Celebrities are often criticized — see the recent fuss over Kylie Jenner’s childcare situation — for hiring nannies to help look after their children. But getting backup from others, whether it’s a full-time nanny, day care program, or grandparent with some free time, is a reality for most working parents of all stripes.
And yet, those caregivers and helping hands are rarely acknowledged. Actress Busy Philipps changed all that Sunday by posting a Mother’s Day tribute honoring the contributions of her family’s own Mary Poppins.
Meet Iliana, the woman who helps the newly minted talk show host and director husband Marc Silverstein care for their two daughters, Birdie and Cricket.
The tribute to “all those that help mothers to mother” was met with praise, with many fans — some of them caregivers themselves — highlighting the importance of recognizing people like Iliana.
“As a nanny, I love this post so much,” one fan wrote. “Thanks for acknowledging your nanny in this way, Busy!”
“I don’t know you but I swear the fact that you took a moment to acknowledge the unsung hero in your home made my heart explode,” gushed another follower.
“Thank you for sharing this,” a commenter added. “Most VIPs make the world think they do it on their own, putting even more pressure on the average mom to be ‘perfect’!”
“I love this being transparent that you have somebody who helps and honoring her,” wrote a fan.
“This is a great and real post,” read another comment. “Go nannies, go grandmas, go babysitters — anyone who helps make our families stronger and better! It does take a village and it is so humble of you to admit that!”
One appreciative comment came from a man identifying himself as Iliana’s son.
“You’re amazing,” he told Philipps. “And thank you for acknowledging my mom. She loves Cricket and Birdie as if they were her own. Thank you for being so good to her.”
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