So you’ve decided to host an au pair but are nervous about the prospect of having someone new in your home. It can be daunting inviting a new person to share in your life but, if you find the right person, your au pair could become a part of your children’s life that you don’t remember living without. Here’s how to make sure you find the perfect match for your lifestyle and your family.
Think about your family unit
Think about your family and the type of lifestyle you lead. What are some of the things that make your family unique and what’s important for someone new to know before agreeing to come into your home? Thinking honestly about what is important to you will help you find someone who has similar interests and values and this can make the process a much more enjoyable one.
Think about your children
Once you’ve looked at your family unit as a whole, think about your children and the kind of person they would feel comfortable with on a daily basis. Who do they interact well with already and what characteristics do these people possess that make them accessible and draw your children to them? Looking for an au pair that has similar qualities will help your children to identify with them more easily. Be sure to think about the types of activities your children enjoy and make sure you find someone who will be able to enjoy these activities with them. For example, if your child enjoys drawing and painting then looking for someone with an artistic mindset will help your child find something in common with them right away.
Think about your future au pair
Think honestly about what characteristics you want to see in your child’s au pair. What are some of the things you look for in a care giver and what characteristics are not negotiable? Do you want someone who has a background in child care or is someone who has a great personality and natural rapport with your children more important to you? Remember, your au pair is going to live with you and your children so make sure that you think about what kind of person you want to interact with on a daily basis. Thinking about this before you begin the interview process will allow you to only choose candidates who meet your specific requirements.
The most important part about finding the perfect match is being honest about what works and what doesn’t. This is important during the selection process but is also vital once you have selected your au pair. If things are not going as you had hoped, be honest with your au pair about what you have observed and what they could do to make your children more comfortable. Also encourage them to be honest about how they are finding the experience. Hosting an au pair can be a very rewarding experience if done correctly and you want to make sure that neither of you spend the next few months unhappy about the arrangement. The perfect match is out there! It’s all about finding someone who suits your family so just because one person doesn’t work out doesn’t mean that the whole process isn’t for you.
Take time to get to know your au pair and allow your children enough time to adjust to the new person in their lives before deciding to make a change. All great relationships take time and a bit of work so give your au pair a chance to make what could be an enormous difference in your lives.
For more information about how to make the most out of the hosting experience or to start the process of finding the perfect au pair, contact Smart Au Pairs today – your local Australian au pair agency.