Is it okay to ask your Au Pair to live at your house while you are away on vacation, and to take care of your family pet?
My husband and I are hosting an Au Pair for the first time. We have three kids, ages 13, 10 and 5 and I am a stay-at-home Mom. Our AP has been with us since September and it’s working out very, very well.
Our au pair is on duty around 30 hours per week. We have cleaning help so her only responsibilities are helping me with the children in the afternoons and doing lots and lots of driving.
She had a real full-time job before becoming an AP so she agrees that her job with us is an easy one! Her day doesn’t start until 3pm when it’s time to go to get the kids from school and most days she’s done by 7:30pm. She works some Saturdays and has longer days on Fridays when the kids get out of school at 12pm.
The only other thing she does for our family is walk the dog in the mornings. That was something that we discussed before she arrived, and she was happy to agree to it.
Here’s our specific question:
We were away for 10 days over Christmas so our AP had a long vacation. We only counted it at 1 week of her vacation time. We told her she could take the other week off whenever she wanted it.
We are going away in March and AP is not coming with us, nor is she taking her vacation that week. This is fine with us since we do want her to choose some of her vacation time (and we can cover her week off.)
Is it reasonable to expect her to stay in our home that week and house/pet sit for us?
She’s technically “working” and will be paid. Our LCC said it’s fine.
But, is it fair? I’d love to hear what the AuPairMom readers think.
Personally, I think this is absolutely fine, and fair. What do you all think?
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