Ann Romney had the means to hire help in raising her five sons, but she went about it the way the average American mother would -- with no assistance at all.

According to a source familiar with the family, Ann Romney did not tap into her family's vast wealth in raising Tagg, Matt, Josh, Ben and Craig while Mitt toiled away at the Boston Consulting Group and Bain Capital in the 1970s and 1980s.

No nannies, said the source, who requested anonymity.

A poster on the liberal website Daily Kos speculated that Ann Romney had help raising the kids, claiming the Romneys had five housekeepers in 2010.

If they had that much help in 2010 it is hard to imagine that Ann Romney raised her 5 children without any outside assistance, wouldn't you agree? Daily Kos user jbiggs asked.

But the poster posed the question without offering any evidence to back up his assertion.

Romney's days as a housewife have been scrutinized since Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen said Wednesday night on CNN that Romney has never worked a day in her life.

Romney and stay-at-home moms everywhere took offense to Rosen's remarks for suggesting raising children wasn't work.

I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work, Ann Romney tweeted.

Rosen has since apologized for her comment, but she also said Romney had the luxury of staying home when the average American mother today can't afford to do so.

@AnnDRomney I am raising children too. But most young American women HAVE to BOTH earn a living AND raise children. You know that don't u? Rosen tweeted.

Rosen issued a statement in which she referring to the so-called war on women that Democrats say Republicans have waged this election cycle.

I apologize to Ann Romney and anyone else who was offended, Rosen said. Let's declare peace in this phony war and go back to focus on the substance.

Rosen's remarks were condemned on both sides of the aisle, including Democrats with strong ties to President Barack Obama.

I could not disagree with Hilary Rosen any more strongly, tweeted Obama 2012 campaign manager Jim Messina. Her comments were wrong and family should be off limits. She should apologize.

Also Disappointed in Hilary Rosen's comments about Ann Romney, tweeted Obama senior adviser David Axelrod. They were inappropriate and offensive.

Hilary Rosen was wrong about Ann Romney & I hope she will say so..., tweeted Joe Trippi, the pundit who managed Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign.