Hello Au Pair Moms!
I am in search of our 3rd au pair, perhaps someone from Central or Latin America. We really loved the German Au Pair we had, and would love another just like her… but I’ve noticed the European Au Pairs are not as available.
I live in Chicago, which has a large Hispanic population that should feel welcoming to an Hispanic Au pair.
We had a Columbian au pair, but we rematched within 3 months. There was dishonesty, a series of miscommunications, homesickness, and a little more emotional hand holding and neediness than I had expected.
So with that being said, I’m gun shy on South/Central American girls, even though I’m sure many are wonderful, they might not fit with our family’s style.
Other moms have experienced some of the same issues, and I know our independent and direct family style of communication may not blend well. But I may be wrong.
Any of you host mamas (and dads) have great South/Central girls? Any tips on questions or how to weed out the ones who may be super needy or too homesick? Should I look for ones from larger cities? Any specific countries where the girls may be more independent and want to really enjoy their time in America?
And as for reference, we live in Chicago and have a 3 and 1 year old. Set schedule with weekdays only, and pretty flexible. Laidback and liberal. Not a lot of extended family nearby so just us.
Appreciate any advice and insight!