I’m a mom from South Africa. My dear daughter, S, has just arrived in America for a year au pairing. She completed her orientation week in New York, loving everything about it, and travelled to a nearby town to meet her Host Family last Friday. We had all been skyping the family since November and were all really excited for S.
When S arrived, all was hunky dory with the Host Mom and kids but by Monday, the Host mom was no longer talking to S and also had no explanation to the silent treatment. After tiptoing around for all day and asking several times what the Host Mom would like her to do, she only got abrupt, one- word answers.
That afternoon, the local co-ordinator arrived to collect my daughter from the Host Family. The Host Mom said she made a mistake and no longer wants an aupair or anyone else caring for her children.
The co-ordinator begged the Host Mom to try for a few more days to work things out but she refused and said she does not want anyone living in her house. Needless to say, my daughter is shattered!!.
S is now “in transition”, with the co-ordinator and has no idea what will happen now.
This experience has really given her self-esteem a knock and she is now questioning her au pairing abilities.
Does she stay on and get rematched? Or does she come home and put this all behind her?
We would appreciate your comments on the situation. Kind regards, AnotherMom
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