all were being lied to with or without household staff.

      • Becks1 says:

        I do think that we were all lied to about it, lol. So that’s why I appreciate hearing this from George. I think we all need to be more open about what we do and how we get by. I was saying something to my mom once about how, when we were little, she was so involved in school and we always were doing stuff and she cooked all our meals from scratch and I don’t do as much as she did in those kinds of areasa and she was like, “yes, but I didn’t work full time like you do. I worked one weekend a month.” and hearing that helped me sort of regain my perspective.

      • Surly Gale says:

        So true! We were lied to! I had no choice once dead-beat dad left but to work. I see the holes in my boy…and I never got to hear his stories…because he’d already told them to the folks leading his daycare. Whether you have help or not, if someone else is with your kids during their ‘prime’ time, they get the best of your kids. I picked up a hungry, tired kid when I was hungry and tired, and getting through the evening routine was sometimes just really really hard. After I fell asleep reading his story to him, he told me I didn’t need to read to him anymore, and I agreed and that part of the routine left and I’m still sad about it. Hindsight can be painful.

    • Kk2 says:

      I love her outfit too.

      Nanny shaming is a thing because nannies aren’t an option for most people, only the rich. So we/they criticize others to make themselves feel better while struggling to balance work/child care which is insanely hard and makes you feel like you are always failing in one arena. It’s not very mysterious. And of course they have nannies bc the other option is to quit their jobs, over burden their families (twins is no joke), or send their kids to daycare like the rest of us (lol). So yea, no surprises here.

    • charo says:

      Amal’s body language toward her mom is strange. Not welcoming.

      • Asher says:

        I think she and her mother are fine. I think the issue was Amal wasn’t very happy George insisted she and MIL head into the theatre quickly, before he and the rest of the cast stayed on the red carpet to chat to journalists in depth. She loves the cameras and the 30 second walk-through wasn’t quite enough to satiate her appetite.

        The video of this shows there was a gentlemen assigned to guide her and MIL into the theatre to avoid them lingering too long and a repeat of Cannes where she hogged the cameras and hijacked cast shots.

  2. Eleonor says:

    I don’t want children, but really nanny shaming is a thing??? If I had the money I would pay for a cleaning lady!

    • Snowflake says:

      Oh, God, yes me too! I would love to have a cleaning lady.

      • Eleonor says:

        I had a boyfriend who had one. I was in shock when I found all my t-shirts perfectly ironed on the bed. I wanted to cry LOL .

    • HeyThere! says:

      100%!!! I have a 1 and 3 year old and the kid stuff isn’t ‘hard’ to me, it’s the cooking, cleaning, shopping for fresh produce, WHILE doing all the potty training and baby stuff that kills me. If I had the money I would get a daily cleaning person, to literally come over and clean a few hours a day, while I did what I love, which is hanging out with my babies!! I also neglected my home often lately because the babies are getting big SO FAST, and if I cleaned nonstop I would miss so much. So the dishes pile up and the dust bunnies stay longer than I would like, but I’m enjoying every second I can because the months feel like a day and everyone is getting so grown up on me! I hate clutter and dust and dirty dishes in my sink. I try to clean while the baby naps. I read a silly saying online a few years ago that read: Nobody ever went to their death bed wishing they spent more time cleaning! This was a huge wake up call for me, personally. I’m trying to be ‘in the moment’, sometimes I’ll admit it’s a difficult thing for me to do. I stay home with them and sometimes feel burnt out, or have people shame me for being a stay at home mom, my self worth might take a small dip. When that happens I try to take a step back, and be grateful for anything I can list, forget the negative and get fresh air outside with the babies. The trust is I love making money and using my education I worked hard to achieve so this has been an adjustment period for sure. The job my husband works is crazy hours of the night/day, few days off and if I worked outside the home…we would NEVER be together as a family of four. Not even on the weekends, nothing. So I chose to stay home to give the babies balance and a parent that was always available. I’m grateful we can afford to do so. Many don’t have this option. I have friends that are the true definition of Super Mom, working full time outside the house and have several small kids, and I have no idea how they do it but they do and they are AMAZING!! Parenting is such a personal journey, as al situations and kids, are so different!

  3. Emily says:

    I like celebrities so much more when they’re honest about their privilege. I always roll my eyes when the rich and famous try to pretend that they’re “just like us”.

    I would kill for a nanny, and if anything I’d probably be more engaged and focused as a parent if I had somebody to outsource the more mundane tasks to.

  4. Seraphina says:

    If I had the money I’d hire a nanny, a cook and a housekeeper. Duh. Money is there to make life easier for those how earn it.

    • OriginalLala says:

      I’m currently trying to convince my hubby that a housekeeper is a good idea. We never bicker except about housework/cleaning (which we both loathe). We have no kids and have the money for it but he keeps resisting..driving me nuts!

      • Snowflake says:

        Oh God, my husband resists too! 😥

      • Wow says:

        My husband resisted until I told him he can take over the cleaning and he didn’t like that at all. Our Nanny is basically my live in mother in law, but if we didn’t have her we’d have a nanny too, especially for when they were babies.

