Here’s a rare kind of email– a topic we have never discussed before. I keep thinking there are none of these left, and then >boom< one of them lands in my inbox.
I‘m currently working as a nanny. I would really really love to come and do an au pair year in America. I love reading your blog and hearing the employers side and point of view and was wondering if you could help me tap into the sage advice of the experienced host moms.
A bit of background about me: I’m from (an English-speaking country) originally and I’ve just turned 25. I have a psychology degree, and have been nannying since I finished my degree in 2011. I’ve nannied in London and in the the Middle East. I did a season as a summer camp counselor in the midwest and loved living in the USA.
I’d love to come and do another year. I am conscious of the fact that I only have until I turn 27 to do so and I’m also aware that with my current choice of careers an au pair visa really is the only way into the States for me. [click to continue reading ...]
I don’t know what happened, and I don’t know what fixed it back up to 98% of what it was before, but sorry about this morning’s long, long, long outage. Also, apologies to whomever commented between last night and noon today– your insights were lost in the ‘series of tubes’ that make up the worldwideweb. Back to our regular programming…. I hope.
I am driving myself crazy with thinking through this matching process, but this current fabulous AP kind of messes with all my algorithms and criteria. Maybe it’s just a one-time thing to get someone like this. … Maybe we are all just reading tea leaves and astrological forecasts.
I wish I knew that were the case, then I would give up thinking I could actually choose an au pair who will be precisely as I wish.
~Host Mom ShouldBeWorking
Reading the tea leaves.
They should teach this in ‘prospective host parent school. We all do it, in some way or another.
The phrase “reading the tea leaves” - first proffered by ShouldBeWorking– is just about perfect for describing how host parents puzzle over Au Pair applications, looking for patterns, signs, anything, that might clue us towards the au pair candidate that’s just right for our family.
Multitasking Host Mom emailed to follow up on SKNY‘s request that HRHM divulge what she uses to find the ‘perfect for her’ Au Pair. She wonders — what are we each looking for, that sets a certain candidate apart from the others?
Is it work experience, education, hobbies, personality traits, etc.? What is it (beyond the concrete basics of age, driving, smoking, and home country), that we are each looking for? Since we all have different childcare needs, we won’t all be looking for the same thing… but it would be interesting to know:
What are the top two or three things you look for when you read the tea leaves?