10 Most Engaging Posts of 2010 on Au Pair Mom

by cv harquail on December 31, 2010

Each of us has a topic or two that really hits our hot buttons… but have you ever wondered which topics we all seem to want to talk about?

In an ‘end of the year retrospective’ moment, I went back and looked over the posts for this past year to see which ones were the most popular.

Popularity can be evaluated in a few different ways– number of unique readers, number of hits/visits, number of retweets, average time spent on the page, and number of comments. Here, I’m going with the posts that had the most comments– which to me means the posts we wanted to talk about the most.

Check out the list– do any of these surprise you?

1. Are “crazy” Au Pair guidelines really all that crazy? (216)

2. When your departing au pair sours your new au pair (154)

3. Swimming, Personal Choices and Cultural Norms (134)

4. Driving, Comprehending and Bonding: Can this Au Pair relationship be saved? (111)

5. Choosing an Au Pair: How much does the home country matter? (106)

owl softies stella and stewart.jpg6. Do you pay your Au Pair for her orientation days? (106)

7. When you initiate rematch, can you ask your Au Pair to leave immediately? (96)

8. Your Brother’s Wedding vs. Her 21st Birthday: Whose priority wins? (Poll) (93)

9. Extra Hours: What’s fair pay when you break this taboo? (89)

10. My Au Pair Dresses Like a Tramp. Help! (86)

Image: Sewing Pattern Stella and Stewart Owl Softies, available on Etsy at retromama


PA AP mom December 31, 2010 at 2:08 pm

There are some really good ones in there CV! Thanks for sharing.

OB Mom January 3, 2011 at 5:33 pm

My favorite of those was the swimming one … something I had never ever thought about and actually discussed with my AP to see if I was just clueless.

Thanks for hosting a great site CV! And thanks to all the other mom’s and AP’s that can give us >100 comments on multiple topics.

cv harquail January 4, 2011 at 2:09 am

That swimming one surprised me too… not only was it provocative in terms of missed expectations/cultural communications, but also it touched on sensitive personal/body issues that we all know are important but seldom get to discuss. Maybe this year we’ll have a post all about bodily functions. (wink)

Should be working January 4, 2011 at 4:33 am

My favs are the posts where truly different points of view, reactions, and solutions get aired, like the swimming post (whoda thunk it?), and the brother’s wedding, and the extra hours post. The sheer variety of reactions/rules/conditions of HPs has given me lots of food for thought.

Regarding the ‘classic cases’, where most posters easily agree on rematch, or on accepting smaller AP faults when the big picture is good, I have nonetheless learned from the anecdotes, with all their subtleties and details.

The blog has made me a better host parent, and above all a more confident one, since I have other people and situations here to help me sharpen my judgment on all things AP. Thanks, CV!

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