Au Pairs can be great companions and caregivers to older children…. and by older, I’m thinking teens.
Yeah, yeah, teens think they are old enough to do without childcare — they can be at home by themselves, cook their own meals, get their homework done, and walk around with earbuds blocking out the rest of the world — but they still need supervision. And, they still need someone to drive them around while parents are at work.
But what if we factor out the driving? What if we think of au pairs as doing more than chauffeuring?
Are there any other reasons to have an au pair for your teens?
Here’s what I can imagine:
An Au Pair for Teens can:
- Be around the house in case of emergencies.
- Be available to listen and talk so that your teens aren’t lonely.
- Adjudicate sibling arguments.
- Prevent your home from becoming the after-school special hangout.
- Be a positive role model.
- Tutor your teen, supervise homework & projects.
- Partner in wholesome adventures (Teens can go to a library, or on a hike, right?)
- Teach your child teen life skills (like cooking, folding laundry, grocery shopping)
It is hard for me to imagine having an au pair for older kids because I’m in denial that my babies are actually growing up. But, as I think ahead, I can see how we might prefer a live in au pair to an afternoon babysitter (especially for those times when both of us parents have overnight business trips).
So what do you think? Why might a family want an au pair for their teens?
(Host families with ‘big kid’ experience, we’d love to hear from you!!)
Next up: Choosing an Au Pair for Teens