‘Let me live in my fantasy world, where where Au Pairs drink only Diet Coke.’
This is what I’d say to Potential Tattletail AP. How about you?
I was an au pair in The U.S. last year and became Facebook friends with the girl who replaced me when I left. During her year, I’ve repeatedly seen questionable things being posted on her Facebook page, by her and others.
Having worked for this family, I know their house rules and highly doubt they’ve changed for her; she’s much younger and seemingly more of a party animal than I ever was. I’m not interested in judging her personally, but I do still care for the family and even more so the kids. I would hate to see something happen to them because of an irresponsible au pair. I’m not saying this is necessarily the case with her; I know people can be crazy drunk one night and a stellar employee the other, but let’s say she got caught using her fake ID – she’d get sent home on very short notice and those kids would be heartbroken.
Where am I going with this, you might wonder. Well, my question to the host parent community is – would you want to know?
Would you want to know that your underage au pair is using a fake ID to go out drinking? (As well as drinking in your house, smoking, and other things outside the rules.)
Part of me wants to stick to thinking that this is none of my business, but seeing someone putting themselves in risky situations by breaking rules and laws like this gnaws at me when it could end up affecting people I care about.
Thoughts? Former NY Au Pair & Potential Tattletale