Dear AuPairMom —
We’d love the community’s advice about how to recognize and celebrate our Au Pair’s agreement to extend with us.
I’d like to know what is expected, common, meaningful, etc.
Our family with save about $1500 (not to mention loads of time and hassle) because she’s extending for another year. I’d like to share some of this saving with her — and recognize how excited our family is to have her with us for another 12 months.
Our AP goes ridiculously far above and beyond. We started drafting her AP of the Year nomination essay a couple of months before it was due. She is a rockstar AP who works her tail off and is a thoughtful partner in raising my girls.
While we don’t have piles of money laying around to shower on her, we want to “sweeten the deal” during her extension year, given that she has saved us time and money while also ensuring that we will have another year with an incredible AP.
Paying her an extra $20-30 a week feels inadequate somehow.
Telling her there will be a bonus at the end of the extension feels like I’m holding something over her head to coerce completion.
Surprising her with a bonus at the end will have her thinking all year that we aren’t doing anything special. (She’d never complain, but still.)
Our AP is very interested in the tours offered by Au Pair Adventures, but the airfare puts the total cost over her budget. I was thinking about offering to cover her airfare to the US destination of her choice to enable her to take a special trip.
I’d love to hear from APs about what they would find most meaningful — the options I’ve come up with are in the poll.
We’d like to announce the gesture on her one year anniversary with our family, perhaps at her favorite restaurant.