If you thought that the celebrity parenting world is full of nannies and night nurses, think again. Many celebrity parents are completely hands-on, opting to try to balance work-life and family life as much as possible. Celebrities such as Katie Holmes, Jennifer Garner, Angelina Jolie, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Mark Ruffalo and many others have all been known to bring their celebrity kids to the set when they’re working.

Here are just a few celebrity parents who bring their kids to work with them.

Jessica Alba
In an interview for Working Mother Magazine, Jessica Alba spoke about how she found her own personal balance between her acting career, her business, The Honest Company, and her family, which includes daughters Honor (6) and Haven (3). Alba set up her offices nearby her daughters’ schools so she can work and still watch over them. The Fantastic Four actress stated: “If I have morning meetings, I make sure I give the girls their baths and do story time at night. My office is a couple of blocks from Honor’s school, so she can play there after classes.”

Ashton Kutcher
Ever active on social media, Ashton Kutcher took to Facebook and posted a pic of himself carrying, among other things, a guitar, a wetsuit, a baby bouncer, and a script—all in the name of work-life balance. “This may be a metaphor for my life,” the former Two and a Half Men actor captioned the pic. He and Mila Kunis are the parents to Wyatt Isabelle Kutcher, 8 months. And although they can afford a nanny, the celebrity parents don’t have one. “We’re really privileged that we have time and can afford to take time. We don’t have a nanny or a night nurse or anything. It’s just the two of us,” he said.

Alyson Hannigan & Cobie Smulders
There were babies everywhere on the set of How I Met Your Mother. Actresses (and friends) Alyson Hannigan and Cobie Smulders had daughters who often visited them on the set of the hit TV series. In fact, the celebrity moms would bring their daughters to work on the same days so that they could play together.

Sure, you might think that it’s great that many of the celeb parents you know and love can bring their kids to work with them—or take off 6 months just to spend time with them. But not everyone is as fortunate. That shouldn’t stop you from realizing your own flexible work dreams, though. Here’s how you can have celebrity-level work flexibility, too!

Speak with your boss.
If you’re already employed in a job that you like (but don’t like the commute or the stringent hours), you can always schedule a meeting with your boss to see if he can turn your in-office position into a more flexible-friendly one. Be prepared with reasons why it will benefit him (not you), and be ready to negotiate. Your boss might only be amenable to letting you work remotely for a day or two a week to start, but that’s okay. Once you’ve proven yourself by being as productive as you were in the office (or even more so) and being available when you say that you’re going to be, your boss might turn your part-time flexible job into a full-time one.

Be strategic.
If you’re going to look for a flexible job, hitting your old job board haunts simply won’t do. Check out our 1MFWF coalition for niche job boards and job search help to find flex-friendly positions such as telecommuting jobs, part-time jobs, freelance or contract work, and jobs that also offer job sharing or have compressed workweeks. Decide what type of flex will fit in best with your life’s needs, and search accordingly!

Change it up
Just because you’ve held pretty much the same position for the past few years (and haven’t really loved it) doesn’t mean that you need to continue looking for the same ho-hum job. Take this opportunity to flex your wings (pun intended) and look for a position that truly makes you happy. There are opportunities for flexible work in virtually every career field, so don’t sell yourself short and think that because you want a certain type of job you’ll never be able to have work-life balance. It’s out there; it’s just up to you to find it.

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