Although celebrities tend to use nannies on a full-time basis to manage their busy lives, tales of famous babysitters have also managed to inspire younger women to head into this field. Singer Avril Lavigne sat for several families, including her record producer's kids, when she was younger. America's Next Top Model winner Johanna House actually lost the weight she needed to win the competition at her babysitting job. Diverse stars from Sex & the City's Kristen Davis to Clint Eastwood have been tied by the media to babysitting duties. Even Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie babysat on The Simple Life, although this was more apt to make parents cringe than run for the phone to hire them.
Most recently, however, Madonna made the babysitting news. Just a day after getting temporary custody of a year-old Malawian child, Madonna had to call in a sitter to lend a helping hand. She didn't hire a sitter online, but she did have to leave the baby in the care of her entourage while some of the adoption red tape got worked out.
Finally, several celebrities have taken the hardest road of all, by simply becoming full-time parents, regardless of the toll on their careers. Some of these celebrities, such as Gwyneth Paltrow, are regarded very highly by other parents. "I respected her movies... but more than anything I respect the glow that she has when she talks about her kids," states one Sittercity.com entry, left in late 2006. "It's just a shame to lose her on the screen." Luckily, as interest in celebrity parenting heightens, so does awareness of parenting concerns. It's hard to watch Britney driving her kids without a seat belt and not want to get a manny for her too — in addition to her kids.