When you’re planning to welcome a new au pair, nothing is a better use of your time than updating– or creating — your Family Handbook.
Whether your Handbook is filled with instructions for how to use the washer, or whether it’s more like a Manual that has all your car-related rules, getting that stuff written down and printed out for your au pair is critical.
Writing a manual or a handbook makes you get clear about what you want, and that’s more than half the work of creating a good au pair-host parent relationship.
Here on AuPairMom, we have a few examples of family handbooks– not only my early one, but also later versions from families who’ve written theirs from scratch, drafted them from mine or another host parent’s, or adopted the ones suggested by various Au Pair Agencies.
Recently we got another Handbook contribution– this time an antipodean version.
(Woot! I’ve always wanted to use the word antipodean in a blog post. I’m crossing that off my bucket list right. now.!)
New Zealand Host Mom Amy Tea sent us a copy of her handbook, with names removed so that it can be easily modified by other host parents.
(It also happens to have a very pretty header, which made me wonder why I hadn’t spent more time formatting mine to look pretty. )
I’m also going to check back through the 381 email in my “Ideas Sent to AuPairMom” folder, because I bet I have some more hiding in there somewhere. …. Many thanks to Amy (and in advance to anyone else who sent me a handbook that’s somewhere in that email folder. x0x)
In the meantime, be sure to check these posts from AuPairMom:
R.T.F.M. Making sure your Au Pair Reads the Family Manual
What exactly is a Host Family Handbook?
Is your Host Family Handbook Too Long?