Sometimes, the right thing to do as your family transitions from one au pair to another is to have your au pairs overlap in your home.
As we know, overlapping au pairs can create some emotional difficulty for the incoming au pair, the outgoing au pair, your kids and you. And, it can also create some practical problems– Who gets dibs on the car? Who gets to carry the cell phone?
Who gets to sleep in the au pair room?
Dear Au Pair Mom,
We will have our new au pair overlap for a week or so with our departing au pair. I’m not sure how to manage the sleeping & bedroom situation. Our current Au Pair has said outright that she does not want to move out of the bedroom until the day she leaves. We have a sleeper sofa in our downstairs playroom (with a door) and thought we’d have the new au pair sleep there for her first week. And I need some advice.
I’m not sure if this plan is really fair. We made a big effort to make our au pair room really welcoming for our first au pair (following so much of the advice here on this blog). I know that having ‘her own’ room really made it easy for our first au pair to settle in and hit the ground running.
What do you readers think that I should do?
In addition to deciding about who gets the bedroom,
What else can you do to help your outgoing au pair and your incoming au pair both feel welcomed?
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Bedroom by hownowdesign on Flickr