Getting along with your Au Pair is probably the most important part of the Au Pair experience. It ensures that both you and the Au Pair feel happy and comfortable during the stay. If you need some help with establishing a good relationship, look no further.
A nice little gesture to welcome your Au Pair into the family is a welcome present
. You probably don’t know your Au Pair very well yet, so don’t go overboard
. It’s the thought that counts. How about some comfortable slippers to wear around the house? A nice bouquet of flowers in their room can also go a long way.
Show them around
Take some time out of your busy schedule to show your Au Pair around. Give them the chance to get to know the neighborhood
better. Your Au Pair likes to swim? Show them the closest pool. They like to read? Head over to the library. Or take them to a local coffee shop, where they might even meet some new friends
. No matter what you consider your town’s hotspots
, include them in your tour. Your Au Pair will appreciate it.
Life isn’t perfect and neither is your Au Pair. There will be days when they are feeling sick, but you shouldn’t get angry about it. Treat them with the respect they deserve and be flexible enough to find someone to take care of your kids until the Au Pair is feeling better. No one can predict things like this, so deal with it as calmly as possible.
Being reliable is crucial to a good relationship with your Au Pair. If you told them you would be home by seven, then be home by seven. Don’t go shopping for groceries without letting the Au Pair know in advance. They might have made plans with friends, which they would have to cancel this way. Being unreliable as a Host Family makes it hard for the Au Pair to get along with you and will cost you their trust in the long run.
Treat them as part of the family
literally means “equal to”. Au Pairs are not your employees, but rather a temporary part of your family
. Treat them accordingly.
In general, communication is key. Always be honest with your Au Pair and talk to them in a calm and respectful tone. Being nice is the easiest way to establish a good relationship with your Au Pair.
Have a great time with your Au Pair!