I just love reading all these posts nodding my head knowing I am not alone in my feelings!
One topic that I think may have been covered lightly is Out of Town Guests. Our Au Pair is having A TON of guests! She has her Step Father coming, a single girlfriend, a married couple, her mother, another single girlfriend, and so far that is it. Needless to say I was getting a little freaked out. I mean with only 10 vacation days I wasn’t sure how it was all going to sort out. I was worried we would turn into “Heather’s Hostel”!
I have no idea if everything is going to work out but I know when we screen our next Au Pair to ask what they anticipate in the way of visitors.
In the meantime, I wrote up a set of rules for out-of-town guests, which I’m attaching …
Thanks so much Heather! Although we talked about the relationship implications of having lots of guests in the post on Your House Is Not A Youth Hostel, it always helps to spell out exactly what you can and can’t offer in terms of hosting guests. We did this a bit in the post "Setting guidelines when your au pair has guests … but let’s take it the whole way!
Out of Town Visitor Rules
* Visitors will need to arrange for their own transportation (this includes transport to/from the airport, to/from the city, sightseeing during working hours, etc).
Staying in our home:
* You are welcome to have your single girlfriend stay in our home up to 4 nights during the month of August/September (please give us at least 2 weeks notice).
* You are welcome to have your mother stay in our home up to 7 nights (please give us at least 2 weeks notice).
* Visitors will stay on the lower level and use the lower level bathroom/shower.
* Visitors staying in our home during their visit only will be entitled to use our laundry facilities once during their visit.
* Visitors are not permitted to smoke in our home.
* Your other visitors should make alternative sleeping arrangements.
* Visitors staying in our home should not be left in our home alone.
* Visitors should shower at off hours and be respectful of hot water usage.
* The car will not be available for use on vacation days while visitors are here since a replacement childcare provider will need to use it.
* Visitors should be respectful of the kids schedule so quiet during Quiet Time and after 8pm.
* Food, beverage, toiletries should be purchased by visitor or au pair during length of stay.
* Host family is not responsible for cooking or cleaning up after visitors.
* Visitors are not permitted to drive the family cars.
* Visitors may use our phone only for short urgent calls and only if a calling card is used.
During Working Hours:
* It is important for you and your guests to be respectful of the time you are on duty. If a guest is with you, the main focus still should be first on the kids, especially when driving.
Does anyone have additional guidelines or advice to share?