Usually when a Host Family gets a new Au Pair and discovers that the Au Pair can’t actually drive well or safely, we all say “Rematch”.
It’s just too darn hard to orient an Au Pair, teach the Au Pair to drive yourself, find the extra money for significant driving lessons, and/or deal with the uncertainty and inconvenience as you wait until your Au Pair’s driving is really safe.
What if, though, you have matched with someone who seems like a “phenomenal” au pair? Someone so much better than your previous Au Pairs that you’re starting to think you might take the chance on the Au Pair learning to drive well?
If you did take the chance, is there any hope that your efforts would work, and that you’d end up with a happy Au Pair who drives well?
We want to hear some success stories!
After two nice APs with great driving skills but total party girls, I looked long and hard for an AP that genuinely loves children. AP3 arrived and has blown me away. I can’t believe I found someone who loves to be around my kids, is happy, cleans up and loves to cook. She is phenomenal.
She is also a terrible driver. I took her out and when I got home, I was shaking.
Our Au Pair is over 21. Her profile said that she has her own car that she drives once a week for 2 years. From this data and from our conversations during the matching process, it seemed like she had the driving skills I needed. But, no.
I contacted my LC immediately.
“Rematch,” she advised.
But what about driving lessons? More practice?
I need an Au Pair to take my youngest to preschool in the fall which is 3 miles from my house. Also, my school aged kids have after school activities that I need a driver for but we can probably manage. Also, I worry about her being trapped in my house when off duty; we are in a city with horrible public transit but tons of other APs in the area.
My question: Are there Au Pair Learning To Drive success stories out there?
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