I am driving myself crazy with thinking through this matching process, but this current fabulous AP kind of messes with all my algorithms and criteria. Maybe it’s just a one-time thing to get someone like this. … Maybe we are all just reading tea leaves and astrological forecasts.
I wish I knew that were the case, then I would give up thinking I could actually choose an au pair who will be precisely as I wish.
~Host Mom ShouldBeWorking
Reading the tea leaves.
The phrase “reading the tea leaves” – first proffered by ShouldBeWorking– is just about perfect for describing how host parents puzzle over Au Pair applications, looking for patterns, signs, anything, that might clue us towards the au pair candidate that’s just right for our family.
Multitasking Host Mom emailed to follow up on SKNY‘s request that HRHM divulge what she uses to find the ‘perfect for her’ Au Pair. She wonders — what are we each looking for, that sets a certain candidate apart from the others?
Is it work experience, education, hobbies, personality traits, etc.? What is it (beyond the concrete basics of age, driving, smoking, and home country), that we are each looking for? Since we all have different childcare needs, we won’t all be looking for the same thing… but it would be interesting to know: