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It’s not often that nannies, babysitters and other caregivers get a shout out -- so when Amy Poehler dedicated her “Time 100” award this week to the people who allow working women to “get to do what [they] get to do because there are wonderful people helping at home,” it was a celebration long overdue.
After all, behind every working mom, there’s someone in the wings, ensuring her sons and daughters get read to, carted from elementary school to soccer practice and rocked to sleep -- another someone who loves and cares for her kids until the work is finished and the commute is through.
My daughters’ wonderful babysitter, Bernie, has seen us through six years of teething and tantrums. She’s fed our kids her own dinner when the traffic’s so snarled that we’re stuck en route for an extra three hours, and worked every snow day when there were deadlines to be met, blizzard be damned.
To me, she’s more than just an unsung hero -- she’s family. And I’m tearing up already, knowing that after my youngest starts kindergarten next year, our “Bernie days” will become fewer and farther between.
Mother’s Day is next week, but it’s a perfect opportunity to thank the people who help you be both a mom and a career woman. So borrow Poehler's props: “On behalf of every sister and mother and person who stands in your kitchen and helps you love your child, I say thank you -- and I celebrate you tonight."
Check out what iVillage's Kelly Wallace has to add: