Annonamomma has suggested that we take some time to talk about “all the little things” that keep a house, a home, and a host parent happy. She writes:
Could we do a post on the little things?? you know the little things that keep a house happy, i.e. send the no milk text, empty the dishwasher without being asked, sort of thing. I know that one of the other posters here has a section in their handbook which deals with the small things that drive her nuts but a post on it would be great – just to see what differs from house to house. I bet one thing that would be said all the time is how the uncomfortableness of having to ask an AP repeatedly to do things quickly turns to annoyance/resentment if a HM/HD is put in this position too often. Then the AP sees it as nagging and the HPs get resentful.
Great idea Annonamomma- so here’s the quesiton….
Host parents, can you share a few of the little things that, when noticed and addressed by your au pair, make all the difference in keeping your home running smoothly?
There are two inherent challenges here– First, these little things vary wildly from family to family. My “put the tongs points down in the dishwasher” is your “Use only the yellow post-its for phone messages” is her “Close the bathroom door”.
Second, by their very nature, all the little things we do that make the home run smoothly are nearly invisible- except when they are not done.
But in any case, talking about these little things creates a big picture: To make a home a well-run and happy place takes (1) being considerate of each other, and (2) everyone working together.
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