I got an email from “Undercover Host Mom” — she is struggling with this dilemma:
Although we have a strict and absolute non-smoking policy, and discussed this before we matched with our au pair, I have come to wonder whether she is smoking in our car and maybe even in the house. (It’s hard to tell whether the smell is from her clothes or in the room itself.) Before I bring this up with our au pair, I am tempted to snoop around in the AP’s room to check for cigarettes.
But my question isn’t about the smoking part. It is about the snooping part.
This is actually one of those ‘tough topics’, when it is hard for us to talk candidly for fear of getting others upset. Here’s what I’d like to know:
- Do host moms (or dads) snoop around the AP’s room, ever?
- Just to see what’s there, anything contraband or inappropriate?
- Or do they do snoop only if they have suspicions about something bad?
Or do other host parents simply never, ever, ‘look ‘?
Let’s also take a snapshot, with this poll:
Parents, you are welcome to respond anonymously to this post. However, please choose a fake name that indicates whether you are a mom or dad (or au pair).
[Au pairs, please do not ‘flame’ parents who want to discuss this issue candidly.]
Also, let me provide a formal definition of “snooping”:
Snooping is walking in, looking around, and leaving. Opening drawers, opening closets, opening suitcases, and opening journals is not “snooping”. I’m not sure what to call that, but that’s worse than snooping. Let’s just deal with plain vanilla snooping here…
Peek-A-Boo from Lucy James Photography