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post #21 of 25

Subscribing because we are seriously considering an au pair for our 2-year-old over a day care.  For us, we really want to keep my native language in the home.  So, options are either foreign-language day cares or nannies.  In the application process, can you specify that you want an au pair that speaks a particular language?


What service would you recommend to book through?

post #22 of 25
Thread Starter 

Lost track of this thread!  To the poster finding a Christmas gift - what did you end up getting her?  I would recommend maybe tickets to a theater or other event in your town, or some other way to help her get out and about and meet people and have fun in her area. 

 

fireHC11 - we used Au Pair in America and have been really pleased with them, but I've heard good and bad stories about most of the agencies.  There are 12 State Department approved agencies for U.S. host families. 

 

Also wanted to share that I really like the au pair mom blog - great questions and ideas from au pairs and host parents.

 

Anyone still reading who currently has an au pair?  How's it going?  We're still loving it - it's been about 4 months.

post #23 of 25

My husband ended up picking up a camera for her, as she didn't seem to have one, and we thought it would be nice for her to be able to take some pictures during her time here.  Your suggestion is a good one too though. :)

 

Going pretty well so far, although it's been a slightly rough beginning as we were in the middle of replacing the flooring in our living room/dining room and it was supposed to be done before she got here but there were delays and it just got finished last night (haven't even moved the furniture back in yet).  So it's been a little hard to "hang out" without a dining table, couch, etc.

 

She's doing well with the baby, we're doing EC and she takes him to his little potty; I've gotten her to wear him in a Beco while we take the dogs for walks (although she hasn't started using it at any other time yet).  I'm still just working at home for another couple of weeks which has been helping, although I think it makes her attempts at bottle-feeding him more difficult.

 

Trying to get her to tell us what she likes and doesn't like especially for food has been a bit challenging, hopefully with a little more time she will open up.  She's even more shy with my DH.   It does help that there are a lot of people in this area that speak Spanish.  We're working on getting her driver's license so that she can go places on her own and not be totally dependent on us.

 

fireHC11 - we went through GoAuPair and have been pretty happy with them so far.  You can pick where you want your au pair to be from but it depends on how many they have available from that country.
 

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Lost track of this thread!  To the poster finding a Christmas gift - what did you end up getting her?  I would recommend maybe tickets to a theater or other event in your town, or some other way to help her get out and about and meet people and have fun in her area.

post #24 of 25
Thread Starter 

I've posted to this other thread too and added some "pros and cons" of having an au pair as I see it.  Anything to add?

 

http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/1256760/has-anyone-hosted-an-au-pair#post_16128392

post #25 of 25

okay WOW first and foremost I really have to commend all of you! You all sound like wonderful mothers to work for and any au pair is lucky to be welcomed into your homes :) I am currently working as an au pair in Paris and have found that interacting with the mother tends to leave me very uncomfortable as she is extremely condescending and treats me more like a servant working behind the scenes :/ I'm here on exchange and she hasn't given me really any time off to travel or to experience Europe, and she keeps forgetting that I'm here mainly to study abroad so I need time to make sure I'm not failing all of my classes haha! The fact that one of you bought your au pairs a Christmas present is mind boggling to me and so sweet! I had a kidney infection and called the mother in tears explaining I couldn't come to work. She said okay, but never asked me if I was feeling better later in the week :/ I live in their building just not inside their flat and if it weren't for that degree of removal from the family and the children I don't know if I could have survived! You are all giving your au pairs STELLAR conditions compared to what I've put up with! Bon travail :)

 

All in all, I feel like all of you are doing a fabulous job. Keep it up!

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