I heard this one ‘thru the grapevine’ over the picnic table tonight– and just so you know, I got irked on the host mom’s behalf, even though I don’t know her!!
Here’s the situation:
This family’s au pair has a little bit more than a month left before she leaves (for home or for a 13th month, I don’t know).
The au pair announced to the host mom that, as of yesterday, she (the au pair) will no longer work on weekends. “I have too much to do,” the au pair claims. The host mom has her own plans for the next five weekends, and these included having the au pair be ‘on duty’… the au pair only works 25-30 hours during the week.
So, now the host mom has gotten a back up babysitter (at $11-$12 an hour!) to watch the kids for the event she is attending next Saturday night.
What would you do if you were in this host mom’s situation? In addition to sitting down with the au pair and telling her that this is not acceptable, AND in addition to calling in the LCC ….