What important things do you want to mention right away? Do you know which language school would be best for the au pair? When do they offer classes that fit the au pair’s language level ? Have you thought about getting your au pair a monthly ticket for public transportation? If the au pair will use your car, have you informed your car insurance about it yet?
Don’t be impatione.The au pair is an individual with strengths and weaknesses, just like you and the members of your family!
Still, there are some ways to make it easier for you and your family to get used to your life with an au pair.
If you want to explain how your family works to the au pair after their arrival, first you have to know it yourself. Do you have certain house rules that the au pair will have to respect? Who in your family goes where and when? Who has to be picked up? At what time and for how long do you sit down and eat together? At what time do you start your evening routine and put the children to bed? Are there any special rituals in your family? When do you clean and vacuum and how often? Do you have rules for your children about eating candy or watching TV? You will probably find that there are even more things that you will want to explain to the au pair when they arrive.
Get used to the idea that you will soon have one more person living with you. The au pair will have dinner with your family, use the same bathroom, and ideally, the au pair will be a person your children can relate to.
Think about all of this! You will see – you and the au pair will have a great and exciting time together. Of course, you might be nervous when thinking about what could happen during the next year with the au pair. Your au pair is probably also nervous and curious and looking forward to the coming months with your family. The biggest challenge for all of you is to get used to one another after the au pair arrives. You will have to learn quickly how to live together. This will be a lot easier if you welcome the au pair with open arms and are tolerant and respectful.