“We only have to endure our au pair for 6 more weeks!”, writes a Host mom.”
Yes, endure. Very long story, but we have had a mediocre au pair for the past 10 + months. She only wants to party, lies consistently, does not respect curfew, treats our children like potato sacks, and I have caught her complaining that she hates our family and that her situation is a “disaster”
We did meet about re-matching twice, yep twice. And met with the LCC. But, because this was our first experience with an au pair, and because I am a weenie and caved when our au pair cried, we decided to let our au pair stay with us and we have put up with her.
We pay for a monthly transportation card for her which she uses for personal use, and we pay for her cell phone and calling/internet plan. Both together cost $155/month (in additional to the weekly stipend and room and board of course.)
Now, since we aren’t really on great terms, and I already feel that we have spent so much money on her, I’m not sure what to do about the departure gift that so many families have posted about.
I don’t really want to give her photos/crafts from the kids, as she has told our nanny and her friends that she can’t stand us. We don’t really feel like giving her cash because we feel like she’s already cost us so much money.
What kind of parting gift would work?
Thanks in advance! ~Almost there