For every new host family, our #1 recommendation is to write a family handbook.
Most of us here at Au Pair Mom firmly believe that getting our household rules and family-related expectations down on paper helps us be clearer about what is important to us as host parents, family members, and heads of household. Plus, we know that having a handbook helps our au pairs know what to expect from us.
Which makes me wonder–
What if au pairs came with a handbook of their own?
What information — beyond the basics offered in an au pair’s application materials — would we like to know to help us know what to expect from them?
Wouldn’t you love to see the categories of information (e.g., sleep habits, music preferences, fantasy American vacation spots) that you’d like au pairs to put in a handbook? Or what Au Pairs themselves would want to put into a handbook?
Wouldn’t you like to know what types of imformation (we think) our au pairs might like us to have? Maybe au pairs might tell us how might like to be taught our childcare practices, or whether they prefer to read the alarm system manual before being shown which button to press!
Let’s try to crowdsource a ‘template’ that we could offer to au pairs who wanted to write their own handbook… ?