… and all sorts of other family events.
If having an Au Pair is a Cultural Exchange, school and community events are an important part of the excitement.
endured enjoyed enough grammar school orchestra concerts to be an expert on ways to butcher the violin parts of The Str Spangled Banner. But if someone asked me to go to their kid’s concert, I’d be there in a heartbeat.
Attending school events is a generous way to support a friend or a child, and it’s part of the American Family Experience.
Sure, I know that there are more exciting social events for an Au Pair than the Shakespearean Banquet in Ms. Waller’s 4th grade class. And that National Honor Society induction can get pretty long, w hat with grade inflation and all. But these events are windows into a community— what it values, how it sees the world, what it’s trying to reinforce and to teach.
For Host Families, these school and community events are part of the culture we want to share with our Au Pairs.
The same is true for less public events, like birthday parties or a trip to the county park to look or Red Tailed Hawks. After enjoying the company of Au Pairs at so many of our family’s events, I can see where this HostMomWithExtraTickets is coming from.