The Allure of Using an Au Pair.

I would like to introduce today our special guest blogger Stephanie who is one of the writers for houstonnanny.com 

When it comes to the care of your child, you want to make sure that the person you hired is right for your family dynamic. Although using a nanny from a service can provide a peace of mind as most of them have been screened before hire, the Au Pair could be a logical choice. Au Pairs are screened just as well, if not better, than some nanny services. Why should you consider an Au Pair instead of a traditional nanny?

1. Cheaper – For the most part, an Au Pair is much cheaper to maintain than a nanny who requires a paycheck. Essentially, this person becomes a kind of extended family member who helps out around the house and lives under your roof. While they require an “allowance” and room and board, the cost of an Au Pair can still be considerably less than what you would spend on a nanny.Save_Money

2. Connections – For a nanny, the job is purely professional. Many refuse to become attached to families and treat the experience as more of an employer-employee relationship. For many families, this is a logical practice. However, children are more likely to respond to a person that can relate to them on an emotional level. It is easier to build a connection with an Au Pair simply for the fact that they are not in your home for a paycheck.
I like my aupair 3. Cultural Exposure – For many Au Pairs, living in your location is a new experience. You are able to show her how your culture interacts with the world. In turn, she can expose her culture to your family – which can lead to an insight to understanding her people. Sharing knowledge can go a long way to understanding each other and seeing situations through a different perspective can benefit in peaceful interaction.

4. Live In – Although there are some nannies that will live in the home of a client family, Au Pairs have no choice. You are opening your home to these individuals giving you a peace of mind that your home is cared for. Although the Au Pair’s responsibilities are less than what a contracted nanny would be, this person can help out in ways you may have never thought of previously.
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5. Satisfying – An Au Pair is simply more than a live-in care provider for your children. She is learning about the area you live in. You are essentially helping yourself by helping her learn more about your culture. When it is time for your Au Pair to move on, you can feel satisfied that you are helping someone learn what it means to be a part of your own culture. Although Au Pairs usually only stay in a single locale for 12-months, a great deal can be accomplished. The hardest thing will be to let go of the positive influence she could have infused the family with.

The Au Pair is not a servant or a regular employee. It is more akin to inviting a cousin to live with you for a year in order to help around the house if your life is hectic. If you would invite your cousin to go out to dinner with the family or on a vacation during the summer, you should do so with the Au Pair. She is there to help and learn, not wait on you hand and foot.

Author Bio:

Stephanie has many years of experience as a nanny. She has always loved children and has continuously been involved in childcare activities. Currently she is one of the writers for houstonnanny.com. If you want to get in touch with her, you can email her at stephanie. Houstonnanny @ gmail. com.

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