This just in from a Host Mom in London. I think she’s asking for two kinds of advice: how to manage the vacation childcare, and how to manage her feelings of being, um, irked:
Hi, we have a 19 yr old au pair from Sweden who has been with us for 5 months after committing to stay for 12 months.
She has suddenly decided that au pairing is not for her.
This came 2 weeks after buying our tickets to our summer home in America (we live in London) She was fully aware of this trip and that we had purchased our tickets. Her ticket is unchangeable and unrefundable. Even though I purchased the ticket, it belongs to her.
She is leaving next Tuesday. She has offered to come back and go on that holday with us, we’re just so frustrated with her that we don’t want to ruin our own holiday with her coming for the free ride.
She is our fourth au pair in 4 years and we have never had something like this happen.
I need advice and quick! I have no back up help and don’t want to bring in another girl until the fall.
I don’t have a resolution to this trip, and her ticket has cost us £750 ugh. Ideas? Thanks— Left Adrift in London
I’m myself irked at the ‘generosity’ of the au pair— breaking her contract but being available for a free trip to the US. Right.