Food and your Au Pair: A smorgasbord of advice

by cv harquail on November 8, 2010

Food and Your Au Pair

Food and your Au Pair: Label it if you don’t want her to eat it

Our AP’s appetite is so big, we can’t afford to feed her!

Groceries: How much ‘extra’ can your Au Pair ask you to buy?

Who pays for what?

Locking the Refrigerator, and other ways to mistreat an Au Pair

When your Au Pair has an eating disorder

Conflicting Foodstyles: Advice for an Au Pair

Food secrets from the West Coast: Calif Mom shares all!

Au Pairs and Dinnertime: Preparing in advance for a smooth routine

I want to believe that everything we need to know is somewhere in these posts… but apparently not!

Host Mom Kay asks:

I am trying to find the best way to provide food/groceries for our au pairs, and wondered if others have found a method that worked well.

We currently ask them to make lists for things for themselves as well as the kids, but this doesn’t always work. Either they put minimal effort into making the list or eat stuff they did not put on the list. (frustrating for things ordered in quanties based on requests).

I am bothered by the fact that they see any and all food that is in the house as theirs. They eat things I consider to be for special occasions or as treats on a daily basis.

(see Food and your Au Pair: Label it if you don’t want her to eat it)

I am trying to balance making them a part of the family, but trying to not feel taken advantage of.

We have considered getting prepaid cards for a local grocery store, but were not sure of the amount. Has anyone tried this?

(see: Groceries: How much ‘extra’ can your Au Pair ask you to buy?)

Still hungry for tasty advice, so add your thoughts!

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