Celebrity Trend: Family Member as Nanny

Celebrities always seem to be getting a bad reputation for having a nanny (or two or even three!) to take care of their kids while many "normal" moms struggle to find ways to keep the kids under watch while they go to work. However, it seems that the trend is reversing, and now celebrities are looking more to family members, usually their moms, for help with their little ones.

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Michelle Obama: Grandma is in the White House

Michelle relies on her mom, Marian Robinson, to assist in parenting daughters Malia, 13, and Sasha, 10. Grandma has been helping out with the kids long before the move to D.C. Back when Barack and Michelle were campaigning, Marian would frequently take the girls to school and extracurricular activities. She even cooked meals and put them to bed.

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Jennifer Lopez: Everyone on Set

Jennifer Lopez has quite the posse on the set of her new movie What to Expect When You're Expecting. While J. Lo shows off her acting prowess, twins Max and Emme, 3, are not far behind under the close supervision of Grandma Guadalupe. Indeed, Grandma is more than just an on-location babysitter. She moved in right after the kids were born!

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Beyonce: Mom as Mentor

As mom-to-be Beyoncé prepares for her first child with Jay-Z, she knows that there is one person she can always count on for guidance: her mom, Tina Knowles. In a recent article, Beyoncé revealed that, even though the couple is looking for a nanny in the long run, she is thrilled that her mom will be staying with them for the first month after Baby is born.

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Camila Alves: Live-In Grandma

Camila Alves and long-time boyfriend Matthew McConaughey rely on Camila's mom to help out with Levi, 3, and Vida, 1. Having Grandma around helps keep the family sane as the couple works long hours and travels frequently. Camila says that, even though it is sometimes tricky to have three generations in the house, having her mom around is "the best thing that could have happened to me."

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Tiffani Thiessen: Bi-coastal Babysitting

White Collar star Tiffani Thiessen handles her mommyhood with ease, thanks to help from her mother, Robyn. Tiffani can think of no one more suited for the job of watching her daughter Harper, 1. Luckily, Grandma is okay with racking up the frequent flier miles between New York and Los Angeles -- the family splits their time between the two cities!

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Kourtney Kardashian: Keeping it in the Family

Famous mommy Kourtney Kardashian prefers to leave babysitting duties to her big family. While Kourtney does have a nanny for Mason, 23 months, when she is working, she leans on the Kardashian crew for day-to-day assistance. Her babysitter of choice is stepfather Bruce Jenner. Kourtney loves when the two of them bond for an afternoon, and says that Bruce often takes Mason to the car wash and to do other "manly" activities.

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Gisele Bundchen: Even Supermodels Need Mom!

Before she gave birth to son Benjamin, now 1, supermodel Gisele B?ndchen had her mom waiting in the wings! Last year, Gisele reported that her mom had been staying with her during the pregnancy and was a huge support. After Benjamin's birth, Gisele's mom continued to stick around for a bit as the Bundchen-Brady's held off on getting a nanny right away.

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Kimberly Williams-Paisley: Country Living

From the beginning, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley and her husband, country singer Brad Paisley, knew that they wanted to raise their kids without the aid of a nanny. Instead, the Nashville couple has been relying on close friends and family to help out with sons Huck, 4, and Jasper, 2, since they were born. The primary babysitters? Both Kimberly and Brad's moms!

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Celine Dion: Double Duty!

After Céline Dion gave birth to twins Nelson and Eddy last year, she announced that she was not going to hire a nanny to take care of them and René-Charles, 10. Instead, she calls on her mother Th?r?se and sister Linda to help her with household tasks. Both are happy to assist with running errands, cooking and other related activities.

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