Getting an au pair for the first time is a big deal for host parents, and it’s a particularly bg deal for host kids. They too will be switching from one form of care to another, and they too will have someone they don’t know (yet) living in their house, drivin their car, petting their dog, and simply being around.
If your host kids are old enough to understand an explanation for the switch in caregiving, what can you tell them?
How can you describe an au pair as a concept and your incoming au pair as a specific person to little kids, and do this in a way that gets them excited for her arrival?
Any advice for breaking the news of impending AP’s arrival?
We have two boys, 4 and 6, who have had nannies (live out) but never an AP. My youngest, in particular, has had the same (wonderful!) nanny his entire life.
Our nanny is going back to school this fall and we decided to try an AP.
Our new AP, from Canada (we took a big cultural risk on our first time, LOL) arrives in about two weeks. We want to tell the boys about a week before her arrival, so they know what’s happening but don’t obsess about it.
We are also having our current nanny and new AP overlap for at least 2 weeks, while new AP gets her bearings. Trying to optimize our chances of transition success.
Thoughts from you wise readers? WestCoast Mom
Host moms & dads…. what advice can you give about how WestCoast Mom can explain….
- Why your nanny is leaving
- Why you’re getting an au pair
- Who the au pair is
- What having an au pair might be like
- Why the au pair and nanny are overlapping
Be sure to look at the posts:
6 Reasons to Have Au Pairs Overlap
6 Potential Problems with Au Pair Overlap What if my kids overwhelm her on the first day?
Advice Wanted: How to set the right tone from Week 1
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