      • LNG says:

        We hired a cleaner when I went back to work after maternity leave and it was the best decision I have ever made. My husband resisted at first too saying that he could do it himself. He does a lot around the house to keep things tidy but he would NEVER think to wash a floor or clean a bathroom until it was beyond gross.

        OriginalLaLa just do it! It will change your life. Get someone in for a “trial run”. Or buy yourself a gift certificate for your birthday. He only has to come home once to a clean amazing smelling house and he will be hooked!

      • Kate says:

        I had a therapist tell me to do that if we could afford it because why not just eliminate a source of fighting if you can? I was the holdout in that case insisting I could take care of it (I was a student then) but my husband (then boyfriend) is more of a neat freak than me so we would fight about frequency of cleaning. However many years later and we’re both in such a happy mood when we come home from work on cleaning day and the house is all tidy and clean.

      • Seraphina says:

        We have in and hired someone to clean twice a month. I was fed up with spending weekend cleaning while my husband got to enjoy running around with the kids and they would come home to a grumpy mom. Major game changer. If you can do it, go for it. Granted we give up other things but Saturday’s are now family time instead of cleaning the bathrooms and doing laundry. Plus, the boys now help too. Which also helps immensely.

      • Jerusha says:

        Hey, if you ever move to the Mobile area, my daughter has a cleaning service. Very reasonable. I’ll hook you up.😊

  5. Miss M says:

    I like her outfit here.

  6. Mrs. Smith says:

    I don’t have kids, but I did have a housekeeper for a few years. She came by once a week to clean, do laundry, everything. It was heaven to come home from a long work day and sit down to relax instead of doing the dishes or whatever 9 million things need doing around here. Kids are great, but I can’t imagine how much MORE it adds to the already long list of daily chores.

  7. Tanya says:

    I’m the oldest of 5, and the biggest thing I remember from my childhood is waiting. Waiting at doctor’s offices, the dentist, etc. Because we had no babysitters and had to do everything together, I couldn’t do any extra curriculars unless my friends’ parents would drive. I have 3 kids now, and I have a babysitter so they can have their own actives and I can have one on one time with each of them.

  8. Mia4s says:

    I used to think celebrities that hide their nannies are ridiculous, but then I remembered a good percentage of the public is dumb enough to buy the “oh we don’t have a nanny, I work out when the children sleep”.

    🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄

    GOOP called her nannies her “assistants”. JLo uses family members to do the work of nannies. A bunch of them use little tricks like that, all part of maintaining an “image” of “relatability”. When really all it does is serve to make women naive as to how Hollywood works feel bad. They ALL have help ladies. All of them.

    • Gigi La Moore says:

      Grown women have to be told these things? That’s the sad part.

      • Mia4s says:

        Sadly they really do. The whole celebrity mommy industry preys on them, even though these are the LAST women who can offer any real and practical advice. They have insane advantages.

        I mean look, Jennifer Garner doesn’t hide her nanny (ummm…moving on) but while she’s showing all these cute recipes and activities on Instagram do the women who emulate her ever stop to think about the fact that she is not down on her knees every weekend scrubbing the bathrooms? She’s not throwing in two extra loads of laundry because the kids got so messy doing crafts? Of COURSE she has time to do cutesy recipes and crafts. And that other working women don’t have the time is zero reflection on them.

      • Gigi La Moore says:

        I meant sad as in pathetic.

    • Asher says:

      How about those couples that do pap walks with kids and demand the nannies stay 50 metres behind? When paps are gone, the nannies may resume their duties.

  9. I'm With The Band says:

    If money weren’t an issue, I’d hire a cleaner and a cook in a heartbeat. I work full-time and frequently feel like I’m neglecting my son in favour of simply getting shit done. To spend more time with him would be amazing.

  10. Emmet says:

    If they could come clean about the IVF and the surrogate, that would be a boon to all us infertile women out there.

      • Emmet says:

        Face thin, arms thin, pregnancy pad???

        Maybe compare a progression with Duchess Meghan how a tiny person looks when pregnant.

      • Noway says:

        Not sure if she used a surrogate, although possible. Probably did IVF with twins and the age of George. 1/3 of all infertility issues are caused by the male and age is a male factor too. 1/3 of the the remaining cases is female and 1/3 unexplained. It’s heartbreaking to deal with infertility and this could be their issue and we don’t really need to know. Yes it would help this issue, but it’s not our business. Plus, yes Amal is tiny, but she’s also almost 6 feet tall, not quite Meghan so it’s possible she was actually pregnant.

      • Jerusha says:

        @emmet. I’m 5’ tall i weighed 104 pounds going into the delivery room to produce an 8 pound 5 ounce daughter. Total weight gain of 14 pounds. I have a photo of my mother, also 5’, taken 3 weeks before I was born. You can’t tell she’s pregnant. Not all if us get large. I don’t doubt Amal carried the twins. Don’t know about ivf-not my business.

