Oh good lord, this Host Mom’s got a problem —
Her au pair wants to have six people — Six people — SIX PEOPLE — come to visit and stay in the Host Family’s home. For TWO WEEKS.
The answer is obviously, “No, that’s simply not possible”.
The Host Mom doesn’t even have to go into detail about how the Host Dad who works from home would be seriously interrupted by so many guests for so long.
The Host Mom doesn’t even have to go into detail about how, since it’s a busy time for her at work, she’d be unable to do her own job and address any of the predictable problems and issues of having guests, no matter how small these might seen.
The Host Mom doesn’t even have to bring up the concern about how the Host Kids will be cared for, if the Au Pair has her parents and family visiting for so long.
The Host Mom should, of course, print out all the wonderful advice in an earlier post on the topic of having the Au Pair’s guests:
Here’s the added challenge:
What should the Host Mom actually say?
How could the Host Mom use this conversation, and this situation, to build a stronger bond with her Au Pair?
And how many of us suspect that this Host Family lives in NYC, LA, or Florida? Hmm?
Here’s NotAMarriottHostMom’s email:
Dear AuPairMom — My aupair who has been with us since June and does an OK job just asked to have 6 family members visit us during a busy time of year at work for me. They want to stay 2 weeks! It is her immediate family and some other relatives. How do I handle this?
My husband works from home and is not keen on the idea at all!
Appreciate any help/advice! NotAMarriottHostMom
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