“There’s a lid for every pot”, we often say here on Au Pair Mom.
No matter how weird your situation, or how picky you are, there is an au pair out there for you.
Sometimes you’re lucky and you discover TWO au pairs who seem to fit your needs. So, how do you choose?
The problem is — there are 15 things that you think you want in an Au Pair, and you know you’re unlikely to get all 15. So you think, “If I can get 13, that’s great.” But Au Pair “A” has one combination of 13 features, and Au Pair “B” has another combination of 13 great features.
Read the email from EenieMeenieMinyMoe HostMom, and then vote on which you’d choose. Share your wisdom in the comments.
We are seeking urgent advice on whether or not to hire an au pair, and, further, which one?
We currently have an 8 year old and a 13 year old- they have been latchkey kids for a year as I (mom) returned to work. Now we are expecting a baby in December! I am a teacher and have a good friend who will watch the baby on “teacher hours” for $40/day, but obviously, this doesn’t help with my bigger kids (appointments, sick days, different school schedule) as well as sick days, etc, for the baby, or general household stuff (kid laundry, tidying, small tasks we can expect au pair to help with). We have no family around, so we thought we’d just do an au pair as we can afford it and it seems worth it.
We have been interviewing au pairs and have found two we really like.
“A” is 26 and has been working as an accountant, and seems to have “an accountant personality” – very stable, hard working, reliable, helpful, etc. Air tight references and lots of them. She has some infant experience and loves babies/children (volunteers and babysits). She commutes like 40 miles a day so no concerns re:driving.
“B” is 24 and a happy go lucky type. She has a BA in education and is working on getting her daycare license. No real work experience, references are sort of random (3 month internship, people she babysat for years ago, etc). She has about the same amout of infant experience. Has been driving for 3 years several days a week. She seems FUN and, I think, would really really bond with my 13 year old as they share a deep love for Harry Potter (13 year old has social issues so a “friend” would be an enormous benefit).
We really really clicked with “B”, but she seems “riskier” in comparison with “B”. However, the Agency for “A” has a lot more support in our area than the Agency for “B”.
I’d love and appreciate any insight or advice you may have! Thanks!!!
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