    • Linda says:

      @emmet
      I welcomed a baby boy through surrogacy two weeks ago and I feel that no woman owes anyone an explanation on her reproduction choices.

    • Asher says:

      I believe she was pregnant and don’t get the conspiracy theories on that. Her face looked slightly plumper and she had nicer skin; she most definitely had a pregnancy glow. She’s so vain she barely gained any weight though.

      These two are so annoying. This release reads like a direct response to the endless comments about “do they ever see their kids,” and so on. Yes, there’s an element of parent-shaming in those comments but it’s because they’re always so overexposed, on holiday, partying here or there, and doing endless pap walks.

  11. Iknow says:

    I would give my left arm for a nanny, housekeeper, and cook. No shame here. My son’s best friend has two nannies for him and his siblings. His mother has been very generous with drop-off and pick-ups. It’s saved me a lot of anxiety.

  12. t says:

    Her mum looks fun! She also looks a lot like Jackie Collins (with a dash of Kris Jenner and Haifa Wehbe). In that first picture though Amal looks like she’s secretly going “oh, no, muuuummmm!” in that super-cool teenager angsty kind of way, while her mum just beams!

    • FHMom says:

      Without my glasses, I thought her mom was Joan Collins. She’s a beautiful woman. I think Amal resembles her, but the mom has a softer, less angular face.

      • Asher says:

        Amal looks 100% like her dad, who has the same nose and face shape. Her (elder) sister looks slightly more like the mum, with the more delicate features.

  13. Veronica S. says:

    Huh, I really like Amal’s dress! It’s a fun take on a “mermaid” gown.

    I’d rather the wealthy own their privilege, to be honest. Of course life is easier with hired help. The upper classes have always had a village to do the raising. I’m more annoyed when they pretend otherwise.

  14. Deborah says:

    I live in an expat community with a lot of SAHMs who have full time nannies. There’s some judgement, especially of the moms who seem to go day drinking a lot. But most of these moms are using nannies so they can go to the gym, or take their big kids to activities while the baby sleeps, or get some homeschooling done, or get the laundry folded.

    I’ve got morning help five days a week, and we are both busy the entire four hours. School for the oldest, books and play with the 3yo, a nurse nap for the baby, laundry, cooking lunch, tidying. If there’s time, a shower for me!

  15. KatieBo says:

    That dress is amazing and the fit is perfect *hearts for eyes* It’s so stunning- the best thing she’s ever worn, I think.

  16. Simon the Bird says:

    « The top should have done more to bring attention to the skirt »
    I don’t understand what this means. Anyone want to explain?

    • Noway says:

      I thought she meant the top didn’t really do anything to show off the great skirt. To me it almost looks like it just doesn’t go with it, and I agree. Cause the skirt is fabulous, and final comment can we get her to stop posing pigeon toed it just get’s on my nerves.

  17. Asher says:

    I watched the video of the three of them on the red carpet and George has been switching things up. Remember when she used to drag it out and stay with him the whole time? He sent her (and MIL) packing into the cinema after a 30 second, 1 minute walk in, and then he lingered and chatted to press with the rest of the cast. They had the “chat” about not-another-Cannes, where she tried upstaging the cast, I guess.
    Girl was walking through the airport in Rome in thigh-high boots and a ($2K?) crochet couture dress the other day. It was so obviously a pap walk. Clooney image are getting to toxic level with their overexposure.

    • Truth says:

      If looks could kill! When George tells his bodyguard to take Amal away from the stage she makes a upset/disgusted face and doesn’t even turn back to look at George.

      This one F’ing LOVES the attention. George cut off the heroin supply to the addict. She looked so upset having to leave the circuit and did manage the fakest of smiles.

      I would kill to be a fly on the wall and listen in to their private conversations. I wonder if he regrets marrying the diva.

  18. SJR says:

    If I had money like Clooney…you can bet I would hire an entire team to help me. With everything!
    Cook? Nanny? Housekeeper? Laundry? Yard work and home repairs? Yes, please. Yes to all of it. Create a job, people. I’m 57, and I hired a snowplow company to clear my driveway this year. All season, ever time it snowed more than 1”, here they come. It was great! I am budgeting to hire them again this coming winter.

    Seriously. If you can afford help, hire help. I have zero problem with this.

  19. Granger says:

    If I’d had the money when my kids were young, I would’ve hired a part-time nanny and a house cleaner IN A HEARTBEAT. I used to love cooking, but I got out of the habit of spending lots of time in the kitchen making fun meals because I just didn’t have time between all the childcare, cleaning, shopping, etc. (not to mention work). Now my kids are in their early teens and I feel like I lost my cooking skills in a way — it’s all so routine now, and I just don’t have the drive for it anymore. But I miss it, and I think that if I’d had more help when the kids were young, I might still be experimenting in the kitchen today. Ah well, maybe when I’m retired… We finally have a cleaner, though! My husband was ridiculously stubborn about it for years, but my job got busier so he relented — and now I swear he’s more excited when he comes home on cleaning day than I am. ;-)