Thanksgiving is a time when all Host Parents find that they need to get into the ‘Cultural Exchange’ mode.
You can’t just plant yourself on Grandad’s Barcolounger hogging the remote, expect everything to unfold the usual way. And, you can’t expect that your au pair will feel as comfortable as this kitty (left) if her/his only role is to sit and watch.
Having your au pair with you is a terrific way to shake up the family routine AND do a little culture jamming.
In addition to finding a way for your au pair to participate, you’ve got to explain:
- The politics of colonialism and conquest, and our general cultural denial of same
- Why there is a 1-800 number for turkey cooking questions
- Why in your family some people watch TV, other people cook, still others don’t talk to each other, and yet it’s still fun
Momma Gadget suggests these questions to get a conversation rolling:
1. Are y’all hosting Thanksgiving?
2. What is your Au pair contributing to the celebration?
3. What are you most thankful for?
Her au pair volunteered to make frozen french fries — certainly popular, but in her words “I told him needs to put a little more effort into it. LOL”