We have a new and unconventional need for childcare.
Would an Au Pair be the right choice for us? How would we know?
My husband and I have had an awesome nanny (who does not live with us) for the last year since our son was born. However, my husband has to leave the state for training for a year, and as I am on call all weeknights and 1 weekend in six, we need to transition to in home care just so there will be someone in the house at night in case I have to leave or don’t get home until very late in the evening.
I will send my son to daycare/school for 5.5 hours a day, but the care giver would be expected to work in the morning until school started, in the afternoon till I got home and then be in the house every weeknight all night. They could go out but would be expected to come home if I needed to leave.
I only know one person who had au pairs and thought they were wonderful, but that was 15 years ago; she does the same job as me, but her husband was home.
Is an au pair totally the wrong direction for us? I’d love your thoughts. ~Nervous in Nebraska
The challenge this mom faces is with the overnight hours. Officially, if your au pair ‘has to be there just in case’ you have to count those as hours worked. Overnight hours: Should we be able to schedule Au Pairs to work overnight? If you could find a way t0 keep the hours at 45/wk, it might be possible (e.g., she’s on duty from 12 midnight to 8 am, then from 2-4). Still, you might find yourself up against The Au Pair Scheduling Constraint That Might Surprise You.
Moms & Dads? Ideas?
Au Pairs, is this schedule too onerous?