Au Pair Appreciation: Hooray for all of you!

by cv harquail on May 8, 2009

Well, we’ve come to the end of the very first annual

International Au Pair Appreciation Week!

Thank you to  the host moms and dads who sent in the stories for the Au Pair Appreciation posts this week.

Thank you to all of you who commented on the stories, offered snippets of your own stories, and helped us acknowledge the range of ways that these au pairs added to the lives of their host families.

Thank you to readers who sent a link to AuPairMom to other host families. And,

Thank you to all of you who read these posts and then were more appreciative of what you have been able to create with your own au pairs within your own families.

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Myself, I’ve been thinking about our great au pairs and what it was with each of them that my family and I enjoyed so much.

  • Was it Clara’s kindness and sensitivity when I had to tell the girls that their beloved grandfather had died? Or the way she woke the girls up every morning with a cuddle and a smile?
  • Was it Sandrine’s naughty influence on my two year old, where they splashed together in puddles and finger-painted each other in the garden?
  • Or how Margit dressed the baby in ribbons and bows, lots of them, at once?
  • Was it Collette’s abundance of love, for everyone and everything?
  • Or the way Anusha pretended to like the cats becuase the girls loved them so?
  • Was it Daiva’s effort to teach the girls everything she could?
  • Maybe, Leisel’s interpretive dance concerts in the playroom?
  • Or, Krishnie’s way of creating calm and competence in any situation?
  • Could it be Elrina’s indomitable spirit and the way she embraced every day as a new opportunity?

Well, it is all of those things, and more.

Most of all, what I appreciate about our au pairs is their willingness to come into our lives, share the craziness, and add to the love. Thank you to all of you for what you have given our family.


And Thank You
to all of you au pairs, for working hard to care for our kids, to contribute to our families, and to share your adventure with us.

Comments are still open, if you want to add one last appreciation!
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{ 1 comment }

AZMom May 12, 2009 at 9:47 am

I just wanted to say thank you to you for putting together this week of positive stories. Sometimes I wonder whether having an au pair is worth all the drama. These stories reminded me of why my husband and I keep using au pairs. Can’t tell you how much I appreciate this site. I’m sure I’m not the only one! thanx.

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