I have written this guide from my experience as a mother hosting female au pairs in Australia. I speak to other mothers, and I write from the perspective of a married mother; however, I appreciate the increasing number of single parents seeking an au pair’s assistance. So, I have added an extra chapter for single parents. So please excuse the focus on married couples throughout the book and understand that I wrote from my personal experience. Also I will refer to the au pair as a girl throughout this book but I am aware of many fine young men seeking au pair positions, but having never used a boy au pair, so I decided against switching pronouns.