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AU PAIRS WITH EASE

Live in child care has many benefits but how do you actually manage having an extra person in your house looking after your children? After 15 au pairs helping with her 5 five boys this is one mothers extensive guide to successfully hosting au pairs. From online sourcing, settling in and setting boundaries, sticky issues like trust, time alone and discipline are tackled alongside some practical advice on how to keep everyone happy and what to do if they are not. This easy read guide book will give you the confidence and know-how to successfully manage the relationship between you, your family and a live in au pair or nanny.

Description

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.


1. WHY PREPARE FOR AN AU PAIR?
2. PROS AND CONS OF HOME-BASED AU PAIR CARE
3. 3 AGENCY OR ONLINE: Several steps to discovering the right au pair for you
4. ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FINDING THE IDEAL AU PAIR FROM ONLINE SOURCES
5. 5 THINGS YOU NEED TO DO WHEN YOUR NEW AU PAIR ARRIVES
6. FLIES IN THE OINTMENT
7. FEARS & AU PAIRS: The trust factor
8. 3 BASIC RULES TO ENSURE AU PAIR SUCCESS
9. PART OF THE FAMILY OR PAID WORKER: What’s your au pair’s status?
10. THE ONE BIG SECRET TO HAVING A GREAT AU PAIR
11. AU PAIR FUNDAMENTALS: Making things work
12. DO’S AND DON’TS: Discipline
13. OUTSOURCING & DEMI-AU PAIRS
14. WHAT TO DO WHEN THINGS DON’T WORK OUT
15. TIME TO SAY GOODBYE: Managing the inevitable departure of your au pair
16. NEXT OR NO ONE: Life after the au pair experience

Appendix
A. Au Pair Lair: Designing the digs to keep your au pair out of your hair
B. Au Pairs on Wheels: What you need to think about before your au pair drives
C. Note to Single Parents
D. Example “More Information Letter”