From Au Pair mom

How to decide to host an Au Pair?

Here is an Au Pair advice from Anna T.  Anna T. is a host mother and an author of articles about hosting an au pair: How to hire an au pairHow to save money on an au pair programHow to welcome your new au pair.

When a family is faced with a choice of childcare, there are many – a large daycare center, a small home-based daycare, a private nanny or a babysitter, a combination of family help and daycare or babysitters, afterschool care for older children….

Another childcare option that is gaining in popularity, and that many parents haven’t heard of, is au pair childcare.

Even after considering the combination of great benefits and low cost of au pairs, the hardest part is to finally make that choice and invite your first au pair into your home. With all the other childcare choices, a parent can see what it is like, meet the caregiver in person before committing, arrange for a trial period, and see how this method works for their friends and neighbors. But because chances are that a family doesn’t personally know anybody else with an au pair, cannot see it for themselves, this option doesn’t get the consideration it deserves.

It took me almost a year after first seriously considering au pairs, to finally get our first au pair. I was expecting my second child when I first applied to the au pair program, but in the end I have gotten a nanny instead. After eight months and five nannies, I have finally made the plunge, and matched with our first au pair. I haven’t looked back! I have used homebased daycare, large institutional daycare, nanny, afterschool care at different times for my children, and au pair childcare beats all those options for me, hands down.

When I was first considering using au pairs for childcare, I had many questions and doubts. Now, in my fifth year of hosting au pairs, I can answer every one of those questions that a perspective host parent will worry about:

How can a young girl with no children of her own be a good caregiver?

The best proof of the quality of aupair childcare

Will hosting an Au Pair impact my marriage?

When preparing to host an Au Pair

How can I choose a caregiver without interviewing her in person?

What happens if I don’t like my au pair when she arrives?

Will I be able to relax and enjoy myself at home with another adult hanging around all the time?

Is changing caregivers every year bad for my children?

Does it matter which country is an au pair from?

Will the fact that English is an au pair’s second language, make my kids speak with an accent?

An Au Pair is an international ambassador

Stay tuned, these questions and many more will be answered soon.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Gina
    Jun 21, 2011 @ 15:03:31

    Amazing! I love this blog! Very interesting. Thank you, host mom 🙂


  2. Anna T
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 09:37:35

    Gina, thank you for reading! I am glad you found my posts interesting. Look for more posts in this series coming soon!


  3. George Vaught
    Nov 01, 2011 @ 19:45:36

    I like reading everything that is written on your website.Please keep the information coming. I liked it!


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