Sometimes the questions we get are so big and so overwhelming to imagine answering, that the email ends up sitting in my box for days and days, waiting for me to get up the energy to tackle it.
And so it was with this email, below. A first time host mom asks — We’re in rematch. What do I do now?
Oh, HostMom J, where to begin…
We are new to the au pair world and have found ourselves in rematch after not even one month (initiated by the au pair who said she wants to work with older kids)! I would appreciate the advice from those who have been there regarding questions to ask the agency, questions to ask the new prospective au pair, and just general advice to make the transition work.
How about we try something very Two point Oh, and crowd-source this answer?
Let’s list, one by one, the general bits of advice we have for rematch. Put just one tip/idea/concern in each comment (but comment as often as you want). This way, I’ll have a bunch of discrete answers, and I can cut, paste, organize and repost them into a massive post that answers the question:
We’re in rematch. Now what?
I’ll start off…
In the meantime, HostMomJ, check out these posts:
Explaining a Rematch to Host Children
Advice wanted: How to navigate the Au Pair rematch process?
It’s not you, it’s her. Let her go, move on.
Saying Farewell After a Quick Rematch: What to do?
3 Questions to Ask Yourself as Rematch Approaches
Choosing Your Next Au Pair: Beware of the Contrast Effect
When Your Au Pair Breaks Your Psychological Contract
Settling Accounts — *Before* she departs
Checkout Task List: Back by popular demand
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