Dear AuPairMom Readers– I would love the input of some other host families regarding our upcoming cruise vacation with our Au Pair. We have never done a vacation like this with an AP and I am concerned about how best to make it work.
Going along on the cruise are me (Host Mom), my husband, our two boys (9 and 6), our Au Pair (age 20) and my mother. Our Au Pair will be sharing a suite with my mother. The cruise is 7 days plus a day before and a day after in San Juan.
We have talked at length with our AP about what our expectations are regarding her work duties, i.e. helping out with the kids at mealtimes, bed time, etc.
Our dilemma is what to do about her personal time.
We intend to give her plenty of time to explore the ship and islands on her own, without the kids, if she chooses. The issue becomes: How do we balance our sense of responsibility with her independence?
We want to make sure that she understands the need to be back on the ship on time and what potential safety issues exist, but we don’t want her to feel like we are smothering her.
It’s YOUR vacation, not hers. Okay?
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