If your current child care arrangement is aggravating rather than relieving your stress level, it might be time to consider other options. Here’s a handy guide to help you determine if hosting an au pair could be right for your family!
You might need an au pair if:
- That hat on your head isn’t just protection from the cold—you didn’t have time to brush your hair in the morning!
- It’s only January and you’ve already used half of your yearly sick days staying home with your little germ-magnets. Better take your vitamins!
- The small fortune you’ve spent on child care over the last year could have paid for a semester of college at an Ivy League school.
- Wrestling your kids into winter coats in the morning to get out the door resembles a WWE match (and you’re not always the victor).
- You can’t remember the last time you and your partner had a date…or even a conversation that didn’t revolve around shuttling your children somewhere/their bodily functions/how exhausted you are.
- Your children’s exposure to international culture is limited to the affected English accent they’ve developed from watching countless episodes of Peppa Pig. Time to find some new activities!
- Your children think that yelling is your regular voice.
- You’ve gone to work with milk stains (or worse!) on your clothes and you just didn’t have the energy to care.
If you said, Yes, that’s me! to any of these things, an au pair might be just what your family needs to make your life easier.
Learn more about an au pair’s role and child care responsibilities, such as waking and dressing young children, preparing meals and cleaning up the kitchen afterwards, sharing their culture, driving children to and from school/appointments/playdates, and staying home with sick children.
Check out our different program options to find the one that best fits your family’s needs.
Source: of america