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Haylie Duff Keeps It Real With Moms

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By Melissa Weirick

There's an age-old saying that goes, "it takes a village to raise a child." And anyone who's gone through the process of raising a child (or children) knows how much truth this philosophy holds. Haylie Duff, mother of two, is open about the help that she receives as a working mom in raising her two daughters, Lulu and Ryan. Not only is she honest about the assistance, she gives accolades to her nanny in a way that not many other Hollywood moms do.

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“I have a fantastic nanny named Claudia, who is the reason my family can run the way that it does,” Duff told Showbiz Cheat Sheet. “She is so crucial to my life and she’s just the most loving, beautiful woman that I know. I have multiple jobs and so does my guy so it just would be impossible for me to not have help in that way.” There's nothing more comforting to a mother than knowing your children's nanny loves them just like you do.

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“I’ve been very open and honest about the kind of help that I have,” Duff continues. “But, you know, I also am the type of mother that I’m home every night for bedtime and tucking them in and doing bath and dinner. And I’m very hands-on in that way.” Haylie does a good job in balancing the amount of time she's at work, and the time she's home for the crucial routines in her daughters' young lives. There are some things she doesn't want to miss out on.

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While Haylie is open about the help she receives from Claudia, she also wants to emphasize the large role she still plays in her kids' lives. “I do feel that it’s important that whether you have help or not, you’re still raising your kids, that somebody else is not doing that,” she stresses. “I think that’s really important. And that’s something I really struggle with the balance. I want to be the one to pick them up from school every day and drop them off."

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Her plight is something that most working moms find themselves struggling with. Where is the happy medium? When does it get to the point where the nanny is doing more than you are? Haylie is always conscious of these thoughts. Regarding school pickup and dropoff, bed and bath times, she says, "I want those separate memories of being me doing all those things. But I also have to go to work, too. So, you know, I have been guilty of that, just like every working mom does.”

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She is also quick to sing the praises of moms who don't work - at least, not in an office. “Then on the flip side, the moms that stay home and run their families and that’s their job,” she says. “That may be harder than any job that there is.” There's always someone out there to judge. Whether a mom stays at home or whether she works, there will be someone who disagrees with her choices. But Haylie is confident in the place she holds in Ryan and Lulu's lives - and that's what is most important.

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