No matter how your choose to celebrate it, remember your Au Pair on Valentine’s Day.
Your Au Pair has been surrounded, bombarded even, by messages that Valentine’s Day is worth noticing. Show her that Valentine’s Day is about something other than High School Musical Hologram Valentines Cards, waxy chocolate, and freaky pink teddy bears at CVS.
Valentines Day doesn’t need to be confined to romantic love — wouldn’t that leave too many people we care about out of the celebration? Take charge, and use Valentine’s Day to show some affection, some appreciation, some recognition, some kindness, and some gratitude.
You know that your kid(s) will love a chance to make something fun for your au pair. Go ahead, break out the glue sticks. Maybe even let them use the paper doilies in the sideboard in the dining room. The grown up ones. While you’re at it, get out the glitter too. What the heck, you’re creating another happy memory!
(added later:) I’m reminded, too, that experiences make us happier than things. Think about giving her that valentine along with a family happiness celebration, or with a song from your 6-year-old.
Celebrate what’s good and loving about your au pair and her relationship with your family. Find a way to loop your Au Pair into this American cultural thing that we call Valentine’s Day, and do it in a way that reflects something special about her and about your family.
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