Host family rules

When an Au Pair comes to live with a host family, she will be new to living in the United States. Some  host parents like to write down the house rules. That gives the Au Pair a reference that she initially reads to understand host family's rules and important information. This is also a reference she can use when she has forgotten something that parents have told her.
Every family does things differently and the following information is for guidance only.  
Parents may include in their family rules telephone use - whether the Au Pair should buy a telephone card or use Skype,  and limit of using family cell phone.
Is the Au Pair allowed to use parents’ computer? When is the Au Pair allowed to use the computer? 
Is the Au Pair allowed to have girlfriends and boyfriends over to the house during her time off and while babysitting? Does she have to be back at any particular time on weekday nights and on weekend nights? Is the Au Pair is allowed to have other Au Pairs over for sleepovers? Is the Au Pair allowed to have visitors from their home country to stay?  
Car availability and limits. Discussing use of the car outside of the working hours. Who is going to pay for gas?
The host family rules can be a part of the Au Pair Host Family Handbook.  Parents may set out the rules of the house and establish boundaries for the Au Pair. It also gives the Au Pair a reference to important and often different ways of doing things in the United States.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Betsy
    Jul 17, 2013 @ 12:55:34

    Hi, Thanks for fantastic post.

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