Most likely, you don’t have any official house rules for your family , but there are probably some unwritten rules that your family follows intuitively.
From an established dinner time to certain rituals in your household (where you eat, where you keep the door keys, etc.), your family has a special way of structuring and organizing everyday life. Your au pair won’t know about these unwritten rules at first, and will learn them only with time and by living with your family.
So, it will help your au pair if you write some of them down, including the new rules for the au pair:
You should also write down the most important phone numbers for the au pair, so the au pair knows who to call in an emergency situation. This includes the phone numbers where the au pair can reach you, and also phone numbers of friends and neighbors. Don’t forget to leave the number of a doctor too! Also, the au pair should have the number for your children’s school and/or kindergarten. Have your au pair call one of the numbers to make sure the au pair actually knows how to reach somebody in an emergency. If you have a cell phone or a smartphone for the au pair, you could also save the numbers in that phone.
It would also make living together a lot easier for you and your au pair if you actually had the most important house rules written down. This way, your au pair will know the dos and don’ts, and you can avoid misunderstandings. You should include the following points in your house rules for the au pair.