Last weekend I had an insane conversation with a woman who was introduced to me as “The Most Successful Au Pair Picker in All of New Jersey!”
Okay, so our mutual friend was exaggerating. But I spied an opportunity for you, dear readers.
“How does she do it? What’s her secret? AuPairMoms demand to know!”
“First, I look only at young au pairs– 19 years old, tops.
I like candidates from Latin countries like Brazil, who are outgoing, cheerful and like to socialize.
I want them to have big appetites and say they’ll eat anything.
If they’ve never been away from home, that’s okay because we have a friendly family.
They all stretch the truth about their driving, so we take them out for a road test on the Garden State Parkway on their the first day. If they can’t handle the mini-van, I sign them up with the Sears Driving School. Those guys love me.”
[Blank stare, from me.]
This Most Successful Au Pair Picker in all of New Jersey Host Mom just rattled off all the things I *don’t* look for.
And when I asked her about her process, she said:
“I just take the first one who’s pretty and cheerful who can arrive on my timeline.”
No. Not possible. She’s had 11 au pairs — and not one rematch. NOT ONE!
It doesn’t seem fair.
Why do we talk so much about our criteria?
About our careful vetting processes?
Are we just nuts? Obsessive? Superstitious?
Or has this Host Mom just been lucky?
I report. You decide, below: