The quick answer?
- Only if you’re ready to rematch, and
- Only if you are ready to have your au pair hate you.
And you may well be ready for that, if this situation is what it’s boiled down to:
I actually just found this great blog because I believe my au pair has stolen our car to take a road trip with her friends this weekend.
When I heard she was planning to drive, I told her that another friend would have to drive as her car was for local use and I did not want to absorb the liability or wear and tear on my car.
She has not returned phone calls. I am tempted to report the car stolen.
We had another au pair several years ago whom we found out was taking the car to NYC regularly.
This is so frustrating, and I welcome advice!
This is quite the combo of au pair lying, au pair abusing the car, and au pair experiencing her privileges and entitlements– and this is before we know anything about what you host parents & family have been doing…
[Please note: There are always to sides of the story, We here on AuPairMom almost always give the host parent the benefit of the doubt. Why? Because this blog is for Host Parents! Otherwise, where are you gonna go to get some help?]
That said, let’s all give the host parent the benefit of the doubt and assume (until the parent tells us otherwise) that s/he’s been bending over backwards to accommodate this au pair.
Now, what advice do you have?