Several single fathers emailed me asking if a single father can hire an au pair. The answer is Yes. I had/ have several single fathers who raised the kids with an Au Pair’s help. The Au Pair becomes a big sister for kids, a person who is a reliable and loving member of the family.
Welcoming a Chinese Au Pair to our family.
Well it has been over five months since my children lost their mother to cancer in April 2012. My wife was from China and learning Mandarin and Chinese culture were gifts she gave to our children. Yet, after her passing, I needed the help of Chinese tutors and teachers to complete the spring semester at their Sunday Chinese school. With some trepidation, I set out to interview several Au Pair candidates over the summer.
The best candidate was one I had mentioned in a prior post. She has a twin sister who was an Au Pair and her twin sister worked for a single father where the mother had passed away from cancer. As others have told me, these things in life happen for a reason.
After many rounds of paperwork and a long flight, she arrived in late September 2012. I picked her up at the hotel at the conclusion of the Go Au Pair orientation training. We visited her twin sister who lived nearby the training site, and then we drove back to my home in Pennsylvania.
We arrived a half-hour before the school bus. The children ran home from the bus, so excited to have a new person in their lives. It was at this point that I realized that I had made the right choice. Her name is Hui and as you can see, my children were happy to have a Chinese Au Pair in our home.
A few days later, we attended the Go Au Pair international dinner in Bucks County where Hui had a chance to meet the other Au Pairs and make more friends.
Now, the children are confident at their Chinese school. While no one will replace their mother, they have a ‘big sister’ from China and they tell her about the fun things they did with their mother. They look back and remember the person they had, not the person they lost. These things in life happen for a reason.