Attention readers: This second post about smells and host parents is absolutely unrelated to the previous post. The Au Pair in the first post and the Au Pair here are not the same person, and the host parents aren’t the same people. It was coincidence that TACL brought up this issue last week….I already had the post from the au pair on the docket.
What does this tell us? That smelly houses may be more common that we thought!!
At the risk of hijacking this thread, I’m dealing with a new AP who is obsessed with odor.
I know my house doesn’t smell great all the time – especially this week where my usual September crunch month at work and my stupidity in agreeing to be PTA president giving me a crunch month at school collide. Housework has suffered. I suffer from exzcema use non-scented soaps and detergents (and wear non-latex gloves when I have no choice).
I have made it clear to the AP that I suffer from allergies, but keep them in check by controlling my environment as much as possible.
So last night, on the way to a work event, what do I find? an air freshener in the au pair car (which we took so she could have access to the one vehicle in which The Camel can sit). The scent was overpowering. Do I say something? A no-air-freshener-in-the-car rule is definitely going into the next AP handbook!